Thursday, October 14, 2010

Republican hall of shame

So many horrible things have been said by Republican candidates or elected officials with nobody from that party stepping forward and saying "Enough" or "Shut up" it makes me ill.

Considering how many kids have committed suicide from gay bullying - why aren't parents speaking up? Why is there not a single elected Republican telling these people, "Shut up!" Obviously the hate-laced speech from these people are somehow telling bullies that what they are doing is okay and nobody in the Republican party thinks its worth addressing. That tells me where I (and anyone like me) stands. Hello Mr. "Dick" Cheney who supposedly loves his lesbian daughter - Mary - why haven't you spoken up? You're such an obnoxious loud mouth on so many other topics. Hello Gov. Shwarzenegger (and wife Maria), care to say something and call these people out for their hateful speech? Apparently not...

The latest example:
"I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option - it isn't."
-Carl Paladino, Republican hopeful for NY governor.

You would expect this sort of thing coming from someone running for office in the southeast - not NY. And this coming on the heels of Rutgers freshman, Tyler Clementi, jumping off the George Washington Bridge in NYC after being outed in a most base and horrifying way. For the record if the same thing happened to me - I'm pretty sure I would have done the same thing. The only difference would have been the bridge I jumped from.

How sad that nearly every day of the year, I could identify a different Republican elected official or candidate saying something equally hurtful / hateful without a single leader from their party deploring the hateful speech. Is it any wonder that the GLBT community runs with fear from nearly any candidate with the letter (R) next to their name? Even if they bear the gay community no ill will - what would be your reaction to a powerful political party that has no history of doing anything but causing you pain and wishing you ill?


Will said...

There is a clip on YouTube somewhere of a relatively highly placed Republican interviewed by Rachel Maddow. Clearly an enlightened member of a doltish tribe, he said that DADT will be overthrown and that same-sex marriage is here to stay and will spread throughout the country.

He said that Republicans can get on board with the rest of the country or they can be left behind and become irrelevant. I don't think I have used the words Republican and sanity in the same sentence for at least the last two decades, but this guy was a glimmer of hope in a quagmire of lies, bigotry and willful ignorance.

Wonder Man said...

I can't stand him

Anonymous said...

Interesting post on the topic. Yeah, we have our haters here in the northeast too.

Of course many of those haters are being funded by groups like the National Organization for Marriage, and other SPLC listed groups.

As to jumping off bridges, never thought to do that when I was a kid, it was a non-sequitur for me..

Anonymous said...

Hi there! In the 08 election, a couple of my good friends (heteros) were actually considering a vote for McCain. I told them that, for me, everything starts with how a candidate views homosexuality. No politician is going to do everything you want, of course, but that's my deal-breaker. So until a Republican grows some balls, it'll be a cold day in hell before I vote for that party.

Alan Bennett Ilagan said...

Yet another reason to not want to live in NY... (said the guy living there).