By: R.A. Hawkins

”The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

                    --Thomas Jefferson


“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”

                  --Thomas Jefferson


One of the more interesting occurrences in this election cycle is watching our President reinvent himself over and over again while desperately trying to find donations. As Barney Frank pointed out regarding Obamas views on same sex marriage “he was probably inclined to think that same sex marriage was legitimate, but as a candidate for president in 2008 that would have been an unwise thing to say. And I don’t mean he’s being hypocritical. I mean that if you live in a democratic society, it is a mix of what you think the voters want and what you think is doable.”

I agree with Barney on it being suicidal for him to tell the truth on this, but our shared views on the matter go no further than that. I’m more inclined to go back to Joe Wilson’s words. “You lie!” Obama has stated several times that he’s not for gay marriage, but due to fiscal concerns (read plummeting financial support for his campaign) he has, like any political prostitute changed his stance. That Barney thinks it’s okay to not tell the truth is quite an indicator of what we have in D.C. It is also an indicator of how stupid the beltway elitists think we are. I must confess that I am surprised at how stupid we can be sometimes, but I still hold out a little hope occasionally.

As the leftwing newspapers attempt to run interference for Barak again over this same sex marriage issue I am delighted to see the gloves come off once more. It’s not like we haven’t seen this before. Brad Pitt’s mother Jane Pitt offended Angelina Jolie and numerous other hand-wringers when she penned an anti-Obama and anti-gay marriage letter.  The vitriol that poured out of the left towards Brad Pitt’s mother was incredible, but unsurprising. Anyone who is or has been paying attention to the left knows they have the kind of tolerance that has no tolerance for any views but theirs. You are welcome to disagree with them all you want, but you better shut your mouth. Nowhere else is this attitude more obvious than on this issue. The owner of Chick-Fil-A states his personal views and wrath is poured down on him from their faux moral high ground. That wrath was coming no matter what because he had opened his mouth. The media made the mistake of highlighting the statement and the various celebs had to open their tolerant mouths. August 1 was turned into Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. The lines were long and worth it. Rosa Parks was born anew and told to sit at the back of the bus and she not only said “No!”, but the rest of the country stood up and helped Chick-Fil-A set a sales record that day.

As with Jane Pitt the gloves came off again. It started with newspaper columns and then it turned to something else. On Friday gay activists decided to have a kiss in. I saw a picture of one knuckle dragger wearing a T-shirt that said “Jesus is a C**T”. His attire, dreadlocks and tattoos spoke of a well-adapted and civil human being.

In the end what is it really all about? This is about free speech. The left told Dan Cathy to sit down and shut up and the rest of us told them “No!” In an attempt to show the rest of us what they stand for we got the knuckle dragger with the T-shirt and a bunch of same sex couples having a kiss-in at the restaurants. The idea for the kiss-in came from Carly McGehee in Dallas. She said that the company “is continuously supporting hate and bigotry and intolerance.”  Dear Carly, you obviously have no idea what hate, bigotry or intolerance are. I can assure you that at your tender age of 24 years old you are absolutely clueless, especially on this topic. You’re just another indoctrinated moron that the college campuses dumped back into our society. If any of those things were present to the level you claim in our society you and yours wouldn’t be allowed to eat at that restaurant. You wouldn’t be able to work there and your Friday protest would have ended with water cannons and billy club beat-downs followed by arrests.

The fact of the matter is that this is the way it’s supposed to work in this country. People have the Right to Free Speech, and can voice their thoughts, beliefs and opinions. Dan Cathy made a comment about his beliefs and you on the left with your intolerance reacted. We responded and then so did you. The only difference is that you, once again, took it to the gutter. Please, by all means …. keep it up.

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Published in the August 7, 2012 issue of  Ether Zone.
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