Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Another wingnut hypocrite...

Tennessee Republican Senator Jeff Miller sponsored a defense of marriage act [pdf] which among other things "solemnized" the relationship between one man and one woman. This seems to be just another case of some rightwing family man pandering to his base by "protecting" them from the "homosayx-wall" hordes forcing their lifestyle on the rest of us. What makes this story interesting however is the marital lifestyle of Senator Jeff Miller.

It seems that senator Miller thinks every OTHER marriage in Tennessee should be solemnized by the law, but his own marriage is decidedly an unsolemn affair. And yes I mean affair in every sense of the term. This particular family values Republican had the unmitigated gall to take the aide he was having an affair with to a Martina McBride concert WITH the three impressionable, children borne by his wife of 15 years! OH THE HUMANITY!!

Then the Gawud fairing senator actually took his girlfriend to the divorce signing... This just seems wrong on so many different levels. Marriage should be solemnized in state law, but you take the woman you are having an affair with to the divorce signing? This really is a new level of hypocrisy to my way of looking at it.

This all is somewhat dated, but what brought this to my attention today was the response of the senator to coverage of the whole sordid affair by the media. He wrote a threatening letter to those businesses who advertised in the Bradley News Weekly. The letter reads in part:
'Myself and many others are going to be watching in the next several weeks to identify and remember those in this community that wish to subsidize the destructive nature of this type of publication in our community.'
Of particular note is the fact that the senator does not dispute the accuracy of the coverage by this paper. So in effect he is threatening advertisers of a publication because that paper is reporting truthfully! Of course I am very much aware that honest, factual reporting is considered destructive by most conservatives. But the fact is that the senators behavior directly reflects upon his supposedly pro family stand on political issues and he ought to be exposed as the sham he really is.

To the advertisers and the paper I say: well done. To senator Miller I say: shame.

One of the more amusing opportunities in daily life is to watch pots and kettles calling eachother black. That and watching Republicans and Democrats call eachother hypocrites.

Let me join the fray as I pull a John Kerry(voted for a bill before voting against it) and, defend the Republicans before I punch them in the figurative mouths.

Sure, Tennessee Republican Senator Jeff Miller is a hypocrite and morally deficient. Still, it was former president Bill Clinton-D, that signed the Defense of Marraige Act. Like Miller, Clinton also had little regard for the sanctity of his marriage when he was playing "hide the cigar" with intern Monica Lewinsky. The Defense of Marriage Act states that marriage is "a legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Marriage_Act

Action on the side was not mentioned in the bill. Clinton and Miller are hypocrites both but, perhaps Clinton surprised me more in taking a stance that is in opposition to a big Democrat constituency. That being individuals that have a homosexual orientation and seek refuge from the intolerant Right Wing.

Now for that punch in the mouth. He wasn't in office back in 96' but, I'd bet former 2nd district US Rep. Ed Schrock-R (VA) would have voted for it. Schrock after all was in favor of ending Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. He wanted the ability to question enlistees of their sexuality in order to prevent gays from serving. Schrock withdrew from a re-election effort. Why? He himself enjoyed the company of other men allegedly and was caught.

A tape of a purported gay Ed Schrock phone message was released by BlogActive and can be found here:
And Republicans are in favor of warrantless wiretapping? Go figure.

Here in Virginia it was illegal under the Virginia Sodomy laws for even a married heterosexual couple to engage in oral sex. In fact, it was a felony until the Supreme Court struck down the Texas Sodomy law that made only homosexual acts illegal. Now this law in Va. is only enforced if the acts occur in public. Former state delegate from Va.Beach and now Virginia's Attorney General Bob McDonnell was frontman in attempts to keep the law in force. When he was asked if he himself ever violated the sodomy statute he replied,“Not that I can recall.” I would think a man of his political positioning would have answered with an emphatic "no" followed by "Ewwww....that's icky!" Not recalling is every bit as dishonest as Bill Clinton declaring,"I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Of course I am very much aware that honest, factual reporting is considered destructive by most liberals and conservatives. And no, just because Clinton misused FISA and his marriage vows, that does NOT mean that it is ok for Republicans to continue to perpetuate said vileness.
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