Posted by Scott Tibbs at 9:00 AM (#)
With the latest trolling "question" making the rounds of Republican candidates for President, Leftists need to make a decision. Either someone's private life is private, or someone's private life is public. Which is it?
Back in the 1990's, we heard the Left defend President Clinton in the midst of the Lewinsky scandal by saying it was a "private matter" and it was "only about sex." Taking that premise as true for the sake of argument, is it not extremely hypocritical for Leftists and the news media to demand that Republicans answer a "question" about whether they would attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one?
I guess all of this defense of privacy and private choices in someone's private life only goes one way. The special pleading and hypocrisy is embarrassing - or would be, if the Left had any shame.
If I was running for President, here is how I would answer:
Why are you asking me this? What does this have to do with the responsibilities of the office I am seeking?
We have seen our national debt explode to unprecedented levels to the point that it threatens the global economy. The economic recovery has been anemic at best. We have government officials at all levels regularly violating the basic civil rights of American citizens under the premise of keeping us "safe." We have an increasinly unstable Middle East that presents a national security threat.
Why are you not asking me about those things, since that is what I would actually deal with as President?
This is a troll question, nothing more. You have no interest in informing your audience. You only want to stir things up. You are engaged in journalistic malpractice and you should be ashamed of yourself.
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, TableTopJoe said...
I know. Isn't it awful that those mean old liberals are resorting to wedge issues like gay marriage to gain political advantage?
, Scott Tibbs said...
Using a wedge issue regarding policy is one thing. Using a person's private choices as a wedge issue is irrelevant.
, Mike Newton said...
"is it not extremely hypocritical for Leftists and the news media to demand that Republicans answer a "question" about whether they would attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one?"
In a word, "No." Republicans like Santorum, Huckabee, and others have chosen gay marriage as chief among their mindless "talking points." Like the abortion "pro-life" Santorum approved for his wife, it's entirely fair to ask them about their stance on treatment of gays within their own families. We should also keep asking Bachmann why she lied about leaving Minnesota if gay marriage was legalized, and keep asking your hero Rush why he lied about moving to Costa Rica if "Obamacare" was still in effect by 2015. The whole rotten party apparatus is filled from top to bottom by pathological liars who should be called one very false word they utter.
, Scott Tibbs said...
Santorum's wife did not have an abortion. The Santorums attempted to save a pregnancy and the doctors were not able to save the baby. That is a slimy smear tactic.
, Scott Tibbs said...
As for Bachmann and Limbaugh, that shows why you don't make grand pronouncements unless you're 100% willing to follow up.
One can treat homosexuals with respect and at the same time refuse to attend a wedding that violates one's religion.
Just like one can treat adulterers with respect and refuse to attend the wedding of a man and his mistress, after he abandoned his wife for a younger woman.
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