GOP Throws the Bigots Down the Well!

Smoke the Bigots Out of the Closet, Frank Rich Op-ed NYTimes 2-7-10

Frank Rich, my favorite columnist, devoted his column this morning to the events of the past week or two on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and to unraveling the mystery of the GOP leaders' curious silence on the issue. He finds the GOP's silence curious in view of Karl Rove's and George W.Bush's " 2004 national campaign exploiting gay people."

Only John McCain, out of step with other GOP leaders, "fulminated" against the proposal to drop the policy claiming that it should remain in force "as long as any war is going on." McCain's pal, Joe Lieberman called for "action as soon as possible." Orrin hatch "limply" speculated that dropping the policy would lead to gays demanding "special rights." On only one point was he crystal clear: “I just plain do not believe in prejudice of any kind.” House minority leader, John Boehner, would only say that "In the middle of two wars and in the middle of this giant security threat, why would we want to get into this debate?"

Even Fox News adopted a ho hum posture on Admiral Mullen's, Sec. Gates' and General Powell's endorsement of dropping the policy. Only CNN, desperate for ratings, provided air time for "old homophobic cliches. Michael O’Hanlon, an “expert” from the Brookings Institution, speculated that “18-year-old, old-fashioned, testosterone-laden” soldiers who are “tough guys” might object to those practicing “alternative forms of lifestyle,” which he apparently views as weak and testosterone-deficient. His only prominent ally was the Family Research Council, which issued an inevitable “action alert” demanding a stop to “the sexualization of our military.”

Rich continues "....why did such a hush greet Mullen on Capitol Hill? The answer begins with the simple fact that a large majority of voters — between 61 percent and 75 percent depending on the poll — now share his point of view. Most Americans recognize that being gay is not a “lifestyle” but an immutable identity, and that outlawing discrimination against gay people who want to serve their country is, as the admiral said, “the right thing to do.”

"But that’s not the whole explanation for the scant pushback in Washington to Mullen and his partner in change, Defense Secretary Robert Gates. There is also a potent political subtext. To a degree unimaginable as recently as 2004 — when Karl Rove and George W. Bush ran a national campaign exploiting fear of gay people — there is now little political advantage to spewing homophobia. Indeed, anti-gay animus is far more likely to repel voters than attract them."

"The occasional outliers notwithstanding, why did such a hush greet Mullen on Capitol Hill? The answer begins with the simple fact that a large majority of voters — between 61 percent and 75 percent depending on the poll — now share his point of view. Most Americans recognize that being gay is not a 'lifestyle' but an immutable identity, and that outlawing discrimination against gay people who want to serve their country is, as the admiral said, 'the right thing to do.'”

Meanhwile, in California, where the trial over the state's anti-gay Proposition 8 law is coming to an end, attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, opponent lawyers in Bush v. Gore, shredded Prop 8 supporting witnesses as the trial came to an end. You may recall that Ted Olson, a prominent Federalist Society member and Bush's Solicitor General. Before that he represented Paula Jones in her suit against Clinton. According to Rich, "The opposing lawyer, Charles Cooper, insisted to the court that he bore neither “ill will nor animosity for gays and lesbians.” Given the history of the anti-same-sex marriage camp, it’s hard to make that case with a straight face (so to speak). In trying to do so, Cooper moved that graphic evidence of his side’s ill will and animosity be disallowed — including that notorious, fear-mongering television ad, “The Gathering Storm.”

The judge admitted such exhibits anyway. Boies also triumphed in dismantling an expert witness called to provide the supposedly empirical, non-homophobic evidence of how same-sex marriage threatens “procreative marriage.” In cross-examination, Boies forced the witness, David Blankenhorn of the so-called Institute for American Values, to concede he had no academic expertise in any field related to marriage or family. The only peer-reviewed paper he’s written, for a degree in Comparative Labor History, was “a study of two cabinetmakers’ unions in 19th-century Britain.”

Frank Rich's op-ed is linked below.




