Perry Turns Up the Bigotry

What do you do when your campaign for the Republican nomination is fading faster than Lindsay Lohan’s acting career? You crank up the bigotry and try to win back the rubes by attacking gay people. That’s Rick Perry’s strategy. You see, the Obama administration is standing up for the human rights of gays and lesbians around the world.

In a memorandum issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.

“The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States’ commitment to promoting human rights,” Obama said in a statement.

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Geneva about the new approach, which is certainly welcome. But since Perry knows that the people he’s trying to win over don’t think gay people are human and don’t deserve any rights, he issued a statement condemning the whole thing.

“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.

“This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.

“I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

“But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

“President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”

Nonsense in the service of hatred. The policy doesn’t spend any money; in fact, it could well save us money because it could end up withholding assistance from nations that don’t respect human rights for gays (though not universally, of course; you know damn well we aren’t going to cut off aid to Pakistan over it). The notion that urging other nations not to throw gay people in jail or put them to death puts Obama “at war with people of faith” is simply repulsive — which is why it is not at all surprising. The Republican presidential race seems to be about which one can be more hateful and appalling than the others.

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  • danielrudolph

    So Perry, who’s supposedly to be the morals-based candidate, is explicitly arguing for foreign policy based on cronyism and fuck human rights?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    “President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”

    A raving wingnut has again mistaken America’s insistence on equal rights for all people with an endorsement of special rights for some people.

  • danielrudolph

    Someone should ask him about countries which are beneficial for national interests, but oppress Christians (example: Saudi Arabia), then press him to reconcile it with this statement.

  • d cwilson

    Have you seen the video Perry put out where he claims that under Obama, our children apparently can’t “openly celebrate Christmas”?

    Amazing. Some of my neighbors’ decorations can be seen from space. That’s about as open a celebration and you can imagine.

  • Taz

    …to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations.

    . . .

    Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests

    So according to Perry, basic human rights are “special rights” when it comes to gays and lesbians.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    On the plus side for Perry, he’s finally taking the initiative and discussing homosexuality, a topic with which he’s rumored to be intimately familiar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hallquist chrishallquist

    BoingBoing really brought the funny on this one:

    http://boingboing.net/2011/12/09/understanding-the-peculiar-loa.html

    But more importantly, when we’re talking about some other countries in the world, “gay rights” doesn’t mean things like gay marriage. It means things like “the right not to get executed by Iran’s theocracy.” Loathsome.

  • http://rockstarramblings.blogspot.com/ Bronze Dog

    It’s times like this that I hope the increased volume of bigotry is a sign that the religious right is collapsing in on itself, and it’s going to take the Republican party down with it.

    Of course, it’s hard to maintain that hope.

  • slc1

    Re fifthdentist @ #6

    The rumors about Governor Perry’s alleged closeted homosexuality are all over the internet. Perhaps Ms. Aquaria, who appears to be well tuned into the politics in the Lone Star State might want to comment on these rumors.

  • rork

    They’ve deeply studied how to influence the stupid I think, and that scares me. I finally see that you can score more points if making sense is not a limitation – that actually hadn’t occurred to me before. Hey, I’m good at math, but dumb about lying.

  • raven

    What I find disgusting about Perry and his hate the gays campaign.

    The USA has lots of problems. The economy is barely moving, unemployment is high, the budgets of the feds and states are all running huge deficits, and we are bogged down in Afghanistan for ten years now.

    So what does Perry do? Tells everyone who he hates, a small minority who aren’t quite like the majority.

    I really don’t want some hate filled moron for president. We need an intelligent leader who can identify the problems and fix them as well as any human on the planet.

    I suspect the common claims that Perry is really pretty stupid are true.

  • Doug Little

    Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

    So the right for a gay person to live is a special right now. How fucking evil is this douchebag? I’m so angry if that if that fucking moron was around I’d feel compelled to smash him in the face. Also how can anybody on either side of the political fence put up with him saying that Americans value turning a blind eye to any kind of human rights abuses, all Americans should be appalled at what Perry has said here.

  • morejello

    What do you do when your campaign for the Republican nomination is fading faster than Lindsay Lohan’s acting career? You crank up the bigotry

    Oh, thank goodness. For a second there I thought you were going to say “pose naked as Marilyn Monroe in Playboy”.

