Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Coming Out of the Conservative Closet

Eric hits the nail on the head about conservatives who are expected to stay in the closet around liberals.

You can say that Republicans act the way that Democrats are portrayed in the linked post above, but I don't see it. I've seen too many cases of liberals' letting their emotions carry them away, however.

This excerpt really struck home for me:

While I can't prove my suspicions, I'd even go so far as to speculate that one of the reasons the outing of gay Republicans struck a raw nerve is because so many non-gay Republicans are so used to life in the closet that they were quick to react to the real reason for the outing: what makes gay Republicans so disgraceful is not their homosexuality, but their Republicanism! While Democrats might have missed it, few Republicans missed the fact that they weren't outed merely for being gay.

They were also outed for being Republican.

By the way, the author of that last excerpt? Gay.

And since I'm just not pleased with liberals in general, I'll link to this, too, which shows that conservatives donate more to charities than liberals do. So much for all that compassion.

And how about this one, highlighting the CTA's good friends, International A.N.S.W.E.R.? The answer is "yes", we can question their patriotism.


Anonymous said...

I am a progressive, and I tell my co-workers that I am a Republican. I also tell them I’m Catholic (laugh).

It all depends on what industry you are in.

Darren said...

You might try telling them that you're rational.

Nah, they'd see through that.

I point to your comments in the civil rights post as evidence.

Anonymous said...

I try to be open about being a Republican, at least around seemingly reasonable coworkers and friends. Hopefully others on the fence can see that it's *OK* to be one.

But it's hard, man it's hard. I've had people tell me they don't know anything about history or politics, don't follow current events but in the same breath express shock and dismay that I'm an admitted Repub.

It seems to be strictly a cultural prejudice on their part, yet they'll claim that WE are the bigots. It's all kneejerk with them.

Anonymous said...

Try being a conservative on a university campus.

Anonymous said...

Darren, are you gay?

Darren said...

Are you hitting on me, anonymous?