Being a dick has consequences. I am not condoning the actions of the gunman who walked into the offices of the Rightwing Family Research Council in Washington DC, yesterday and wounded a security guard. To the contrary. His actions will run him in all likelihood, a good long stint in prison. And it should. But, as with everything, this did not take place in a vacuum. FOX’s Mike Huckabee, and every other dick in the Rightwing media deserves blame as well for promoting this issue to the national stage and treating it like it was some sort of highschool basketball game or a vital patriotic cause, rather than a monthlong commercial for a large contributor to causes that directly affect the human rights and dignity of others. Have your views on homosexuality, but by flaunting it, using it as a political grindstone and cheering on a media campaign (FOX, Hugh Hewitt and others were giving hourly updates on lines) in the face of someone as a means of shaming them and stomping their dignity into the ground are the action of dicks.
And now, because of this troubled fool in Washington, the Right is blaming an off-the-cuff remark by Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It was a stunt by former Arkansas governor turned smarmy talkshow dick on FOX, Mike Huckabee that saw an opportunity to exalt the meaningless stories into national assaults against minorities, the middle class and the Obama presidency. Huckabee, the uber-patriot, who celebrates friendships with dicks like Ted Nugent, who defecated in his pants to avoid the Vietnam draft, decried the so-called afront to Chik-fil-a’s rights when Chicago citizens, borrowing a page from the “community standards” tactic chafed at the idea that Chik-fil-a, whose owner, Dan Cathy, didn’t simply express a disdain for Gay marriage, but actively funds causes against it, was welcome in a diverse community like Chicago. The Right quickly jumped on the bandwagon in a circus-like, fuck you sort of hate orgy. It was used as a political bludgeon, inflating a quick sound-bite into more hate celebration on the Right.
In a joint statement yesterday, thirty-four gay rights condemned the shooting:
“We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers. The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.”
Is anyone surprised that some unstable character was incited by the blatant and open actions of assholes? But am I being a hypocrite when nut-wings on the Right attack and assail, and gun down people championing issues on the Left? Like gay marriage? Let’s say religious zealots becoming enraged that blacks or gays or some other minority group in the country asserted their rights, or had one them?
Therein lies the difference. No gay person wanting to marry the person he or she loves in any way impune the rights of Mike Huckabee, or anyone in the falsely named Family Research Council. All that is threatened is their power to restrict the fairly demanded rights of others, and perhaps their right to be a dick. But their right to be a dick is their own, and the rest of us don’t have to stand for it.