Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Why I can't stand the right

Salon's Blog Report gives me more exposure than I need to right wing blogs. Every once in awhile a post there catches my eye. Today the Blog Report had
a really sorry rationalization for why Senator David Vitter hiring hookers is ok:

The right typically preaches about the goodness of leading a moral life - they don’t claim to be immune to the temptations of immorality, just that your life is more fulfilling pesonally, professionally, and spiritually if you don’t succumb to them.

This quote embodies everything I can't stand about the right. In the fantasy land of the right, what somebody says is much more important than what they do. Vitter claiming to upload family values is much more significant than his activities with prostitutes. Morality is about saying the right things and condemning others who don't verbally endorse the correct positions.

What I despise about people like Vitter is that their mission in life is to use the coercive power of the government to control how other people live. Vitter is a very vocal supporter of amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage. Apparently, he doesn't believe in respecting laws since hiring prostitutes is illegal outside of Nevada but using the most important legal document in the land to enshrine discrimination against gays and lesbians is the number issue facing America according to Vitter.

I personally do not even care this lowlife was illegally hiring prostitutes as the laws against prostitution are unacceptable abridgment of personal liberty to me. However, his cheating on his wife makes him a lowlife. What makes him absolute scum is his lying about it. In his campaign for the Senate, he repeatably emphasized he'd upload of Louisiana values. Every statement to this effect was a bald face lie as last time I looked nobody claimed cavorting with hookers were Louisiana's values.

This is the key difference between the right-wing and sane, reality based people. In reality, talk is cheap. On the right, talk is everything. In the bizzaro right-wing land, lying, cheating and whoring are ok if you claim to endorse a certain brand of morality without ever walking the walk.

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