I’m a little late to the party on this one, I’ll admit, but I still think its relevant enough. GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s reaction to a gay soldier currently serving in Iraq, asking if he would work to undo the progress gained for gays and lesbians in the military was just maddening. That’s not even going into the fact that the members of the crowd, these right-wing patriots who swear up and down to support our troops, booed this guy. I think it just goes to show how backwards the mentality of these people are.
Special privilege. That’s right gay people, it’s a “special privilege” for you to be able to follow your dreams without bigotry being legislated to prevent you from doing so. And it got a roaring ovation from the crowd. Gotta love right-wingers; they almost make political satire obsolete. So, since Rick Santorum thinks “Don’t ask, don’t tell” should be reinstated, I say why stop there?
Why not start to argue that the Civil Rights movement was showing “favoritism” to Black people who were discriminated against? Why not argue that segregation of schools should be reimplemented? It makes as much sense, and “moves on in conformity with what was happening in the past” because race is not an issue and should not be an issue. Right, Mr.Santorum?
There’s kind of a recurring theme I’m seeing from the right-wing candidates and their beloved Tea Party. There’s a certain desire to bring the U.S. back to the ‘glory days’ of 1920-1950 and pining for an era long past. What I don’t think really connects is the fact that those decades were also the times of the Scopes Trial, Emmett Till and The Great Depression. Call me crazy, but I don’t find anything desirable about any of those events.