August 30, 2004

Godwin's Law Violation in Progress!

Why is the blessing and invocation for the Republican National Convention being given by somebody who believes that Richard Cheney is the moral equivalent of a Nazi sympathizer--opposed to the very idea of the family?

Sheri Dew: One of the major articles was about gay “marriage.”... To say I found the entire article sobering would be a grand understatement. And I found myself thinking, “Talk about influence. Imagine the influence of that one magazine in presenting ideas about the family that are totally in opposition to God’s plan and will for His children.”

This escalating situation reminds me of a statement of a World War II journalist by the name of Dorothy Thompson... Toronto in 1941.... “Before this epic is over, every living human being will have chosen. Every living human being will have lined up with Hitler or against him..... If he takes no side, he is on Hitler’s side. If he does not act, that is an act—for Hitler.”

May I take the liberty of... applying [this statement] to... today? “Before this era is over, every living human being... will have either opposed the onslaught against the family or supported it, for if he tries to make no choice that in itself will be a choice. If we do not act in behalf of the family, that is itself an act of opposition to the family.”

And Richard Cheney explicitly makes no choice:

Cheney replied: "Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue that our family is very familiar with. . . . With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People . . . ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to." Cheney went on to reiterate the position he first outlined in the 2000 campaign -- that same-sex marriage should be left to the states to decide...

Why does the Republican National Convention hate the vice president so much?

Posted by DeLong at August 30, 2004 02:44 PM | TrackBack

Laws are meant to be enforced against Democrats, not Republicans.

Thilly boy.

Posted by: Alan at August 30, 2004 02:53 PM

And indeed, Sheri Dew is so pure on matters of marriage and children that at the age of 50 she has never had either.

Posted by: Steady Eddie at August 30, 2004 03:00 PM

Would that be the historian Dorothy Thompson? If so, I imagine she would think Sheri Dew was taking a very big liberty indeed.

But then, Ms. Dew would probably think most of us are "with the terrorists" anyway, so being "in opposition to the family", whatever that means, would not be a very big step.

Posted by: Tom Slee at August 30, 2004 03:19 PM

Why does the Republican National Convention hate the vice president so much?

Because they intend to nominate McCain for vice president.

Posted by: NewMexiKen at August 30, 2004 03:56 PM

I'm not sure which fact is more dismaying, that to Sheri Dew gassing Jewish children and kissing my adorable girlfriend are moral equivalents, or that Dick Cheney and I actually agree about something.

Posted by: Erika at August 30, 2004 04:05 PM

Don't worry Erika, some things are so obvious that you and Cheney must agree on them.

For example, you and Cheney also agree that 2+2=4. He just lies about it to make tax cuts seem more reasonable.


Posted by: meno at August 30, 2004 04:13 PM

Don't lose a good night's sleep over it, Sherri. Hitler hated fags too:

Posted by: ogmb at August 30, 2004 04:20 PM

The pose that the Republican Party is NOT a totalitarian Party may as well now--a generation late--be dropped. It is neither true nor useful.

Posted by: Frank Wilhoit at August 30, 2004 05:00 PM

Those who support gays can be equated to those who support Hitler.

Therefore, Congressman Ed Schrock, R-VA, is a Nazi.

I think I get it now. Thanks, Sheri. Consider me enlightened.

Posted by: EasyE at August 30, 2004 05:01 PM

Well you can't really say Schrock supported gays from his voting record. Unless paying for gay sex hotlines counts as supporting gays.

Posted by: ogmb at August 30, 2004 05:17 PM

Someone is another blog post pointed out the traditional Republican caucus is 66% Protestant and 33% right-wing fundamentalist. Add a helping of Aryan Supremacy, a twist of John Birch, mix in a jigger of Southern Comfort, burn a cross, wear an MLM suit, and you got a Party.

Just not the kind of party you or I would be invited to, or would care to attend.

All of which misses the point. The Republicans, by aligning against gays as their platform, are hoping to gain a majority portion of the 5/6's of Americans who are non-gay, homophobic, and heterosexual. 5/11's ain't bad....

And since gayism is a closet issue, only RNC pollsters and the FBI know if this is good strategy, or a final Anita Bryantesque salvo before Republicans depart the Executive stage,
besmirching Democrats as a Gay Party for 2008.

Then comes whom from RNC right wing? Racicot?

Posted by: Lenny Talon at August 30, 2004 05:42 PM

If any human being, gay or not, is made to appear less than human... we all lose, and "they" win... count the democrats and remember their names... they believe in socialism. That experiment is now surfacing here
in America. Our great grandparents never had to be licensed by the state to be married...does that make us all bastards ? licensing = state approval. Wake up and read a little more; tv will wait...for reruns.

