Thursday, November 04, 2004
Yesterday interspersed between too earnest celebrations of Karl Rove’s interpretation of the word mandate, I was struck by remarks made by several Republican spokespeople on the cable yak shows.
Maintaining the President's October 26th about face on ABC’s Good Morning America, these spokespeople continued to hair-split saying the Republican party is not opposed to civil unions and partner benefits implying that the Gay Marriage “issue” was simply a means to lure the simple-minded to the polls.
While ignored by the captivated corporate media (also heavily interested in luring the simple-minded) this issue-straddling was openly evident yesterday as the President and Vice President spoke to a worshipful throng gathered amid the Napoleonic W’s decorating the great hall in Washington, DC’s uber massive Ronald Reagan Building.
Though unidentified in any news text or photo cut line that I’ve Googled since yesterday, one person of some importance to Mary Cheney was making her 2nd public appearance since the VP debate with the first families of, as some described it, our Fundamentalist Christian nation.
The Vice President, tasked with the introductions and trailing a comet’s tail of Cheney’s, said:
Thank you all.
It is an honor for me to be here along with Lynne and our whole family on this very special afternoon.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Cheney said “our whole family” while in the company of his daughter Mary and her self described life partner Heather Poe.
Aside from some politically self-serving uses, I appreciate Mr. Cheney’s cheneyesque low-key actions and words regarding Ms. Poe particularly during and after a campaign utilizing such ugly and very Rovian whispered and shouted anti-gay rhetoric.
As Mary Cheney’s life partner, in my opinion and our Vice President’s, Heather Poe is, indeed, a member of the extended Cheney family.
Sadly, though I appreciate his courage in the face of the President’s fortuitous charismatic Christianity, Mr. Cheney’s words and actions offer meager balm to a grievous wound of politically fanned hatred now oozing on our body politic.
I recently posted a report detailing my participation with the Kerry campaign outside a Monday night football game at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.
In that post I chose not to quote remarks made by a great many Bush/Cheney supporters except to say that the comments were rather vulgar.
In light of Mr. Cheney’s bravery and the Bush campaign’s dangerous hypocrisy, I regretfully (partly because this post will now appear in countless pornographic web searches) feel a few select quotations have, now, become relevant to illustrate that 59,123,312 Bush voters, perhaps, misinterpreted the campaign’s portrayal of certain allegedly moral and highly divisive issues.
The soon-to-be-listed epithets were, also, not directed at myself; indeed few had the courage to look me in the eye, but were rather directed at the candidates represented by the sign I was holding.
Additionally, while the following quotations are few in number they were variously and endlessly shouted by hundreds of vocabulary-limited male and female, young and old Bush/Cheney supporters throughout a 3-hour period.
Kerry’s (Edwards’) a fag.
Edwards’ (Kerry) takes it up the ass.
Kerry’s (Edwards’) a cocksucker.
Edwards’ (Kerry’s) a homo.
Kerry (Edwards) sucks dick.
Edwards’ (Kerry’s) a buttfucker.
Kerry (Edwards) drinks cum.
Kerry’s (Edwards’) a fuckin’ queer.
As a posted previously, I was most surprised by a fairly well dressed and highly incensed 60-year-old woman who pushed her face close to mine and, spit flying, screamed the entire hate repertoire.
Much to my regret for I would have urged her arrest, I, later, discovered she had intentionally spit on several members of our group.
Politically fomented hatred such as this will not easily subside with, though welcome, occasional unpublicized familial kindness by the Vice President.
I fear we have yet to see the violence this planned demonizing will produce.
It might be wise for these self-proclaimed Christians to remember that, according to the Old and New Testaments, God the Father “created the Heavens and the earth and everything therein” and that John was “the apostle whom Jesus loved” before they discover, too late, that the Being they presume to speak for does not appreciate those who assume his mantle of Judgment much less their use of improper language.
Photo: Associated Press