The Stanton Peele Addiction Website, October 20, 2010. This blog post also appeared on Stanton's blog at The Huffington Post website.
Sometimes It's Hard to Be a Democrat
Sometimes it's hard to be a Democrat
Giving all your love to just one party
- apologies to Tammy Wynette
Although an Alaskan reporter's handcuffing by security people for Republican and Tea Party Senatorial candidate Joe Miller was truly disturbing and worrying for the future of the nation, equally disturbing was the debate between Kentucky candidates for the U.S. Senate.
Jack Conway, Democratic candidate, referring to Republican and Tea Partier Rand Paul, asked: "When it is ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol -- your god, that you call aqua Buddha?"
Moderator: "Do you think that he is a good Christian?"
Let's count the ways that this is sickening:
- When was the last time -- other than a network showing of Charlton Heston as Moses in Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments -- that the phrase "false idol" was broadcast around the country?
- How did a political candidate become confident in deciding which religious symbols should be rejected as false? Are Buddha statues false idols? (Notice a First Amendment problem here?)
- How did a discussion of whether a candidate is a "good Christian" become part and parcel of a discussion of who should enter a national political body in the year 2010?
- How can the accuracy of the event being discussed -- reputed to have occurred decades ago (no video) -- be ascertained?
- Can a college student be held responsible for any goofy thing he says or does -- short of intentionally and seriously injuring another person or committing some other major felony?
And all of this emanated from a Democrat. As I have publicly announced -- I be a Democrat!
And I'm ashamed.