Alan Simpson: “We Have Homophobes In Our Party”

Jim Burroway

April 12th, 2011

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) calls out his fellow Republicans:

We have homophobes on our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. Now if they’re going to get off on that stuff—Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals. Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul. Now if that’s the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, ‘Stick with your folks.’ But, I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, moral values—while you’re diddling your secretary while you’re giving a speech on moral values? Come on, get off of it.

Timothy Kincaid

April 12th, 2011

Alan Simpson – old school Republican. He’s been an ally of our community for a long time. It’s good to hear from him again.

Grant

April 12th, 2011

I echo that Timothy. It’s an irony (isn’t it?) that we associate the older generation as more conservative and resistant to change, and by extension, our desire for equality – yet it seems to me many of the “old school” conservatives (remember Barry Goldwater) have actually been among our better allies.

Good for him for speaking out.

Andrew

April 12th, 2011

It’s a wonder to me that we don’t see more like him in the GOP. Nice to see.. integrity. Rare, but nice.

Loki

April 12th, 2011

yet it seems to me many of the “old school” conservatives (remember Barry Goldwater) have actually been among our better allies.

There’s a reason for that. Jerry Fallwell’s odious Moral Majority did not come into being until 1979 and it would be a further decade before it would firmly graft evangelical Christianity to the Republican Party.

Oldschool Republicans, like Simpson, come from before posturing to the whims of the Religious Right and it’s vile “values voters” became mandatory.

customartist

April 13th, 2011

And now even Donald Trump says he “is Christian and attends Church as much as he possibly can”.

When people say that Trump is candid and doesn’t play politics, I say “bullshit”. He panders to the Religious (money bags) Right like the rest of them,…

Oh and, he is “against Gay Marriage” but also says that Gays “shouldn’t be discriminated against”, and all out of the same mouth! Huh!

My apologies for the tangent.

enough already

April 13th, 2011

When we’re in the ‘States, we spend time in that area.
Many “conservatives” aren’t Christian conservative, they’re just “leave me alone” conservative.

The decision of the Democratic party to treat areas with a population density only slightly higher than Luna in July of 1969 the same way as crime ridden inner cities when I came to guns drove entire generations of these conservatives permanently into the arms of the Republicans.

Ditto the “fly-over” mentality so prevalent in any discussion of that area of the world by east-coast liberals. Simpson is too conservative for my taste on many things, but he certainly was not anything like the current group of Republicans.

Because there is only one game in town – Democrats versus Republicans – we are going to keep on losing as long as the Democratic party keeps acting like the Rocky Mountain West doesn’t matter. If we had civil rights in that area, it would count. Loudly and clearly.

Then again, tearing each other to pieces seems to be something we liberals are good at, gay or not.

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