October 22, 2010
If killing my dog is progressive, then I vote for "backwards thinking."
Via Glenn Reynolds, I learned that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (who is running for Colorado governor) is complaining about "backwards thinking" in Western rural areas, and he has invoked the name of Matthew Shepard for political gain -- clearly implying that people in rural parts of his state are the type of people who would enjoy killing homosexuals:
...the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.Not only is that a despicable thing to suggest about rural people, but I don't think Hickenlooper is in a very good position to accuse anyone of murderous bigotry.
If we look at his prolonged and ongoing campaign against pit bulls, Hickenlooper has to be considered one of the nation's leading bigots:
Denver, Colorado has the most oppressive Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in the country. Denver has engaged in an aggressive seizure program, which involves taking family pet pit bulls from their homes and killing them.OK, let me admit that I tend to get emotional about this issue, and that is because I have owned and loved these dogs for most of my life. As I have explained, Coco is like family to me, and I consider anyone who would kill her to be my dire enemy.
People who want to kill my dog because of her genes are bigots, period.
Mayor Hickenlooper can invoke the specter of Matthew Shepard's death at the hands of Wyoming thugs all he wants, but as far as I am concerned he is nothing but a dirty, low-down, dog-killing bigot.
I'd cast my lot with the "backwards" rural folks this demagogue condemns as would be murderers over him any day.
And so would Coco.
posted by Eric on 10.22.10 at 02:55 PM
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