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(Some of) Our Critics & Their Imaginary Conservatives

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:18 pm - February 19, 2009.
Filed under: Academia,Blogging,Civil Discourse

Welcome Instapundit Readers!!

Sixteen years ago, when a second-year at the University of Virginia School of Law, I was the leading candidate to become the next president of the school’s chapter of the Federalist Society, an organization of “conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.“  While “out” to my closest friends and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Law Students Association, most members of the Society didn’t know I was gay.

I feared that if I had ome out, I might not have won election to the post to which I aspired.  I  bought the notion, peddled then as it it today, that a group of conservative students would not choose a gay man as their leader.

Well, I became president and learned during my third year and after my graduation that it wouldn’t have mattered.  Only one member of the Society, on learning I was gay, had any problem with my sexuality.  And even after finding out, he continued to praise my leadership of and devotion to the organization.

As I recall that story, I need single out those liberal students, including the then-president of the Law Democrats, who knew I was gay, yet prevented a more radical student from “outing” me.  I try always to remember their example when unhappy left-wingers comment to this blog, trotting out their standard prejudiced clichés about conservatives in general and their dishonest refrain about gay conservatives in particular, “self-loathing.”

This experience reminds me how broad-minded are so many of our ideological adversaries.  And sensitive to the privacy concerns of their conservative friends.

What is it, I wonder today, as I’ve wondered longer than I’ve been blogging why some of their ideological allies, particularly their gay peers, must needs always define gay conservatives as “self-hating,” calling us the equivalent of Jewish Nazis or black Klansmen?

The comments to my post, Defining Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage as Hate Speech, offered quite a window into this particular left-wing worldview.  Amusing how, when accusing us of self-hatred, they use such vilifying language.  Maybe they assume we hate ourselves because they’re just so determined to hate us.  And since they only see the world from their point of view, they’ve rationalized that since they hate us, everyone must hate us, including ourselves.

Or, maybe it’s because to them, they define “hate speech” as speech they don’t like.

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BREAKING NEWS: US Sen. Kay Hagan
Doesn’t Know If I’m “A Coward”

I just got off the phone (as a constituent) with the Washington, DC office of freshman US Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).

I asked a simple question:  “Given the fact that Sen. Hagan voted to confirm Attorney General Holder added to his comments yesterday calling America a “nation of cowards”, and given the fact that if I dare speak about race in the workplace, I’d be fired under current employment laws….. Does Senator Hagan think I — an ordinary American — am a coward?

The poor dude who answered the phone sputtered, then said he “figured she would not agree with Holder’s statement”.  But then put me on hold and after about 3 minutes came back with:  “Let me take your address so we can send you a response to Holder’s nomination since Sen. Hagan still has to answer a lot of letters about the subject.”

I don’t know, it is a pretty simple question:  Senator Hagan — do you think I’m a coward?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Has Arnold Forgotten His Audience?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:34 pm - February 19, 2009.
Filed under: California politics

Or maybe he’s just been playing to a new audience.

Just over five years ago, when running for Governor in the recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger had his finger on the pulse of the state.  He knew Californians were outraged by a spendthrift state government and opposed the myriad new tax and fee increases proposed by the then-Democratic Governor and state legislature.

But, now that he is Governor and facing a budget crisis even larger than that which led to the ouster of his predecessor, he seems to be playing to a different audience, no longer the overtaxed people of the Golden State.  Now he seems to be playing to the political class in Sacramento, unwilling to stand up to the public employee unions, hesitant to trim the fat from a bloated budget.

Just last week, negotiating with state legislative leaders, he agreed to a budget which would include numerous tax hikes:

Vehicle license fees would nearly double, going from the current rate of 0.65% to 1.15% of the value of a car or truck. The sales tax would increase by 1 cent, raising the rate in Los Angeles County to 9.75%. Gasoline taxes would increase by 12 cents a gallon. And Californians would pay a new surcharge on their personal income taxes, amounting to 2.5% of their total tax bills.

Republicans in the legislature balked at the tax increases which their (then-)leadership supported.  In the state Senate, they even “ousted their leader” because he backed said increases.

Well, legislators finally reached a compromise, getting one Republican Senator, Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, to sign on to a budget proposal so they could have the two-thirds vote necessary to pass the package.

Sonicfrog has more on some of the provisions in that compromise and speculates on what it might mean for politics in the Golden State.  His post is definitely worth your attention!

From Whence We Came

Um, when do we get to exercise our rights given to us in the very first clause under our Founding Document?

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Just askin’.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

If It Is Thursday, There Must Be Another Democrat Corruption Scandal

Oh wait, we have THREE brewing this week…. I forgot.

BREAKING:  Charges Against Stanford a Long Time Coming, Offshore Banking Experts Say – ABC News

Offshore banking experts say that the fraud charges this week against accused financial scammer R. Allen Stanford have been a long time coming.

“There’s no surprise at all,” said Washington lawyer and IRS consultant Jack Blum. “This man has been on law enforcement’s radar screen for the better part of 10 years.”

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The federal investigation, however, did not stop Stanford from using corporate money to become a big man at last year’s Democratic convention in Denver.

A video posted on the firm’s web-site shows Stanford, now sought by U.S. Marshals, being hugged by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and praised by former President Bill Clinton for helping to finance a convention-related forum and party put on by the National Democratic Institute.

“I would like to thank the Stanford Financial Group for helping to underwrite this,” Clinton said to the crowd at the event.

Can we all just universally agree that Nancy Pelosi is a lying rhymes-with-witch at this point?  “Culture of corruption” my ass.   She’s the Queen Bee!  [UPDATE:  More on Stanford and Democrats’ drug money. – h/t Instapundit.)

Item number TWO:

There’s a potentially big story brewing on Capitol Hill…  Apparently 104 members of Congress of both parties — 42 Republicans and 62 Democrats — secured earmarks for a lobbying firm linked to Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) in a single bill. The earmarks were inserted in a bill Murtha controlled as the defense appropriations subcommittee chairman.

The firm’s executives and clients are among Murtha’s biggest sources of campaign contributions.

Oh and who could forget Blago – The Illinois STD.  You know, the gift that keeps on giving.   Burris still hasn’t gotten his penicillin yet…

This is getting out of control.  Is this the HopeandChange that Chairman Obama promised?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The First of Many

NOW CHARLES SCHUMER IS wishing he’d read the ‘stimulus’ bill after all.

As Americans start learning about of the provisions in this behemoth legislation, expect other Democrats who voted for the “stimulus” to say they wish they’d read it too.

Wonder how their constituents will react as their representatives acknowledge having voted for a multi-hundred billion dollar spending bill that they hadn’t read.