Archive for April 14, 2011
Republicans are addicted to sex. And when I say this I’m not referring to the likes of David Vitter, John Ensign, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford, among many others. At least those men have been honest enough to act on their sexual urges. I’m talking about the legions of right-wing politicians and voters who are addicted to dark, private, obsessive thoughts about sex, and who devote so much energy to brooding about the sex lives of others.
An addiction is defined as a physical or emotional need that is all-consuming, almost impossible to resist, and has enough negative consequences to cause significant difficulties in one’s life. Consider what the Republican party is prepared to sacrifice in order to feed its addiction. They just came within a hair of shutting down the government—and thereby destroying their standing with independent voters—in order to defund Planned Parenthood, of all things. They are prepared to significantly weaken the military over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. They are rapidly losing credibility with the public over their intractable opposition to gay marriage. And yet their addiction drives them onward in a self-destructive orgy of indulgence.