… and their stupid tactics to use gays as political punching bags.
A few stories of stupid people acting stupidly in their zeal to demagogue gays have popped up on my radar. I thought we could have a competition for the stupidest manifestation of homo-bigotry. What say we vote?
Candidates after the fold.
#1: Make Obama Enforce Defend DOMA Bill!
First up we have Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, an anti-gay zealot from MO-4, who serves her homo-hate up with a healthy side-helping of Obama bashing. She has introduced a concurrent resolution condemning the Justice Department's DOMA decision and demanding that it defend DOMA. From her statement:
“President Obama’s decision to order his Justice Department to stop defending DOMA is not a surprise but it is disappointing,” Hartzler said. “Once we start going down the road of selectively enforcing our laws we are headed for chaos. President Obama took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States and he is breaking his word to the American people.”
Three clear points of stupidity that Rep. Hartzler could have cleared up with a simple Google search. One, the President is still “enforcing” the law, he's just declining to defend it. Two, we've already been down the road of Presidents declining to defend laws. It's rare, but it has happened, and the republic survived. Three, the legislative branch doesn't get to demand the DOJ do anything, so good luck with that demand. It's called Separation of Powers, they might have covered that in your American Government class.
#2: Gays Can't Decide On Gay Rights! That's Madness!
Next up we have the notorious homophobe Andrew Pugno, general counsel for the Proposition 8 sponsors and author of the Prop 8 ballot initiative and failed candidate for the CA Assembly. Prop 8 Trial Judge Vaughn Walker recently shattered the door on his glass closet discussing his 10-year relationship with a man. That makes his verdict invalid says the Prop 8 support crowd. Monday, they filed a motion to vacate his verdict, saying:
Given that Chief Judge Walker was in a committed, long-term, same-sex relationship throughout this case (and for many years before the case commenced), it is clear that his “impartiality might reasonably [have been] questioned” from the outset. He therefore had, at a minimum, a waivable conflict and was obligated either to recuse himself or to provide “full disclosure on the record of the basis for disqualification,” so that the parties could consider and decide, before the case proceeded further, whether to request his recusal. His failure to do either was a clear violation of Section 455(a), whose “goal … is to avoid even the appearance of partiality.”
So much stupidity here. It's lousy with stupidity. I like that they added this puts Walker in the same position as the plaintiffs.
The same plaintiffs the Prop 8 supporters argued were in no way harmed by Prop 8. OK, so if that's true, how could Walker be biased? There's no benefit to him either way, if you presented an authentic case in court.
#3: DADT Isn't Done! It's Time To Double Down!
Now, we have a oldie but a goodie. Former Minnesota Governor and Republican Candidate for the Presidency Tim Pawlenty has been running around the country promising to re-instate the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Policy, he says:
“I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.”
This is a claim he first made the second week of January, but has repeated several occasions. Should someone tell him maybe he might not want to be so public about that position? Considering nearly 80% of the country has for a long time supported repealing the policy, he might consider rethinking making that a plank of his Presidential campaign platform. Even previously reluctant Service Chiefs say all is going just swimmingly on the implementation process, it just doesn't look like a 2012 winner for the Governor. A lot more of the country is standing with Lt Dan Choi than Pawlenty on this issue.
Now, I posted this over at Daily Kos and it got a rather warm reception and a lot of suggestions for others potential candidates. This got me thinking, maybe we could make this a regular feature? We can't always depend on them to be mind-numbingly stupid (just usually, but sometimes they are downright crafty and machivellian), but we can count on them to be relentless. Maybe a monthly vote, “The Pam's House Blend Popular Choice Award for High Achievements in Homo-bigotry?”
I personally think Dan Savage is right, there are no longer two-sides to this debate. Merciless mocking can help transition the public's view.