This Tuesday, Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz again established herself as a party firebrand, when during a speech at a Michigan area LGBTQ community meeting, she asserted that the Republican Party was the last bastion for boorish intolerance:
The only place where intolerance against the community is welcome is in the Republican Party. Intolerance is in the Republican Party’s DNA.
Given the perpetually heated debate over marriage equality that rages throughout the country, it would seem that much of the old guard in the GOP and much of the evangelical Christian dominionist portion of their voter base are getting rather desperate to hold on to their final vein of institutional discrimination.
In a recent talk at a Republican National Committee holiday…err, Christmas event, Michigan RNC official and former airline pilot Dave Agema told the audience that during his time working as a pilot, he likened homosexuality to alcoholism and claimed that the bogus claiming of HIV and AIDS infected individuals as “lovers” by homosexual employees was a common practice to help extend health care benefits to them. His claim came along with the assertion that members of the gay community wanted:
…free medical because they’re dying between 38 and 44 years old.
Many who took note of the event and the comments made by Agema, found that the only thing more reprehensible than Agema’s actual rhetoric, was the standing ovation he received for it by the ultra conservative Republican audience. Thus far, no prominent Michigan Republicans have denounced the statements, leading Michigan U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Gary Peters to call for the GOP and GOP Senatorial opponent Terry Lynn Land to either reject such rhetoric, or come out and own it, telling the crowd:
If you are a member of the Republican National Committee, you speak for the Republican Party, and you need to stand up and say you aren’t going to tolerate those statements. If a Republican doesn’t do that, they need to be held responsible.