Burch: White House or Waffle House?

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

It can be trying (not to mention embarrassing) to live in Tennessee, when bigots periodically come out of the woodwork, using the Bible to prove that — take your pick — God wants white Christians to own slaves, or that it is the “Manifest Destiny” of white Christians to ethnically cleanse Native Americans, or that despite such insanity, Christianity is a “true religion” while Islam is either a “false religion” or “not really a religion.”

A good case in point is the recent “Chick-fil-A appreciation day,” which had Tennesseans standing in long lines to support homophobia. Elsewhere, right-wing twits like Michelle Bachmann were tweeting, urging their followers to support a company whose owners, the Cathys, publicly damn homosexuals while allegedly donating millions of dollars to groups that actively seek legislation against gay marriage.

Bachmann even released a video in which she smiles and waves a Chick-fil-A bag while crowing, “We are standing with the Cathys, who stand with the family.” However, the Cathys are not really “standing with the family” but demanding preference for purely heterosexual families, the way Bible believers of the past once demanded preference for purely white families.

It is no surprise that Sarah Palin quickly boarded the bigotry bandwagon, praising the Cathys while deriding President Obama for “flip flops” designed to “shore up” his “homosexual voter base.”

Such bastions of conservatism are completely tone deaf to equality and justice. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that they are no longer a few steps from the presidency. But what about the one conservative who still remains in serious contention for the White House?

Here’s what Mitt Romney once said while running for senate in gay-friendly Massachusetts: “... as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.” Romney wrote this in a 1994 letter to a gay Republican group, the Log Cabin Republicans. His opponent was Ted Kennedy, who of course staunchly supported fully equal rights for gays, including marriage.

But Romney has more flip-flops than Daytona Beach and recently chickened out on the Chick-fil-A versus gay marriage affair, so it’s hard to say what he really believes. He now favors a constitutional amendment forbidding gay marriage and says that he opposes even civil unions between gays. But when asked to comment on Chick-fil-A-gate, he declined. Is that leadership? Don’t Americans deserve to know what he would do as president? Why not take bold action now, rather than leaving millions of Americans up in the air, guessing?

Romney is no stranger to the chicken coop. In a commencement address to Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school, Romney praised Truett Cathy, whose stance against gay marriage is well known. So Romney has all the information he needs to speak, if he so chooses.

But Romney’s 1994 promise, his contradictory comments made before conservative audiences, and his failure to address the larger American public combine to suggest that Romney either lacks firm convictions or refuses to make them known if doing so may cost him votes. In either case, his flip-flopping on gay rights seems to confirm that Romney would turn the White House into the Waffle House.

When it comes to strong, honestly stated personal convictions, Romney is no Ronald Reagan, and he falls far short of George W. Bush, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, who will at least say what they really believe, however bigoted that makes them seem to people with more liberal views.

The more I learn about Mitt Romney, the more he seems to combine the dishonesty of a Richard Nixon with the lack of acumen of a George W. Bush. That’s obviously a very dangerous combination, especially in a president. Romney is wrong on virtually every plank of his platform, whether favoring the 1 percent over the 99 percent; preserving tax cuts for the super rich while the middle- and lower-income classes sink deeper in debt; advocating war with Iran, when attacking Iran would duplicate and compound the error of attacking Iraq; opposing fully equal rights for non-heterosexuals; returning women’s reproductive rights to the Dark Ages; etc.

How can we make progress in better directions if our president has the wrong goals? How can we trust his goals if we can’t possibly know them, because he constantly waffles and flip-flops in search of votes?

Will Tennesseans help Romney turn the White House into the Waffle House, by voting for a man who is either a bigot too cowardly to publicly confess his bigotry, or such a shyster that he pretends to be a bigot in order to amass votes when speaking to conservatives, then pretends to be more enlightened when speaking to liberals?

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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120 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 8/17/12 at 5:49

Mike,

American Unions invest in cayman island IRAs. Can't only blame Romney.

Even if Romney has IRAs in the cayman islands, it doesn't take alleviate the 41+ months of the unemployment rate over 8% with Barack Obama, even after spending nearly a trillion of tax payers' dollars to fund his donors' investments throug Obama's "PUBLIC Equity" failures.

By: yogiman on 8/17/12 at 5:52

Rasputin72,

I hope you lose your a$$ on that bet. If Barry usurps that office again, you can kiss the USA goodbye. I hear things differently from you.

Congress is the obvious reason our nation is going to hell now. They learned they had the power to control the nation and they're taking full advantage of that now. Congress is a career, not a service to the people.

Well, we, and our ancestors, have had a great nation for over 200 years now. I just feel bad about what our descendants are getting. Hopefully, they can take it back over and renew it back like the old nation.

