By Michael Bryan
I am deeply disappointed in Frank Antenori. Frank tends to get carried away by his own rhetoric. That's usually fine, if not exactly useful. Every politician loves the sound of his or her own voice. But what Frank said at the Young Republican debate is just hateful and wrong.
This diatribe is why Frank Antenori lacks the character to represent Congressional District 8/2. This sort of divisive, hyperbalistic, and fear-mongering rhetoric is what is wrong with politics. This is the worst of the paranoid style of politics and Frank appears to be loving every minute of it. People who aspire to leadership should not engage in this sort of bullshit.
Asked if he would defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Frank gave the following jeremiad on the motives of left:
"The family is the core unit that makes this country great. And if you dismantle it, like the left loves to do—they love to divide and conquer. They love to pit us against each other. They love to tear apart families. They don't want families. They want individuals that they can control. So the key thing to that is for them to destroy families." (h/t to Jim Nintzel writing for The Skinny)
Frank owes half of America an apology.
He may be an effective conservative firebrand, adept at bashing his hometown to score points with his team of wing-nuts in Phoenix, but he is not the sort of person who can claim to represent all the citizens of this district.
Now, let's take a closer look at Frank's claim.
We liberals hate families. That's why we are trying so hard to create more of them by allowing same-sex couples to marry and raise children. That makes sense.
Seems to me this claim is just ridiculous on its face. If anyone hates families - same-sex ones at least - it is conservatives, who get their knickers in a twist because gays and lesbians want the same rights as heteros. How someone else enjoying the benefits and satisfactions of stable family life denigrates my own hetero marriage, I have always failed to see. If anything, the fact that there is a population of people clamouring to be allowed the same rights as my wife and I enjoy is an affirmation of the continuing relevance and vitality of the institution.
America needs every American to be great. That means every right, institution, and office should be accessible to every American: not just the whites, the straights, and the Christians.
Welcome to America's third century, Frank. Nobody will be sitting in the back of the bus. Get used to it.