It’s time to apologize for Rick Santorum

Santorum’s concession speech is the closest he’ll ever get to an “It Gets Better” video

Of all this President’s many progressive achievements—the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Student Loan Reform, Health Care Reform, pulling out of Iraq—the one that isn’t mentioned enough in the feeds I follow is the the ending of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

The DADT compromise enacted during the Clinton Administration made the closeting of gays and lesbians policy for the US military. It sent a message that homosexuals needed to lie or risk losing everything.

In one of the last acts of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, this ridiculous policy was ended. And the President signed the bill into law. It was a long overdue yet historic achievement for decency and equality.

Two years later, as the weakest field of candidates most adults could imagine gathered to seek the GOP nomination, two candidates declared that they wanted to return to the dark days of DADT. Michele Bachmann, who apparently uses the policy to great success in her marriage, wanted it back, as did Rick Santorum. Most people chuckled because we assumed both were joke candidates. We were half right.

To Fred Phelps’ chagrin, Rick Santorum is America’s most famous homophobe. Under the premise that he is speaking for the big Homophobe in the Sky, Santorum has put together a record of unabashed anti-gay rhetoric that it even embarrasses Republicans. Santorum’s view of homosexuality is so backward and offensive that millions cheered as Dan Savage led a movement to tie Santorum’s Google search results to the filthiest word picture one would want to imagine.

Don’t get me wrong. All of our conservatives have barbarous policies, especially when it comes to women’s choices, war, health care and climate change. But when Dick Cheney, Howard Stern and a majority of all Americans are for gay marriage, the argument is over. And those who still argue do so to an increasingly smaller audience.

Rick Santorum’s record of saying ignorant, hateful things about gays and lesbians, his record of comparing the desire of two adults of any gender who want to be united under the law to every perversion he can imagine, it should disqualify him from a place in public discourse. (It would normally have if conservatives didn’t have an overwhelming desire to shame Mitt Romney.)

I’m not saying Santorum should be censored. In America you have a right to be a dick. But you have no right to expect to be rewarded for it.

Rick Santorum’s homophobia will not be acceptable in 2016. And the fact that it was in 2012 is a shame.  And I’m sorry I didn’t do more to help make this country the kind of place where people exploit the fear of gays and lesbians are never given a national platform.

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  • CB_Demented

    Actually, DADT didn’t put them in the closet. They were already there. It allowed them to not be prosecuted for being gay, which was not the case before DADT.

    It was a week assed response to the problem, but it was a step in the right direction. You may not have been allowed to be out, but then again, they couldn’t try to out you, and they couldn’t prosecute you for it if you were outted.

    In any case, I sent an eCard to the Santorum campaign yesterday congratulating them on their valiant effort, and I attached a short gay porn vid to it just so he has something to do in his large amount of off time post campaign.

    • http://twitter.com/SugaRazor Razor

      They could still give you a dishonorable discharge and ruin your entire military career, which for many soldiers, would essentially ruin their entire adult lives. 

      • Railcomtech

        Sorry, but they would give an administrative discharge, NOT dishonorable. Big difference. It would not ruin your resume like a dishonorable would.

        • Travis Henderson

          Even if it was Dishonorable discharge, it is still not the same as Prison. 

        • CB_Demented

          Yep. It was an administrative discharge, but these days it wouldn’t mean much at all. Most employers just don’t care any more unless it’s a full dishonorable…and even then, it’s not the stigma it used to be.

          • Hobbes83

            Its still completely and totally idiotic to discharge an otherwise qualified and loyal American from the military just because they do something that some people think is ‘icky.’

    • drobotnik

      ‘weak assed’ not ‘week assed’

      The author, LOLGOP did not explain why in 2016 homophobia like this will be unacceptable but right now it seems to be in resurgence.

      What makes the author think this will not only grow in strength?

      • http://twitter.com/LOLGOP LOLGOP
        • CB_Demented

           I think the Center for Military Readiness poll is even more telling. http://www.military.com/news/article/new-poll-finds-most-oppose-dadt-repeal.html

          That’s one of the best cross sections of the heartland and bible belt you’ll find. Attitudes have change drastically in the last decade since I left the employ of the Navy, and they continue to do so.

          I think you may be a bit optimistic by a few years, but overall, I agree. Santorum’s brand of bigotry isn’t going to be acceptable within the next decade.

      • ThisIsMyReply

        1. More young people, who are far more tolerant when it comes to homosexuality, will be voting. Anybody between the ages of 14 and 17 for this election will be 18+ in the next election. It is among young people that acceptance of the gay community is strongest.

        2. If you look at political maps in comparison to maps of the unhealthiest states, there seems to be some level of direct correlation between support of Conservative social platforms and risk of being a walking coronary or stroke. Especially if Obamacare gets repealed, a lot of Republicans will probably just die off by 2016.

      • CB_Demented

         Congrats on being the spelling police.

        • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

          It’s a coveted title, don’tchya know…

    • Hotplatekick

      Unfortunately, few people are willing to tell the truth: http://goo.gl/obiC

    • AFV

      Well not really. During Vietnam they didn’t give a crap about ones sexuality. It became a factor in peacetime when the need for soldiers wasn’t so great. They drafted people back in Vietnam days and if announcing you were gay would keep you out of Vietnam there would have been nobody to fight that war.

    • Mrfloopa

      You mean it forced them into hiding. They can’t be prosecuted for being gay no matter what–an anti-gay policy did not help anybody. How ignorant are you?

      • CB_Demented

         They could be prior to DADT. It was a Court Marshal offense. Even if they didn’t catch you having sex, it was conduct unbecoming, lying on your enlistment and the general clause at the least.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Dalgliesh/100000640225767 James Dalgliesh

      Clinton knew he would never be able to allow gay and lesbians to serve openly in the military back than. It was the best he could do, and as you said, it at least made it so it wasn’t asked or hunted for. So at the time it served it’s purpose, and set the stage for allowing full disclosure for homosexuals. Was it good? no, but it was what was able to be done at the time, and necessary to getting where we are now.

  • Nowaynohow

    Your grammar is as flawed as your research. 

    • proud_canadian

      The lowest form of denigration.

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  • Bomevere

    Oh dear God I hope you’re wrong.

  • Rockdiga

    I hope and pray in 2016 that racism, sexism and homophobia are no longer “PARTY PLATFORMS TO RUN ON” for the Republican party forever. If rich people wanna have there own party to protect themselves called the GOP thats fine. But if they want to use inhuman disgusting language to describe fellow humans in the human race to demonize the Dem party. Than we should just do away with the party, listening to Savage or Rush Limbaugh felt like listening to Hitler or the KKK talking on the radio. i felt completely violated hearing the trash i heard out of this years GOP race.

  • mc1964

    You might believe homophobia won’t be acceptable in 2016, but don’t be too sure. It’s an issue that
    won’t go away anytime soon, partly because it’s a religious issue. Just as racism and sexism isn’t 
    going away, neither will homophobia.

  • Max

    Please don’t lump Howard Stern in with Cheney and other conservatives. In fact mentioning him in that sentence is pretty off-base, as he’s always been pretty liberal (his now-retracted Iraq war II support notwithstanding).

  • Dinny McGuire

    “Michelle Bachmann, who apparently uses the policy to great success in her marriage,” is one of the most deliciously crafted phrases I have read in ages. Beautiful.

  • Dinny McGuire

    OK, add “big Homophobe in the Sky” to my list.

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