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10.8.05

A friend sent me this link today. PA Senator Rick Santorum's Chief of Staff and Communications
Director is an African American gay guy. The same Santorum who strongly opposed gay rights.

I just can't understand that. How on earth can you work for someone who is so openly hostile to who you are? How can you look at yourself in the mirror? Wouldn't their toxic beliefs about you spill onto you? Like life isn't hard enough questioning yourself without being around people who are constantly saying that you are a second class citizen, even if they aren't pointing specifically to you, just generally.

Yes, as my friend stated, his self-loathing must be quite high.

5 Comments:

  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger Jen(nifer) said…

    You can believe in the other things that your Senator works for and hope to change his feelings about issues important to you, by making a personal connection. Work from the inside...he has the Senators ear, and it is not hostile, THAT can make a difference, someday?

     
  • At 2:45 PM, Blogger Steppie said…

    but there is something to be said for having the respect of your employer - and no matter how much ricky says he values his chief of staff, he doesn't. there is no way he can value the opinion of his advisors but not believe in them.

     
  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Well, this opens up two issues:

    1) the possible self-loathing of the staff person

    2) the hypocrisy of Santorum having a gay guy working as his Chief of Staff. After all, he's said before that gays shouldn't be allowed to adopt because it would "put children in harms way." (Yes, I've actually heard him say this, most recently on The Daily Show).

    Someone should ask him: "Senator Santorum, you've recently stated that gay people are harmful to children. Why, then, do you have someone who is harmful to children working on your staff?"

    Oh, and by the way, Santorum has actually defended this guy being on his staff, by using the old 'His private life is no one's business,' which is basically code for 'keep it in the closet.'

     
  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger Erinna said…

    So, in Santorum's book, it's fine and dandy for this man to be on his staff, he's just not allowed to have anything to do with children. That's a completely rational world view.

     
  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Me said…

    I agree Stephanie! Matthew, I think that #2 is really the question - and why the staff person is ok with that. Erin, yup, that's about it.

     

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