I rarely disagree with Andrew Sullivan, but when I do, it is usually a major disagreement. Yesterday, Sullivan unleashed a grievously stupid remark that almost knocked me out of my chair:
Homosexuals have historically never done well under repressive leftist or rightist regimes; they are far more likely to flourish under limited government, low taxes, and a robust foreign policy.
Note to gay conservatives- Historically, NO ONE has done well under repressive leftist or rightist regimes. EVERYONE is far more likely to flourish under limited government, low taxes, and a robust foreign policy.
This belief is what makes you CONSERVATIVE, and it has nothing to do with being GAY. NOTHING. Not even a LITTLE.
Sullivan goes on to point out that regimes such as the Islamo-Fascist Taliban and the Nazi’s were notoriously cruel to homosexuals. Cruelty, I must add, is merely one of those characteristics of a repressive regime (as is repressing people). Lots of other people suffered under those two repressive regimes. In the case of the former, jews, women, christians- generally everyone other than Mullah Omar had it pretty shitty. In the case of the latter, well, Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, and ALL OF WESTERN EUROPE got it pretty hard.
What bothered me most about the statement is that it seemed counterintuitive to one of the main arguments by homosexuals in recent years- that they are just like everyone else except for their choice in mates. And I would tend to agree with that assertion. My homosexual friends do everything I do except for one thing- although with rare exceptions they do dress better than me. They have families, they have pets, they have children, they have jobs, they have hopes and dreams and aspirations and they feel hurt and they feel joy and are pretty much the same damned thing you and I are except for that one little issue. So why it would come to Sullivan as some sort of revelation that gays do better under limited government is beyond me. The only people who do not fare well under limited government are Democrats and those who work in government.