I am not of the view that Senator Jim DeMint is a moron. Like his state's legendary mummified Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, and in the tradition of John C. Calhoun, I think Jim DeMint is a man of intelligence who knows exactly what he is doing--staking out the most extreme place in his party to run as the conservative standard bearer (against Sarah Palin) for the 2012 presidential primaries. And what kind of issues is Jim DeMint choosing to put himself out on? Re-fighting the battle to ban gays and lesbians to teach in our schools, a position that his party's haleographied Ronald Reagan disagreed on, of course. And not just that, mind you. No, Senator DeMint is worried that the poisoned bodies of single women might corrupt our youth in the classroom, as well. For those of you who still live the illusion that the Republican Party is opposed to big government, I submit to you the following, for you illumination.
Sen. DeMint bravely stands up for bigotry
The South Carolina Republican defends his belief that gays and unmarried women shouldn't be allowed to teach
Sen. Jim DeMint is standing behind comments he made Friday about gays and unmarried sexually active women being unfit to teach in America's classrooms. Today, a spokesperson attempted to explain the South Carolina Republican's comments: "Senator DeMint believes that hiring decisions at local schools are a local school board issue, not a federal issue. He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion." Well, yeah, we do when that moral opinion is discriminatory and the person holding it has the power to influence public policy -- and so do gay rights groups and women's organizations.
DeMint's remarks at a church rally last week were reported by the Spartanburg Herald Journal: "DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend -- she shouldn't be in the classroom." He said of nearly identical comments he made in 2004: "[When I said those things,] no one came to my defense, but everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down." How brave of him to be the martyr for self-righteous bigotry! He added, "They don't want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion." As the Charleston City Paper puts it: " DeMint's America is one where guns and God are allowed in the classroom, but not good educators who happen to have a functioning, unwed vagina or his and his bath towels."
Well, Senator, it is hard to get more reactionary than that, outside of advocating the return of lynchings or burning people at the stake (give it time, Glenn Beck's shrinking audience is going to need some red meat in a couple of years). And you know he is volunteering this for that reason. Why else talk about something he said six years ago that no one knew about, except for the backwards members of his church (the same members who a generation ago would have encouraged his views on racial segregation)?