Dan Savage’s hypocrisy

(This is the first,  in what may be 2 or 3 posts on this issue. This is a general response, next I will respond to the rest of his speech, and perhaps another post to deal with some of the responses that liberals have had to the completely justified outrage that conservatives are feeling about this.)

I spent most of the day, yesterday, trying to figure out how to start this post.

I’m usually quite witty (if I do say so myself), but I’m honestly just very angry about this. Wit has deserted me in favor of mental equivalent of “HULK SMASH!”

Now let me preface this with something that I don’t talk about often.

I am not a Christian. Let’s get that out of the way so that I won’t be categorized as a “religious bigot”, “butthurt Christian”, “conservative fundie”, or any of the other terribly tolerant language that the liberal blogs have been categorizing anyone who takes issue with Savage’s language as.

Yes, that’s right, I’m personally pro-life and extremely conservative in most other ways…but I don’t believe that Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, ate the last supper with the 12 apostles, or died on a cross and rose again 3 days later.

I do believe that the Bible has some good stories and some good lessons to teach, just as I believe about many religions. I believe that it shows a unique look at a society (or a religious history, for the Jewish people, if you are looking at the Old Testament) and it must be read in the context of its time, as a form of history. (Something even my mother who, unlike my father, can be a bit of a Biblical literalist, freely admitted in a conversation with me last night).

The Bible, similar to most other philosophies and religions, has some bad parts as well. The large portion of the Old Testament is history and some truly awful shit has gone down in every society/religion at some point.

Now, having said that.

What Dan Savage said in his rant (yes, that’s what I categorize it as. Lot’s of anger, no real substance) just made him a bully and destroyed his credibility as a promoter of “anti-bullying” views.

Yes, calling a holy book, or part of it’s contents, “bullshit” is sometimes accurate (I often say similar words about things that about the Q’ran) however, saying the things he said in a pre-planned speech, to a group of high school students, was bullying. This wasn’t said in the heat of the moment, when he was angry at someone coming after him personally, this was pre-meditated and there is no way he did not know that many students and teachers in that crowd would be Christians. That would be a statistical improbability.

Then, of course, he took it a step further and called those who did the mature and walked out (rather than I would have done, even as a non-Christian, which would have been stand up and take him to task…or possibly pop him in the mouth…depending on my mood) “pansy assed”. Which, unless I’m wrong, is a pejorative used to refer to effeminate gay men.

Oh the irony inherent in a man who hates the bullying of gay people, using a gay slur to insult others.

Maybe he should have just called them faggots and gotten it over with.

I have an intense problem with hypocrisy. It is the one thing that will automatically make me lose all respect for you.

I may not like the views of certain groups (PETA, liberals in general, the Taliban, etc) but if you can remain consistent in your views and actions, I can at least respect that you know your own mind…even if I can’t stand the way your mind works.

It is the hypocrisy of Dan Savage’s views that kills me.

You cannot truly know yourself or your beliefs if you believe that bullying of one group is wrong, but bullying of some other group is fine…because you don’t like them.

You can’t be believed or respected if you say “It Gets Better” from one side of your mouth, while the other side says that you wish an entire political group was “just fucking dead”.*

You can’t demand respect for gay people, while using gay slurs to categorize those that you don”t like.

You can’t demand change and respect from people, when your actions against those who disagree with you is to make up vile uses for their name.

Not only has he shown his hypocrisy, but Savage has once again shown his sheer lack of intelligence (Yes, I think you are unintelligent if you can’t hold consistent beliefs, it isn’t hard to do) and his immaturity.

Is this really the person the gay community wants to represent the great future that is in store for young GLBT people?

How can life “get better” if the role model for a better life is so filled with anger, so bitter and hurtful to others?

You can’t fight fire with fire Mr. Savage. Perhaps it was your intent to live up to your name, but you are doing a great disservice to those you claim to be trying to help.

As Perez Hilton said** “Can’t we just be good and kind to each other? Isn’t faith in love and honesty and kindness all any of us really need?”

That is what will get our world where it needs to be, not divisive language and anger towards anyone who doesn’t fall in line with your ideal.


