Awww. Poor Candidate is Getting Criticized

You’ll weep crocodile tears after you stop laughing at the hyperbolic language of this article. “BULL’S-EYE ON CANDIDATE FOR SUPPORTING MARRIAGE,” the headline screams, with the subhead “Congressional hopeful ‘inundated by left’ after endorsing traditional family.” What’s that mean? It means he’s being criticized.

Dean Young, a candidate for Congress in Alabama’s first district, says he’s being “inundated by the left” for his endorsement of traditional marriage and his request that fellow Republican primary candidates do the same…

The story says: “Alabama Republican Dean Young, a candidate for the congressional seat of retiring Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., is not a fan of gay rights. So, in an effort to make opposition to gay marriage a key issue in the crowded GOP primary race, Young unveiled a pledge this week asking his opponents to affirm their religious faith and opposition to LGBT rights.”

But Young said he’s not “anti-gay” and that his purpose in calling for his fellow Republicans to pledge support is based on solid moral and historical principles.

“We’re very close to being at the end of our nation. If we don’t support the godly principles that made this nation great, then we’re going to lose this nation,” he said.

Yeah, he’s not anti-gay. He just thinks that protecting their rights will destroy the nation, that’s all.

Young admits to being taken aback by the amount of attention his call for a pro-family pledge has received.

“I had no idea that this would turn into a national onslaught and that the Huffington Post and other liberal papers would think that’s such a bizarre thing that I did,” he said.

Yes, I’m sure you’re just flabbergasted to find out that people disagree with you and might criticize you when you say something stupid and bigoted. You should probably get used to it if you’re going to be in Congress.

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  • matty1

    I wasn’t aware marriage and traditional families needed this type of political support. Are there proposals to abolish these institutions?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “inundated by the left” sounds a bit like something that they might do during oneathem EANoP*’s.

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  • Chiroptera

    Huh. People are campaigning against candidates with whom they disagree and are campaigning in favor of issues they support. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?

  • Doug Little

    If we don’t support the godly principles that made this nation great

    What would those be?

  • Larry

    Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?

    Silly rabbit, not when the candidate is a fundy xtian. In that case, disagreement is equivalent to xtian persecution. Why do you hate baby jesus?

  • John Pieret

    Young admits to being taken aback by the amount of attention his call for a pro-family pledge has received.

    I tend to believe that this goober lives in such an insular little world that he didn’t realize that the entire nation’s views on this issue have massively changed and that his bigoty would attract a lot of national attention. He might have some small complaint if he was running for dogcatcher of Armpit, Alabama but he’s running for Congress, where his actions can affect all Americans.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Doug Little, treating minorities like shit, mostly. Also, the Puritan Work Ethic, but with more pot bellies, truck nuts and staring at the Hooters waitresses and less Puritan, work, or ethic.

  • debbaasseerr

    But Young said he’s not “anti-gay” and that his purpose in calling for his fellow Republicans to pledge support is based on solid moral and historical principles.

    You know, like the southern strategy!

  • Doug Little

    Modus,

    Ahhh Yes. I so dearly want someone to point to an interpretation of the bible that refers to truck nuts.

  • http://missingthepoint.wordpress.com/ W. Kevin Vicklund

    Someone needs to make a cheap, easy to install trailer hitch plug with a similar design to truck nutz. Four nuts are better than two, right? 8D

  • https://www.facebook.com/ronja.addamsmoring Ronja Addams-Moring

    But Young said he’s not “anti-gay”…

    Isn’t it terrible how we disrespect his self-identification? It’s clearly persecution and discrimination when a high-income WASP man is not allowed to choose his own labels!

    /sarcasm

  • Randomfactor

    If we don’t support the godly principles that made this nation great

    What would those be?

    Well, there’s slavery…

  • Synfandel

    He should be called out for claiming that he is “supporting marriage” or even “supporting traditional marriage”. He’s not doing either. He’s just trying to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Traditional marriage will sail merrily along whether gay and lesbian couples are allowed to marry or not. I’m not aware of any supporter of same-sex marriage who is trying to deny anyone a “traditional marriage”.

  • Subtract Hominem

    . . . Young unveiled a pledge this week asking his opponents to affirm their religious faith and opposition to LGBT rights.”

    But Young said he’s not “anti-gay” . . .

    . . . he’s just anti-rights.

  • D. C. Sessions

    What would those be?

    Read your Bible! The most basic one of all is “invade the lands where other people are living and take if from them by any means possible.” One of the more popular approaches was “kill all of the men [1] and make sex slaves of the women.”

    And indeed, the United States did become great by applying those principles.

    [1] Trickery — slaughter under a false offer of peace — was a good approach. Consider Shechem, for instance.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “…Shechem…”

    Gesundheit.

  • magistramarla

    W. Kevin Vicklund @ 10

    Is that McGyver in your avatar? You have just earned my undying and unwavering love for choosing that avatar.

  • rabbitscribe

    Wait- an Alabama Republican who is committed to Christian principles and isn’t ashamed to say so? What a breath of fresh air!

  • eric

    That’s really amusing. Sour grapes; Young found one of the few examples of bad publicity, and now he’s wailing because it’s bad. He is right about one thing: support for his pledge will indeed be one of the things that distinguishes the various candidates in this race. Sadly for him, instead of 8 other candidates signing on and so making him look like a leader, the others are now going to avoid it and use it to make him look unelectable.

    I’m reminded of the poker play where there are multiple players in a hand, with one person having gone all in very early (preflop or just after the flop). The others just check down to maximize the chance of the elimination. Well, I bet the other candidates are going to check this issue down.

  • Synfandel

    The most basic one of all is “invade the lands where other people are living and take if from them by any means possible. One of the more popular approaches was “kill all of the men [1] and make sex slaves of the women.””

    Ah, yes, the Conan Doctrine, or the “what is best in life” principle.

  • Doug Little

    I’m reminded of the poker play where there are multiple players in a hand, with one person having gone all in very early (preflop or just after the flop). The others just check down to maximize the chance of the elimination.

    Provided that the person who went all in is short stacked. If they have a big stack and the other players are putting a substantial amount of their stacks at risk it would be a different story.

  • whheydt

    People have taken him down pretty thoroughly on the gay issues…what I’d like to see is for someone to ask him, point blank, what the US Constitution says about religious standing when comes to being an elected official. (I know the answer, as does–no doubt–everyone else here…but does he?)

  • dogmeat

    I so dearly want someone to point to an interpretation of the bible that refers to truck nuts.

    I don’t recall the precise passage, but it’s right after the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

    “And the lord saweth the truck nuts and declared that they were the proper and holy nuts of any good Christian truck. When he saw that Bubba’s truck also was endowed with a Confederate flag and lifted four cubits above the slithering creatures, he declared “thou truly rideth with the lord. Amen.”

  • http://missingthepoint.wordpress.com/ W. Kevin Vicklund

    magistramarla@17

    W. Kevin Vicklund @ 10

    Is that McGyver in your avatar? You have just earned my undying and unwavering love for choosing that avatar.

    See here for part of the backstory behind my choosing MacGyver as my avatar.


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