April 23, 2010

Ask Toll Road Todd to stop with the gay bashing!

Some people just can't stop kicking folks when they're down. In this case, it's Toll Road Todd Staples who has made a career out of vilifying the LGBT community in Texas. From voting for DOMA to authoring the legislation that led to Prop 2, Toll Road Todd has created oppotunity after opportunity to make LGBT Texans and their families second class citizens in their own state.

Usually, you'd describe behavior like this as bullying (a powerful politician vs a powerless group of people who just want to be equal to their fellow citizens and taxpayers), but in the case of Toll Road Todd is more than that... it's a political calculation, to demonize a group of people and blame them for all the evils in the world. There's a rather obvious historical analogy that I'll not bother to spell out.

Bullies and panderers get to function as long as no one opens their mouth and calls bullshit. Toll Road Todd has had a pretty easy time of it, one of the reasons he felt emboldened to involve himself in a divorce case to which he wasn't even a party and over which his agency, the Texas Department of Agriculture, has no jurisdiction. He saw yet another opportunity to beat up some gays and figured no one would call bullshit.

And in stepped Hank Gilbert who called him out for being incompetent and a bully.

"I can't for the life of me figure out what this has to do with agriculture," said Staples' opponent, Hank Gilbert (D-Whitehouse). "The last time I checked, marriage and divorce played absolutely no role whatsoever in the price of cotton, sorghum, or corn," he continued. "One would think Todd Staples would focus his energies on actually improving agriculture in Texas, but instead, he's focused on yet again bashing the LGBT community and their families in an effort to shore up his erosion in his right wing base. I'm sick and tired of politicians masking their terrible job performance by using our citizens as a punching bag," he noted.

And that, boys and girls, is how you punch the fuck out of your opponent for being an asshole. The Dallas Voice has more. The overwhelming majority of Texans are sick of hypocritical politicians talking about the evil gays when elected officials all over this country who have been such ardent gay bashers end up coming out of the closet.

Maybe Hank's ability to speak up will prompt some of our other statewide candidates to find their voices.

Posted by mcblogger at April 23, 2010 02:25 PM

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Gays tend to stay away from starches, so if you get too many of them, there can be a serious impact on the price of corn…

Again, I am impressed by Hank Gilbert’s willingness to stand up for the LGBT community on a state-wide level. Glad to see someone calling the GOP out on their “when in doubt, attack the gays” philosophy.

Posted by: Bobby Levinski [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 26, 2010 05:52 PM

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