So why are gay issues so important to me? At the most basic level, sexual orientation should not be a factor in how you are treated. If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric. . . . A dear friend of mine who's both gay and Republican told me, "I find myself constantly being asked how I can reconcile who I am as a person with a party that lately has had such a gay-unfriendly message. Where I stand politically doesn't begin and end with my sexuality."Meghan's "sexuality," BTW, is slut . . or so one hears. But who am I to repeat mere gossip? Of course, even if it were true that she puts out like Pez dispenser, that sort of ad hominem attack is invalid as logic and has nothing to do with the truth or falsehood of Meghan's argument for . . .
Wait a minute. What, exactly, is she arguing for? And what is her argument? Let's see: She has a "dear friend" who is gay, and she is concerned about "anti-gay rhetoric" and a "gay-unfriendly message."
Free markets, low taxes, limited government, traditional values and a strong defense -- if you're for that, you're a conservative Republican same as anybody else. Nobody cares whether you're hanging out in gay bars or, in Meghan's case, pulling a train at the Teke house. (I don't personally believe those rumors, but I'm just saying that this is politically irrevelant.)
So whether you're gay or straight, married, divorced or single, monogamously chaste or promiscuously Meghanesque -- well, these sorts of personal sexuality issues should be no deterrent to voting Republican. What really matters is solid conservative principles, like not pissing in the cornflakes of all those evangelicals and Catholics who make up the hard-core party base in the Red States.
Meghan's argument is not to be taken lightly because it was ghost-written by someone else, or because she's said to be a pushover for any guy who can afford the price of three vodka tonics. In fact, Meghan doesn't really have an argument in any forensic sense.
Which is to say: Megan, you ignorant slut. UPDATE: Donald Douglas at American Power:
Much of the meme on the left (alleging conservative bigotry) is in fact progressive totalitarianism and intolerance toward the traditional culture. That's why so many regular folks get turned off by the debate: They are hesitant to wade into the culture wars for fear of being attacked and browbeaten as homophobic when they are anything but.Stogie at Saberpoint links with an unfortunate headline: "Meghan McCain on Gay Republicans." (Gay Republicans: "Help! Get that fat cow off us!") Stogie's argument, alas, falls into the problematic tendency of, "Look, here is a gay person who is an admirable citizen." And therefore . . .? This does not address the issue of same-sex marriage. The question under consideration is not whether gay people are admirable citizens, either as individuals or, in comparison to heterosexuals, on average, whether gay people are better or worse citizens. There is a matter of law and policy at stake, and one's position on that matter does not necessarily reflect a value judgment on any given person affected by the policy. Such arguments are reminiscent of those who, when you try to debate immigration policy, will immediately say, "Oh, my grandfather came over from Ireland!" or "I know a nice Mexican man!" And therefore . . .? Have you read Thomas Sowell's The Vision of the Anointed or Friedrich Hayek's The Mirage of Social Justice? I'm trying to think of some other books that argue against this kind of thinking. Reader suggestions are welcome.