Sunday, July 29, 2007

Breaking News: Hillary Clinton Has Breasts and John McCain Looks Gay

I actually saw this news piece on my television this morning.

The Post article is here and here is the campaign’s formal response to it in a fundraiser email sent to supporters. Posted below:

“’Frankly, focusing on women’s bodies instead of their ideas is insulting,’ Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Clinton, wrote in the e-mail. ‘It’s insulting to every woman who has ever tried to be taken seriously in a business meeting. It’s insulting to our daughters — and our sons — who are constantly pressured by the media to grow up too fast.’”

“‘Take a stand against this kind of coarseness and pettiness in American culture,’ Lewis adds, with a link to make a contribution to the campaign. ‘And take a stand for Hillary, the most experienced, most qualified candidate running for president.’”

“Coarseness and pettiness in American culture.” I think Ms. Lewis was being polite.

It is amazing to me how there is such an utter lack of respect these days. American culture is slowly evolving to a culture where anything goes. Things that were politely left unsaid a mere five years ago are now banner headlines.

And it’s not limited to the press. It’s everywhere. Now we hear that John McCain thinks you can dress up to look gay. Well I guess you can in an extreme case, if you are Rudy Giuliani (who, by the way, is the front runner). But a V-neck sweater over a T-shirt does not suggest to me gayness. It is a slap in the face to gays to suggest that his campaign is hitting the skids because he’s starting to “look gay”. To think I used to admire this guy for his integrity.

Aretha Franklin had it just right. All we need is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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