Tea Bagger Gay-Baits US Senator Lindsay Graham

20 Apr

The Republican Party’s lurch right to kowtow to the Tea Baggers is having the obvious consequences – the Party is ripping itself to shreds. A lot of people are predicting a Republican resurgence in the mid-terms – but if you look at what the Tea Baggers are doing…

This could well be a major loss like 2008 for the Republicans as Moderates desert in droves. That “Big Tent” keeps on getting smaller and smaller every day. This one smacks of Hitler’s pogroms to eliminate from the Nazi Party anyone who wasn’t Aryan, a true believer, or was “defective”.

This strikes to the heart of Tea Bagger “white is right”, plastic patriotism, jingoistic, homophobic, and racist – hate politics.

Tea Party speaker gay-baits Lindsey Graham

Really, only a gay person (or maybe a Muslim) would be enough of a deviant to disagree with these folks, right?

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has had an uneasy relationship with his party’s purists for years. Even in his own home base of South Carolina, the right wing has long thought of Graham as a squish on an array of crucial issues, including campaign finance, immigration and environmental regulation.

There’s also, however, always been a nastier undercurrent. For years, unsubstantiated but persistent rumors have swirled about the sexuality of the unmarried Graham. What’s unsettling is how some on the right seem eager to connect one complaint about Graham to the other.

At a Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C., last week, a speaker tried to figure out just what, exactly, is wrong with Graham. “Barney Frank has been more honest and brave than you. At least we know about Barney Frank, nobody’s going to hold it over his head.”

He continued, “Look, I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey. But as our U.S. senator, I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.

What’s interesting here is the thought obviously running through the speaker’s head: that something about the personal features of a politician like Barney Frank or Lindsey Graham explains their otherwise disagreeable behavior. The argument isn’t that Frank and, supposedly, Graham, are horrible liberal traitors, and gay to boot. It’s that they are, or might be, horrible liberal traitors because they’re gay.

And once you notice this type of argument here, you realize that it’s everywhere. This is the basic case against President Obama as well. It’s not just that his policies are bad. It’s that he is somehow not one of us, doesn’t understand our country and its traditions, and so is in fact working for the other side. The “he’s a foreigner” line of attack also featured at the rally, when former GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo asked, “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

You’d think that the argument that Obama is a scary outsider Muslim would be about fighting terrorism — the president is too soft on terrorists, because he’s a secret double-agent. But the “foreigner” rap on the president doesn’t even seem to be about international issues. Instead, it’s somehow about healthcare and taxes and domestic policy in general.

This is the language of a political movement that sees itself defending a peculiar, limited version of democratic politics. Academics have a term for this idea: herrenvolk democracy. The basic idea is that there is supposed to be equality, and even unanimity on crucial matters, among qualified citizens. And if someone breaks the consensus, it’s not so much a sign that there needs to be an argument about this or that issue. It just casts doubt on whether that person was a legitimate member of the group in the first place. (Note that Graham himself has criticized the use of “racial epithets” on the right.)

This is all over the comments about Frank and Graham, as well as the standard attack on Obama-as-Kenyan-Muslim. As the Greenville Tea Party guy put it, “I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen.”


Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks


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5 responses to “Tea Bagger Gay-Baits US Senator Lindsay Graham

  1. Don Ror

    April 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Is Senator Lindsey Graham also a pedophile? If he is a homosexual, he certainly spends a lot of time trying to appeal to “kids” as he refers to them on his website.

    What’s the story?


    • btx3

      April 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

      There have been rumors circulating about Senator Graham’s sexuality for years. I highly doubt Senator Graham is a pedophile – his life has been way to under a public microscope as a US Senator to get away with that sort of criminality. Remember, Progressives have been going after Graham as a Republican for years, and they have been damn effective, to the chagrin of many conservative “christian” hypocrites, in ferreting out conservative hypocrites. There quite simply is nothing that indicates Graham is involved in anything illegal – or that he is an abuser, or in any way has broken the law.

