There’s quite a bit of chatter bouncing around the Virginia blogosphere about how the appointment of Tracy Thorne-Begland as a judge was shot down this week, most of which has wrongly claimed — and without any supporting evidence whatsoever — that anyone opposing this nomination was simply a bigot. Quite a few Republicans, most of whom should have known better since they’ve seen this tactic from the left over and over again, got roped into that ridiculous meme and became their ideological pawns.
Some actual truth might be a useful thing to add to this discussion. In fact, let’s see what the evidence shows us. I’m sure if all Republicans are bigots as some allege, that ought to show up in the record, right?
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s remarks, which I encourage everyone to watch in their entirety, don’t even mention that Thorne-Begland is gay, as that fact is pretty much irrelevant to the discussion. His sole concern, and a point on which I wholeheartedly agree, is that Thorne-Begland violated his oath of office, numerous directives of the Department of Defense, and longstanding policies in order to promote a political agenda while wearing the uniform and in doing so demonstrated he is unfit to be a judge. When Republicans have done this (such as Faisal Gill) I have been dogged in my determination to hold them to account, and when homosexual activists do that I will act no differently.
Of course the concepts of honor and duty are entirely foreign to many on the other side of the aisle from where I sit. They have no comprehension of the idea that honor and duty would constrain someone from any action, whether noble or ignoble, so of course they will ignore that point. They have no frame of reference in which to evaluate such ideas as in the liberal mindset it’s the ultimate intentions that entirely define the morality of any particular course of action, not the means by which you strive to achieve an objective.
What I utterly fail to grasp is how some Republicans, a number of which even like to cloak themselves with the term “conservative” from time to time, have fallen prey to this same moral failure. No, it’s not a temporary lapse in judgment provoked by a well packaged liberal talking point. No, it’s not a nuanced point of intellect encouraged by a desire to ensure fairness and equity to all. No, it is a complete moral failure precipitated by either complete ignorance of such core concepts as duty and honor, or a deliberate decision to cast those principles aside in order to obtain the approval of others. Since the first act of these individuals was to run to Wordpress and make sure as many people had a chance to read their empty words, I’m going to stick with the latter until proven otherwise.
Here’s a tip for my “fellow” “conservatives.” When the left starts screaming about bigotry as they are so prone to to doing, take a minute to check the facts before you cozy up to them.
UPDATE: Delegate Rich Anderson’s floor remarks are embedded below. For some insane reason these are being called “horrifying” by a liberal activist who decided to start attacking Delegate Anderson’s facebook page at the same time Delegate Anderson was in Indiana comforting a terminal liver cancer patient who may only have hours to live, and doesn’t really have time to respond to someone saying less than truthful things about this speech. Judge for yourself — who would ever say this is “horrifying?”
When attacking Delegate Anderson on his facebook page didn’t yield the intended results, liberals turned to his wife’s facebook page, posting comments such as “Ruth Anderson is married to a disgrace… I’m surprised she shows her face in public with him.” The next time liberals want to grace us with yet another lecture on civility I’m going to enjoy hurling this back in their faces. This is beyond deplorable.
UPDATE 2: Delegate Mark Dudenhefer’s remarks are now available and embedded below. Someone please explain to me how this somehow constitutes bigotry. Never mind, I know why the left is trotting this tired old smear out again — because they can’t argue the point and have to resort to lies and name calling as they try to bully people around.
Anyone who is lending support to this utter outrage hoping that they’re going to actually cause some good in politics really needs to think about how it feels to be one of those “useful idiots” Vladimir Lenin talked about.
UPDATE 3: One of the bloggers pulling this stunt lost his race in the 11th CD to represent it at the National Convention. Go figure. There are actually consequences in politics? Yes, there are.
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