Truth is stranger than fiction in our county, increasingly an outpost for vocal “wingnuts” in our Golden State. Our claim to fame is one of the most conservative and inflexible politicians in Congress — Tom McClintock — as well as the home of Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler.
Increasingly the contrary thinking crosses the line to a theater of the absurd.
This weekend, local “wingnut” blogger George Rebane — happily invited by the Sacramento Bee to become a member of its blogging network, as well as a columnist in The Union and commentator on KVMR — posted an item “Lovers in a foxhole.” Yup, that was the title.
Rebane basically argues that amorous gays and lesbians could somehow compromise our national security when holing up in a foxhole, so the newly passed legislation is flawed.
Never mind that the same argument has been applied in the past, as the military gradually joins the rest of the world in honoring civil rights.
Then George says “straight up,” he’s not homophobic. This is the same commentator who previously has referred to Muslims as “ragheads” (only the bad ones, though, he argues). He’s OK with throwing around terms like “anchor baby” too.
George’s buddy entered the “debate” too. “The military is now Castro Street. Lovely,” wrote Todd Juvinall, a former county supervisor, no less. (Both are friends of The Union’s editor/publisher and Barry Pruett, whose wife works for McClintock).
Not surprisingly, George and Todd were widely called out on their rationale for supporting the “Lovers in a foxhole” post. But both stuck to their guns. Todd joked he was referring to Castro Street in Albuquerque.
The news director at KVMR civilly disagreed with George on his blog. He also said Barry Goldwater wouldn’t be considered a conservative nowadays.
Sure he would — just not in our neck of the woods, where we harbor right-wing radicals who are making us the “freak show” of California politics.