Steele Comes Out In Favour Of Discrimination

4 March, 2009

Michael Steele, the new head of the Republican National Committee, has decided to take the Republican Party into a new century.  Unfortunately, it ain’t the 21st.  He seems to think that Tweeting and blogging and being ‘off the hook’ will make the GOP more palatable and ‘fly’ with the youngsters.

The GOP, though, is completely out of touch with a majority of young Americans. 

A Newsweek poll in December shows how this operates. When asked if there should be “Legally-sanctioned gay and lesbian marriages,” the result is 55% no and 39% yes. But if you ask if they support “Legally-sanctioned gay and lesbian unions or partnerships,” the result flips to 55% yes and 36% no. It’s all in the terminology.

And when you ask about a whole range of specific rights and protections, the numbers agreeing that gays and lesbians should have them goes up dramatically. 74% support inheritance rights, 67% support Social Security benefits for gay and lesbian domestic partners, 73% support health care for gay partners, 87% support laws against job discrimination for gays and lesbians, and so forth.   (from Dispatches from the Culture Wars)

And the polls consistently show that young Americans (18 to 35) are more tolerant than average.  And those under 18?  By Republican standards, they are radicals.

So how does Steele expect to bring the Republicans into a new century and make the Republicans meaningful again?  Why, by attacking the idea of civil unions (From an interview with Gallagher (as reported through WorldNutDaily)):

The chairman of the Republican National Committee has shot down hopes by minority homosexual groups that the party will open its “big tent” to endorse “civil unions” or homosexual marriage.

“What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No.” Michael Steele told radio talk show host Mike Gallagher.

Gallagher raised the question, “Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?”

“No, no no. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, ‘Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage,'” Steele said.

He continued, “I mean this is a foundational principle of this country. This is a foundational principle of organized society. This isn’t something that in America we decided, ‘Let’s make it between a man and a woman, and oh, we changed our mind and make it between anyone and anyone.'”

The exchange is archived on Gallegher’s website.

“So no room even for a conversation about civil unions in your mind?” Gallagher asked.

“What’s the difference?” Steele responded.

What I find most interesting about this is that Steele, an African-American, is talking about the foundational principles of America,  Principles like no votes for women or freed blacks, slaves are worth 2/3 of a white for census purposes, institutional racism and sexism — in a word, discrimination.  All the things that a black man would, of course, fully support — keeping minorities and the disenfranchised in their place.

Is it just me, or does he sound like a Virginia gentleman, circa 1960, freaking out about marriage between a black man and a white woman?



  1. In my mind this is a good thing. The more irrelevant the crazies (conservatives) make themselves, the fewer people will listen to their bullshit. Anything they do to drive people towards liberalism is a positive thing in my book.

  2. In my mind this is a good thing. The more irrelevant the crazies (conservatives) make themselves, the fewer people will listen to their bullshit. Anything they do to drive people towards liberalism is a positive thing in my book.

    Oh, and the previous comment was made by me. I accidentally posted under my roommates ID.

  3. Sean/Craig: I do see the Republicans becoming a party of Utah, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Idaho, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Which will mean that those states will become even more rabidly right-wing and even more obstructionist. We need the Republican Party of Eisenhower and Ford. Unfortunately, we have the party of Donahue and Limbaugh.

  4. God bless the party of God. steele has come out and said what the vast majority of Americans believe and know to be the truth. God ordained marriage as between a man and a woman. adam and eve, not adam and steve.

    God has blessed us with steele’s leadership. he is willing to stand up to the loud immoral minority who wish to promote perversion for their own sick and twisted agenda. this is the difference between the republicans and the democrat party. republicans are willing to take a stand on principle whilst the democrat party will bend which ever way the far left perverts agenda tells them to bend.

    slavery was not a founding principle of our country. slavery was forced into the constitution by liberal slave owners in the southern states. the true conservatives of new england tried to block it, but were overwhelmed by the minority much as is happening now. discrimination was not written into our constitution. it was forced in by those who want to create victims because victims become liberals. remember that it was the conservative republican president lincoln who freed the slaves, not the liberal democrat party.

    mark my words. this depression will continue to get worse and worse and worse until Americans rediscover the morality of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as expressed the the infallible Holy Bible. we must as a nation stand up to the perverts and their holocaust agenda to destroy Christians. we must stop the liberal socialists.

  5. and it is not discrimination to expect all people, including perverts, to follow the law!

  6. Now I’ve heard everything! The slave owners were liberals? LOL! Reginald is a fucking hoot.

  7. Damn, Billy – you caught yourself another fundy!

  8. Reginald: It is discrimination if laws deny certain elements of the population civil rights because of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, skin colour, etc.

    Philly: I have no idea where that one comes from. I would love to see the history book he is using.

    Chappie: Yeah, but I thinks it’s immature, so I’m gonna throw it back.

  9. Wow. Is this person real? I don’t get how anyone cold actually believe such an upside-down version of history. I wonder if Reggie isn’t being extremely ironic.

    Though I do find the rhetoric about the gays having an “holocaust agenda” against Christians to be offensive and overly inflammatory. Especially to this gay atheist liberal socialist.

  10. Craig: Odd that wanting the same rights as other humans is a destructive agenda.

  11. Reginald Genovese “God bless the party of God.”

    (I could go on and tear apart the rest of your reply, but I can’t get any better than that. That’s the problem with starting off on such a high note; I’ve got nowhere to go. Nowhere! Why couldn’t you put that at the end? Prick)

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