Arthur C. Schaper: Dad: I Am A Massachusetts Liberal! (*Yawn*)
Friday, September 20, 2013
Let's try this again. Carl Sciortino is an Openly. Gay. Massachusetts. Liberal. Democrat. Did the vain repetition of like and alike turn you off already? It certainly has turned off a lot of people in the Bay State. Two years of election after election have worn out Massachusetts voters. Checking the box with a D next to it has worn out voters, certainly. Why not check the R for a little variety?
Currently, Sciortino is facing flack for not reaching out to his LBGT brothers and sisters. How one can tell the difference between brother and sister, I really don't know, but just because one of them dresses like a woman does not mean that he/she/it is one.
Oh brother, and I thought that we had it bad here in California. We actually have openly gay Republicans, but they do not shove the six-colored rainbow as the forefront of their campaign, and the only dirt that Democratic operatives have against one is that he does dirty things by himself in the bathroom. Can someone spell "Desperation"?
So, Markey's old haunt (since he spirited away so often) has become a new house of horrors, this time with five Democrats (Shrug) and two Republicans (Mike Stopa and Frank Addivinola, God bless them) running for the heavily Democratic district. Conservatives as a rule are optimistic. Mass GOP types must the happiest of all (while one Republican operative was tied up and getting robbed, the one thing that kept her alive, per Jeff Jacoby, was all the races that Republicans almost won, could have won, etc.)
Massachusetts voters ought to consider an open primary system, like ours in California. The top two vote getters automatically move into a run-off, regardless of party affiliation. A Republican who reaches out and runs hard can leap into the top-two and give a Dem a real run for his money (or something else).
In a very liberal West Valley district, the Democrats had four different machines, and they all tore each other up. A fiscally-conservative Republican swept up the middle to win #2, and now she is on point to be #1 with the right (in both sense of the word) support.
Carl's Dad never knew that his openly gay son was a closet Massachusetts liberal. Lamenting his son's shameful announcement, Dad tries to make the most of it.
Papa Sciortino is a TEA Party guy: limited government, local control, individual liberty, the kind of thing that famous Massachusetts' leader used to support (Samuel and John Adams, for example). "Stop treading on me!" (my right to live), wave many flags at TEA Party rallies. Stop eating away at my future, and my children's and their children's economic future. Most adults tend to be TEA Party types, not because of their age, but because they maturely recognize that a nation cannot spend money which tax revenues do not provide, and that our national charter still means something. That's the United States Constitution, to Massachusetts liberals like Carl Sciortino, since they probably forgot all about it after graduating from Harvard or Yale majoring in basket weaving.
Frankly, Massachusetts liberal legislators should keep their uninspiring ideas in a closet, a water closet, and flush them all away!
Papa Sciortino tried to put a happy face on his son's announcement. What can you do? He's family. Much good it did.
Let's take another look at Sciortino's liberal policies (if you haven't fallen asleep yet):
"I won't give up on an assault weapons ban."
US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has, and so should every Democrat facing reelection in the US Senate in 2014. The NRA does not kill people, and neither do guns. People do, and such people need to be held accountable. How about requiring that theDepartment of Justice start prosecuting gun crimes (instead of snooping on my cellphone?)
"Also the right to choose."
For the record, I believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. Texas passed a law to prevent abortions after five months. My Republican friend from West Valley opposesabortions after the first trimester. Dems don't support a child's right to choose a school, and with all the taxes and regulations, they certainly do not support a working man's right to choose gainful employment.
"Equal pay for women."
This argument seems to make liberals sound so good, but faulty (and false). On the whole, women may tend to make less (depending on the career and the calling) because they choose to work less (pregnancy leave, quality of life decisions, like raising a family) If women were getting short-changed as a matter of pure gender discrimination, then businesses would only hire women in the first place!
It's too bad that Papa Sciortino didn't help his son sort out these issues before he came out.
But what can a father do when the son is so proud of himself?
Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.
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