*As a gay conservative/Republican I would like to know what that means for me. Should I just die to make Savage happy? Or does life get better for me too, since I’m gay?

**Yes, I was shocked that he was one of the people to speak out about this.


Meeting Sheriff Joe

My day could not possibly get any better.


(okay, I’m a crazy political fangirl. Getting my picture taken with a political figure is cooler than meeting an actor in my book.)

I had the good fortune to be able to attend a meeting of the ASU College Republicans this afternoon and Maricopa county Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was the guest speaker.

He is nothing like the papers describe him, and he had more than a few comments on journalistic bias and the press in general.

He is a very funny, personable man, with an extremely “no non-sense” point of view and an awesome tie pin.

He joked a lot, took some (extremely polite) jabs at democrats, and refused to comment on “operation fast and furious” because he doesn’t like to talk badly about other law enforcement agencies.

He cares a lot about his deputies and their families and about his duty as Sheriff, to the people if his county and to the laws of our country and state.

I was amazed to hear how many years he has worked in law enforcement and how diverse his background is. He’s worked in numerous countries and spent many years protecting the Texas/Mexico border.

If I hadn’t been planning to vote for him already, I would be now.

It was a great honor to meet him and I hope that I will get to hear him speak again.

I’m complaining about Glee again. So what else is new?

Hey guys. I’m taking a break from working on finals. I’ve been told that I’ve been missed and I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while.

There are two versions of the song ‘America’ from West Side Story. The version from the 1957 Broadway musical and the version from the 1961 movie. Now, call me a snob if you like, but there hasn’t been a single movie version of a musical that I haven’t considered sub par after seeing (or even just hearing) the stage version.

Now there are always minor changes between stage versions and movie versions. Such as the Christmas Bells songs that were left out of the RENT film. Songs get left out, poor casting choices are made, plots get updated. I can deal with that, even if I end up preferring the Broadway version over the movie one. However when the changes to the music change the entire meaning of the song….well, I can’t put up with that for a second.

Especially not when it comes to this particular song, because the change in the message is far to awful to allow Glee to get away with it and not call them on it.

So I’ll let it out for you in case you don’t know what Murphy and his writer’s did.

Here is the 1957 lyrics.

Puerto Rico,
You lovely island . . .
Island of tropical breezes.
Always the pineapples growing,
Always the coffee blossoms blowing . . .

Puerto Rico . . .
You ugly island . . .
Island of tropic diseases.
Always the hurricanes blowing,
Always the population growing . . .
And the money owing,
And the babies crying,
And the bullets flying.
I like the island Manhattan.
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!

I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Ev’rything free in America
For a small fee in America!

I like the city of San Juan.

I know a boat you can get on.

Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.

Hundreds of people in each room!

Automobile in America,
Chromium steel in America,
Wire-spoke wheel in America,
Very big deal in America!

I’ll drive a Buick through San Juan.

If there’s a road you can drive on.

I’ll give my cousins a free ride.

How you get all of them inside?

Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!

I’ll bring a T.V. to San Juan.

If there a current to turn on!

I’ll give them new washing machine.

What have they got there to keep clean?

I like the shores of America!
Comfort is yours in America!
Knobs on the doors in America,
Wall-to-wall floors in America!

When I will go back to San Juan.

When you will shut up and get gone?

Everyone there will give big cheer!

Everyone there will have moved here!

This version of the song takes place between Rosalia and Anita. Anita loves living in the United States, Rosalie waxes nostalgic for Puerto Rico. It’s a simple conversation, easy to understand. Nothing even inherently racist about the content, just a disagreement between two immigrants with a different opinion of what country they want to live in.

Here’s the version from 1961.

ANITA (spoken)
Oh no! That is not true!

Puerto Rico
My heart’s devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean!
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan

CONSUELO (spoken)
I know you do!

ANITA (sung)
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!

I like to be in America
OK by me in America
Everything free in America

For a small fee in America

Buying on credit is so nice

One look at us and they charge twice

I’ll have my own washing machine

What will you have, though, to keep clean?

