Friday, April 08, 2005

Smarminess in Sudan

Senator Brownback's main push in the international arena is the Sudan. I applaud him for discussing the conflict openly and for rightly calling it genocide. I'll gloss over the fact that he is not as interested in similar deaths in other African nations. Perhaps his interest in Sudan comes from the evangelical lobbying groups in DC who advocate on behalf of the people in Darfur because in this case, unlike most others in Africa, the oppressed are Christians. Like I said, I'll gloss over it.

Even on his pet project of Sudan Brownback is a hypocrite. He uses this issue just like he uses so many other issues. This morning on C-SPAN's Washington journal Senators Brownback and Corzine were taking questions from the phones. His answer on one of the questions infuriated me.

The woman caller commented that last year when the genocide in Sudan finally started receiving international exposure the Senate spent three weeks debating gay marriage. She asked Brownback where his priorities are. An excellent question which pits one side of him against the other.

Brownback started his response by saying that 18 states have voted on this issue and the reason it is being brought up is that people think it is an important issue. He then goes on to spout some of his normal drivel about how children are best raised by two, heterosexual parents. Interesting to note that he said nothing about "loving parents." Their sexuality is all that is important. Beat your kids if you want, just don't be queer.

But I digress. He finished up his answer by saying:
We know in government that if you can get the basic [family] right you can move forward on a lot of other issues. If you get the basics wrong it's like football; blocking and tackling. If you get those wrong, you can't do a whole lot else. And that is why those issues are discussed. I realize people look at different priorities in different ways, but I think a lot of people around would consider that, would consider the discussion on Terri Schiavo and this issue and debate over quality of life being sacred per se is a monumental one. That you had a case study on and discussion in this country.

Excuse me. I think the 3000 people dying every day in Sudan would consider their quality of life a bit diminished. And thanks for reducing the 180,000 deaths in the Sudan to a political football game. He is all too willing to prioritize his hate of homosexuals over the deaths of Africans.

So blocking and tackling huh? I suppose the homosexual menace is killing 3000 innocent civilians every day right here in the US. It was so urgent that is needed to be debated for three weeks, and then not do a damn thing. Thank godness we headed off the impending disaster in the U.S. with our decisive inaction.

But hey, it's not like we are the richest, most powerful nation in the world. Besides, we obviously are in an isolationist paradigm. No way we are sending troops to another country. We certainly have our own moral crusades to fight here at home. Generalismo Brownback, lead the way.

[Note: This post was originally written yesterday, 4-8-2005, but not posted until today as a result of an unfortunate series of computer problems.]


Blogger Mike Doughney said...

Thanks for creating a blog specializing on Senator Brownback. For a number of reasons, including having seen him behave like a complete wingnut in person on a few occasions, I'm also interested in seeing to it that he doesn't gain any more power than he already does, despite the fact that I live in Maryland.

You bring up a good point about his priorities. I would point out, however, that such wingnuts really do see their favorite domestic issues involving sexuality and other areas in which their noses don't belong taking precedence over such international concerns.

They repeat 2 Chronicles 7:14 over and over - a verse that lays out exactly this arrangement of priorities:

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

In other words, in their magical way of thinking, nothing else will go their way if they don't see to it that they create and enforce their value set in their "land," forcing everyone else to go along with them.

It is frightening to see the extent of this thinking setting national policy most everywhere you look right now.

9:33 AM  
Blogger KansasNate said...

Yeah, it just galls me that he pretends to care about areas such as the Sudan in order to enhance his "compassionate" figure but never actually follows through.

12:39 PM  

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