She’s saying what other Republicans are thinking.
My friend Kelly emailed this to me. Then I saw it pop up and up on Pandagon, and on C&L. And of course its accompanied by commentary like “is this person bat-shit crazy, or is this nutjob bat-shit crazy?”. That this is somehow outrageous. It isn’t. Let’s look at her statements piece by piece. As written down by Pam:
Studies show, no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a few decades. . .
This is a familiar line. I’ve forgotten exactly which Republican candidate echoed it (bonus points if anyone can point out who). But it feeds into a standard, paranoid extremist narrative. The same one that surfaces when some creepy ass to the right of George Bush starts using words and phrases like “birth-rate”, “europeans” and “white pride” together. This idea that civilization is somehow doomed because two people of the same sex are in love is directly tied to stock racist fodder like the decline of the white Christian european race.
…They are going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.
Democrats and liberals criticize the education system because they want to fix it. Republicans and conservatives do so to prevent, literally, progress. They want to keep people stupid and bigoted, and this ties neatly into that seething fear. Children’s books, k-12 curriculums, anything that teaches equality and understanding is an old and practiced target for the right.
One of my colleagues said We don’t have a gay problem in our community…well you know what, that is so dumb. If you have cancer in your little toe, do you just say that I’m going to forget about it since the rest of you is fine? It spreads! This stuff is deadly and it is spreading. It will destroy our young people and it will destroy this nation.
And top it all off with some eliminationism.
Folks, none of this is new, none of this extraordinary. It is merely an extension of a single line of reasoning into our mainstream discourse. Expect the media to cover this video, as it is quite the fascinating little instigator. But don’t expect any of them to link this to the rising tide of extremist discourse, or to explore the significance of combining anti-gay fear and the politics of race, supremacy, and hate. Above all, don’t expect an intrepid paper reporter or news anchor to state the unspeakable discourse: That for every Sally Kern who says this stuff out loud, there are a hundred Delays, Bushes, Hasterts, McCains, and Huckabees who are thinking it, and basing the platforms and their policies on it.