When Tucker Carlson first began The Daily Caller in January 2010, it was the the site’s ultimate quest to become the conservative alternative to The Huffington Post, the creme de la creme of conservative echo chambers, and the go-to source for endless conservative blogs, Facebook shares, tweets, and gossip. It’s with this in mind that we turn our eyes to what the editorial board of this “mainstream” conservative publication allowed to grace it’s pages (or screen in this case). After all, if blogs are both a source of information and a reflection of the broader culture of their readership, then surely peering into opinion pieces would shine light upon what contemporary American conservative press deems to be ‘mainstream political thought’:
The other day, columnist Patrick Howley Bemoans “gays are just so boring”. After reading through the fluff and between the lines, the reader learns that that his rationale, boiled down, is simply that gays are boring after attaining equal legal rights.
The opinion piece by the author, and therefore by The DC, is concerning ENDA legislation – the measure that would prohibit employers from firing or not hiring someone based solely upon their sexual orientation. Read: cannot officially put up a sign like “gays needs not apply”, which as of now would technically be completely legal in 29 states and, according to studies from the Williams Institute, 15 – 43 percent of LGBT people have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace as a result of their sexual orientation so while “gays are so boring now” may be one view of the greater employment issue but perhaps a more astute observer would note that perhaps passage of the bill would be warranted especially in light of already-existing legislation protecting gender, religion, age, etc.
“With this week’s push for ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), another anti-business piece of legislation that allows self-identified cultural victims to sue their employers after they get fired, all the familiar annoying characters have come out of the tastefully-refurbished woodwork.”
A common argument of the right concerning passage of ENDA over the years has been the conservative fear that its passage would lead to frivolous lawsuits and EEOC complaints, the same argument used when opposing employment laws for women. I would say that even if a small number of unsavory characters may one day try to file a faulty claim, one must ask themselves, should we then get rid of insurance companies/complaints? Police Departments/allegations of misconduct? Why have any vessel for recourse against anyone or anything if there may be some people playing the system?
While the commentary continues on into the age-old “but I have
black gay friends so…”, Howley ignores endless reasons as to why his observations don’t quite fit the contemporary gay cultural mold. Among these is the internet and online dating which allow gays virtually peruse other potential partners and/or eventually have a proper date. He also ignores places in cities all over the country called ‘bath houses’ – 24/7 “fitness and lounge facilities” where men find some combination of leather daddies, poppers, glory holes, dark rooms with sweaty naked men, and the like. He ignores large portions of gay culture that, like their straight cultural counterparts, live quite hedonistic, uninhibited lifestyles as well.
But why set the bar so low? Why not be ‘boring’? After all, are not all civil rights movements and organizations specifically designed with their own demises in mind? These movements exist to bring about a day they don’t have to and that day has almost come for gay and lesbian Americans as they flee the pre-pubescent beginnings of their movement and culture and flee to the mainstream. From the bath houses to the suburban BBQ parties. And Mr. Howley, to many gay people, that’s not ‘boring’. That’s their decades-long dream fulfilled.