November 29, 2003
This music review really sucks....
(....almost as much as being a RINO -- which sucks almost as much as being a DINO!)
It's music review time!
Last night I went to the Tower Theater and saw Phil Lesh and his band. Had a wonderful evening, and a wonderful day.
Until, that is, I opened some hate-filled junk mail from a guy named Vernon Robinson, who's running for Congress. (That link is the closest approximation to the letter I received.)
It's really a downer to have to blog about this, but if not now, when? (What a stark and ugly contrast to go from the Lesh page to the Robinson page..... Just another among innumerable reasons -- logical and illogical -- that I so hate the Culture War.)
It is undeniable that there exists a heavily-funded movement to locate and promote anti-homosexual bigotry among black conservatives. I think it is important to defeat it even though I can't do much more than complain in my blog, and donate to opposing candidates.
A few months ago, a Gallup poll revealed a growing rift between blacks and homosexuals:
The most pronounced pattern is among blacks. In May, blacks and whites were essentially identical in the levels of support they expressed for legalized gay relations. In July, the percentage of blacks supporting legal gay relations dropped by 23 points, compared to a much more modest 9 point drop among whites.The reasons for this are open to speculation, as is the accuracy of the Gallup poll itself. It strikes me as a bit odd that people could be that fickle.
In any event, I can think of few things more malevolent than Republicans attempting to drive a wedge between blacks and homosexuals.
Yet that is precisely what is going on. Take a look through Robinson's site. His campaign is well-funded, and very slick. A central focus of his campaign is directed against homosexuals and he says what few (if any) white Republicans would dare say if they were running for office.
Robinson's mailing list is generating huge sums of money. I would be willing to bet that most of it pours in from out-of-state homo haters who are delighted to fund a satrap who happens to be a black man -- because the bigotry is dispelled by race. As even the liberals say, in order to be a bigot, you have to be white! (But see this oddball piece about white sexual decadence and corruption of blacks.... Future Republican tactic, perhaps?)
This thinking is confirmed at Robinson's site:
As a black conservative, the liberals will not be able to smear me by calling me a racist the way they always did Senator Helms (not to mention Trent Lott last year and Rush Limbaugh just last month).Pitting one minority against another garners the bigot vote without ever having to be called on it. It makes a lot of sense for certain elements in the Republican Party to be doing this, because the percentage of blacks voting for Bush was so dismally low, and animosity towards homosexuals is big money.
Republicans did pretty well with homosexuals, though, considering the enormous propaganda effort to portray Republicans as anti-homosexual bigots.
Robinson ought to make that propaganda effort a little easier.
When propaganda happens to be true, it somehow becomes more believable.
The most irritating aspect of this is that Republicans who simply oppose anti-homosexual bigotry will be called RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for their efforts. The more such tactics are allowed to continue, the fewer RINOs there will be. The bigots will get their way, and the Democrats will be happy.
NOTE: By "anti-homosexual bigotry" I do not refer to opposition to same sex marriage. I mean the sodomy law people -- those like Robinson who believe homosexuals belong in prison. I am extremely tolerant of disagreement, even of the most vehement variety. My standards are low -- but I am not about to sit around and countenance those who threaten my freedom and my safety. To do otherwise would be to act like the Jews who supported the Nuremburg laws. Those who would imprison me are bigots. Rather hard to reconcile the competing philosophies of those who see homosexual love as love with those who see it as deserving imprisonment. Increasingly, I am of the opinion that the situation is hopeless. (And I dislike hopelessness, by the way.)
Here is what the Republican Party has to say about Robinson. I recognize that there is a Big Tent, but I don't know whether I want to be in it.
Not only is Robinson's anti-homosexual hatred being bankrolled by out-of-staters, his endorsers include some Republicans who ought to be held accountable:
North Carolina. Former Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson has launched a nationwide campaign to win the Republican nomination for outgoing GOP Rep. Richard Burr’s seat.Count me as a RINO for now, because I oppose Robinson. If he gets the nomination, I suppose I'll have to face the music ... and go back to being a DINO.
Doesn't politics just suck?
At the very least, it makes it tough to write decent music reviews.....
I am not terribly happy about receiving this the day after remembering all my friends lost to AIDS, either.... I should have written about them. Instead, I read AgendaBender's post -- "A Day Without Bill" -- which I recommend everyone read. I wish that Robinson and his ilk would remember that "sodomites" are human beings, and -- despite the "widows mite" reference in his letter below -- Vernon Robinson is no Jesus Christ.)
Anyway, here follows the actual text of the letter I "reviewed":
Dear Fellow Conservative:
"Jesse Helms is back! And this time, he's black." That's
The radical homosexuals printed the same thing in their publication,
Of course, they meant the comparison to Helms to be taken as an insult,
For 30 years, Jesse Helms was the number one flag carrier for the conservative
I'm honored to be accused of picking up where Senator
Some of you may remember all those lonely years, particularly before
Sometimes it was Teddy Kennedy and the welfare lobby coming after Jesse,
And sometimes it was just good, old-fashioned communist sympathizers
But you knew ol' Jesse wasn't going to run from them. He didn't run
And Jesse didn't run when National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg wished
No, Jesse was always willing to go toe-to-toe with these people, even
Believe me, I know how lonely it can be to stand alone, because I've
If you haven't heard of me yet, you know many conservatives who have.
