Palin has thick skin?
Palin has thick skin?
So, on the Sean Hannity show – which I never watch because I despise TV in general – Sarah Palin – a woman I want to see become president – said this:
“People probably think that my greatest frustration is the lies that are told in the tabloids and on hateful blogs full of anonymous sources about my family,” says Palin, “and there are constant everyday lies that we have to read that are out there in the public. But my family and I…thick skin…we can take it, you know…we can take what the haters say despite the fact that there’s injustice in the situation. I mean, look at the other day. Willow, finally, my 16 year old, she had had it up to here with somebody saying very, very hateful things about the family and saying mean things about her little brother Trig, and Willow finally responded and she used a bad word when she responded in defense of her family. And her response became national news, even hard news copy it turned into, so that’s ridiculous and I had to explain to her, ‘Willow, there is no justice here but you have to just zip your lip and let’s move forward.'” (My emphasis, you’ll see why:)
Well, Ms. Palin, I do think you have no idea what having a really thick skin is all about. For things said about gay folks – and right to our faces – things like “faggot” and worse – are quite beyond hate. It’s not even anonymous – they put their names behind their words, the likes of Tony Perkins of the FRC does. And you comport with him. And thus we gay folks add another piece of armor to our already thick skins, and brace for the culture war that seems a-brewing. A pointless war given the condition of the nation on so many other things. But still, a war directed in good measure at gay folks. And if the FRC has their way, just possibly with the police on your side.
But know this, Ms. Palin, if you become president, you will have to face the mothers of millions of gay men and woman and explain why you think words like “faggot” are not so bad to be hurled at their children. And you’ll have to explain your giving the time of day to people who would “export” us, as the man Peter Sprigg says.
And you, or whomever becomes president, are going to have one big problem – we gay folks in your midst are simply not going anywhere. And we’re cranky, though docile of course. And there are now roughly, if my memory collects them all, about 1,000 lawsuits relating to every aspect of life where gay people are excluded, denied, prevented, prohibited and targeted. Including one to decide whether it is perfectly fine to say “God hates fags.” That it is even up for discussion gives us a skin thickening experience the likes of which you never contemplated.
These cases are wending their way through the courts. They come from every state. Many start locally, but they are becoming federal. Others just leap into the federal courts from the get go. Some are filed by us, some by straight folks against us. And judges all across this nation – some on your side, some the other, thick skinned all I’m sure – are going to rule this way or that. And our erstwhile opponents will appeal if it’s against their desires, and we shall appeal if it’s against our rights. And then nearly each and everyone of them is going to wind up in the Supreme Court – for the mishmash of rulings will produce a cacophony of dissonance and a melange of incompatibility that cannot stand within a Republic of Law.
You, perhaps, will be called upon to make comment. You, or perhaps one of your colleagues, will be called upon to make political and legal decisions concerning many millions of your fellow citizens, though apparently the least among you. Or the most dangerous if some are to believed. And you, or perhaps someone else up there, will have to decide if gay folks must continue to have the steel-thick skins we have, or if we are to be included, somehow, and relax a bit, and go about our lives.
We gay folks not only have thick skins, Ms. Palin, I assure you. We have the patience of Job, the fortitude of David, and the conviction of Moses that there is promised land. And we are more adept at a Jesus like perfection in turning the other cheek, and treating others like we want to be treated, and a great faith in Ecclesiastes – that for everything there is a time – than of any straight person. And now it’s time for gay folks. What will you say then? Will you have the wisdom of Solomon? About this use of the word “faggot” with impunity? For we, to borrow a line from you, have “had it up to here with somebody saying very, very hateful things about” us gay folks.
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