Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dick Cheney to Daughter: "Don't go fuck yourself, you should get a wife!" (Paraphrase)

This is old news by now -- upwards of four days! -- but it still stuns me a little:

“I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said in a speech at the National Press Club. “I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.” ... “And I think that’s the way it ought to be handled today, that is, on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that” ...
These were the words of Dick "go fuck yourself!" Cheney. That he has a gay daughter is a rather suggestive fact -- suggesting (to avoid any undue coyness on the point) that even the most hardened, ideologically-buttressed bigotries tend to melt in the face of direct personal experience.

It should be said, however, that this is of a piece with "Nixon goes to China" or "Pelosi condoned torture," and these gambits are feeders of bad-faith arguments. The truth of the matter is that Dick Cheney's endorsement of gay marriage, partial and halting and feckless though it might be, confers nothing on the strength of the pro-gay-equality position. Dick Cheney was a complete asshole in countless ways before he made this statement, and will continue to be so long after, no matter how many times he repeats it. Meanwhile, legalizing gay marriage was, on its merits, a good thing both before and after this statement.

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