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michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

So now we can not believe the Bible or else we are bigots. Nice democrats. I see that the party's future is bright. Smoke out those Christians.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

You are free to believe whatever you want. But plenty of thinking Christians support gay rights. Ignorant, bigoted Christians "hate fags." The GOP was with you on "principle" until it became bad politics. I assume you're from Michigan's "west coast."


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Michiganman has just been marginalized by the GOP and he's blaming the Democrats. I don't get the logic.


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michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

What right do I have that gays do not? They can get married. They can join the military. They can eat in a restaurant, sleep in a hotel, drink from the same drinking fountain. Oh, that's right, they want different rights. they want to tell my kids that the Bible is wrong and they are living a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, they want to take away my right to practice my religion that tells me the opposite. They want to force my church to marry them in opposition to what the Bible says. So calling me a bigot is a cheap way out. Name calling shows weakness.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

I'm glad to see that you support the rights of gays to be married and serve openly in the military. Congratulations! That's all they're asking for.


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michiganman567 6 years ago from Michigan

Romans 1:26-27: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."

So tell me, how can I be a bible believing Christian and justify homosexuality? Many people claim to, but I choose to follow the teachings of God over the teachings of men.

If the republicans abandon me, then I will abandon them. I don't need them, they need my vote. I support anyone getting married, as long as they are marrying the opposite sex. They can currently join the military, the military just chooses for them not to talk about it. Of course that isn't enough for the agenda, they have to push for more. And you think marriage would be the end of it?


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

No one's asking you not to be a "Bible-believing Christian" or to "justify" homosexuality. Gays aren't asking for any more or less than the same rights under the U.S. Constitution as every one else. If you can, please explain how this would affect you and your beliefs or your life in even the tiniest way.


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braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

Deeds, you miss the point as always. YOu always try to draw extremist examples to any view against your own beliefs. THere are certainly "gay haters" and bigots who bring a bad name to a correct viewpoint that homosexuality is very bad behavior and is shunned by a moral society. Societies have an obligation to uphold certain behaviors and standards to keep the society from decaying and collapsing. As far as gays in the military, it is a very destructive behavior and is bad for the morale of the troops. It is a very unique lifestyle, (the military life), where they must live in close quarters, share showers, and bed arrangements. The gay man might enjoy this arrangement but not anyone else involved.


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Hillwry'swhirl 6 years ago from Kenya, Teso

You got nothing to do with others private rights and more so if they appear awkward, being gay is not something new, it was there even during the days when Jesus was still walking the earth, though I hate, will never and do not even want to associate myself with gays, give those who are bold enough to bear the pressure of being gay their rights, they are human.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment.


sammieJAY 6 years ago

Ralph, you are a total idiot! You entirely miss the point. Perhaps you only read on a 5th grade level with a 5th grade understanding. Well, that's how it seems.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

sammieJay, what point am I missing? The Hub consists of quotes from a Frank Rich column and a link to the article. Perhaps you're suggesting that Frank Rich missed the point and by posting his comment I'm "missing the point" by proxy??


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

marriage

1male 1female period.


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Ralph Deeds 6 years ago Author

21st Century Lands in Riverdale with Kevin!

By LEONARD PITTS JR.

lpitts@MiamiHerald.com

And what shall we say about the fact that there is to be a homosexual in Riverdale?

You know where Riverdale is, of course. It lies at that junction of wholesomeness and Americana where, for almost 70 years, it has been home to Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones and the other eternal teenagers of Archie Comics.

Last week, the company announced a new addition to the cast. In September, it said, in Veronica #202, Kevin Keller debuts in a story that finds the titular spoiled rich girl mysteriously unable to get his attention despite using all her feminine wiles.

``She's not so bad,'' Kevin confides to Jughead. ``I'm just not interested in dating her. . . . It's nothing against her. I'm gay.''

And what shall we say about that?

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/28/1601411/21st...

By LEONARD PITTS JR.

lpitts@MiamiHerald.com

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/28/1601411/21st...

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