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Conservatives Strike Back at Iowa!

71366aec-188b-4976-d1c1b0025a59b940As soon as the Iowa decision to allow gays and lesbians to marry came down, our first thought was, “What are the usual conservative asshats going to say this time?” True to form, our nation’s crustiest bigots to the airwaves and intertubes this weekend to tell America how thanks to the great state of Iowa, civilization is about to come crumbling to its knees. Here are our favorites, certain to make up a special chapter in our future bestseller Conservatives Say the Darndest Things. Seriously folks, the level of funny on this is through the roof.

Alan Keyes, perennially failed Presidential candidate:

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“Pretending that acceptance of gay marriage can be imposed by judicial dictation adds the force of passion to the intended distraction, by dangling before minds weakened by corrupted appetites the titillating prospect of officially licensed sexual indulgence, unburdened by respect for its natural consequences, which include the responsibilities of procreation. (The movement for gay marriage pretends to be about homosexuality, when in fact it’s main objective is to remove the last trace of guilt or shame from heterosexual selfishness so as to destroy the moral prerequisites of the natural family. Thus, on the specious grounds that it somehow demeans homosexuals, the forces of political correctness seek to eliminate the very idea that the family takes a form that reflects natural, and therefore unalienable, right.)”

Usually, we save the best for last, but Keye’s blather is too good to bury. His whole post is essentially about how the mean old judiciary is wreaking havoc on democracy, but bigots have trouble sticking to the arguments and always reveal their hatred for gays and lesbians. It’s not enough that gays and lesbians want to get married, no! Our ultimate goal is to “destroy the moral prerequisites of the natural family.” We could go into a discussion about what Keyes means by “natural family” (single parents beware!), but what makes Keyes so entertaining is how purple his prose is. “Dangling before minds weakened by corrupted appetites the titillating prospect of officially licensed sexual indulgence” was a line we swore we read in our high school literary journal.

Rush Limbaugh, drug addict, leader of the G.O.P.

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“For how many years were they talking about gay marriage? How many years were they talking about demonizing the SUV? That started in 1995. Here it is 14 years later, and they’re on the verge of doing it. Liberals don’t stop. It’s like the Soviets. They didn’t have four-year plans based on the service of term of their leader. They had forever plans, and if you had to take a year off, maybe a step back before you took two steps forward, then fine. But they had the objective, it was there, and whenever it got done was fine, as long as you’re always working for it. Same thing with Hugo Chavez. Hugo Chavez is taking over the banks now. Hugo Chavez is nationalizing the oil industry. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, we’re getting, you know, an early sign of what Chavez did by watching things happen here. But they don’t stop.

This is why an electoral majority needs to happen in order to defeat these people, and even after they’re defeated, they try to go around it in other ways, getting judges, like unanimous decision in Iowa today, with the Supreme Court, unanimous, that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Now, I guarantee you, if we could go dig up James Madison and say, “Mr. Madison, did you intend for the Constitution to say people of the same sex could get married?” And I guarantee you he would have the reaction, “What are you talking about? Are you sure you’re asking me about the Constitution?” But then the four judges, whatever the number, they’re unanimous in the Iowa Supreme Court, have just said what they think the Constitution says.”

That’s right. The gays are just like the Soviets! Gay marriage is just one step on the road to electing Hugo Chavez King of America. However, the more exciting prospect is Rush Limbaugh as voodoo priest, resurrecting the Founding Fathers. “Zombie James Madison, What do you think about the gays?”, he’d ask. And that’s when Zombie James Madison would eat Rush’s brains– tasty, drug-addled brains.

Ed Whelan, shill for the National Review:

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“The lawless judicial attack on traditional marriage and on representative government continues… Amidst the opinion’s 69 pages of blather, there are two key assertions (and they’re nothing more than that):

(1) “[E]qual protection can only be defined by the standards of each generation.” (p. 16)

If you were not attuned to the deceptive rhetoric of living-constitutionalist judges, you would sensibly imagine that that proposition would mean that the court would defer to the standard of the current generation reflected in the statute that Iowa adopted in 1998. But no:

(2) “The point in time when the standard of equal protection finally takes a new form is a product of the conviction of one, or many, individuals that a particular grouping results in inequality and the ability of the judicial system to perform its constitutional role free from the influences that tend to make society’s understanding of equal protection resistant to change.” (pp. 16-17)

What gobbledygook.

The judicial knaves who proudly regard themselves as trailblazers (see pp. 17-18) in carrying out this latest assault on the powers of citizens are Iowa chief justice Marsha K. Ternus and associate justices Mark S. Cady (author of the opinion), Michael J. Streit, David Wiggins, Daryl Hecht, Brent R. Appel, and David L. Baker.”

Whelan, demonstrating how The National Review brain-drain has taken its toll on the site, doesn’t offer up all that much in terms of colorful language, though it’s sort of cute that he refers to the Iowa Supreme Court as “judicial knaves.” The bit about judges provoking a “lawless attack” is a contradiction in terms, but the best part of this is that he goes out of his way to name each and every justice (that would be all of them) who made the marriage decision. It’s vaguely threatening, in a “I’m taking names!” sort of way. How much you want to bet he has an enemies list in his nightstand drawer.

What we’re most struck by is how muted the reaction has been. Surely, there’ll be more hand-wringing and finger-pointing in the coming weeks, but for the most part, conservatives seem to realize that when it comes to Iowa, at least for the foreseeable future, they’re S.O.L.