      The case against Graham is this – he is not and never has been married. He hasn’t exactly torn up the DC Social Circuit, where there are a lot of women seeking to jump the bones of any High-Level unattached (or married for that matter) official. Unlike closeted Republicans in politics (like Drudge), he hasn’t left a bunch of fingerprints in DC’s gay community either – at least anything one of the Gay publications which was “outing” conservative closet queens could find…

      So… While I don’t like Graham’s politics… Gay Baiting him is way out of line, especially from folks in his own Party! It’s doubly out of line because the guy, like him or not – has been a pretty effective politician for his state.


  2. Vincent Savage

    April 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I grew up in South Carolina, and after living away for many years,I live in South Carolina presently. I am very aware of the rightists’ mindset and find it over-broad and distasteful.

    That said, I went to law school in Minnesota in the ’90’s that leaned so far to the feel-good left that it reeked of lockstep and racism. As I first entered the school, I walked under a diversity banner to discover that diversity meant that Danish-Americans and Swedish-Americans could share brats and pop together in cold harmony.

    When I practice law in Washington, D.C., I found that many of my fellow and younger attorneys held an attitude that I, and others like me, were on a form of socio-political probation. We had two strikes against us from the beginning: we were White, male and when we spoke with a Southern accent, we experience a full count in which any little pretext for excluding us was always in the wind. I assure you that this situation existed mostly at the bottom and mid-levels of law firms. The top is still the exclusive conclave of White males who take the approach that the lower classes can eat one another as long as they are not distracted from schmoozing and billable hours.

    Now that I am back in South Carolina, I find myself at odds with much of the political attitudes of most residents of this state. Not much has changed and ass before, all politics here is dominated by race, and bigger still, class.

    I must say that in reality these two seemingly divergent opinions are actually the two sides of greed for power and the larger political game of keeping us weak by keeping us divided. Neither bloc is proper and never will two wrongs create a right. It is a very sad time for this country. Whichever side you subscribe to, be certain to take any and all credit due yourselves in this matter. You deserve it.


    • btx3

      April 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

      Vincent – I grew up in Northern Virginia, in an area which is suburb of Washington, DC. Black folks were very thin on the ground. When they finally integrated schools here. there were never more than 30-40 black kids in the High School of 2,000. One of guys I struck up a friendship with was Jewish, who came from even a smaller minority – there were only 2 Jewish kids in my High School. This area is very transient, with people from everywhere moving in and out every few years who worked for the Government, were in the Military – or worked for some elected official in Congress. One of the things you learned in that environment is the accents didn’t really much matter. My sophomore year, a white kid moved in from Mississippi. He’d grown up in the very segregated, and very racially divisive part of Mississippi. He had a pretty tough time reconciling that. He played football, and was pretty good as a running back. One of the guys nicknamed him “Ghost” one day on the field, because “he was white and so damn hard to hit running though the line”. The moniker stuck. Now that doesn’t mean that Ghost suddenly wanted to hang out with the black guys, or become anyone’s best friend – but it did mean he was accepted as an upstanding guy, and accepted it of everyone else.

      I’m surprised at your experience at the Law Firm. I can only guess it was one of the firms based somewhere else, that had an office here.

      Like I said before about Graham – I don’t agree with his conservative positions in many cases, but he is a good legislator, and from what I know of him – a decent guy. He doesn’t deserve this crap.


  3. seedofjapheth

    February 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I think you miss what is bein implied here. The guy never implied senator graham was selling out Americans because being a homosexual, he was implying graham was selling out Americans due to being a closeted homosexual. The implication here is that graham was maybe being blackmailed into doing things by people who maybe had photos or images of him engaged in homosexual acts. Graham is contrasted with Barney frank because Barney frank is an open homosexual and therefor can’t be blackmailed as long as the homosexual activities he is engaged in are with people of legal age.



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