Monday, November 29, 2004

Gay Republicans and Desperate Housewives…

Ever since 22 percent of the country's voters said on Nov. 2 that they cared most about "moral values," the Baptist ayatollahs on the right have been working overtime to inflate this non-mandate into a landslide by ginning up cultural controversies, seizing on a single over-hyped poll result, to exaggerate their clout, hoping to grab power over the culture. So now we have to listen to Jerry Falwell on Meet the Press???

The alarmingly bloated Falwell, looking like Jabba the Christian, couldn’t resist jumping on Russert during the following exchange:

MR. RUSSERT: On "Desperate Housewives," Newsweek says that the creator of "Desperate Housewives" is a conservative, gay Republican.

DR. FALWELL: Well, the fact that he's a gay Republican means he should join the Democratic Party.

Hear that, Ken Mehlman? Hear that, Matt Drudge? Hear that, Andrew Sullivan, and every other gay Republican out there? Notice there's no flexibility here. No willingness to accept or even consider other views. No room for discussion, acceptance or understanding. If you're gay - or likely even someone who believes in gay rights - there is simply no room for you at this Republican table.

Moderate Republicans (hard to believe there are any left) need to either take their party back or come to our side.

The mainstream press, itself in love with the "moral values" story line and traumatized by the visual exaggerations of the red-blue map, is too cowed to challenge the likes of the American Family Association. So are politicians of both parties. It took a British publication, The Economist, to point out that the percentage of American voters citing moral and ethical values as their prime concern is actually down from 2000 (35 percent) and 1996 (40 percent).

Why are the Democrats not pointing this out? Are they so terrified that a Racist Radical Cleric like Dobson or Falwell will call them "unchristian" that they can't even point out facts? Let's be clear about this. In 1996, when 40 percent of Americans based their votes on "moral values," they re-elected Bill Clinton. Now that the number of Americans who base their votes on "moral values" has been cut almost in half, they selected George Bush. And this gives the Racist Radical Clerics the ability to force their "religion" down everyone's throats?

And where's the discussion over what "moral values" means to different people? I've never thought that lining your own pocket at the public's expense, lying America into a war, or stirring up hate against minority groups were American values.

Oh, and Frank Rich notes one very telling statistic: "Desperate Housewives is hardly a blue-state phenomenon. A hit everywhere, it is even a bigger hit in Oklahoma City than it is in Los Angeles, bigger in Kansas City than it is in New York."

*(Editorial cartoon © Bill Mitchell,


Blogger Meera-San said...

Do you know which issue of The Economist contained these figures? I'd like to share them with my friends.

9:23 AM  
Blogger PinkoLiberal said...

Sorry. I've already lost track of that source material, but I'm sure you can google it, or search it on their site.

1:22 PM  

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