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Log Cabin Republicans Show They Are Just as Wacky as Straight Conservatives : Obama Announcing Support For Marriage Equality Is ‘Offensive And Callous’

The Log Cabin Republicans’ R. Clarke Cooper was quick to try to discredit Obama’s announcement supporting marriage equality today, calling it “cold comfort” and “offensive and callous” in the immediate wake of Amendment One’s passage in North Carolina:

COOPER: That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous. Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short. (emphasis mine)

Though LCR claims not to endorse candidates, this absurd attack suggests the group would rather stand with Mitt Romney, who has pledged to support a federal marriage amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide. Coming from a group whose mission is to “secure full equality for gays and lesbians,” this is a stunning example of petty partisan politics.

How are Log Cabin conservatives different from Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan(R-Wi), Jim Inhofe(R-Okla.), Rush Limbaugh or any other knuckle dragging mouth breather that hates science, rational thought, the concept of basic human rights, economic justice and the common good. Except for being gay, there is no difference. The utterly inane statement above says a lot in few words. Even before his heart transplant Dick Cheney was not in great health yet he managed to make it over to Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. propaganda outlet Fox News to defend torture. Let’s all give Dick a big round of applause for all the times he toured the country advocating equal rights under the Constitution for gay Americans. Oh, that’s right we can’t do that because it never happened. Dick made time to defend torturing people, but not time to defend gay rights. Was Dick Cheney or any other conservative over in North Carolina to give conservative Republicans hell for trying to pass an unconstitutional law. Of course not. But Obama is the cynical one. Not a word on Mitt Romney, who one assumes Log Cabin conservatives want to be president. Romney continues to not only oppose gay marriagee but even civil unions. I remember an article by a gay liberal from around 2001 that spoke to how willingly a few of his gay conservative friends were willing to sell out all other values to save a few dollars in taxes. That still describes much of what Log Cabin conservatives stand for.Like all other conservatives they do not see themselves as members of a nation, a community writ large, with common goals, responsibilities and values. It’s all about them and how many toys they can accumulate before they die, the vulture capitalists model of quasi-democracy. LCRs belong to the movement that believes in gay therapy conversion. That believes torture is wholesome. That lied over 4000 Americans to their deaths and have shown zero regret. That pushed the economy off the cliff, left the bill for our grandchildren to pay and blame Obama for not fixing it fast enough. If LCR wants to send their money that fine, conservatives will be happy to use it in their state by sate campaign to make gays only three-fifths of a person. At which time we’ll get another press release about how Obama failed them.

This dolt at Gawker really thinks the glass is empty instead of half full – Barack Obama’s Bullshit Gay Marriage Announcement – there is a political party waiting for him. He’ll be treated like a half citizen, if he is even allowed in the same room as “normal” people. leave it to a cynical liberal to always see any progress as less than what they imagine progress should be in their dreams. Please do not read any history Mr. Cook and learn about the thousand-year old struggle for freedom. It has never come easily or all at once.

Log Cabin Republicans might want to save the cynical Ann Coulter impression and perfectionist liberals like Gawker might want to save the crankery for fights that lay ahead. I wonder if LCR hero Dick Cheney will be in Minnesota to stop their version of a same-sex marriage ban. Maybe Gawker could stop whining about Obama not making a palm leaf in his cafe latte long enough to head out to Maryland and Washington State, where conservative culture nutbars are seeking to overturn legislative approval of same-sex marriage. While not gay rights issue per se how about trying to stop the 400 bills in state legislatures being considered to limit women’s reproductive rights. Anyone think that conservatives have four hundred job creations bills in the works. Not that I can find.

We’re not in trouble because gays want to marry or women want to have some control over when they have babies. We’re in trouble because CEOs are collecting exorbitant pay while slicing the pay of average workers, because the titans of Wall Street demand short-term results over long-term jobs, and because of a boardroom culture that tolerates financial conflicts of interest, insider trading, and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations.”

Our crisis has nothing to do with private morality. It’s a crisis of public morality — of abuses of public trust that undermine the integrity of our economy and democracy and have led millions of Americans to conclude the game is rigged.

What’s truly immoral is not what adults choose to do with other consenting adults. It’s what those with great power have chosen to do to the rest of us.

It is immoral that top executives are richly rewarded no matter how badly they screw up while most Americans are screwed no matter how hard they work.

Regressive Republicans have no problem intruding on the most personal and most intimate decisions any of us makes while railing against government intrusions on big business.

They don’t hesitate to hurl the epithets “shameful,” “disgraceful,” and “contemptible” at private moral decisions they disagree with, while staying stone silent in the face of the most contemptible violations of public trust at the highest reaches of the economy.