By: yogiman on 8/17/12 at 6:09

dargent7,

What proof do you have Mitt Romney and his wife aren't honest, dargent7? Only your mental attitude or your thoughts? An honest man wouldn't make a false accusation. So, do you have proof they're dishonest?

And you gripe Mitt, nor any of their sons volunteered to go in our services. Don't you know what volunteer means, dargent7? Tell me, what branch of service did you volunteer to serve in?

I served in the Navy..., as a volunteer. Which branch did you volunteer to serve in?

Barry seems to be your man; so what branch of service did he volunteer to serve in? And yes, foreigners can volunteer to serve in the US services.

And I would agree, after serving 4 years they should be considered to have earned their citizenship if they wanted it. But I served with some men of other nations who didn't want to become American citizens. They just wanted to go back home when they were discharged.

By: budlight on 8/17/12 at 9:52

"A good case in point is the recent “Chick-fil-A appreciation day,” which had Tennesseans standing in long lines to support homophobia." said by Mr. Burch.

Mr. Burch, you are not as intelligent as I once thought. The appreciation day was not about sex, it was about free speech.

And the guy who owns "Crumb and Get It" in Radford VA also stood up to Biden and said what he believed -- and that he disagreed with Obama -- and his business had to shut down early because they sold out of food (some actually purchased by Biden's own secret service).

So no, Burch, you are off on this one.

And why don't you talk about Obama's gaffs and waffles? "YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT" IS A PRIMARY ONE.

By: budlight on 8/17/12 at 9:54

By: MusicCity615 on 8/17/12 at 5:49
Mike,

American Unions invest in cayman island IRAs. Can't only blame Romney.

Even if Romney has IRAs in the cayman islands, it doesn't take alleviate the 41+ months of the unemployment rate over 8% with Barack Obama, even after spending nearly a trillion of tax payers' dollars to fund his donors' investments throug Obama's "PUBLIC Equity" failures.

You argument is too logical MusicCity615. The libs on this site don't get logic. And I agree with what you said. American Union are big business and they are backing Obama, so is that OK, Mike?

By: Ask01 on 8/18/12 at 6:40

After much reflection and serious contemplation, I have to say I don't believe "You didn't build that..." is the serious gaffe some have attempted to spin.

Having said that, I will concede that, if a person operated a business alone, with no help from anyone, including customers, I will admit they did indeed make their own success.

However, if they accepted any aid, to include business loans, employees, (even unpaid relatives) tax accountants, advertising, and people patronizing their business, that entepreneur cannot claim the title of self made man.

Why do I include customers? For the simple fact, even if a business owner did provide all their funding, an instance which would certainly attract the attention of the IRS, built a facility with their own two hands, and solely operated the business, kept the books, ordered supplies, maintained the equipment, and performed all the other functions, even mopping the floors and mowing the grass, without customers, everything is moot.

In short, no matter how pompously someone may declare themselves to be a self made success, they lie. Businesses succeed or fail because the operation is a team effort.

Owners have the right to a profit, but employees deserve an adequate share of that profit for doing their part. Employers expect and are entitled to loyalty from those they hire. Likewise, those workers are entitled to reciprocal loyalty for faithful service.

Too many of those at the upper end have forgotten, and in fact totally disregard, the fact dedicated, loyal, workers have allowed them to enjoy the fruits their and other labor.

The time has come for those ignoring the truth to reverse their cranial rectal inversion and smell fresh air. Once the excrement has fallen from their ears and eyes, they need to acknowledge those who built their fortune and recognize their obligation to adequately compensate their labors.

So, no, you didn't build that. Not alone in any case.

By: dargent7 on 8/18/12 at 7:04

Sat. 08/18
Yogi, being that you're 85, you're right, myself at 52, I "didn't serve" in WWII or Vietnam.
Romney , at 65, was eligible and fled to France to do "missionary work" for the cult church he belonged to.
And, all 5 sons can't enlist under a father who champions Bush I & II's wars?
Obama is only 51. You idiots can't seem to comprehend he was 10 years old during Vietnam and eventually enrolled in college, graduated, and went on to become a Professor. No educated person drops out of college to fight in Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or whatever the Bush twins came up with.
The "south" cannot wrap their heads or arms around advanced, higher, education. Pure and simple.
Go attack a foreign country based on lies...now that they can embrace.

By: yogiman on 8/18/12 at 7:59

dargent7,

I don't know where you got my age from, but I'm not 85 years old yet, I'll be 82 next month so I only have 30 years more valuable experience than you. And believe me, experience is valuable education. And I don't know if I'll want to live to be 85 if Obama succeeds in usurping the presidency again in November. And don't be surprised if he makes a takeover attempt by martial law before the election. We can only hope congress doesn't back him on it by wanting that power under his command.

dargent7, you condemn Romney by saying he fled to France to do missionary work in his religion. I say, so what? Required service had been "put to rest" then. You only served as a volunteer only if you desired. Since the draft was banned after WWII, Many men have not volunteered to serve..., including you..