Skyscrapers bloom in America

Cadillacs zoom in America

Industry boom in America

Twelve in a room in America

Lots of new housing with more space

Lots of doors slamming in our face

I’ll get a terrace apartment

Better get rid of your accent…

Life can be bright in America

If you can fight in America

Life is alright in America

If you’re all white in America

Here you are free and you have pride

Long as you stay on your own side

Free to be anything you choose

Free to wait tables and shine shoes

Everywhere grime in America
Organised crime in America
Terrible time in America

You forget I’m in America!

I think I go back to San Juan

I know a boat you can get on! Bye bye!

Everyone there will give big cheer!

Everyone there will have moved here!

The lyrics, you may care to notice, are very different from the original Broadway lyrics. However, it is still a story of Puerto Rican immigrants disagreeing about whether America or Puerto Rico are better places to live. The women in this case believe that America is a great place where you can live free, become anything you want, accomplish anything, have a big house, and buy on credit.

The men don’t like it in America. They feel discriminated against, feel that their skin color and accent put them at a disadvantage and that they will never have the same opportunities as white Americans.

During that time period that was an assumption that would could understand. It was the 60s, a time when the fight for civil rights for African Americans was just getting under way. However you can still see that not everyone in a minority felt they had no chances. Some were more enthusiastic and hopeful about their position in society, even if not all were.

Here’s the song from the episode of Glee. Watch it carefully.

So what is the message of this version?

Oh right, I know.

America is OH SO RACIST!

The white characters (The Jets) sing the parts that are telling the Puerto Ricans that their accents and skin color will block them from having opportunity in America.

Ryan Murphy and his crew have been politicizing Glee more and more this season. From this little foray into using a popular musical to tell the world the whites don’t like immigrants (and this is clearly what this is, don’t deny it. Why else would they have changed who sang the different parts?) to Will Schuester glitter bombing (and we all know how I feel about Glitter bombing) Sue Sylvester near the beginning of this season…I honestly don’t know if I’m going to continue watching the show at this point.

I’m simply disgusted with this. It’s a blatant attempt to influence the viewers, most of whom are not even of voting age, to think a certain way. When it comes to spreading a message that bullying is wrong (and I don’t feel they do that effectively either) I’m fine with that, but when it comes to a blatantly biased and, more importantly, false political view…Murphy, I’m ashamed of you.

The Conservative New Ager and Immigration Reform

Two factors have fought against me in writing blogs this week. One is that I’m on vacation and I’ve spent more time with friends than I have with research (but never fear, I have had some good conversations that have led to some interesting ideas for blogs) and the second is that my neurologist recently added a new medication to my list, a drug which he jokingly referred to as the “stupid pill”….unfortunately the side affect of lack of coherent thought have overtaken me. I’ve been told that this should only last for a couple of weeks, so that’s good.

So for now I’m going to leave you with links to a series of blogs that The Conservative New Ager wrote on immigration reform.

To start off I will say that I do indeed agree with this series of blogs.

Laws the GOP should pass #29: Immigration Part I

So this week, and for the next few weeks, I will be suggesting immigration reform, but because real reform needs to come in multiple steps these blogs will be part of a multipart series. But as a preview of things to come here is the long and short of it.

Laws the GOP should pass: Immigration Part II

So last week we discussed the need for a real wall at the border. I may be for open trade borders, but there are simple facts drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and various other crimes (like arson, which sets a quarter of my state on fire) that make the necessity of a giant wall that you can’t cut or easily hop over a necessity. Will it cost a lot? Yeah, but strangely less than illegal immigration is costing us…and that’s before you factor in the cost of the current illegal immigrant started fires in Arizona.

Law of the week: Immigration Part III

So as a quick refresher we have built a giant wall of concrete along the Southern Border, because nothing short of that is defensible, and encouraging everyone who isn’t here legally to please remove themselves or we will do it for them. So now let’s deal with the guest worker programs that need to be put in place.

Laws for the GOP to Pass: Immigration Reform Part IV: The Path to Citizenship

So we’ve secured the border, moved the illegals out, and offered a guest worker program. Now to talk about how we need to reform the requirements for citizenship.