Friday, June 06, 2014

"Chickens for Colonel Sanders", Houston chapter

"Roaches for Raid" is really more precise.  I appreciate Chris Busby's struggles, but I have seen this movie before, and it always ends the same way.

Politics these days is often about black and white, or more accurately, red and blue. Saviors and demons. Labels, not issues. Sound bites, not sound ideas. Falling in line. Or falling out of favor.

And then you have Chris Busby.


At the University of Houston, the political junkie aligned with the Democratic Party, mostly because of gay rights. He voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, but the stimulus and his disagreement with much of the party platform led to a break from politics.

Then, after the local chapter of the gay-friendly Log Cabin Republicans collapsed, Busby says he decided to help resurrect it. He doesn't agree with every popular Republican stance. On fiscal issues and guns, he's firmly on the right. But he's against the death penalty because he believes it can't be administered fairly. He opposes abortion rights but will back candidates, such as state Rep. Sarah Davis, who do support abortion rights.

Yeah, Busby and I agree on breaking with Obama but probably disagree on the specifics; I thought the stimulus was much too small to be effective.  And we could start and end with the hypocrisy of a person fighting for his own marriage rights while opposing reproductive choice for women, but there's lots of layers to this stinky little onion.

The obvious question for Busby is why he wants to align himself with a party full of so many people who don't want him - a party that, once again this year, denied Log Cabin Republicans a booth at the ongoing state convention in Fort Worth.

He has plenty of answers. One he delivered with a chuckle: "There is a much greater chance in my opinion that the work I do in the Republican Party will eventually change the party's stance to be more equal and open than my participation in the Democrat Party would ever bring about a balanced budget."

Ha Ha Ha.

He says the Bible-thumpers don't bother him. As a young man struggling with his sexuality he found only strength in his Christian faith.

"I've never been a literalist," he said, explaining that Jesus' message of love resonates with him more powerfully than Leviticus' instructions on shellfish and the passages on homosexuality.

"There's just never been in my life any reason to think that two men or two women falling in love is anything that approaches wrong," he says.

And he says there are plenty of Republicans, especially the ones under 40, who agree with him.

Sure, "it's disheartening," Busby says, that Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has vowed to defend Texas' gay marriage ban. But, Busby will support Abbott because he believes he'd do a better job than Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis.

What a thoughtful paradox this young man is.  Meanwhile, in Fort Worth...

The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors.

A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention where, across the street, tea party star U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired up attendees at a rally to defend marriage as between a man and a woman.

Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will "recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

Restorative, reparative, conversion therapy -- whatever name it goes by these days -- has been completely discredited in the scientific community.  But why would science be persuasive in any conceivable way to Texas Republican convention delegates?

Gay conservatives in Texas could still emerge with a rare victory on a separate issue: removing decades-old platform language that states, "Homosexuality tears at the fabric of society." Stripping that phrasing survived a sometimes-tense challenge from hardliners who not only wanted to preserve it, but wanted to replace "homosexuality" with "sexual sins."

"I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go," said Rudy Oeftering, a Dallas businessman and vice president of the gay Republican group Metroplex Republicans. "It's your opinion. It's your belief — but it's my life."

If that's considered a victory for the tolerant among the GOP faithful...

As for Delegate Oeftering, he appears to have committed the unpardonable sin of employing the Annise Parker rationale in his argument.  Take him outside the hall and stone him to death.

Honestly, I don't think every single LGBTQ needs to be a Democrat.  There's plenty of room in the Green and Libertarian parties for them to feel welcome.  In fact there are leadership positions available.

But any non-straight person who's voting for Republicans anywhere on the ballot needs to have their head examined (pun in-fucking-tended).  This is the most pathetic, self-loathing, glaring, obvious, against-your-own-self-interest political action that a person can take.  In context, you can almost understand why economically struggling suburbanites buy into the conservative fantasy of tax cuts stimulating job creation.

Not quite, but almost.

It would make more sense as a declarative statement if Busby ate one of his guns in the middle of Richmond Avenue, outside the Harris County Republican headquarters, than it would be to vote for their candidates.

I don't want to imply that Busby should commit suicide over his political cognitive dissonance.  He should however come to his senses about it.

Chris Busby is not ever going to influence anything in any measurable way in the TXGOP.  It's never going to happen.  Never, ever.  Thinking that he can, or will, or even might in the smallest measure is the epitome of delusional behavior.  And I hope someone shakes him awake, sooner than later.

1 comment:

Gadfly said...

Exactly. A Busby type should become a libertarian if he doesn't like Obama's economics. There's no room for Log Cabin Republicans today.

Those who claim there is have the GOP version of battered Obamiac syndrome or something.