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08/29/2008

Well our opposition sure sees a 'Pal in' potential Veep

by Jeremy Hooper

Are you wondering whether or not Sarah Palin would be good for gays and progressive? Well just look at who is throughly thrilled by her selection. This comes from the Concerned Women For America's Janice Shaw Crouse:

"It is particularly significant that a conservative woman was nominated for the nation's second highest office. For years the feminist movement has acknowledged for leadership only those women who embrace a radical agenda. How refreshing that now we have a woman who reflects the values of mainstream American women. Sarah Palin is pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family. She is a woman who is balancing the personal and professional in admirable ways. She is an outstanding woman who will be an excellent role model for the nation's young people. Sarah Palin is chief among equals with American professional women; she brings the kind of balance that characterizes the high-achieving women of today. She will bring to the forefront of our cultural conversations an intelligent, realistic, well-grounded woman's perspective."
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"Take that feminists -- here is a woman of accomplishment who brings a fresh face to traditional values and models the type of woman most girls want to become."

200808291451Now keep in mind that this is not just a conservative person. Janice Shaw Crouse is an extreme social conservative who fights gay rights at every turn. Just last week she lashed out against Hallmark for offering cards that honor same-sex commitments, saying that the greetings company "should be protecting American culture from those forces that would destroy the family and create a public environment that is detrimental to general well-being, especially children's well-being." So her applause should not be alarming only to gays who are in desperate need of a friend in the White House. It should also raise the eyebrows of anyone who is fed up with the divisive, dehumanizing politics that have tarnished the process for the past eight years!

With the selection of Palin, we now seem to have a McCain ticket that is firmly in line with the same GOP playbook that has been dividing this great nation for far too long. And the historic nature of the ticket does nothing to negate the prehistoric nature of anti-equality mindsets!

Press Release: Sarah Palin Will Make HistoryPress Release: Sarah Palin Will Make History [CWA]

**UPDATE: The Family Research Council, an equally anti-gay organization, is equally excited:

St. Paul, MN - FRCAction, the legislative advocacy arm of Family Research Council, applauds Senator John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

FRCAction Senior Vice President Connie Mackey had this to say:

"The choice of Governor Sarah Palin as the presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee comes on the heels of a week which saw the crafting of the most conservative, pro-life, and pro-family platform in Republican party history.

The platform was articulated with the dedicated efforts of many conservative women, standing on the shoulders of long-time conservative leaders such as Phyllis Schlafy. The GOP platform is a solidly pro-woman document. I salute the efforts of delegates such as Mary Summa from North Carolina, Sandy McDade from Louisiana, and Bunny Chambers from Oklahoma who stood up for women everywhere in creating this platform.

Governor Sarah Palin is a testament to the hardworking women across the nation, who sacrifice for their families and their country on a daily basis. I am elated with Senator McCain's choice and applaud his continued commitment to creating a pro-woman, pro-life, pro-family administration."

Conservative Women Rule [FRC Action]

***Oh, and now James Dobson is cheering the selection:

Dr. James Dobson: McCain’s Choice of Palin 'Outstanding' [Citizenlink]

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Your thoughts

"How refreshing that now we have a woman who reflects the values of mainstream American women."

Mainstream? Since when is the mainstream American woman a gun-toting, scandalized, anti-gay, stepford wife who doesn't even know what the Vice President of our country does? That's right, Miss Alaska here (a beauty pageant winner, just like all mainstream women) at 44 years old does not know the job she just accepted!


"Take that feminists -- here is a woman of accomplishment who brings a fresh face to traditional values and models the type of woman most girls want to become."

This is so very stupid of Janice Shaw Crouse -- apparently she didn't get the memo that Feminism is about a woman's right to choose how to live her life and to be equal to men. This isn't a slam against feminism, it's the whole POINT of feminism. While individual feminists might not agree with Palin's politics, Palin would not be where she is --- and neither would Crouse --- if it weren't for the efforts of Feminism!

Posted by: Jason D | Aug 29, 2008 4:38:29 PM

"Take that feminists -- here is a woman of accomplishment who brings a fresh face to traditional values and models the type of woman most girls want to become."

Feminist do not work that way. Good night.

Posted by: Ravvie | Aug 29, 2008 7:38:58 PM

No, Feminists do not work that way. “Traditional values” also teach women to be obedient to men. Personally, I think that McCain just wants someone who won't create problems for him.

Love your blog, by the way.

Posted by: annyikha | Aug 29, 2008 9:14:46 PM

Do you ever look at anything without first passing it through the lens of a left-wing idealogue, Jeremy? Do you ever consider matters other than gay issues when writing about politics? Or ever give serious thought to your aspersions before you cast them into print?

