Why isn't David Vitter, the Senator from Louisiana who
admitted to breaking his marriage vows, soliciting sex in Washington and New Orleans on numerous occasions, also being asked to resign like Craig has
As usual, gay sex carries a heavier societal
punishment THAN does heterosexual sex "misdeeds."
Now, I'm not defending Larry Craig, and I am not so
upset at his having public sex, but rather that he worked so diligently, so hard
to keep gay people as second and third class citizens. He has demonized gay
people from day one in office and everyone knew he was gay since at least 1982
and even earlier.
Those run-ins with the law coincided with the time
frame of his marriage. He was probably psychically forced into that marriage to
again "hide" his real proclivities.
Larry Craig was socialized at a time when being gay
and admitting to it meant certain death to any aspirations you might have for
your life. And public office....totally out of reach to openly gay people (and
still is in most parts of the USA) until recently.
Society and especially religious strictures forced
Larry Craig into that bathroom in Minneapolis. It was a desperate act. Any gay
man who wanted to express his sexuality at the time of Craig's socialization was
forced to troll bathrooms, public parks, highway rest stops for sex, because
even if there were gay clubs at the time, they were constantly in danger of
being raided by the police---and were as Stonewall
Of course, gay people weren't the only ones using
public places like parks and drive-ins, and rest stops for sex. Every high
school heterosexual knew and most used such places for public sex and on a
regular basis AND still do.
No outrage over that, it was the norm for society.
Kids borrowing the family car and going to public places to smooch and have
The outrage was only for those seeking gay sex, not
So, just as those hetero high schoolers sought sexual
relations in public places, and still do, so do gay people. Larry Craig, in my
view committed no high offense for the public sex.
ALL OF YOU WHO HAD SEX IN THE BACKSEAT OF A CAR KNOW
THAT FOR SURE! or in the balcony of a movie theater, at the high school prom in
the park, at the local lover's lane or at the beach under the blankets..all of
you, and that's probably 99% of us can't scream at Larry Craig for public
sex....you did it and your kids still do.
His crime from my perspective is that he demonized the
very sex practices that he was forced to practice in the face of the pressures
put on him--anyone--who does not practice sex as society SAYS people should or
as Churches hypocritically demand.
But remember Craig was probably forced into his
marriage to hide his true orientation and then for decades sought human contact
of the kind his nature required by doing it furtively in public places. Larry
Craig was and is a victim, but that didn't and doesn't give him the right to
victimize and demonize gay people as he did for entire public career. I am
happy to see him go, but I wanted to point out the hypocrisy of the judgments
given to Vitter and his sexual "crimes" vs. those of Larry
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Mitt Romney, expected to roll out his healthcare plan in Florida today, will call for a combination of federal tax breaks and incentives to states to help the uninsured afford coverage, while offering strategies to rein in health costs, such as capping punitive damages in malpractice cases.
Drawing on some aspects of the Massachusetts health coverage law he helped enact as governor, Romney will urge states to redirect federal money that is now spent on expensive emergency room care for people without insurance, putting it instead toward helping low-income people pay for health insurance.
It's time for us to join the rest of the developed world and have government supplied health care FOR all citizens without exception AND WITHOUT A PROFIT MOTIVE AS WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES. WE NEED A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN! now.....
Projo Reports: The governor’s office signed a $15,000 contract with Indiana lawyer James Bopp Jr. to file a friend-of-the-court brief last week with the state Supreme Court, which had invited public comments while deciding whether to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts.
The case has drawn national attention as it is believed to be the first time any of the same-sex couples married in the Bay State have sought a divorce in another state.
Carcieri is doing everything in his power to prevent gay marriage in RI. He's joined his candidate for president, Mitt Romney, in joining the extreme rightwing in an attempt to put their social views at work in Rhode Island. As a citizen, he certainly has the right to do that, but he just spent 15K of TAX PAYER money to promote his personal, not government's, views.
But also in this particular case, the wacko rightwing is traveling around the country fighting at every opportunity the rights of gay americans and women who want to control their own bodies. They saw that RI was going decide on a gay marriage issue and looked for a dup in RI who could help them "fight the fags. " As the Projo Reported, they found their dup in Carcieri.
Carcieri, his candidate for president, Mitt Romney, and James Bopp. Now there is a trio and all bringing their hateful rhetoric about women and choice, gay people, poor people to the Ocean State. Bopp and his kind have a history, also, of anti-Catholic rhetoric. Many on the Christian right consider Catholicism a "cult"...Carcieri does not represent RI values of inclusion and his hiring of James Bopp to push an anti-fairness, fundamentalist, anti-gay personal agenda is evidence of that.
He clearly committed an ethics violation by using his own money to pay for the hired-gun, James Bopp of Indiana.
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