Going by what he thinks about gay rights, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld mustn’t spend a lot of time hanging around fellow Bush alum Dick Cheney’s household.
In the interview, the man who helped give us the longest war in U.S. history not only suggested marriage equality might lead to polygamy, but also said he didn’t really think of gay rights as a civil rights issue.
King asked Rumsfeld if his support for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell extended to marriage equality. For once, the supremely confident Rumsfeld was unsure of what to say. “You know, I’m, I guess, of a generation that I don’t … I listened to some of the Supreme Court justices and one of them said, ‘Well what’s next after that? Is it two people, three people?’”
Message to Don: that wasn’t the thing to say.
To his credit, King tried to prod Rumsfeld in the right direction, by pointing out that he supported civil rights when he was in Congress sometime during the Pleistocene Epoch. But, no, Rumsfeld was not to be moved.
“I guess I just don’t equate the two,” Rumsfeld said. “It’s not a subject I’m knowledgeable about. I guess the Rumsfeld rule here is: I don’t know.”
Yes, the thing to do if you’re ignorant is to make a rule of it and then write a book that promotes it as leadership.
You can watch Rumsfeld’s ramblings here.
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