More WingNut Madness
I have seen and read some asinine things from the competency-impaired WingNut bunch (and I’ve yet to write about their five part series on how soy makes people gay, lol), but this latest offering from Mr. Wingnut himself, Pat Buchanan has me rolling my eyes so emphatically that I might just throw myself out of my chair.
A little background…
Gen. Peter Pace (the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs), in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, weighed in on the issue of homosexuality…not just in the military, mind you…but in general. I just love it when officials use their power and position as a pulpit from which to air their personal beliefs…kinda what the framers were trying to avoid with that whole ‘separation of church and state’ idea, but I digress. Here’s a snippet of what the enlightened General had to say…
“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we
should not condone immoral acts,” Pace said in a wide-ranging discussion with
Tribune editors and reporters in Chicago. “I do not believe the United States is
well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”
Things got a little more interesting when Senator John Warner of Virginia (a Republican, no less) openly and loudly disagreed with the top military official. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say…
“I respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the chairman’s view that
homosexuality is immoral,” Warner said in a statement released by his office.”
So, now that we’re all caught up…here’s where Mr. Wingnut comes into play. In his usual scathing, but nauseating manner, Pat Buchanan jumped all over the Senator and, in the process, all but made the assertion that the country was essentially on the brink of civil war.
Who, Sen. Warner, are the moral authorities for your assertion that homosexual
conduct is moral – other than the Bishop Robinson wing of the Episcopal Church?
What this uproar tells us is that America is no longer a moral community. On
the most fundamental issues – abortion, promiscuity, homosexuality, euthanasia,
sterilization, cloning, and the creation of, and buying and selling of, fetuses
for research – we are at war. What part of the nation sees as progress, the
other sees as depravity.
And where there is no moral community, there will
not long be one country. For in a religious or culture war, there is no peaceful
One side wins, the other side loses.
As President Bush
said, he who is not with us is against us.
First of all, I find it incredible that homosexuality is once again being placed in the same category with behaviors which are choices. Perhaps it’s not being explained clearly enough or loudly enough, but homosexuality is not a choice…plain and simple. To continue to lump it in with what are considered sinful behaviors is not only getting old…it’s insulting.
Second, Buchanan is really walking a fine line when quoting anything Dear Leader has to say…especially when it’s taken out of context. Bush made that comment, “he who is not with us is against us,” in reference to the terror attacks of September 11, and the coalition building that followed. To take that and apply it to one’s own culture war is repugnant and, frankly, antagonistic.
Finally, while he stops just short of saying the words, Buchanan seems to be calling for civil war…if not suggesting that one isn’t already in the offing. Those of us who dare to speak out for equality where homosexuality and it’s related issues are concerned have long been vilified as the divisive ones…the ones who won’t rest until the country is ripped apart. Unless he’s been endowed with some prodigious moral authority himself, Mr. Buchanan has no more clout than any of the rest of us when it comes to what is moral or immoral. By asserting that our human differences of opinion cannot be settled and that there cannot be any peaceful coexistence while such differences remain, Buchanan has made himself the ultimate divisive one.