At one time or another I have been endorsed by Jesse Helms, Jeb Bush,
If my name sounds familiar, it may be because The Fox News Channel
The Wall Street Journal wrote, "He's the next black GOP
A local newspaper in the district (The Davie Enterprise-Record)
Currently I am the senior Republican member of the Winston-Salem City
I am a proven vote-getter -- the only black Republican in North Carolina
This success hasn't come by accident. I earned the confidence of the
I don't head for the high grass when the Left turns up the heat. That's
I jokingly tell my Democrat friends that their party is made up of "the
I am pro-Constitution, pro-national sovereignty, pro-business, pro-property
I support the death penalty and am disgusted that there are people
A nationally recognized expert on education reform, I authored North
Today's public schools are caught between the massive government bureaucracy
Most of the public schools serving the inner city are nothing but
As a black Republican, I will be especially reviled by the Left.
That's because I will be able to say the kinds of things many conservatives
For instance, the greatest threat facing young blacks today has nothing
A lack of morality and personal responsibility is at the root of the
Nor will I be bashful about insisting that the federal government
I was so outraged by the Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Michigan
My record on this issue is particularly strong. It was my lawsuit against
As you can see, I'm NOT a Jesse Jackson / Al Sharpton kind of black
In fact, while Al Sharpton was defaming New York law enforcement officers
And while Jesse Jackson was chasing women and television cameras and
And Jackson and I have very different notions of what a family is.
For Jackson and many left-wing public figures, a family can be
My concept of family is the same as the one God ordained in the Garden
In my case, that means me, Helene (my wife of 20 years), and our three
That's the kind of family I grew up in, too. My father was a Tuskegee
Because of my strong Judeo-Christian upbringing, I can assure you I will
I will vigorously oppose homosexual marriages and adoptions, as well
As an Eagle Scout myself, I was furious when the United Way threatened
While other Republicans ran scared from the issue, I organized a counter-threat
Dr. James Dobson featured my efforts on his Focus on the Family
Of course, now that our Supreme Court has "discovered" a right
I have a copy of the Constitution, and I've looked all through it,
I know I'm supposed to look in the "emanations" and the "penumbras",
You see, my copy of the Constitution is the old-fashioned kind. It
And I do have a simple solution to Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's
It's clean, it's efficient, it's absolutely binding on the court, and
On the question of taxation, let me simply say that in all
In Congress I will join those 42 courageous men and women (including
As a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree
Yes, Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union, and yes, our military
Communist North Korea (whose standing army is larger than our own) now
And remember, a ragtag band of Arab misfits used public transportation
The mastermind of that attack, Khalid Shaik Mohammed (whom we have captured),
We have troops in 120 countries around the world, but we won't defend
Over 400,000 foreign students have overstayed their student visas,
My alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy, recently
Aliens routinely cross our borders for free medical care in American
As a Congressman, I will work with Congressman Tom Tancredo (who
Now is definitely not the time to relax. Now, more than ever, you
More than 20,000 conservatives (folks just like you) have
The bad news is that my five millionaire opponents already loaned
Ouch! My family budget doesn't have that kind of money!
I've spent my entire adult life in public service, and I'm just
Remember, my dad was a serviceman and my mother was a nurse. My
We're just simple people trying to fight our way through all the
But don't go feeling sorry for me, because I'm not ashamed of being
It's just that in 2004 the simple fact of the matter is that if
No, I have to depend on you and thousands like you who dig deep,
I want to put a burr in Ted Kennedy's saddle. I want to put
There is a great deal at stake. My principal opponent is a self-described
She even voted to create special rights for homosexuals and has
Before you write her off as a kook with no chance to win, let
That's why I want to ask you to become one of my 20,000 skinny
Of course, I have some large contributors, too - business owners
I have been humbled by the overwhelming support I've received
Unemployed people, retired people on fixed incomes, single mothers
Folks, we've even received contributions from Christian missionaries
The truth is that the small contributions barely make up for the
Could you send your widow's mite (and maybe a little more) today?
Voters can't stand with me if they don't know where I stand.
Unlike my opposition (five millionaires!), I cannot loan my campaign
The liberal special interest groups have already targeted me because
Could you donate as much as $500 or $1,000? I realize that's
Or if that's too much, could you send $250, $100, $50, or even
My mother always said, "Many hands make light work," and once
I know that President George W. Bush and Majority Leader Tom DeLay
With warm best wishes,
P.S.: As honored as I am to be compared to Jesse Helms, the truth
Jackson and Sharpton and Kennedy and Senator Hillary Clinton (that still sounds absurd, doesn't it?) will just have to sit there and clench their teeth while I work to dismantle racial quotas, our punitive tax code, judicial tyranny, and the welfare state itself.
P.P.S.: I'm also sending you a photograph of me on one of the proudest days of my life -- the day Jesse Helms put his arm around me and said, "I'm proud of you." I hope you'll put it somewhere so it will remind you to pray for my family and this campaign regularly. And thank you in advance for your generous contribution.