The Orangevale View recently published Walter M.’s rant faulting homosexuals for what makes pre-teens say “Ewww Gross!” Says Walter: “So many [gay] people in lispy voices are clamoring for us to accept and adopt them and their lifestyle [really ?], when they have made it blatantly obvious that they cannot accept or adopt ours, much less anyone who disapproves of their[s].”
Imitating Fox News’ ersatz outrage over the suffering of the rich--the wealthiest 400 people in the U.S. own more than the poorest 150 million, but they are so over-taxed, and over-regulated!--Walter’s final point is to compare tolerance of homos to making him eat slimy broccoli.
The orders-of-magnitude larger suffering inflicted by the hetero majority on gays makes no impression. Attacks on gays and gay teen suicide rates are high because gays are icky and deserve them.
Walter apparently cannot understand that witnessing gay public displays of affection puts nothing in his mouth. Sure, insensitive jerks exist in all sexual orientations; best practice, however, is to check the mirror before criticizing others.
Meanwhile, intolerance like Walter’s is costly. For example, only intolerance could explain why America’s preferred treatment is prison for those ill with drug addiction and mental problems. The U.S. currently imprisons people at nearly seven times the Canadian per-capita rate, with no detectable impact on crime. It’s one-seventh as expensive to treat illness as it is to imprison sick people, and less, you know, “medieval.”
Intolerance is costly in other ways, too. The U.S. doesn’t get the cheaper, more effective single-payer health care now because racist Dixiecrats in Congress were concerned that federally-sponsored health care would mix the races in Southern hospitals. U.S. health care costs double what single-payer systems worldwide pay, and ranks 37th in health outcomes. The Bee said it’s as though we have Costa Rica’s health care but pay six times more for the privilege.
The genius of Walter’s viewpoint is that criticizing it means he’s even more of a victim, this time of a cultural elitist attack. Critics can’t be factually correct; they’re just trying to win an argument and exposing their liberal bias (See! they’re criticizing homophobia when the gays have been so icky!)....which lets Walter feel he’s just protecting himself.
However Walter may cringe and say “Ewww! Gross!” about the objects of his intolerance, he really needs to stop being such a princess and suck it up. His delicate sensibilities are not as important as other issues, and his homophobia is a distraction from those.
For example, the U.S. recently lost 20% of its net worth, and not because the gays were making out on the park bench, but because Countrywide securitized sub-prime mortgages, 80% of which were fraudulent. Economist Dean Baker notes “This is by far the major cause of pension funding shortfalls."
The real persecutors here were not gays, they were the “Masters of the Universe” on Wall Street who just stole grandma’s retirement, and only Bernie Madoff is doing time. Ironic, in light of our incarceration rates, no?
Similarly, Michelle Rhee is promoting testing, merit pay and charter schools, while a far more reliable predictor of academic success is childhood poverty. Rhee admires Finland’ schools that educate children in a society where only 2% of kids are poor. Childhood poverty is 23% in the U.S.
The widespread promotion of fear about the gay married unionized Hispanic terrorists in the woodpile is a distraction from such larger issues. The kleptocrats can retreat to their gated communities while Walter plays the prejudice card, but what do the rest of us do?.