So I have to admit that I had never heard of Matt Sanchez before my email exchange with GayPatriotWest yesterday. I have to laugh because the tone of his emails suggested he was thinking “Is Bruce on another planet??”
My excuse is two-fold: I didn’t closely follow all of the CPAC Conference, so I missed Cpl. Sanchez receiving the award. And the past two days I’ve been a victim of the US Airways meltdown.. so I have been remiss in my blogger reading duties.
My first reaction to the Sanchez gay porn revelations was this: “My gosh! Is every young conservative gay and/or a porn star?” Then as I sat at Chicago O’Hare last night, cursing US Airways, I began to read the whole story in postings by Dan and by Joe.My.God. What struck me immediately was the venom of Joe’s commenters (nearly all of them being liberal and gay). Here’s just a sample.
Hate and self-hate exposed again…and just in time to put the story in the air permanently…
I guess I have to say it…self-hating gay Republicans — thank you, thank you, thank you!
To the religious right: hope you like being corrupted by Ann Coulter. Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas. (and roaches, ants and lice and all the cats in my hat. Click.)
BamBamBam | 03.06.07 – 10:40 am |***********
Gee, another self loathing gay republican. Just what the world needs, another one. Waits for the shit to hit the fan *grabs a chair and some popcorn* mark | 03.06.07 – 11:16 am
The “Dirty Sanchez” jokes aren’t going to quit. Days like this make me love coming here to read TMZ… I mean JMG. At least Joe pointed out that ex-porn stars are still entitled to enter the military & be right-wing, much as we hate it and some pedantically assume they can be nothing but “self-hating.” The joke’s more on O’Reilly & Coulter. It almost seems good enough to have been a publicity stunt (“secretly get a porn star into the inner circle of O’Reilly, then watch the shit fly”) — except I’m assuming he’s serious about his “harrassment” cause and loves licking the asses of O’Reilly and Ann Cunter.
kusala |03.06.07 – 1:15 pm |
Pretty gross, and intolerant, eh?
I wondered what this morning would reveal (as these types of stories seem to have multiple and long legs) as I walked the PatriotPooches. And I suddenly realized how interesting this story was from the perspective of being a patriotic American. Stay with me here….
One of the greatest things about our nation (as opposed to others) is that we give our fellow citizens a second, third, and fourth, etc. chance to re-do their lives. Here’s an extreme example… just to make my point…. It was amazing how Richard Nixon morphed from Constitutional Villian to Elder Cold War Statesman.
But does this spirit of tolerance and renewal extend to those who challenge moral standards? Does a gay porn star get a second, third, or fourth chance to do something else with his life? Apparently the Post-Clinton Angry Liberals say “NO!”
It is amazing how an issue like this really challenges the political stereotypes of who is truly tolerant. Most (not all) Liberals these days talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk. And most (not all) Conservatives that I know don’t preach but instead accept all Americans as individual gifts from God. I’d prefer the latter.
Case in point….. Contrast Michelle Malkin’s awesome post this morning on the Sanchez matter versus the hate-filled, angry liberal commenters at Joe.My.God:
Last night, hate-filled liberals on MSNBC attemped to smear Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez and conservatives who honored him at CPAC for his support of the military at Columbia University. They gleefully showed photos of Cpl. Sanchez at the event–including ones I took–in mockery after his gay porn past was outed by left-wing blogs. They cackled “Semper Fi.”
I said the other day I thought CPAC organizers would be justified in being embarrassed if the rumors about Sanchez’s porn star past 15 years ago turned out to be true. Well, the rumors are true. But it is neither CPAC nor Cpl. Sanchez who should feel embarrassed.
It’s the nasty, gloating liberals who claim to stand for tolerance, privacy, human rights, and compassion. I predicted the other day that left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head. I was right. The e-mail I’ve received is more disgusting than anything Ann Coulter stupidly said at CPAC. And I can imagine the vitriol Cpl. Sanchez is enduring.
Very classy, Michelle. Thank you. None of this is suprising to me these days. Liberals are angry, they seem to hate everyone and they tear down those who violate the Liberal Political Correctness Rules. One would think liberals, who preach sexual freedom and pro-choice, would celebrate gay porn stars, escorts and Congressmen who come out and try to make changes in their lives. But not when those people do not have liberal political views. Instead — they are treated as pariahs.
**UPDATE** SeeDubya JunkYardBlog puts it this way:
Redemption is a Christian doctrine, and an American doctrine, and a conservative doctrine as well: making the best of what you have instead of insisting on perfection. Perfection is a myth. Perfection is the enemy of the good. All men, and all institutions, and all human doctrines, are deeply flawed and twisted, but we must do the best we can with them.
To understand American conservatives, even those who aren’t themselves Christian, you need to understand Christianity–not as it appears in vicious stereotypes and smears on left-wing blogs, but as it is really preached and practiced and understood. As I am fond of pointing out, a lively Christian faith is actually a great defense for American liberty, and a firewall against ideological zeal and extremism. And as seen in the response to the revelations about Cpl. Sanchez, it keeps us human.
As for those who outed him and had this blow up in their face, I pray they look at Chuck Colson’s example and take it to heart. There’s more to being human than just scoring political points.
I am an optimistic, conservative American who believes we all deserve second chances and all have the power of America to make our dreams come true. I’m sad that so many angry Post-Clinton Liberals are continually descending into a pile of hate spewage. But that’s life these days I guess.
[RELATED STORY: Matt Sanchez in his own words – MattSanchez.blogspot.com]
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