Ever since health care reform (The ACA) was passed the Right started this urban myth about the government directly controlling 50% of the economy. If we want to stick to the acts, what Saint Ronnie considered terrible things, that is not strictly true. That Romney has adopted this big lie says a lot about the shallowness of his character  – Is This Romney’s Biggest Fib?

If Romney equates government involvement in an economic sector with control, Bartlett notes, then there’s no limit to the nightmare Romney is promoting. “Agriculture is heavily controlled, so why don’t we add all food consumption to government’s share of GDP?” Bartlett asks. “Banking is also heavily controlled, so let’s add that too. Ditto housing, manufacturing, etc. This doesn’t pass the laugh test.”

Yet no one is howling foul about Romney relying on this scary-sounding factoid to promote his claim that Obama is on the verge of destroying free enterprise in the United States. (PolitiFact has previously called out Romney for saying the United States is “inches away from no longer being a free economy.”)

On the campaign trail, Romney touts his corporate credentials and argues he knows what’s best for the ailing US economy. That’s certainly fair play. But he has continuously accused Obama of not understanding the nation or its economy (while apologizing for the country overseas) and of desiring to turn the United States into an European-style state where poverty will spread. To level such an indictment credibly, it helps to toss out facts—or what seem to be facts. By charging Obama with a power grab that will place government in control of half of the economy, Romney positions himself as a savior for those voters who believe (maybe because of Romney’s own demagoguery) that Obama is running amok and threatening the fundamental nature of the nation.

Romney still owns an interest in ban Capital, but stopped being an active partner in 1999. That was about 13 years ago. During that time Bush 43 was president for eight years. So now, right now we are on the edge of sliding into socialism. Does Romney, the brilliant financial wheeler and dealer know that what an oligopoly is. We now have even fewer too big to fail banks.  Obama did not even try to use laws against monopolies to break them up or to bring back Glass-Steagall. Corporate profits are as high as ever. Corporations are using tax loopholes to pay an effective tax rate lower than the average dentist or programmer. It’s like a game of Where’s Waldo, only we’re all looking for a Karl Marx that is not there. Romney is sure to get the votes of the conservatives in Wingnuttia with that kind of reality challenged doublespeak, but in the end it ain’t real. Kind of like Romney’s claim to be a great job creator. Romney, like other vulture capitalists are very good at siphoning off the capital created by the work of ordinary Americans. These are the Americans Fox News and the Republican party calls leaches. Romney has no record of creating a useful product or service. Steve Jobs might have been a %&%#@ in some ways, but at least he actually produced something of value.


Jonah Goldberg has a new book out. Basically a rehash of the same tired doggerel we hear everyday. Which reminds me, has anyone ever seen Goldberg and Glenn beck in the same room at the same time. One of the interesting things about history is that  there always seems to be something new to discover. Jonah and Glenn have no patience for those new discoveries, they just turn history upset down and turn it inside out. Suddenly the Nazis are communists and since FDR helped destroy Nazism that somehow played right into the hands of the communist who called really were communists who were competing with the far Right Nazi communists. It is not just that subtle shades of meaning escape Jonah and Glenn, actual historical events, why they occurred, what happened and the consequences all become this blur except that right-wing conservatives were little angels that flew in soft breezes above the fray. Jonah Goldberg’s desperation: striving for seriousness, but too lazy to achieve it

Goldberg’s also a master at avoiding serious challenges to his half-formed opinions. In 2009, TBogg documented more than forty instances of Goldberg evading arguments or declining to elaborate on points he’d made by invoking some rapidly approaching deadline. (Sample: “This has been discussed endlessly in the Corner and elsewhere. I’m on a deadline so I’m not going to wade too deeply into it.”)

[  ]….I just opened “The Tyranny of Cliche” to a random page. It is the start of Chapter 9, “Slippery Slope,” and it begins with quotations from Hume, Lincoln and T.S. Eliot. Then we’re treated to the prose of Mr. Jonah Goldberg, who is here to share his presentation on “slippery slopes.” It reads very much like a high school student’s essay assignment:

Ultimately slippery slope arguments are a mixed bag. They are useful as a way to reinforce good dogma, but they are also used to reinforce bad dogma. Similarly they can scare us away from bad policies and good policies alike. There are good slippery slope arguments and bad ones for good ends and bad ends.

What insight! What a masterful grasp of nuance! Let’s try one of our own: Airplanes can be used for good things and bad things. Some airplanes carry medicine or ice cream, but other airplanes carry bombs or bad people. But an airplane with bombs might be good because the bombs are for using on bad guys, and on the other airplane maybe the ice cream has melted.

Goldberg is a problem. How does one satirize someone who seems to satirize himself. A walking parody of the dunce who is sure that he is right and someday he is going to find the time and evidence to prove all you mean people wrong. Someday Jonah is going to get even with all those people who keep finding glaring factual errors in his work. Then boy, you’ll all be sorry.