And since you admit you didn't volunteer, that's okay but you can so easily condemn Romney for not volunteering. You don't have to be in a war to volunteer, dargent7. We wasn't in a war when I volunteered but we got into one before I was discharged and I re-enlisted to serve in the Korean "conflict".

So it's okay for you and Obama not to serve but Mitt Romney and his sons should.

That, dargent7, is pure condemnation from an unjustified source. So your attitude is: Don't do as I do, just do as I think you should do. How ludicrous.

By: yogiman on 8/18/12 at 8:07

A step further, dargent7, you say it was okay Obama didn't have to volunteer because he "went to college". You actually don't know if he went to college or not, dargent7 because he refuses to prove it by showing his papers.

Mitt Romney should have stayed out of college and enlisted and all of his boys should have enlisted.

I think maybe you should go back to college or volunteer. You aren't too old today.

By: dargent7 on 8/18/12 at 8:49

Idiotic #1:
Romney went to Harvard's MBA and J.D.'s joint program.
He got them both in record time. He says he graduated, never taught or practiced law, but we all believe him.
Nobody is questioning, "if he really actually went there".
Nobody is asking for his transcripts, orals, dissertations, IQ score, SAT scores.
All America is asking for is his tax returns, which he is withholding, like Obama did his B.C.
So, what's he hiding?

By: yogiman on 8/18/12 at 8:58

Ask01,

If Obama is as perfect as so many think he is, he wasn't thinking about "your" business being built by yourself and your employees when the time comes from the start of your business that you need employees.

Or did I get the wrong impression from his [way of speech] when he said; "you did not build your business, someone else did"? The way i understood him, he meant the government built the business for him. How? By the laws they pass he must abide by. It's a; you follow my rules or you don't go into business.

He has ignored the Constitution from day one when he went in office. So my biggest question is: Why did congress allow it to happen at the beginning, and why have they continued to allow it to happen now? Do they like being in power with him?

Much arguments have been, and are, being argued against Bush. The only reason I can see for sensible people voting for Obama is a time factor: They hated Bush through political, Democratic, arguments. The only thing they knew about Obama was he would be the first black President of the USA, so they voted for him not even knowing who he was.

Boy, did they make a mistake! He has put us twice deeper into debt in 3.5 years than Bush put us in in 8 years.

So how deeper do we go in debt if he stays in office (I should clarify that [we] as our children, grandchildren and great---- grandchildren in the future)?

By: yogiman on 8/18/12 at 10:30

dargent7,

May I make one more point for your consideration of Obama over Romney?

You condemn Mitt Romney for going to France for a religious purpose which you call a "cult church", yet you make no mention about Obama's religion. I'll argue all religions are cults by those who don't believe in them. A cult is simply a group of people sharing the same beliefs on any issue, be it religious or otherwise.

If you was a Mormon, would you consider your self a cult member? I doubt it; unless you was a true Mormon.

So, then I'll ask: What religion is superior to all others... yours, or mine?

Is the Islam religion Obama has mentioned being a member of a cult religion? I would believe them to be more cult inclined than the Mormon religion because of their belief you deserve be killed because you don't belong to that faith.

By: yogiman on 8/19/12 at 10:26

Just sitting here piddling, dargent7, and noticed your 8:49 post of yesterday where you made the comment about Mitt Romney. You addressed the recipient as idiotic #1: (presuming that was me). You made the comments:

"Romney went to Harvard's MBA and J.D.'s joint program.
"He got them both in record time. He says he graduated, never taught or practiced law, but we all believe him.
"Nobody is questioning, "if he really went there".
"Nobody is asking for his transcripts, orals, dissertations, IQ score, SAT scores.
"All American is asking for is his tax returns, which he is withholding, like Obama did his B.C.
"So what's he hiding?"

First, may I ask what is Obama hiding for refusing to show any of his papers? That includes his original birth certificate, his passports and his college records, just to name a few?

After all, Obama is sitting in the Oval Office and you would normally think the President of the USA would be an "up front" honest [man] to the citizens of this nation. So, doesn't his refusal to show any of his personal identifying papers make you wonder just who in the hell he is? It sure does me.

Romney presented what the law required by showing two years of his tax records. So, why is Obama insisting Romney show more of his personal records when he refuses to show any of his own personal records. Does he feel he shouldn't have to show any of his personal papers but Romney should?'s

Does he feel he shouldn't be asked to show his personal papers because he's President but Romney should because he's just running for that office?

