Silver Spoon, Anyone?

Why do real tough guys get so enraged about homosexuals?

Excuse me, I didn't go to Cranbrook.  That's the all-boys' high school of the silver-spoon crowd that Mitt Romney palled around with.  Yup, while Obama, at the age of seven, was palling around with the likes of Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers, Romney was hanging out at Cranbrook, in Michigan.  His daddy was a self-made millionaire. Obama's was a man whom he barely got to know, and his mom was a Kansas girl.

And I went to Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City.  We had no silver-spoon kids in our school. But one hot summer day I'm standing in front of my house on Bergen Avenue.  In 1958 I was 17.  Nobody I knew had air conditioning at home, so it was nice to catch a breeze outside instead of staying in the sweltering house. And along comes Bill, an ordinary guy I know from school.

Bill stops for a desultory chat.  We wander from one topic to another, until finally Bill tells me about his involvement with the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.  He told me how he and his comrades would go to New York, go on boats to learn naval stuff, and generally hang out on the water.  Not my thing, but what the hell?

Then the conversation took an unforeseen turn.  Bill told me how he and some other Corps members were in New York when they encountered a man who was, shall we say, giving them the eye, presumably because he was smitten by their astonishingly good looks.  Clearly a queer, and these guys would have nothing to do with queers.  And so they dragged him into an alley and beat the living tar out of him.  Nothing too bad.  Just a teenage prank  Things that tough, macho boys do.

Being rather naive, unsophisticated in such things, I heard all of this with some lack of enthusiasm, and let the conversation take its course.  In October, 1957, the Soviets had announced they had put a satellite into orbit circling the Earth.  It was called Sputnik, meaning satellite, and it created a bit of a stir.  But Bill assured me that such a feat on the part of the Soviets was impossible.  They didn't have the technology to accomplish such a thing.   It was all done on a film lot, like in Hollywood, where a picture can be made to tell a thousand lies. But again I digress.

Let's get back to our buddy Mitt, the silver-spoon kid.  If recent news stories are true, he too had his issues with people who were different from him.  He too took a rather extreme way of dealing with those issues.  This article from The New York Times gives you the gist of it: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/us/politics/years-later-a-prep-school-bullying-case-snares-romney.html?_r=1&hp

So about ten days or so ago, the Romneys appeared on a morning show.  Ann Romney laughed and exclaimed how wild and crazy Mitt is.  You just have to get to know him.  Mitt chuckled.  It took Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC to point out that by that point the Romney campaign was aware that the Washington Post was doing some investigative reporting, looking into Gov. Romney's time at Cranbrook, where he apparently was a wild and crazy kid.  And that explains why they were laying the groundwork for showing that he was nothing but a great big silly teddy bear who would pull pranks, but never really hurt anyone.

Now I too, have a confession to make.  I too had a wild and crazy youth.  I recall vividly that on one or two occasions I refused to stand up in a subway train when an older person wanted to sit.  And yes, a few times I talked back to my parents. To this day, I look back and regret those misdeeds.  I really was a delinquent. But young Mitt has me beat by far in the juvenile delinquent sweepstakes.

But I did learn something as I grew up.  I learned that time after time, whenever you hear some guy whining about gays, homosexuality, the horror and evil of it all...you can usually lay odds that that's one guy who has issues about his own sexual identity.  Homoerotic inclinations?  Ask Ted Haggard, ask Larry Craig, ask any of those people who so loudly denounce gays.  Why are you guys so uptight about gayocity?  Why, huh?  Tell me why?



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Gary Rabinowitz May 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
@ Allan Fineberg: your responses are stranger than fiction. Please find another venue for your weird & incoherent posts.
Luca D. May 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM
@Gary I appreciate your statement, but while the Supreme Court may strike down state laws that are not constitutional, they are not going to change who initially decides to make the law. So unless and until the Congress decides that gay rights and abortion are federal issues, the States will continue to regulate it and be struck down by the Supreme Court like a ping pong game. No matter what Obama declares about gay marriage or abortion, his statements remain hollow, meaningless, just a publicity stunt and spin.
Tommy P May 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
@B@B, Greed IS good. It's nothing more than someone else's self interest. Health care and health care insurance are two very different things. It's radical to confuse the two. It's radical to think that inserting a third party into a transaction doesn't come without additional cost. It's radical to think there is a free lunch. Romney maybe "bad" but Obama is worse. You can make an argument that voting for the lesser of two evils still gets you evil, but I don't see how you can make an argument Obama is the lesser of two evils. HP improves millions of lives with its technologies, just because their workforce needs have decreased, doesn't mean less people are working, just less people working for HP. There are millions of small and medium business that take advantage of HP's products and hire millions of people. Your comment highlights how progressives don't think beyond the superficial. When you change an interdepency, it impacts the results. It's why we often see revenues increases after taxes rates are cut.
wendyb May 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Personally I like the idea of this stuff coming out. As long as both parties get the same treatment by the news media. It gives the public a chance to ask questions and get answers. Remember that a sitting President could be blackmailed just as anyone else. If a candidate or a sitting President running for re election cannot handle a little heat, how is he going to handle having his finger on the "button"? The problem is that the news media is run by people acting to further their own agendas or choices. This kind of skews the process and spoils a good race. Kind of like an umpire making bad calls to help a team. There is a reason why news media gets little respect.
Allan E. Fineberg May 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
George Carlin on religion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o


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