Saturday, June 17, 2006

Governor Bobby Loves Speech Codes

So it turns out that Governor Bobby loves speech codes. God forbid anyone he has appointed to any office says anything deemed "offensive" to anyone. First, Bill Duvall was yanked from an Eastern Shore judicial nominating commission for calling illegal Mexican immigrants "wetbacks" on his personal blog.

Now, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Member Robert Smith has been given the heave-ho for calling homosexuality "deviant" on a public access cable network show called "21 This Week" that airs in Montgomery County.

I hate to tell you Governor, but a lot of the people that voted for you in 2002 and have supported you against the liberal bastards and whores in the General Assembly consider homosexuality to be deviant.

According to dictionary.com, deviant means "Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society." If you accept the statistics provided by even the most ardent pro-gay activists -- that 1 in 6 Americans are gay or bisexual (that is 17%), that means that 5 in 6 aren't. That definitely seems to "differ from a norm or the accepted standards of a society". Given that if you asked every American alive today "Do you hope for your child to grow up to be a gay or lesbian?", I bet less than 1 in 6 would say yes, one can hardly say that a homosexual lifestyle is an accepted standard.

The governor defends his decision with a purely bullshit and hogwash comment: "Robert Smith's comments were highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable. hey are in direct conflict to my administration's commitment to inclusiveness, tolerance and opportunity."

Tolerance it seems, is only allowed for the deviant. Not for ideas, not for personal beliefs, and not for thoughts. Free Speech in the People's Republic of Maryland has been narrowed down to "free speech that is publicly acceptable to the Governor".

Recognizing someone's behavior as deviant does not mean you wish to take away their basic civil rights. I find adulterers to be deviant. But I don't think you can limit their civil rights based on their stupidity. I find single parenthood by choice to be deviant. If think women who choose to kill their unborn children and the men who support that decision are deviant (that means you Guv!).

But I don't argue that deviancy should be criminalized. After all, the jails aren't big enough to hold the entire General Assembly, the population of Baltimore City, and the Salisbury City council and administration.

Of course, the Governor has the power to fire anyone he wants. But if he wants to play this game on contentious social issues where the jury is still very much out-- he might want to remember who got him elected in 2002.

Because you don't have my vote this year. I'd rather see a flaming liberal asshole like Marty "Ooh Sade" O'Malley get elected and know what I am getting, than get a speech code freak masquerading as a Republican.

I hope your house in Timonium is ready to receive you in December, Governor. I hear the schools in Timonium will be great for Drew.

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