If so, doesn't he remember being in the run for the office when he began sealing his personal records under lock and key? No one is exempt from our laws except foreigner in their home nation. Maybe he should take his papers back to Kenya.

By: yogiman on 8/19/12 at 10:29

Just sitting here piddling, dargent7, and noticed your 8:49 post of yesterday where you made the comment about Mitt Romney. You addressed the recipient as idiotic #1: (presuming that was me). You made the comments:

"Romney went to Harvard's MBA and J.D.'s joint program.
"He got them both in record time. He says he graduated, never taught or practiced law, but we all believe him.
"Nobody is questioning, "if he really went there".
"Nobody is asking for his transcripts, orals, dissertations, IQ score, SAT scores.
"All American is asking for is his tax returns, which he is withholding, like Obama did his B.C.
"So what's he hiding?"

First, may I ask what is Obama hiding for refusing to show any of his papers? That includes his original birth certificate, his passports and his college records, just to name a few?

After all, Obama is sitting in the Oval Office and you would normally think the President of the USA would be an "up front" honest [man] to the citizens of this nation. So, doesn't his refusal to show any of his personal identifying papers make you wonder just who in the hell he is? It sure does me.

Romney presented what the law required by showing two years of his tax records. So, why is Obama insisting Romney show more of his personal records when he refuses to show any of his own personal records. Does he feel he shouldn't have to show any of his personal papers but Romney should?'s

Does he feel he shouldn't be asked to show his personal papers because he's President but Romney should because he's just running for that office?

If so, doesn't he remember being in the run for the office when he began sealing his personal records under lock and key? No one is exempt from our laws except foreigner in their home nation. Maybe he should take his papers back to Kenya.

So, you ask; what's he (Romney) hiding? I'm asking: What's Obama hiding?

By: serr8d on 8/19/12 at 12:11

My Gawd, Burch, but you are a flame-throwing liar! Anything to get your base LWNJ's to read you inanity, right?

Chick fil A's appreciation was NOT about 'homophobia' (a far-Left creation if there ever was one; 'homophobia' is instinctual in the human species, a built-in safety device to ensure the survival of the species; as is the ostracism of cannabilism) but more about the mayors of certain large (read: left-wing hell-holes) cities using Government POwAH! to deprive a business from building. Chicago, San Francisco (who knew?) and Baltimore, if memory serves, all desired to shut their doors to Chik Fil A because Dan Cathy (a good man) had the temerity express his (a commonly held, by good men and women everywhere) sentiment that Traditional Marriage is good and proper, and the other marriage (damn them for wanting to steal that word!) is a sham. We will always have Traditional Marriage; you can have your non-Traditional whatevers-you-term-them. Remember that: Traditional Marriage™®, not for you.

But you fool Leftists had to make it into a "ME FIRST!" issue.

Idiotarians!

By: pswindle on 8/19/12 at 12:34

serr8d
Your thinking is where TN has gone: crude, crazy, church right-wing nuts and stupid. We are now joined by the hip to Alabama and Mississippi.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/19/12 at 1:02

The butter knif has gotten kick off another site.

By: Ask01 on 8/19/12 at 1:42

The owner of Chik-fil-A, Dan Cathy, has the absolute right to express his opinion about same sex marriage so long as he violates no laws preventing discrimination against those who support the concept.

Seems fair enough. I believe anyone who disagrees has the same right to publicly voice their opinion, without fear of reprisal.

City officials have the same right to express opinions as private citizens, but I have a bit of a problem, however, with civic leaders issuing proclamations as if public policy, since in this circumstance the personal opinion of Mr. Cathy does not seem to reflect a business policy against any group.

To borrow from the Bard, this all seems "Much Ado About Nothing."

If opponents of same sex marriage feel mass patronage of the business satisfactorily expresses their beliefs, more power to them. Aside from the suddenly besieged kitchen staff, I'm sure the traffic was appreciated.

Likewise, if proponents feel staging a mass "kiss in" or whatever they termed their assembly, so long as they didn't loiter or tresspass, purchased goods, did not impede customers, and didn't panic or stampede the masses, good on them.

In short, I feel this entire dust up was entirely a "manufactured crisis" designed to boost news media totals.

Just one persons opinion.

By: yogiman on 8/19/12 at 3:23

Good opinion, Ask01.

But it makes me wonder what the mayors of the cities mentioned thought when they said they would not allow Mr. Cathy to let them "build him a business" their cities. I guess they don't need the extra money that those businesses would bring into the city they were elected to represent.

A mayor's office is not a personal position for the office holder. They are elected to serve the people who are paying their salary, not over domineering rulers.

Will the people living in those cities re-elect the fools as they are?

By: yogiman on 8/19/12 at 5:16

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I think you'll enjoy.