Mark Noonan is a hypocrite
In the comments section of my earlier post criticizing Mark Noonan of GOP Bloggers for hypocritically bitching about anti-smoking laws while supporting laws against sodomy and the use of illicit narcotics, bensonbear points out that Noonan does in fact express a similar "hands-off" attitude toward homosexuality and drug use. Benson points to Noonan's comment elsewhere on the page that I linked above:
"If you are of the opinion that any conservative has a complaint about what homosexuals do in the privacy of their own homes, then you are astoundingly ignorant of conservatism.
As for me; I don't care what sexual activities consenting adults engage in provided I can't see it; I am in favor of complete drug legalization"
So do I owe Mark an apology?
I don't think so. How could anyone take a libertarian stand on these issues and still support the GOP with the enthusiasm that Noonan does?
This is an astounding hypocrisy. He says that as a conservative he has "no complaint" with the private activity of adults. But anti-gay sentiment is a mainstay of the Republican Party. Take a look at the language in the platforms of the national and state parties:
The Party believes that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our countrys founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples.
Recognizing the traditional model of monogamous heterosexual marriage as the only stable relationship upon which to build a society, we believe that homosexuality should not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle in public education and policy.
We support a landlords right to refuse leasing property to cohabiting homosexuals based on moral grounds.
We oppose the teaching of homosexual behavior as a normal, acceptable or alternative lifestyle, and believe that sex education must emphasize traditional heterosexual lifestyles.
We oppose Governor Vilsack's scholarship program for self-declared homosexual students
We oppose the Children and Families Division practice of adoption and foster parenting by homosexuals as a moral transgression against the child.
We believe all forms of homosexuality and the so-called homosexual agenda are morally wrong and damaging to society in the long term.
From the national GOP platform:
Tell me again, Mark, how conservatism is unconcerned with what people do in private?
We affirm traditional military culture, and we affirm that homosexuality is incompatible with military service.
As for drug use, here's what pro-legalization-Mark's party has to say:
Drug users must face stiffer penalties for contributing to the demand that makes the drug trade profitable. We support increased mandatory sentences for drug traffickers and dealers.
We encourage the state and federal governments to prosecute illegal drug dealers and manufacturers to the fullest extent of the law and we call on Congress to use all means possible to discourage the foreign manufacture and export of such drugs into our country ... We oppose the movement toward the legalization of illicit drugs.
We call for stiffer punishment for drivers who drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. We oppose decriminalizing or legalizing drugs that are currently illegal. Drug users must face stiffer penalties for contributing to the supply of these poisonous products. We applaud new laws that have lengthened prison terms for persons convicted of selling illegal drugs.
And then the national platform:
We encourage the state and federal governments to prosecute illegal drug dealers and manufacturers to the fullest extent of the law and we call on Congress to use all means possible to discourage the foreign manufacture and export of such drugs into our country. Because of their higher proven rate of success, faith-based drug rehabilitation programs should be utilized in place of incarceration whenever possible. We oppose the movement toward the legalization of illicit drugs.
This is the party of pro-legalization, pro-sexual-freedom Mark Noonan?
Note that Mark Noonan is not just a blogger who happens to be conservative and thus happens to support the Republicans most of the time. GOP Bloggers describes itself as an
online grassroots community with the goal of keeping a Republican majority in Congress, and a Republican President in the White House ... Our plan is to get the GOP's message out and organize as many bloggers as we can to create the biggest internet grassroots community for a political party.
In other words, Noonan is not just an independent blogger expressing his thoughts. He is actively (and admittedly) involved in promoting the agenda of the GOP. So while he might say that he supports laissez-faire policies with regard to private activities, Mark's own behavior--i.e., aggressively advocating for the GOP's vision of America--would seem to indicate otherwise.
Actions speak louder than words, Noonan, you corrupt Republican party hack.