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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Like Voting for George Wallace

from Salon.com

Playwright Doug Wright in Playbill:
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they're voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say," My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood." It's like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You're still complicit. You're still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don't get to walk away clean, because you say you "disagree" with your candidate on these issues.

Via Joe.My.God.


Frank said...

The faction I see as equally dangerous are the heretical new B16 Catholics who are for Romney (unfathomable because Catholic teaching has always been for social justice and the poor) because of the Republican anti-abortion stance as well as their anti-same sex marriage promises. Amazing that voters could possibly decide the course of history based on these issues - in the guise of "economic policies" - policies which will flush us all down the toilet along with the human rights gains we've made.

Russ Manley said...

Well yes - and you can just hear the Republicans crowing, if Obama loses - "You see, America rejected all that nasty liberalism/socialism, it's not what this country wants" - and then they would proceed to go full speed ahead and plow under every social advance since the New Deal.

As somebody has said, a Romney victory would be "like Bush on steroids." I believe it. And the polls are too damn close for comfort.

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