Disqualifying Behavior

I am linking to this article and I urge you to watch the video.  Kill The Gays Rally.  Not because of this ranting nutball religious head case and the 17oo deluded and hateful followers who attended, but because three republican presidential candidates showed up at this event.  I know people are going to say — “Oh Melinda, why are you getting upset over these bigoted fools?  They have no power, no way to actually enforce their murderous agenda.  Let me reiterate —

Because three candidates for the republican nomination to be president of the United States attended.

Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal.  Those are the names to remember.  What does it say about the current state of the republican party that candidates for the highest office in the land feel comfortable showing up, sharing the stage and being interviewed by this man?  Bluntly I think that their attendance at this event should instantly disqualify them from any consideration for president.  Nixon was notoriously homophobic but I expect even old Tricky Dick would have had enough brains not to show up at something like this.  While Huckabee and Jindal have no chance of actually securing the nomination Ted Cruz has an actual lane to run and win.  Sit with that for a minute.

What this tells me is that there is a percentage of the American public who are perfectly happy to let their racist, sexist, homophobic freak flags fly.  That good manners and civil discourse have long ago left the building, and that these three men are either —

  1.  Viciously homophobic themselves.
  2. Want to turn American into a Christian theocracy.
  3. Cynically playing the rubes to win the nomination

Personally I’m hoping for door number 3 — it’s the least terrifying option.

5 Responses to Disqualifying Behavior

  • Laurie Mann says:

    I think each of the three options is pretty horrifying.

    [[Sorry, wicked ugly typoes in the first posting]]

  • JaniceG says:

    I think that Huckabee and Cruz are definitely Door #2 (Cruz’s dad is a nutjob evangelical preacher and Huckabee himself is a nutjob evangelical preacher) but Jindal is probably Door #3. As evidence, today’s quote from Ted Cruz at that same conference: “Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander in chief of this nation.”

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      They seem not to understand that there is no religious test for public office in this country. They all profess to love the Constitution, but like the bible they ignore the inconvenient parts. Article 6 of the Constitution. “…all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

  • morgan sheridan says:

    I’ll take Door Number 2. They’re all theocrats.

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