Newt Gingrich: Truth in Advertising

21 Dec

"Vote for Obama, you homo."

Thanks to my dear friend Rylee for inspiring me to write this article.  While there is something to be said for truth in advertising, I can’t help but to be mortified and disappointed that GOP Presidential bigots wear their discrimination as a badge of honor.

While campaigning in Iowa, Newt Gingrich (the poster child for the sanctity of marriage) had a brief conversation with a gay man who went to hear Gingrich and wanted to keep an open mind.  Scott Arnold, the gay Iowan, reports:

I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama.

I can’t sum up Arnold’s reaction any better than his own words:

When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest. It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t need your support.

What type of national leader proclaims their bigotry with such pride and insolence?  Even if Gingrich does not support equality for the LGBT community on a personal level, is he not supposed to defend the civil rights of all Americans?  How sad for Gingrich, he is becoming George Wallace. At least Gingrich is letting all of us that are part of the LGBT community, or allies of the LGBT community, and for those of us that are pro-choice, and pro-woman, we should vote for Obama.  Click here to see the full article.

6 Responses to “Newt Gingrich: Truth in Advertising”

  1. Jennifer Lockett December 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    “Gingrich told Arnold that he doesn’t expect to get the support of voters who disagree with him on the definition of marriage and who consider that a central issue.”

    So, does that mean we have to support the idea that marriage is “Until I get bored and find someone younger and hotter.”? I mean, that’s okay, I just want to know if that’s the stand he has to take. Does that mean he will support gay marriage as long as you promise to leave your spouse the minute their looks start to fade or they contract a serious disease?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      Yes, finally you get it. Jennifer you must agree with his definition of marriage. I feel so bad for all of those heterosexual couples that live together but are not married, for they will burn in hell:) I love that you pointed out his model of marriage–“trade her in for a better model,” what a misogynistic pig.

  2. Jay December 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I learned about this incident earlier today, and also was left agog. Gingrich is an unpleasant man, to say the least, but to not even deign to make an attempt to win Mr. Arnold’s support was breathtakingly arrogant and callous.

    When a candidate’s calculation is that spurning a whole category of voters is preferable in order to reinforce the support of another category of voters, it is a very bad sign. It is highly reminiscent of the Jim Crow South, where alienating African Americans was viewed as a sound electoral strategy, in that it pandered to the racial bigotry of the white majority.

    As Newt misused his own mouth in being rude to an entire category of American voters, it seems only fair that others should misuse Newt’s mouth to be rude to Gingrich himself:

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Jay, I could not agree with you more. I do believe his arrogance and callousness will also cost him LGBT allies, parents of LGBT kids, and those that believe in civil rights regardless. I love the link you included.

  3. Kim Robert English December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    I agree wholeheartedly with you when you say: “I can’t help but to be mortified and disappointed that GOP Presidential bigots wear their discrimination as a badge of honor.” My question is: Where is the outrage; where is the media commotion; where is there even a semblance of “push-back” that this kind of bigotry is NOT acceptable? This silence is deafening.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Exactly! Where is the outrage? Why is this not getting fair media coverage and analysis? Yes, the silence is deafening. Thank you for commenting here.

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