Today’s entry for the piñata of asshattery comes from the great state of Oklahoma, where State Rep. Sally Kern (R, naturally) is working to get the state to issue a proclamation blaming the gays for the current economic crisis.
WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and
WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and
WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and
WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;
You get the idea. Wall Street had nothing to do with it; the crappy economy that started to tank under President Bush is really the fault of President Obama because God can see into the future and knew that he would be elected and that Iowa, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut would allow same-sex marriage. He timed the sub-prime mortgage crisis just in time as punishment for Pride Month. Got it.
If she’s lumping in divorce with debauchery, then she’s just called Ronald Reagan, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Rush Limbaugh debauchees. For sex trafficking, she’s got Sen. David Vitter, Republican of Lousiana, by the short ones. Meanwhile, her target, President Obama, is still married to his one and only wife, as is former President Bill Clinton. And while it’s hard to imagine how she can link gays with the debauchery of divorce since the only way a gay marriage can disrupt a straight one is if one of the partners has been getting a little down low on the side, in which case their “traditional” marriage was pretty much a lie to begin with, to a homophobe just the very existence of a gay man or lesbian is a threat. After all, homophobia has been described as an irrational insecurity about one’s heterosexuality.
Only a really eye-twirling religious fanatic could finesse a recession into a theocratic screed, but then, Ms. Kern has been down this road before, so she’s had some practice. It makes you wonder if the wind that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote about in Oklahoma! (“where the wind comes sweeping down the plain”) isn’t whistling through her ears.