Janice Shaw Crouse's comments should "raise the eyebrows of anyone who is fed up with the divisive, dehumanizing politics that have tarnished the process for the past eight years," eh?

Well, of course, the presidency of G.W. Bush has a monopoly on divisive and dehumanizing politics in recent American history. The Clinton administration never did anything either divisive or dehumanizing, did it? Like vetoing a ban on partial-birth abortion, or teaching the nation that fellatio isn't really sex, or sending the ATF and the FBI out to harass and gun down families... right?

No, of course not. Those Democrats who use the word "fetus" like the Klan uses the word "nigger" would never do anything dehumanizing, would they? And with their turning the war with the Islamic terrorists into a political issue, well we know that dividing Americans is the last thing on the Democrats' minds!

"With the selection of Palin, we now seem to have a McCain ticket that is firmly in line with the same GOP playbook that has been dividing this great nation for far too long."

So the Democrats' big-spending, socialist-welfare state policies don't divide Americans. Only Republican policies do that. The Democrats' constant appeals to class envy don't divide Americans. Only Republican politics does that. The post-McGovern Dems devotion to escaping individual responsibility doesn't divide anyone, nor does their unending presumption upon the safety of the nation. NO! Only the GOP can truly divide Americans!

Rubbish. Only a loony leftist asshole can think the Republicans are more divisive than their Democrat opponents.

Before you write about the differences between the two major parties, Jeremy, I suggest you take your head out of your own arse.

Posted by: David | Aug 31, 2008 6:38:39 PM

Standard response to all comments from 'David' of 'Stop The Tyrants' (above): After engaging/indulging David for over a year, I finally wised up and realized that every last dialogue we have shared has been completely fruitless. And not in just a "we disagree" way -- I enjoy engaging in reasoned dissent, which can be both fun and even educational. David, however, is simply not open to any exchange of ideas. I have gone over every comment he has ever made on here: The aggressively closed-off tone is the one consistent. His mind is made up, and any attempt at discourse with him will fall on the deafest of ears. So I will no longer dignify, or really even read his reliably self-aggrandizing, non-productive, school marm-like comments. It might be in everyone's best interest to do the same.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 31, 2008 7:06:07 PM

Did FRC scrub this: Conservative Women Rule, http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PR08H05

I just tried to read it, but it doesn't appear to be there any longer.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 1, 2008 9:11:56 PM

I think this one's just a coincidence, Dick. It is gone from the site, but it's still up other places.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 2, 2008 8:27:38 AM

TRANSLATION FOR JEREMY'S STOCK RESPONSE:

Jeremy did not wise up to the fruitlessness of our dialogues. He took the cowards way out.

By accusing me of having an "aggressively closed-off tone" he can engage in his Democrat-worshipping, 'the Republicans are pure evil' diatribes without challenge. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

I challenge you, Jeremy Hooper, to post all of our conversations together and then demonstrate how I was a self-aggrandizing and pig-headed throughout.

Besides being a hypocrite and leftie ideologue, Jeremy, your main problem is you're selfish. The true be-all and end-all of your politics is whatever you think serves your interests as a homosexual.

Posted by: David | Sep 2, 2008 6:22:07 PM

Standard response to all comments from 'David' of 'Stop The Tyrants' (above): After engaging/indulging David for over a year, I finally wised up and realized that every last dialogue we have shared has been completely fruitless. And not in just a "we disagree" way -- I enjoy engaging in reasoned dissent, which can be both fun and even educational. David, however, is simply not open to any exchange of ideas. I have gone over every comment he has ever made on here: The aggressively closed-off tone is the one consistent. His mind is made up, and any attempt at discourse with him will fall on the deafest of ears. So I will no longer dignify, or really even read his reliably self-aggrandizing, non-productive, school marm-like comments. It might be in everyone's best interest to do the same.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 2, 2008 8:53:14 PM

Annyikha: Thanks for the kind words about the site.

It's really unfortunate that Palin is drawing support from both our community's most strident opponents and the Log Cabin Republicans. In fact, it's making me quite sad.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 3, 2008 11:58:12 AM

Last I heard Palin didn't even legitimatly win miss congeniality.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Sep 4, 2008 5:11:00 PM

Anyone else find the terms used rather interesting? "Pro-life, Pro-marriage, Pro-family". Is anyone fighting for gay-rights really "anti-life, anti-marriage, or anti-family"? In fact, isn't that really what the issue is about, that everyone should have the rights to life as they see fit, marriage to those they love, and family that they care about?

Posted by: Beth | Dec 9, 2008 12:47:41 PM

Beth: That is a HUGE issue. The far-right deliberately uses these words for the reasons you highlight: So that they can paint their opposition as being "anti-life, anti-marriage, or anti-family." That's why we would never even consider writing their terms without putting them in quotes.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 9, 2008 1:01:21 PM

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