Friday, September 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

"We have to move forward with conforming with what was happening in the past."

-- Rick Santorum at last night's Republican debate on Fox News

Chances are you've seen it by now, and if you haven't I promise you probably will several times throughout the day, but this statement was made while Santorum was answering a question submitted on YouTube by a U.S. soldier currently fighting in Iraq. The soldier wanted to know if any of the Republican candidates would work to circumvent the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell if elected president -- that's because the soldier happens to be gay.

The response of several members of the live audience at the debate to this question -- to a United States soldier who volunteered to put his life on the line in defense of this country?

They booed him. Loudly.

For those keeping score, so far at these GOP debates we've seen crowds of supposedly hyper-moral and unfalteringly patriotic conservatives applaud 234 executions, cheer for the death of the uninsured, and now verbally attack a U.S. soldier because he's gay and doesn't feel like pretending he isn't just to calm the nerves of those whose fragile sensibilities require them to go on believing that gay men and women don't exist.

And that's really what it's all about, the meaning behind the above quote: The conservative movement has always been terrified of change and progress -- like cavemen batting at raindrops, anything new that intrudes upon their limited view of the world and shatters the bubble they exist in either by choice or circumstance they lash out at angrily. I mentioned on the podcast this week that you should never be fooled when a GOP candidate or elected official tells you that he or she believes that America's best days are ahead of her. This is 100% bullshit. Now more than ever before, Republicanism means not simply an embrace of the past but a fetishistic lionization of it, and a cold-sweat-inducing fear of the future. These people cannot come to grips with the fact that the world and the country are changing: that a black man can become president, a gay man or woman can serve in the military with distinction, or that instant mass communication has helped to democratize the world and rendered the notion of imperial patriotism -- to say nothing of the global respect and admiration of America as a shining city on the hill -- somewhat obsolete and most certainly tired.

So many of them long to return to the comforts of a nostalgically idealized past -- when things weren't so damn confusing. Like Brooks getting out of prison after fifty years in The Shawshank Redemption, they're overwhelmed by how insane the world has become and they just want to go back inside their prison where it's nice and safe. Who gives a shit if there are bars on the windows -- turns out they keep the ugly world out as much as they keep you in.

So, yeah -- they booed a U.S. soldier. Because he's gay.

Think of that, read the above quite yet again, and it becomes crystal clear that all that stuff about looking toward the future is a bunch of crap. In the mind of the average conservative, America will never again have another day as good as yesterday.


Kat said...

See the size of his arms? I dare those pussies in the audience to boo in that soldier's face.

LK3 said...

I am far from an optimist, but I do like to have hope. Some days, it is hard to find and I just feel sad for this country and those of us that want something better. I cannot imagine walking around with that mush hate. Truly boggles the mind.

Anonymous said...

I cannot fathom these so-called debates. How can anyone watch these chucklefucks and think that one of them can be trusted with nuclear codes?

Nick said...

Bravo; well said.

IrishGirl said...

I second what Kat said. If the soldier hadn't said he was gay or hadn't asked a question about DADT, the crowd would have cheered him because he looks like the quintessential soldier. What bunch of douches....seriously

Anonymous said...

I served from 2000-2006 in the navy. The fact that scum like this could ever find themselves in a public setting in which they felt comfortable to voice even an opinion about a vet's personal's life disgusts me. Anyone involved with these GOP clowns should have refuse thrown at them for giving a platform to these loud idiots.

Between this and shit like the "Jersey Shore" being popular, I understand Afghani culture more than I understand US.

J. Dack said...

Oh that's brilliant. We gots to move forward and work on going backward.

Fuck that guy.

bafreeman said...

My favorite part of Santorum's quote was, "I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military." What the fuck does that even mean? What, we can keep gays from being gays by preventing anyone at all from fucking? Is he afraid that allowing gays to simply acknowledge what they are will inevitably lead to on-duty sodomy? Really, how sexually repressed must this douchebag be? With all due respect to Dan Savage, I believe that if Rick ever allows himself even a peak at his inner gayness, "Santorum" will be redefined yet again. Instead of butt schmeg, it will be used to describe a gay-hating douchebag prick whose pendulum suddenly swings way to the other side, kinda like Harry Black in Last Exit to Brooklyn.

John Foley said...

Things like this make me wish John McCain were still alive. There's no way he would have let that booing go unpunished.
Fact: Rick Santorum has never served in the military.
Fact: If a serviceman had been booed during the Democratic debate, for any reason, the conservative talking heads would never stop playing that clip.
Fact: I wish every soldier was as diesel as this guy. No one would ever fuck with us again.

Riles said...

Santorum's other quotes were just as ridiculous:

'I would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military.

'The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to, and removing don't ask don’t tell I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing: to defend our country...'

This fucking idiot's logic actually supports the repeal of DADT.

Sheriff Bart said...

Sounded like one guy booed then another handful of guys booed just to try to fit in.
It was loud, but it wasn't like the whole audience did it.
Shitty and despicable yes, but that was maybe 8 people in an auditorium filled with people and I'm willing to guess that the secondary booers were slapped by their wives/significant others/gay lovers for being assholes.
Sad that none of the candidates made it an issue though.
Very telling.

FabMax said...

There were two or three idiots who booed. Hardly anything to write home about.

Anonymous said...

"In the mind of the average conservative, America will never again have another day as good as yesterday."

And whenever they get power, they ensure that it is true.

TheReaperD said...

Hate is the visible side effect. Fear is the real driver of most conservatives. There's supposedly even scientific evidence to support this fact.

Anonymous said...

This is Anon 12:46. I hate to say this...but Rick "the prick" is absolutely right...for all the utterly wrong reasons. UCMJ article 125 is actually quite clear...

(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

(b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

To further clarify, "Sodomy is the engaging in unnatural carnal copulation either with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal. It is considered unnatural carnal copulation for a person to take his or her mouth or anus the sexual organ of another person or animal; or to place his or her sexual organ into the mouth or anus of another person or of an animal; or to have carnal copulation in any opening of the body, except the sexual parts, with another person; or to have carnal copulation in any opening of the body of an animal. Note the consent by the victim is not a defense regardless of the victim's age."

So yes...technically for all us military members, basically EVERY sexual act is illegal. Furthermore, if I go down on my wife, it is considered to be the same thing if I skull fuck a dead puppy in the eye socket.

The problem is, it is obvious that the military pretty much ignores this article completely unless it is used to punish someone on top of another crime (say rape).

So yeah, technically Rick is right about the rule, but he wants to continue the totally arbitrary enforcement of it on a select group of heroes cause he is a self loathing, closested homosexual. (seriously, would any of us be surprised if he gets caught in a meth/male masseuse scandal 10 months from now?)

Anonymous said...

And you just know those boo'ers have 'support our troops' stickers and yellow ribbon magents to feel patriotically superior and see no irony in their actions. as a gay man, this doesnt suprise me. welcome to a glimpse of the shit we put up with every day.

John Foley said...

The spin coming from the Right on this is that they weren't booing the soldier, just booing the question (about DADT). Cool. So you weren't just booing one openly gay soldier, you were booing the very idea of openly gay soldiers.

60ft6in said...

Bumper sticker: "Santorum Scent of Bum"

Pretty Boy Santy could market it as a perfume and sell it at Tea Party conventions.

Tom Mullen said...

Who cares if there were 8 or 80 who booed, there were thousand or so who clapped trumphantly after Santorum's inane and utterly loathsome answer. Those who clapped loudest, and it seemed everyone, simply endorsed and trumped the previous boo'ers.