Thursday, August 26, 2010

Uber-Republican Ken Mehlman Announces He is Gay
Why Don't Gay's Identify with the GOP Against Anti-Gay Islam?

I don't care who's what--unlike so many of our friends across the aisle, I don't think it's any of my business who other adults have sex with. But this is kind of interesting, in particular this bit:
He [Mehlman] often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called "the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now."
So what's the explanation for this? Nothing could be more obvious:

1. Dems are as opposed to Islamic extremism as rational people can be; the GOP has gone over the edge in this regard. Stronger opposition is not always better--nor saner--opposition.

2. Democratic anti-jihadism, largely in virtue of being sane, is more effective; the GOP version is often counterproductive (see, especially, the Iraq war)

3. The GOP is largely anti-gay; ergo the failure of most homosexuals to gravitate to them is no mystery.

4. The anti-gay inclinations of the GOP are far more likely to have an impact on American homosexuals than are the anti-gay inclinations of Islamic extremism (since the odds [probability] of the latter affecting American laws is 0.0%)

Asking why American homosexuals haven't allied themselves with the GOP is like asking why American atheists haven't. Sure, fundamentalist Islam hates atheists even more than do the relevant sectors of the GOP...but that sounds like a reason to join the GOP only if you strip away every other relevant consideration. Add those considerations, and there' s no puzzle at all about why atheists--and gays--don't flock to the GOP.


Anonymous Lewis Carroll said...

Shorter Mehlman: Yeah, I'm gay, and a major plank in the GOP platform is anti-gay bigotry, but...look over there - terrorists!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jim Bales said...

Well said, Winston.

Lewis Carroll has not only hunted the Snark, he has captured it and placed in on display in his comment for us all to enjoy!


8:20 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

One would laugh, were one not so strongly inclined to weep...

8:40 AM  

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