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  • walton

    Rick Perry,

    “I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.”

    So… er… the right not to be imprisoned, beaten or murdered for one’s sexuality, as happens regularly to gay people in much of the world, is a “special right” now? And you don’t think America has any humanitarian obligation to share its wealth with people in developing countries? You’d be happy to let them starve if feeding them doesn’t further your “national security” interests?

    The combination of homophobia, racism, and total disregard for human life is very, very scary.

  • walton

    (And yes, believing that Americans are more important than non-Americans, or that “America’s interests” should take precedence over the lives of people in other countries, is racism. Pure and simple. Nationalism has always been a cipher for, and intimately intertwined with, racism.)

  • Aquaria

    “President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.”

    You are a mistake, Perry, you clueless sack of dog vomit.

  • Aquaria

    The rumors about Governor Perry’s alleged closeted homosexuality are all over the internet. Perhaps Ms. Aquaria, who appears to be well tuned into the politics in the Lone Star State might want to comment on these rumors.

    I’ve been hearing rumors since the 80s that Perry is strongly bisexual, not homosexual, and there are tons of stories about the guy being a player on both sides of the fence. There have been rumors about him and one of the guys in, I think, the state comptroller’s office. But then there were tons of rumors about his relationship with fellow freshman legislator Lena Guerrero, too.

    I know that there was some scuttlebutt going around Austin in the early 2000s that Perry’s wife was about to leave him over his bisexual extracurricular activities, but I’m pretty sure those were just rumors. Anita isn’t going anywhere. She’s like the Hollywood Wife married to the Casanova movie star. She’s going to put up with a lot of crap to keep her status and power and money. How else is she going to replenish her wardrobe of little black dresses, otherwise?

  • martinc

    Let’s not get side-tracked by the thought of Perry being homosexual.

    If Perry has homosexual activities, and were he to be caught doing them, no doubt he would no longer be a Republican candidate, and possibly a lot of homosexual rights supporters would cheer, but it would actually be counter-productive in the long run because Perry would have lost the candidacy due to his homosexuality not due to his bigotry.

    Perry needs to lose because of his bigotry. His actual sexuality should have nothing to do with his chances of success, despite the clear hypocrisy that would be evident if he were gay. Ultimately, what needs to change is the perception among politicians that the American public are more likely to vote for a gay-bashing politician than for a gay-friendly one.

    The perception needs to change, and it’s important that the reality change as well.

  • gvlgeologist

    Not exactly OT, but Perry’s commnt, “I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests” could be a real problem for him.

    Much of the xtian right’s belief that the continued existence of Israel is a harbinger of the end times. Pretty much all of the (oil producing) countries of the Middle East hate Israel. It would be much better for us from an oil resource point of view if we stopped supporting Israel. So, according to Perry’s statement, and despite Israel’s long standing as a diplomatic ally and despite their special standing in the minds of some xtians, we should immediately stop all foreign aid to the state of Israel.

    Put up or shut up, Perry.

  • walton

    Perry needs to lose because of his bigotry. His actual sexuality should have nothing to do with his chances of success, despite the clear hypocrisy that would be evident if he were gay. Ultimately, what needs to change is the perception among politicians that the American public are more likely to vote for a gay-bashing politician than for a gay-friendly one.

    QFT.

    I don’t care so much about Perry personally, as I do about the homophobic and racist culture which made it acceptable for a mainstream candidate to make openly-bigoted statements like this. The hostility towards gay, lesbian and trans people is horrifying; so too the prevalence of mindless nationalism and xenophobia, and the assumption that “America’s interests” are more important than the actual lives of human beings who happen to have been born on a different part of the Earth’s surface. Perry’s stream of shit combines both.

  • http://www.cosmicsnark.com Cosmic Snark

    Perry seems to be taking his material from Eugene Delgaudio’s playbook now.

  • http://themidwestatheist.blogspot.com Leo Buzalsky

    though not universally, of course; you know damn well we aren’t going to cut off aid to Pakistan over it

    Indeed! And this is the thing that pissed me off when I heard about it…knowing we won’t be consistent about it.