And if America’s nerd boyfriend Nate Silver’s statistical analysis of past decisions holds up, it looks like by the time the opportunity comes up for the voters to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision, nobody will care any longer. In the meantime, we’ll keep our ear out for [Apologies to the Bard] “these tales full of sound and fury”, which more and more, signify nothing.

–Japhy Grant

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Apr 6, 2009
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  • 24 Comments
    • dgz
      dgz

      Alan Keyes is right; i don’t *really* care about gay marriage, i just want to make the hets as slutty as possible. how did he find out? did one of y’all give him the secret password?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 6:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oneway
      oneway

      Hey, if Rush is resurrecting Founding Fathers, let’s make sure he wakes up Washington and Jefferson to let them know there’s no more slavery, either.

      And another thing: He’s got to do something about all these Republican-appointed justices, like the one who WROTE the Iowa opinion. They’re not towing the line!

      Apr 6, 2009 at 7:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean
      Sean

      ” … it looks like by the time the opportunity comes up for the voters to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision, nobody will care any longer.”

      True that. That’s exactly what happened in Massachusetts. So much sound and fury. So many dire predictions. And what came to pass? Pfffttt. Nada. Nothing. Except for the gay couples who could finally marry NOBODY’S life has changed. And straight people in this state see that. It’s so a non-issue here because we now have an almost five year track record to look back on. And I’m sure that’s fueled the number of New England states going for gay marriage. Folks look over the border to MA and see nothing has changed. I trust the good people of Iowa will come to the same conclusions. Ask your average Massachusetts het-in-the-street what he thinks of the gays getting married and you’ll likely get a big, old yawn.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HerrDoktor
      HerrDoktor

      Actually, if you dug up James Madison and asked him about Iowa, he would say, “Iowa? Where the bloody hell is that?”

      The justices were interpreting the state constitution, Rushbo, not the federal Constitution. Punditry FAIL.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rickroberts
      rickroberts

      Who cares? We’re winning. Suck it, wingnuts!

      Apr 6, 2009 at 9:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merlin
      Merlin

      Not one of them sounds like a happy enough person in their own shirts to marry either. and yes, the courts have been corrupted by the GOP appointments over the last many years.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Christina
      Christina

      Tee hee…the opinion had 69 pages. 69! What more proof do you need? It is a big homo conspiracy!

      Apr 6, 2009 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chitown Kev
      Chitown Kev

      Rush and Alan Keyes…speaking of bitter old queens!

      Apr 6, 2009 at 11:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rogue dandelion
      rogue dandelion

      i love watching them contort in agony and frustration, at least it isn’t us for a change.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bigjake75
      bigjake75

      @HerrDoktor: lol on the Iowa comment!

      Apr 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bigjake75
      bigjake75

      @Merlin: Dont forget that Limbaugh has been divorced 3 times….what was that about the sanctity of marriage??

      Apr 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Albert Candelaria
      Albert Candelaria

      What does Rusho think Madison would say about a black president?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      @HerrDoktor: Exactly…hello, states rights? States have their own constitutions…?!?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Mr. Whelan, Are you suggesting country’s attitudes toward African-Americans are the same as they were in, say, 1940?
      Or is that just your fantasy?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • petted
      petted

      I think he keeps his list in his journal: “Dear diary, today some really mean people corrupted marriage their names are….”

      Of course his journal is under his mattress though I’ll refrain from further speculation.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 33mhz
      33mhz

      (The movement for gay marriage pretends to be about homosexuality, when in fact it’s main objective is to remove the last trace of guilt or shame from heterosexual selfishness so as to destroy the moral prerequisites of the natural family.

      This is a great way of pointing out that gay liberation doesn’t only liberate gay people. Of course, only the insanely religious have to be told that the sex drive can be harnessed for emotional bonding and not just the production of children.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ali
      Ali

      Wow, I feel bad for Alan Keyes’ daughter after reading that paragraph.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky
      tricky ricky

      rush has 3 failed marriages. all the really vocal anti gays like keyes have gay kids. i want to know what newt gingrich has to say since he is on his 3rd wife and he cheated on the other two and the third is the one he cheated with on wife number two. and he has a gay sister.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OhYeah
      OhYeah

      Those even more furious over this are New York and California gay activists. They’re saying, “What!? White bread Iowan America did what ?! WE’RE supposed to be the smart ones and them the ignorant straight evil dummies!!”

      Apr 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mylilpip
      mylilpip

      Keyes should be ashamed. i met his gay daughter she is a very smart and nice woman. he spitefully turned his back on her when she came out. if that is how a loving natural hetero family works then i say “yeah, destroy that.”

      Apr 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron J.
      Aaron J.

      Rush also often visits the Dominican Republic with bottles and bottles of Viagra. What’s he doing?

      Apr 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno
      Bruno

      Alan Keyes’ comments look like someone who wrote them out beforehand, only to substitute some words with bigger words from his thesaurus. And that isn’t conducive to making a whole lot of sense.

      Apr 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WetWaffleSlag
      WetWaffleSlag

      By all means, let’s break from our rapt trance of joviality and listen to the vapid vaporing of conservatives. Should be brand new this time around. The sound of tone-deaf indignation has a satisfying crunch, though. So righteous.

      Splendid tie on Rush.

      Apr 7, 2009 at 12:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Roy Pyatt
      Roy Pyatt

      Zombie James Madison would to death, well if he weren’t already dead.
      These guys are like turds with all the shit scrapped off. NOTHING

      Apr 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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