Monday, October 4, 2010

Smaller Government

Like most right-wing Republicans, Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) believes in more freedom for everyone and less intrusive government. Unless he doesn’t like what you’re doing with your freedoms. Then it’s time to bring in the intrusive government.

In addition to reiterating anti-choice talking points on abortion and backing “traditional marriage,” according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the senator went further and “said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.”

I realize our technology has gotten to the point where there’s an app for just about everything, but unless Radio Shack is selling gaydar detectors, it’s going to be awfully hard to weed out the gay teachers. Second, if it’s improper for an unmarried woman to be sleeping with her boyfriend and be a teacher, what about the unmarried man who’s sleeping with his girlfriend? Does he get a pass? And who’s going to pay for the patrols that go around to the various residences to keep an eye on the teachers to see what they’re doing in their off-times, not to mention where are they going to come up with the money to pay for the lawyers they’re going to need to defend themselves against the lawsuits over invasion of privacy?

Oh, but Mr. DeMint means that we as Americans should be so morally and Jesusly forthright that we would all know that the only way to be a good teacher is to be in a traditional marriage. Then we wouldn’t need all the Panty Patrols going around peeping into peoples’ bedrooms. But when he talks about “traditional marriage,” just what traditions is he talking about? The biblical one where a man could have as many wives as he could afford? Or the arranged marriages between two families wherein the 12-year-old daughter is sold off to the 40-year-old guy next door to cement a land deal? Or does he mean the modern-day GOP marriage where it’s one man, one woman, and a little something on the side?

HT to Steve Benen.