Tuesday, September 2, 2008

THE LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS AND SARAH PALIN

This revealing and incisive article highlights some of the issues that would put any thinking conservative in a dilemma. [Also, check this article and audio out for more about the kind of character Palin has, and what kind of person she really is.]

What rationalizations can Log Cabin Republicans come up with to justify in any way a McCain candidacy for President? How can they support Palin, given her views regarding Gay rights as well as her other views that call into question both her judgment and values, as well as McCain's judgment and values in selecting her to be Vice President and possible President of the U.S?

Part of the above article reads as follows:

"Palin’s support of [Pat] Buchanan should not be overlooked. It isn’t as if Buchanan was running a run-of-the-mill conservative Republican campaign — he positioned himself as a fire-breathing, far-right ideologue. Buchanan didn’t just participate in the culture wars of the 1990s, he single-handedly escalated them.

"The stands he took then were ones that would be anathema to today’s conventional wisdom — against multiculturalism, in favor of public morality laws eradicating homosexual conduct and in support of displays of the Confederate flag on public property. He called the 1992 Democratic convention 'the greatest single exhibition of cross-dressing in American political history,' and spoke of the need for social conservatives to retake the nation 'block by block,' in the mold of the Army troopers who quelled the Los Angeles riots, in order to prevent the proliferation of the “militant-homosexual” and “radical-environmentalist” agenda."

Unbelievably (or perhaps not), Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon has this to say about Sarah Palin:

“Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can help Sen. McCain win this election by appealing to independent and young voters. She’s a mainstream Republican who will unite the Party and serve John McCain well as Vice President. Gov. Palin is an inclusive Republican who will help Sen. McCain appeal to gay and lesbian voters.” [See here.]

It seems to me that any Gay person would have to be a self-loathing traitor to LGBT rights to support this Republican ticket and to support Sarah Palin! And any rationalizations and presumed justifications for so doing ring very hollow in light of revelations concerning her views concerning the inherent dignity of LGBT people as well as the quest for full and equal LGBT civil rights.
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4 comments:

jadedjabber said...

It doesn't really surprise me that the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed McCain. Unfortunately if you have enough money, or other types of privilege, you don't have to worry about something as silly as marriage, equality, or discrimination. There are taxes to cut and money to be made.

But that is just my own jaded opinion

Jerry Maneker said...

Thanks Jadedjabber! It is unfortunate (to put it mildly) that naked self-interest trumps the fight for full equality, even by people who, themselves, are viewed as second class citizens and, were it not for their selling out, would be able to clearly see that they, too, are held in contempt by many of those with whom they have chosen to align themselves in order to maintain or acquire class privilege.

They do so at the expense, not only of themselves which is their right, I suppose, but at the expense of other hurting and oppressed people, and that is truly despicable!

john said...

Nice post about the words told by Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon about Sarah Palin.
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Jerry Maneker said...

Thanks John.