Friday, July 17, 2009

My Rant on "The Ensign Defenders"

OK, I can't help it. I sometimes find it frustrating how anyone can keep making excuses for Johnny "Casino" Ensign. Why is it that we working-class folks need "personal responsibility" but he doesn't? Should the super-rich really be held to a different standard?

Here's what I wrote at The Sun:

It's the hypocrisy of these fundie wingnuts that infuriate us. How dare they tell you that you should have no control over your personal health decisions or tell me that I can't marry the man I love when they don't even live up to their own moral standards! And furthermore, how dare they forsake their duty to their constituents (and in Ensign's case, violate the very laws he swore to protect and defend!).

Oh yes, and whatever happened to the "conservative mantra" of personal responsibility? I find it funny that none of the Ensign defenders here bring that up. Doesn't Johnny Casino have some responsibility to honor his marriage vows and keep his libido in check? Doesn't he have some responsibility to ensure he complies with campaign finance laws? How is it that all of us working-class folks need to be held "responsible" sometimes for things that aren't our fault while poor lil' Johnny Casino can get away with blaming his own moral and legal failings on the Hampton family?

Think about it. The religious right always tells us we don't need to be open about who we are or ever use any type of "controversial" health care options if we follow their advice on our sex lives. The corporate right always tells us we don't need no stinkin' "welfare state" if we just "pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps".

But really, why is it that Ensign needed a $96,000 bailout from his parents? Why should we automatically "forgive and forget" after he did exactly what he always tells us not to do? Sorry, but I can't forget and I don't think I can forgive. As The Dixie Chicks would say, I'm not ready to make nice.

Ensign clearly hasn't learned anything from this experience. He still doesn't think he needs to be held accountable for his actions. He still won't even support hate crimes protections for LGBT people, let alone full civil rights.

I see no reason to show any mercy on this sleazebag. He needs to go. Either he resigns now or we defeat him in 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Exactly, Davey! It's the HYPOCRISY that's infuriating. There is definitely a double standard! Any pol who uses Christianity (or religion) to win votes, should be subject to the same discipline that's standard in Fundamental churches - they should step down and leave their office!