Andrew Breitbart resigned from the GOProud Advisory Board this weekend. I wrote about GOProud's retaliatory outing of Governor Perry's Chief Pollster and how this really ended up outing them - and their bigotry and Leftism - last Friday here at RedState. I had hoped to leave it at that because I'm not fond of beating dead horses; it gets kind of icky and messy and I'm a girl. However, GOProud just keeps doubling down on the jackass, as do their apologists, and their lame attempts at excuses must be refuted.
See, there is a dirty little secret about a strain found in some GOP circles. People are so desperate to be all 'I heart my gays! I'm not like those redneck rubes!" that they will immediately jump to be 'allies', warranted or not. Because, 'hip and enlightened.' I have no such qualms. I'm a 40 year old broad who embroiders for fun and watches reality shows un-ironically. I drink Miller Lite beer from a bottle. I wear aprons, for cripes sake. Clearly, I don't care much about being hip or enlightened; in fact, I've seen nothing to convince me that either is a good thing.
While some think it's being all super cool and allies-y and 'friends of the gays', it's the exact opposite. It's the same as 'some of my best friends are black'. Some of it is silly wanting to be cool stuff, as Stuff White People Like so hilariously explains. But even when it's sad, little desperate coolness-craving, it is still totally NOT being "a friend of the gays." It's ridiculous to claim 'friend of the gays' when defending the insistence - and enforcement - that if you are gay you must hold certain beliefs. It is the opposite of helping gay people when you condone and excuse those who seek to force them into conformity and who will punish them for the crime of not believing their orientation is indivisibly linked to their politics/beliefs.
It is also absolutely bigoted.
This is the bigotry and the lefty tactics that those who are desperately spinning for GOProud are perpetuating. And some of the spinning is just absurd.
You see, some are claiming that some people already knew that Governor Perry's pollster was gay (even though that still hasn't been confirmed nor denied - and shouldn't be. It's nobody's business). See, it wasn't an outing-0uting! SOME people - like Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud, conveniently - already knew. No big whoop! It was just a sorta outing. Sheesh, people!
First, I don't know who they spoke with other than members of GOProud's advisory board, but I heard from several D.C. based consultants who have known and worked with Governor Perry's pollster for years and never knew his sexual orientation. One long-time Republican political consultant who has worked with Fabrizio said:
"We've worked with him before and he's outstanding. And...I had NO IDEA he was gay and had never heard it anywhere. It IS an outing. And it's nobody's business. Period."
Second, Jimmy LaSalvia admitted to the outing himself, before issuing false claims of 'oh, we didn't know he wasn't out-out!'. When asked by a radio host to come on the air to clarify his revolting F-word tweet aimed at Fabrizio, LaSalvia chose not to by replying that what he'd said already said enough and he didn't want to play in the 'outing sandbox'. Huh. That's weird. How could it be an outing sandbox if no one was being outed?
Third, while the outing is reprehensible and vile, even if one wants to fool themselves into believing it wasn't a purposeful outing, the reasons for the contemptible F-word slur and the tactics involved in everything that occurred thereafter are right out of the Lefty playbook. I mean, right from the start GOProud showed they were not a conservative organization. One of their 'we are the victims! Totally not our fault' excuses is that the press called them up asking about a gay man working for Governor Perry while he ran an 'anti-gay' ad. A conservative organization would have said a) the man's sexual orientation has nothing to do with his job nor his political beliefs. Every person is an individual. and b) while we may not agree with the ad, since we supported the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', it is not 'anti-gay'. People can disagree with things like same-sex marriage or the repeal of DADT and not be painted as anti-gay H8Rs!!
They did neither. Instead, they demonized Governor Perry as an anti-gay hater and went so far as to call him Un-American (Gee, when have I heard that before? Perhaps from Nancy Pelosi and Senator Reid in regards to the Tea Party and the town hall meetings prior to the passage of Obamacare?) They then employed the tactics of shaming and of personal destruction to punish Fabrizio for daring - DARING - to work for a man who did not agree with their agenda and for being a 'f**gots who line their pockets with checks from anti-gay homophobes while throwing the rest of us under the bus".
How dare he? He's gay (allegedly) so he must think the exact same way we do. And if he doesn't, we'll make damn sure he knows he's punished for not conforming. And, well, we'll throw HIM under the bus. We'll then blame him for 'not keeping it secret well enough.' No really. They did:
if Tony Fabrizio wanted it to be a secret that he was gay he probably should have done a better job of letting other people know it was supposed to be a secret.
If he was outed-outed or not doesn't change GOProud's intent nor the fact that they are enforcing conformity by blackmail and/or punishment. They demanded Fabrizio resign. They demonized him and his boss. They are still blaming him for what they did (classic victim mentality; it's nothing we did wrong. It's everyone else). Because they disagreed with something his boss said. Because, gay. Andrew Breitbart had it right; he resigned because he knows that we should not and cannot accept such behavior. He could not in good conscience remain a part of such an organization, as he notes in his resignation letter, printed at The Daily Caller:
I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction. As an “Advisory Board member” I was not consulted on this extreme and punitive act. Clearly, there are more productive means to debate controversial ideas and settle conflicts. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience stand with GOProud. I still stand by gay conservatives who boldly and in the face of much criticism from many fronts fight for limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense as well as the other core conservative principles.
We cannot and should not ever condone the vile Leftist tactic of 'Conform or you shall be punished!' It is no different at all than how the Left insists that all African-Americans or all women or all Hispanics think the same. Nor is it different from how they seek to treat some with preferential treatment - excusing any and all bad behavior - because they know that encouraging and enabling a victim mentality means more control for them while they treat the 'victims' like pets who must obey their behavioral rules. Identity politics - race based, gender based, orientation based, whichever - is their bread and butter. It's how they control and force conformity. It is, quite frankly, political correctness Totalitarianism. And they will blackmail and personally destroy if that is threatened, in order to keep the collective masses in line.
We would not accept this from a woman's group who maybe sometimes threw in some talk about fiscal responsibility. We wouldn't accept it if they then also constantly railed against any female politician - or a female employee of said politician - and called her a 'gender traitor' because she spoke out as pro-life. We wouldn't accept an African-American man being called an Uncle Tom if he worked for a politician who was against affirmative action. Why on earth would we accept it in this case?
And if we do, that is the very definition of bigotry. If that's the new conservatism, then no thank you.