I don’t know about you, but I find fake, appeasing-the-base bigotry quite a bit more offensive than even the real thing.
Me too. You know, I could dig deep and find respect even for a politician that’s at least meticulously honest, regardless his views. Yes, you guessed it. I’ve gone and said something stupid; because there really is no such thing, anymore. There was a time, perhaps, but honesty has never been much in favor. It’s a distortion of coercion upon a natural human facet.
To explain: this, really, is at the root at our primary universal antagonism of individualism vs. collectivism. Politics is a perfectly valid discipline having to do with individual ethics extended to the society of individuals in which an individual partakes. Further, this is an area where negotiation comes into play. You may have every individual right, but adults — mature, rational adults — weigh all the facts and likely consequences. There is a certain validity to "common" or "greater" good, but such conclusions and resultant actions are wholly subjective, voluntary, and come about principally through a most strange phenomenon: asking nicely.
Radley’s piece is about gays, and my title is about giving it a rest. Can we not just leave this one behind? Please? You know, I have for many years spouted my "live and let live" sort of admonition. But I’d never really been tested on the "gay thing" (and remain to be tested on a few others, perhaps). Not so, anymore. See, we sold our suburban home last year and bought an expensive downtown luxury loft. Gay city. It’s like 1/3 of the community, here, at least. And you know what? I have many new friends. I’ve come to the point where I even hate to name the characterization, because it’s just so irrelevant. Our neighbors across the hall celebrated their 25th anniversary a few months back, an event we (sadly) missed as we were out of town. Only a cold-hearted fucker could find the slightest thing "wrong" with that.
I’m very happy to know some of my new friends; and what sort of genitalia they prefer laying down to bed with seems to me a most idiotic and childish thing to concern one’s self about.
Let me give you a value as concerns judging your fellow human beings, which you ought to do every day of your lives. Ask yourself: are they pursuing their values? Are they striving to be happy? Are they harming anyone else by their values and pursuit of happiness? You can figure out the rest.