Today’s Excitement For Conservatives

Conservatives didn’t care when George Bush lied the country into a war and otherwise screwed up the world. They have their own things to get excited over, such as Acorn, the NEA, and fluoride in the water. If interested in what conservatives are excited about today, check out Big Hollywood. For a reality check, see The Anonymous Liberal.

Colburn Chief of Staff: Get Teenage Boys To Avoid Porn By Claiming It Will Turn Them Gay


I expect for there to be a lot I disagree with when conservatives hold their Values Voter Summit. I also expect to hear claims about facts which I find to be off the wall. Here’s the worst out of this year’s summit. Sen. Tom Coburn’s  chief of staff Michael Schwartz wants to get teenage boys to stop looking at pictures of naked women by telling them that it will turn them gay. David Weigel reports:

“Pornography is a blight,” Schwartz told an audience in a crowded room of the Omni Shoreham hotel. “It is a disaster. It is one of those silent diseases in our society that we haven’t been able to overcome very well. Now, I may be getting politically incorrect here. And it’s been a few years, but not that many, since I was closely associated with pre-adolescent boys, boys around 10 years of age. But it is my observation that boys of that age have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that’s because they don’t want to be that way. They don’t want to fall into it.”

Schwartz told the crowd about Jim Johnson, a friend of his who turned an old hotel into a hospice for gay men dying of AIDS. “One of the things he said to me,” said Schwartz, “that I think is an astonishingly insightful remark… he said ‘All pornography is homosexual pornography, because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards.”

There were murmurs and gasps from the crowd. “Now, think about that,” said Schwartz. “And if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to get a copy of Playboy? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. That’s the last thing he wants! You know, that’s a good comment, it’s a good point, and it’s a good thing to teach young people.”

If you believe this will work, you probably also believed that the people of Iraq would great Americans with flowers as liberators.