Posted by: Hawk at August 30, 2004 06:17 PM

In fairness to Ms. Dew, I think it is a stretch to interpret her statement as saying that failure to oppose gay marriage is equivalent to being pro-Nazi.

She is claiming that gay marriage is somehow "anti-family" and that those who fail to oppose it implicitly support it and are therefore also "anti-family."

Now, I happen to think her opinions on this are, to take as kind a view as possible, idiotic, but to suggest that she equates gay marriage supporters to Nazis is overstating things by a lot.

These people are big enough a**holes in their own right. No need to exaggerate.

Posted by: Bernard Yomtov at August 30, 2004 06:38 PM

Lee Davidson (Deseret Morning News, March 17, 2004, note that Sheri Dew is CEO of Deseret Book and a White House adviser) comes to her defense:

Affirmation's press release says that in "one of the most hate-ridden moments of the event, Sheri Dew . . . likened those who do not oppose gay marriage to those who did nothing to oppose Hitler's rise to power."

Affirmation's statement has some truth but twists it just enough to make it sound like Dew was frothing at the mouth with hate while comparing gays with Hitler.

What she did was quote a statement by journalist Dorothy Thompson in 1941 saying that before World War II would be over, every person would either stand for or against Hitler -- and that trying not to make any choice was in fact making one, for Hitler.

Dew said in calm tones that the same is true in the fight for the traditional family, and everyone will support or fight it. "If we do not act in behalf of the family, that is itself an act of opposition to the family," she said.

Dew did add, "At first it may be extreme to imply a comparison between the atrocities of Hitler and what is happening in terms of contemporary threats against the family -- but maybe not," and added she feels that breaking up the family will break up society.

Posted by: ogmb at August 30, 2004 06:47 PM

If she said the last bit quoted by ogmb then I retract my defense.

Posted by: Bernard Yomtov at August 30, 2004 07:07 PM

Brad, why don't you call him Dick Cheney? Everyone else does.

Posted by: william at August 30, 2004 07:10 PM

BY -- Atrios links to the original text:

Turns out her connection to the GWBWH is closer than just via the RNC:

Sheri Dew to serve as White House advisor
By Lauren Grizzle NewsNet Staff Writer - 5 Mar 2003

Sheri Dew has been asked by the White House to serve as a White House delegate and private sector adviser to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Posted by: ogmb at August 30, 2004 07:33 PM

It is a bit confusing, because people in GOP do not necessarily believe that being a moral equivalent of a Nazi is a bad thing. If anything, this is what makes them love and cherish Cheney.

To top that confusion, male gays, the prime object of Drew's ire, are infinitely worse that female, who are so close to Cheney's heart. For starters, female gays do not decrease the pool of available bachelors, one of the major concerns of Miss Drew, and actually help. Then we may notice that the Lord never smote a lesbian. So Miss Drew may see a benign explanation of Cheney's position.

Posted by: piotr at August 30, 2004 08:27 PM

Didn't you get the memo?

Cheney is out. (Heart trouble, you know, though he'll still be able to talk, or snarl, or whatever it is that he does)

McCain is in.

While I'm predicting... Osama won't be caught, because that would shine a light on Pakistan and Afghanistan. We will, however, uncover at least two major caches of WMD's.


Posted by: s_bethy at August 30, 2004 09:52 PM

Well you can forget McCain, that idea is absurd.

Cheney certainly has every reason to retire, now a multi- multi-millionaire after Halliburton's big IDIQ, he can draw a Halliburton pension, a White House pension, have *two* jets waiting to whisk him off to Vail for Kenny Lay's Barbecue, and Secret Service protection for life. But he won't retire now, only after the election. Then it's up to DeLay, isn't it, who the next VP is?

Ya' gotta think like a Bobby Fischer....

Another thing happening after the election isn't the capture of Osama, you're right. He is, after all, the son of a Saudi billionaire with close ties to the Bush family and Carlyle Group, and former CIA-sponsored freedom fighter against the evil Ruskies. Oh, the stories Osama would tell!

What *will* happen right after the election is Israel, with Bush's approval, will bomb the hell out of Tehran to eliminate any chance Iran can become a nuclear power generator, then Iran will retaliate against Qatar for hosting US forces, the world will explode in Islamic jihad, and we'll have a fine little merry-go-round in time for 2nd swearing in of George Watchtower Bush.

Posted by: Tante Aime at August 30, 2004 10:20 PM

A McCain veep slot is the best thing Kerry could hope for, considering the raging furor over McCain-Feingold.

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at August 31, 2004 02:50 PM