Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Steve Benen Concern Trollery on Lindsey Graham Sexual Orientation

The post is really about delegitimizing the tea parties, and especially a recent South Carolina Tax Day Tea Party. As one website put it:

Tea party activists in South Carolina apparently didn’t receive the memo to tone down their incendiary rhetoric, in the wake of death threats and violent acts waged against U.S. lawmakers. A tea party rally held in Greenville over the weekend provided the few thousand in attendance a cornucopia of racism, hate, paranoia, seditious calls to take up arms against the government and anti-gay rhetoric. And the offensive remarks receiving the most attention were those made by the event’s keynote speaker, race-baiting nativist and former U.S. congressman Tom Tancredo. He took to the podium and whipped up the crowd with an anti-Obama racist birther rant: “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

The rally was organized by the Upcountry Conservative Coalition. The group’s mission statement: “We the People…are coalescing to reclaim our God given rights by restoring our Constitutional Republic.”

But leftists have long attacked Senator Graham on his sexual orientation, often using crude homophobic stereotypes:
Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an unmarried/never married 52 year old with a funny, forced way of walking, has been far more fastidious with his homosexuality. Again, "everyone" knows-- except the voters in conservative South Carolina. Not that it doesn't come up from time to time; people talk. In fact, the head of the Democratic Party in South Carolina said something when the effeminate Lindsey decided to run for Thurmond's senate seat. "He's a little too light in the loafers" to succeed Strom Thurmond. Graham got into a really queenie tizzy fit and loudly threatened to sue-- although he didn't. (They never do.)
And thus notice Digby's total hypocrisy:
In light of the teabaggers' crude outing of Lindsay Graham, I took a little trip down memory lane and revisited the history of the right wing attacks on gays as threats to national security. I guess that Mad Men craze has unfortunately put McCarthyism back in vogue.
Yeah. Right.


Grizzly Mama said...

I'm very confused! lol.

I thought the lefties were the tolerant ones - yet we've got dems and lefties attacking Lindsay Graham for possibly being gay? They are so frigging blinded by their ideology that they can't even see how stupid they look.

As for Tom Tancredo - he was just quoting Michelle Obama for goodness sakes. And I'm no 'birther'..

What is their problem???? They're still on the racist thing as far as the TEA movemnt goes. I thought that they had moved on to calling us terrorists and seditionists. Someone needs to tell that guy - he obviously didn't get the memo!

From which side have the violence and death threats come?

jimvj said...

They are not attacking Lindsey (not Lindsay) for being gay. As the blogger said in response to a comment that "This reads as if there's something bad about being gay..."

At 10:37 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

There isn't-- just bad about being gay and voting against the interests of gay people-- the way Graham does. Sorry for not conveying that in the article.

Grizzly Mama said...

Nice backpedaling job.