I had intended to just ignore the whole U.S. Senator Larry Craig affair. I mean, really. The absurdity of the people of a nation spending time on the "horror" of a guy trying to effect a pickup for sex is just ludicrous. And I must say that this is a source of one of my deepest admirations for the French. This sort of crap just doesn’t play over there — at least not in the early 90s; but, you know: we’ve got globalization now, so who knows? It may have changed. Il ne fait pas mon affaire — it’s not my business — but with the addition of the verb falloir — "to make, or to be necessary" — thus the fact that it’s subjectively offensive, "illegal," or whatever, doesn’t necessarily make it yours or anyone’s business. The French are big on that, and I always appreciated it. (Now if ever they’d just apply that same standard to what other people produce, for whom, and under what conditions and compensation…)
On the other hand, it’s really sweet to observe a pathetic hypocrite like this guy get it right up the butt — so to speak — on the very same sort of "family values" crap he champions.
Goal Three: Defend and strengthen the traditional values of the American family.
Now, it shouldn’t take a lot of deep reflection to understand that when a lawman wants to "strengthen" something, it means bringing to bear the force of the state against whatever is whimsically defined as counter or derogatory to that which is the subject of being "strengthened," which in this case is the undefined "traditional values" of the equally undefined "American family."
Yea, great to have Larry Craig "work[ing] for strong families," eh?
But perhaps he has a good explanation. Perhaps he just wants gay people to confine it to public restrooms, and not sully the name of "marriage" by entering long-term committed relationships — caring, perhaps, for pets and children that could really use a little love and stability.
So given the blatant, bend-me-over hypocrisy, I can’t really lament, too much, our apparent obsessiveness with the private life of this guy.
The simple fact is I couldn’t care less what sorts of genitalia Larry Craig likes to go to sleep next to, fondle, or whatever. It’s not my business; or rather, my own personal preferences, to include things I might personally find revolting do not magically establish a standard by which it makes any of this behavior on the part of others any of my dammed business. But Senator Larry Craig seems to think that he’s somehow in possession of some sort of divine mandate to make everyone else’s similar choices his business, simply and irrelevantly because he sports the title of U.S. Senator.
Perhaps there’s a silver lining — though I should say it takes some degree of loathing to even write such a thing. The more ridiculous, prying, invasive, victimless laws, statutes and ordinances, the more good people who weren’t hurting anyone get blindsided and caught up in them — to then be chewed up in the system for no other real purpose than to justify someone’s fake job. The exuberant and downright giddy appetite for police and prosecutor exercise of "justice" has ushered in an hysteria that most commonly targets people who pose little physical risk to either police or prosecutors; i.e., they pick on those who won’t put up a fight; i.e., the non-violent and not dangerous. When the violent and dangerous go on a rampage, the police now commonly hide behind cars and trees until everything and everyone that could be hurt, killed, or destroyed has been, and it’s time to go perform cleanup, write reports, and conduct "complete investigations."
They earn their brownie points for "doing their jobs," in return for those who haven’t hurt anyone getting their teeth kicked in, losing their freedom, losing their livelihood, and losing their respect in their communities. So now it’s reaching such a feverish pitch that even lawmakers themselves are getting routinely caught up in them, and that can only be a good thing. It’s one thing to exempt themselves from laws that hamstring big business — in exchange for barriers to entry to protect those same big businesses from competition. It’s quite another step to exempt themselves from laws that apply to "the little guy."
Bad guys are now defined legally, not morally. Bad guys don’t need to hurt anyone. They simply need to break a law. …Like U.S. Senator Larry Craig did. Society and the law now judges him to be a bad guy. Why? Because he sought to have an adult, consensual liaison in a place the law defines as out of bounds — because someone, somewhere, for particular reasons — if any — completely unknown proposed it and the other lawmakers nodded in agreement. I say he’s a bad guy because he’s one of the ones who’d have clearly and enthusiastically supported — even sponsored — such laws, had he ever had to weigh in.
Mercifully, a light has now been shown on him. Maybe a bit like this: