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Tim Pawlenty Has Some Of George Wallace Inside Him, Shows Bigotry On National TV

July 24, 2011

Once again, when pushed to answer a question as to how gay marriage undermines society, the bigot is left repeating loops of senseless rhetoric.  This time it was Tim Pawlenty who is left looking totally the buffoon on national television. 

As we all know by now this type of scene is a sad spectacle, and resembles old footage of George Wallace degrading the civil rights movement for blacks. There is nothing sadder than to see hate displayed.

“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Anti-gay bigots like Tim Pawlenty look so out of step on a day when many all over the nation, gay and straight alike, are celebrating the progressive step that New York is taking with gay marriage.   To see someone like Pawlenty steep to such ridiculous chatter in order to somehow play to the lowest common denominator in Iowa, which is what he is doing as he tries to make some…just any…impression in his campaign… is truly sad to see.

Pawlenty, an evangelical, said that traditional marriage is special socially, legally, and culturally for “obvious reasons” having to do with “procreation” and “raising children.”

WHAT!  That is the best argument for not allowing gay marriage?  Your plumbing works, you become a breeder, and therefore more legal rights are yours?

After this interview  you can almost picture Tim Pawlenty, if it were 50 years ago, and he were seeking the White House, playing the race card and denouncing mixed racial marriages.  Anything to win seems to be Pawlenty’s goal. 

There is no way that Pawlenty can believe what he is saying about gay marriage, and I wonder how he does not laugh as he speaks.  There is nothing in Tim Pawlenty’s words but a cheap grab for a nomination that is never coming his way.  Has he not been reading the national press like the rest of  us have the past two months?

People like Tim Pawlenty do not know they are on the back-end of history regarding gay marriage, and are no longer speaking for the majority in the country.  The rest of us look on this type of interview in cities and cultured centers around the nation and wonder who in hell does this homophobic bigot think is sopping up this message?

Pawlenty has struggled to gain ground in the presidential race, and today I hope I aided him a bit with some publicity.

4 Comments
  1. July 26, 2011 12:31 AM

    Patrick,

    This year the Obama Admin. made it known they will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. I would say that is a major step in the right direction.

    I also know that playing to the base opinions of voters to capture the right-wing vote is indeed playing to bigotry. That is what Pawlenty was doing as Bachmann is gaining among the conservatives in Iowa. This whole series of statements about gay marriage and other stuff last week was to court the ones who have outside the mainstream ideas and views in that state leading up to the caucuses.

    Also there is going to have to be a cut the money losses and go home for Pawlenty, as I do not think he is going to rack up millions in debt that needs to be paid off for the many years to come. He is not in this for convictions, and so will end this run as soon as he sees there is no way to win. That is why this comment on marriage was so dreadful…he mouths what he hopes will aid him to a victory.

    I also do not think I insulted Pawlenty by stating the truth. The rhetoric that he is using will look as foolish in decades to come as Wallace’s words do to us now. That seems to me the point here.

  2. Patrick permalink
    July 25, 2011 10:50 PM

    Before you get all over Pawlenty, why not clean the bigots of your own house? When was the last time Obama went to bat for gay marriage? His views are the same as Pawlenty. The problem is that you can’t call the savior a bigot.

    And by the way, when was the last time you saw the police sick dogs on gays or when was the last time a group traveling to promote gay marriage had their bus firebombed and were beaten into the hospital? African Americans might not appreciate your predictable hyperbole.

    Why not talk to Pawlenty. Insulting him is not going to change anything. While I cannot imagine the degrading slurs you have had to endure, from my point of view the gay community has mostly won respect because of its moral virtue and turned people away with its more extreme. To change Pawlenty you need to assume he has moral virtue and appeal to that moral virtue. Like Jefferson and Banniker.

  3. July 25, 2011 12:20 PM

    Thanks for your comment.

    When someone denies me and others of their due rights then one needs to look for the cause and motive. After 49 years I can assure you that the slights, slurs, and other actions are motivated by bigorty. None of this reaction against gay rights over the past decades is anything less than the reaction to civil rights for blacks in this nation. It is based in bigotry. (In fact one can match some of the language used for arguments against blacks and whites being married together, to that of gay people being allowed that right.)

    When one asks (repeatedly, and Pawlenty was just the latest example) what the harm of gay marriage is to society and the same non-answers are given as a response, then one has to judge the character of the person giving the answer.

    I would like to paint all this as something lighter and less harmful, but as a gay man who has seen too much I can not conceal the truth.

  4. July 25, 2011 11:27 AM

    Bigot- a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

    How do you know that he is a bigot? I don’t see that he is anti-gay or intolerant. I see that he is pro-hetero marriage and opposed to gay marriage.

    All this name calling is unbecoming. Deke, you appear to be intolerant of those who think differently than you do. Castigating people for what they think rather than what they do demonstrates an intolerance for Pawlenty that he does not appear to have for you.

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