“Buttigieg’s entire value proposition is that he’s a gay man who cavorts with another gay man in a gay marriage, and if you don’t like it that’s your problem. Ask him what else he’s done to deserve the keys to the nuclear football and his answer is he drove someone around Afghanistan for six weeks and then spent a few years as mayor of a college town of 101,000 people.”
I might be coming to this a bit late, as it was a minor blowup last week, but something ought to be said about it before we Normals (hat tip: Kurt Schlichter) are so browbeaten on the subject that we’re no longer allowed to have a position.
1. Rush Limbaugh said nothing wrong about Pete Buttigieg, and go to hell if you think otherwise.
It’s long past time someone took an actual stand on this issue, but no, it is not appropriate for a gay man to engage in gratuitous, in-your-face public displays of affection with another man when said gay man is running for president and thus purports to assume leadership of the government of the world’s most preeminent nation.
Sorry, but it isn’t.
It wouldn’t be appropriate for a straight man to act that way with his wife in public. People would say, “Get a room.” There is a reason why Joe Biden created such a problem for himself by so commonly getting handsy with various females finding themselves in his public clutches; when you’re engaged in presidential politics or other fora in which the nation’s leadership is in the lurch, you’re supposed to maintain a level of decorum indicative of good judgment.
And you can call it whatever you want, but if you want to be an openly gay man with, by the way, a thoroughly and completely barren resume for the job of president of the United States of America, you had better manage to escape notice for these kinds of behaviors.
Which, Pete Buttigieg not only fails to do, but he also flaunts his transgressions of the public standard and does so in a manner suggesting that your objection to it is evidence of your bigotry and homophobia.
No, Pete, it isn’t bigotry. It’s standards.
America hasn’t elected an openly gay president, though it’s quite possible America has had a gay president or two. The past ones got elected because they exercised enough decorum as to make their sexuality a non-issue or at minimum a minor issue.
Buttigieg’s entire value proposition is that he’s a gay man who cavorts with another gay man in a gay marriage, and if you don’t like it that’s your problem. Ask him what else he’s done to deserve the keys to the nuclear football and his answer is he drove someone around Afghanistan for six weeks and then spent a few years as mayor of a college town of 101,000 people.
Everything about Pete Buttigieg isn’t just laughable; it’s obnoxious. Any American with half a brain and a quarter of the standards we should require of our voters would look at his presentation and shoot him down on general principle. Appearing in photos sharing a swingset with another man as though he was a sophomore in high school isn’t an accident, by the way. As Paul Kengor astutely noted, this is essentially a psy-op on the American people by a man whose father was the president of the International Gramsci Society, a Marxist organization dedicated to the teachings of a man whose intellectual contribution was to note that if the norms and traditions of a civilization can be destroyed, then next to fall would be its government and way of life — and suggested this would be a good thing.
Limbaugh didn’t even say any of this. He just questioned whether Buttigieg could sell it to Democrat primary voters, many of whom tend to the more traditional cultural preferences. And for that small transgression Limbaugh was branded a bigot. By Buttigieg himself, by the way, who goes around looking for homophobes behind every curtain.
Well, if you can’t criticize Pete Buttigieg because he’s gay, then you can’t criticize Rush Limbaugh because he has stage four lung cancer. If we’re going to play Who’s the Victim here, I’m betting on Limbaugh and I’m saying Buttigieg is bigoted against cancer patients.
If we’re going to be that stupid, then everybody gets a bite. And we can go back to the idiocy of thinking the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, of all places, is qualified to be president on the simple basis of what his sexual urges are.