Today a commentator named Nolan Finley wrote an Op Ed piece in the Detroit News in which he stated, “I’ve got no problem with single issue voters. If you feel so passionately about one thing, be it gay marriage or abortion or taxes, that it overwhelms all other considerations, that’s your business.” Then, he went on to criticize one “single issue voter” in particular.
He specifically addressed a Huffington Post piece by Kergan Edwards-Stout in which Mr. Edwards-Stout cordially invited people on his Facebook “Friends” list to de-friend him if they did not honor his civil rights and planned to vote for Romney.
Mr. Finley obviously did not, and brought out his descrpitions to attach to Mr. Edwards-Stout: “insanity”, “close-minded” ,“intolerant” ,”nuttier”, “extreme narcissism” , “unbelievable smugness”, and “hating someone”. All of Mr. Finley’s comments were made for the altruistic purpose of not “drawing ourselves into impenetrable circles” preventing “more civil national dialogue”. Because Mr. Finley’s insults were, of course, civil. In that Ann Coulter kind of way.
That seems to be the outer limits to Mr. Finley’s understanding of the concept of “civil”, however. He does not grasp the concept in the bigger sense of Civil Rights, or the passions and sacrifices around it.
I realize that Mr. Finley comes from a place of abject entitlement. I fully understand that he does not relate to the offense the Republican party has dished out for the last year: from the heinous bully pulpits of Rick Santorum, to the ex-gay therapy practices of Michelle Bachmann, to cocky anti-gay ads of Rick Perry, to the complete unforgivable silence by the whole dais of candidates when gay soldier Steve Snyder-Hill was booed by an audience of their party members, to the gay civil rights-attacking Republican Party platform document. No, Mr. Finley does not understand why anyone would rankle under that ongoing abuse.
He also appears clueless to the fact that the Romney/Ryan policies would strip Mr. Edwards-Stout’s family of all legal protection, potentially threaten his spouse’s parental rights over their children, and that in spirit, Romney/Ryan’s philosophy would deny Mr. Edwards-Stout his children themselves.
Mr. Finley sees feelings about “one issue” as being as passionate as one can get over having to pay, or not pay, more taxes. I get that he does not care about the effect of Romney/Ryan on the lives of gay people. That is clear.
What is not clear, and what I do not get… is why he would expect Mr. Edwards-Stout to feel that way. Or, by extrapolation, for me to feel that way. It is not “an issue” for us under siege by Romney/Ryan, it is the whole foundation of our lives and equal rights. It is not “a single issue” it is our Declaration of Independence and Constitution all rolled up into one.
Mr. Finley appears very competent in rolling out insulting adjectives, so here is one for him. Through the wonder of mind-numbing self-centeredness resulting in an incredible obtuse myopia, Mr. Finley’s piece is incredibly …….Stupid.
Mr. Finley stated that he would rather talk baseball and drink beer than speculate on Facebook de-friending. So fine. In baseball terms, Mr. Finley… you’re OUT.
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