In Minnesota, Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson was recorded telling a group of conservative rural pastors that they did not need to support a Constitutional Amendment banning gay people from marrying because several state Supreme Court justices had told him they would never overturn the state's Defense of Marriage Act. The problem is, what he said turned out to be an exaggeration. He called his misdeed, "sanding off the truth."
While it is unfortunate that he got caught in a fib, his mistruth surely pales in comparison to the horrible lies and smears endured by gay people each day by Amendment supporters. If lying is wrong for Johnson, it is just as abominable for anti-gay forces that are only able to succeed by outright distortions and creating an ugly climate of fear.
Before the right wing attacks Johnson, they ought to discard their own sandblaster which has whitewashed their white lies for decades.
I saw Good Night and Good Luck yesterday and it's amazing the similarities between the McCarthy era and the bush era. Americans are very easily manipulated by fear, the right knows this, and is still using it to their advantage. Has everyone noticed that since bush was re-selected, we havent heard squat about those color coded terrorist threat levels going up; whereas during the campaign everytime bush began to slip in the polls, it went up. I predict that as November approaches we will amazingly be in great danger again of terrorist attacks. Hopefully the saps who fell for it last time, wont be fooled again. But, considering this electorate...... Gary (NJ)
posted by Anonymous, at
3/27/2006 9:15 AM
Here in Minnesota, this has been flogged to death by the papers and radio stations. Even though he's apologized numerous times, even though the (Republican) governor has said "Get over it", there are still people trying to make an issue out of this. Although it may be backfiring, because now opposition to the marriage amendment is greater than its support.
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