by John Grooms
Competition was fierce for this weeks honor as the Stupid Thing of the Week. Lets take our contenders one by one.
First, Mike Huckabee told a newspaper that the effort to let gays and lesbians marry is equivalent to legalizing incest or polygamy, and that gay couples shouldnt be allowed to adopt because Children arent puppies. Mike, in incest and often in polygamous marriages someone is being forced into sexual relations they dont want to have. In gay marriage, two people freely decide that they want to spend the rest of their lives together like you and your wife Janet did 36 years ago. Thats a pretty huge difference, don't you think? As for adopting kids, I know two gay or lesbian couples whove successfully raised kids all of whom are straight and, frankly, more well-adjusted than many kids in traditional homes. I dont think those parents ever thought of their children as puppies. But thats just anecdotal evidence; theres a large number of studies from around the world that have shown, over and over, that the children of gay or lesbian parents do just fine, thankyouverymuch.
But back to the Stupid Things of the Week. Second, you gotta love the guy who attended the Tea Party rally in Charlotte yesterday holding a Welcome To France sign. Now, which France was he talking about? Surely he wasnt referring to the France that produces more of its energy from nuclear power than any other country no, a conservative would probably like that. Maybe hes talking about the France that was recently ranked as the worlds best place to live in an extensive Quality of Life Index by International Living. Countries were judged in nine categories: cost of living, economy, freedom, culture and leisure, health, environment, infrastructure, safety and climate. France came in first, followed by Australia, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Belgium, the United States, Luxembourg, Canada, and Italy. And yes, Mr. Tea Party Cliches, France has higher taxes than the U.S. But you know what? They get something for it.
Third, perennial contender Glenn Beck proposed yesterday that conservatives all join together and move to Texas. Wait a minute, thats actually not a bad idea. Never mind.
And now, our winner: Sen. Mitch McConnell, aka The Schoolmarm, whose statements this week about financial reform were so breathtakingly Twilight Zone, Bizarro World, upside down/inside out, it was hard to believe the audacity of the scam the senator was trying to pull. Congress is considering financial reform that would let the government seize and restructure big, failing banks. In other words, banks could no longer be too big to fail if they start to fail, they would be broken up into smaller banks that couldnt threaten the world economy. Sen. McConnell famously, or infamously, met recently with a roomful of heavy hitters from Wall Street to see what theyd like him to do, er, that is, to, um, study their positions. As a result of his kowtowing to Wall Street, the GOP Senate leader now says he opposes the proposed financial reform because get this it would be another bank bailout. In actuality, the reform being considered is tailored to avoid having to bail out any more big banks; and if they got to the point that they needed to be bailed out, they would, instead, be broken up, or restructured. In other words, the reform is the exact opposite of what McConnell says it is. Not only that, if the proposed reforms arent passed, the country would be in the same position it occupied in late 2008, when irresponsible investment banks nearly collapsed our entire financial system that is, we could either bail out the banks again, or sink into Great Depression II. In other words, Sen. Schoolmarm is spouting populist, anti-bank rhetoric while working to derail an attempt to rein in banks destructive excesses. Its one of the more brazen attempts at bullshitting the nation weve seen in awhile. For thinking that the nation wouldnt notice, McConnell gets our Stupid Thing of the Week award.