September 22, 2008

Ah. More Republican "Hypocrisy."

It's like this: it appears that John McCain's chief of staff is gay.

Now here is what your average German Shepherd would conclude: "Oh. I thought most prominent members of the Republican Party were homophobic. Guess I was wrong."

Instead, it's being presented as "hypocrisy." Because, you see, John McCain is "anti-gay." How do we know he's anti-gay? Because he wants to go slowly on integrating "out" gays into the Armed Forces, and isn't sure that civil unions should be referred to using the word "marriage." (I'm cool with the latter; I disagree strongly with the former; "don't ask, don't tell" has been a disaster. But is there anyone out there who doesn't think we're going to go the way of the British special forces and have full sexual-orientation within the military within 5-10 years?)

So was it hypocritical for Cheney to employ his daughter in the 2004 campaign? Was it hypocritical for Barry Goldwater to maintain good relations with his son, and rail against sexual-orientation in the military back in the 1960s? Is it hypocritical for Steve Schmidt—the architect of McCain's Presidential election this year—to see to it that the Log Cabin Republicans were an officially recognized group this year at the GOP convention, and to meet with them personally? Is it hypocritical for him to speak warmly of his sister and her life partner—and to stress what an important role they play in his life, and the life of his kids?

Is it hypocritical for George W. Bush to have friends who are transgendered? Is it hypocritical for Condi Rice to befriend her colleagues with gender dysphoria issues?

Was it hypocritical for Sarah Palin to leave her church after they started discussing the notion that homosexuality can be "cured"?

I'm sorry, but none of these things strike me as hypocritical. The word I would use is "tolerance."

Except that these people are and were Republicans. So it cannot be "tolerance." It must be "hypocrisy," since leading members of the GOP cannot quite live up to (or rather down to) the cartoonish notions that people carry around in their heads.

Oh, and: here's a portrait of one of our frontrunners for the GOP Presidential nomination:


And some more from "hypocrites" like BoiFromTroy—who is running an ad for Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Republicans Against 8." Hypocrites!

Posted by Attila Girl at September 22, 2008 11:11 PM | TrackBack

Eh. You know my extreme (and utterly mixed-up) feelings on the issue. Not gonna talk about that. Who a guy or gal boinks (or tries to) is not really any of my business, except when he's (or she's) trying to boink me. Then it becomes my business real quick. Other than that, meh.


Was it hypocritical for Sarah Palin to leave her church after they started discussing the notion that homosexuality can be "cured"?

I'm sorry, but none of these things strike me as hypocritical. The word I would use is "tolerance."

Hmm, well, not to be one-a-them grammer er spellin' nazis and stuff, but Sarah Palin leaving the church because of the discussion? Sounds more like she couldn't "tolerate" any more. Using the proper meaning of "tolerate", as in "withstand" or "able to put up with".

Now, don't get me wrong, I really don't think that homosexual impulses can be 'cured', the same way I don't think my gluttonous impulses can be 'cured' - i.e. get rid of entirely. What *can*, *may* and *has occasionally* been achieved is impulse control, or even better, impulse mastery - not acting on the impulses.

Easier said than done, of course - I'm living proof that it's ridiculously difficult to resist temptation. Nevertheless, I'm sure there are gluttonous folk out there who have successfully resisted the urge to eat in excess, just as there are recovering alcoholics who have not touched a drink in decades.

My point is, Sarah going to another church means that she did not want, or could no longer, 'tolerate' (as in, put up with) the teachings of the previous church. So to speak. I won't use it as an example of tolerance, is all I'm saying.

Yes, I am a pedant. A boring, long-winded, boorish pedant. Who's still somewhat irked off at my primary (elementary) school teacher who years ago refused to accept

"The cockroach is an insect."

as a valid answer to "___ cockroach..." (she was asking us to use the correct article to complete the sentence, and her answer was "A cockroach is an insect".)

I mean, when is it never a bloody insect, I ask you? Does it not make sense to THE cockroach, as referring to all generic cockroaches?

Sorry. Didn't mean to hijack your blog. But seriously, while it wasn't hypocrisy, it sure wasn't tolerance either. Not for that particular viewpoint, at any rate.

PS Please, please don't tell me that was Rudy. Holy crap, he needs a better makeup artist. I mean, if you gonna do somethin', you should do it right, right? Or is it shitty because of the compression? I can't really tell...

Posted by: Gregory at September 23, 2008 02:04 AM

Perhaps you might want our military fully integrated like the British BUT I find our military to quite superior to the Brits and really any other nation and I do not believe having an OPEN policy on gays is going to work for the American Military. It is find

Posted by: Jaded at September 23, 2008 05:10 AM

I posted to soon (boss came in) point is the military is fine don't fix what is not broken there is nothing to indicate don't ask don't tell is a failure....these are some of the best and brightest soldiers we have ever had....I by the way do not have a problem with who someone is with....I just don't need to know about it.

Posted by: Jaded at September 23, 2008 05:12 AM

"...My point is, Sarah going to another church means that she did not want, or could no longer, 'tolerate' (as in, put up with) the teachings of the previous church. So to speak. I won't use it as an example of tolerance, is all I'm saying.

Whereas, by comparison, I suppose Barack Obama spending twenty years attending services at that racist nutjob Jeremiah Wright's church proves that Obama is more "tolerant" than Palin...


No, I'm not taking a shot at Gregory. I'm just trying to get ahead of the latest updates in Democrat talking points...

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