Gay And Republican Seems Like Oil And Water
My Dad was a cross of an Eisenhower Republican, “follow the General anywhere” sort of guy, and a Truman Democrat. I attribute a lot of my Dad’s politics to the fact he came from North Dakota, which has a strong farm labor tie, and his being a WWII serviceman.
My Mother’s roots in politics has a European flavor, since she was English born and bred, until coming to the States in her early twenties. I must add that she was a strong Ronald Reagan Republican before her death.
The issue that prompted this post was the defeat of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation in the Senate this week, coupled with Georgia Senator Saxbe Chambliss’s office email to Joe.My.God.com web site calling for the death of “faggots.”
The homophobic rhetoric of the Republican party, and especially those who have been found hiding in the darkness of the closet, is appalling.
The burning question I have to my Republican gay friends is, “How can you be Republican?”
Now I understand that I started out as a GOP follower but Goldwater believed in “small government, strong defense and the government should stay out of people’s private lives.” When asked, before he died, about gays in the military he stated, “…the only thing needing to be straight in the military is the bullet coming out of the weapon.”
This is a Republican you can live with and admire.
But how can you admire those who call for your “death” or putting gays in “concentration camps“?
How can you admire those who state you’re an “abomination” or “mentally sick”?
How can you believe in a political system that states it’s core value is based in/on the constitution yet deny people their “civil rights and liberties”?
How can you vote to give someone legislative authority over you that wants to destroy you and curtail your freedoms?
Voting Republican in November and being gay is like oil and water, they don’t mix.