You have probably seen this posted at several other places. It has been all over the internet, and rightly so. It needs to be. Even though I know you’ve already seen it, I still want it recorded here.
Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, one of the heroes of the extremist conservative wing of today’s Republican party (which is just about all of today’s Republican party), recently gave an interview to a magazine that calls itself Christianity Today. Here is part of that interview:
In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?
At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary—it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.
It’s really difficult to comprehend, let alone know how to respond to, that kind of blatant hatred, ignorance and bigotry, isn’t it?
Samuel (or Joe, or whatever the heck his name is) went on to say this about Sarah Palin…
I like Sarah Palin a lot, actually. I just don’t know if that’s where God’s leading her. I just know the Republican Party’s done its best to blackball her. I don’t know what her agenda is. If she ran, would I vote for her? Absolutely. John McCain was the lesser of two evils.
This brought to mind this cartoon by conservative cartoonist Gary Varvel which I happened upon during my travels yesterday. (Another of Gary’s cartoons is in the post prior to this one. He comes up with some good ones every once in a while.) It was published last September, but I’m sure I’ll have an opportunity to use it again in the future…
Sarah Palin – the “Great White Hope” of the GOP. Choice, huh?
UPDATE: I was doing my daily Entrecard surfing this morning (Thursday) when I happened upon a conservative blogger who took me to task for this post. He wrote that the definition I have of liberal in the upper left hand corner of my blog means that I should be tolerant of everyone and everything and I am not being tolerant of Sam the Plumber and therefore I am a hypocrite. He has every right to believe what he believes, but I will say this in rebuttal… my tolerance does not extend to bigotry, hatred and ignorance. Sam displays all three in abundance, as do those who agree with him and defend him. The blogger also took a swipe at me for mentioning Mrs. Palin. That’s just wrong. I fervently hope that Sarah Palin emerges as a leader of the “new” Republican party and I may even dare dream that they will nominate her for the presidency in 2012. I would be in ecstasy if Sarah then selected Sam as her vice presidential running mate. We would then see the Republican party for what it really is and the Democratic party would remain in the majority for at least the next four generations.
Please do not tell me that not being tolerant of hate mongers like Samuel Wurzelbacher and Sarah Palin makes me a hypocrite. That’s just plain stupid.
UPDATE #2: Buried deep within this Time article is news that Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is quitting the GOP. You’ll have to read the whole article to find it, though. Here’s the link: “Republicans in the Wilderness: Is the Party Over?“