My father, bless his heart, thinks all Democrats are evil and weak and without moral fiber. He constantly goes on about their deviancy and their lying cheating ways. But he is essentially a talker . . . he's not a doer . . . he doesn't donate money or time to campaigns and he doesn't participate in the political process in any more involved way than voting, with one exception. There is a politician my father likes - likes enough to have gone door-knocking and telephone calling. There is a politician that my father likes enough to know on a personal basis. There is a politician he's eaten dinner with on more than one occasion. Any guesses? Any idea who he feels is a rock-solid example of moral integrity? Any idea who my father considers a fine man, and a friend?
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John Stewart must have looked skyward and said thank you when the
news broke. I'll bet he told his writing and production staff, "Go on
vacation, just leave me a cameraman. This is riper than a Vice
President shooting his lawyer friend in the face."
Senator Craig was caught here in Minneapolis at the airport. He was obviously cruising for gay sex and he was caught. When caught he tried to play his trump card, the I'm a Senator what do you think of that defense. It failed.
This story has been hashed and rehashed I know. But I want to address something that the mainstream media refuses to challenge and that's this meme by the conservative talk radio and blogosphere that liberals are hypocritical regarding homosexuality - basically the our gays are good and yours are perverted freaks meme.
You've seen the documents and you've heard the tape. The simple fact of the matter is that a sitting U.S. Senator broke the law and admitted breaking the law by pleading guilty. That's it. It's cut and dry. He wasn't the only one. That sting resulted in 41 arrests.
So Larry Craig likes dick. So what? He's a sitting U.S. Senator cruising for gay sex in bathrooms. I don't care if he does that. I don't care if he had sex with the entire Village People and their entourage on the Tarmac of the Ronald Reagan International Airport. I don't care if he dances through the Senate Chambers in drag and announces love for his boyfriend on national television. I don't care if he supports positions that destroy gay rights (well I do care legislatively to tell the truth) while living this lie.
But a sitting U.S. Senator broke the law, pled guilty, and stepped down. He doesn't deserve to remain in the Senate because legislators ought not break the law because they shouldn't be above the law. That's not an issue of homosexuality, it's an issue of integrity.
Should there be laws that prevent men from putting their legs in the other stall and signaling others for sex? Well that's a whole different issue. That's something to consider - how many laws protecting people from the realities of other people do we need? I think this one is a bit silly, but then other people might think this law is okay . . . that's why we have elections and why we have different state boundaries, so that these kind of societal decisions can be made democratically.
But the fact of the matter is that a lawmaker who breaks the law should have to report immediately to the ethics committee instead of trying to cover it up. And resignation is definitely the first action that comes to mind.
This applies to Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.
Who cares if he's gay? I don't.
- Rick, newly informed regarding airport behavior.