Dave Agema (R-MI) is a former state representative and currently one of the state's reps to the Republican National Committee. And oh - lookie here - he's a gray-haired white dude! NO FREAKING WAY OMG:
He also just claimed that "gays only want free health care because they are dying of AIDS."
And there you have it, folks. FRESH FREAKING MEAT FOR LIBERALS!!!!!! YAAAAAY!!!!!!!!
This REPUBLICAN (as well as other Republicans like him) is one of the handful of reasons that I get migraines. And also one of the handful of reasons that Mock and I started this site almost five years ago. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket. Conservatism is in desperate need of a makeover. And guys like Dave Agema DO NOT HELP OUR PARTY AT ALL.
In fact, THEY ARE KILLING IT. If you disagree with me on this, simply because you don't believe in calling out "your own," well....you're wrong.
Here's more of what he said, in addition to basically claiming that everyone who's gay has AIDS:
‘Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they're dying (when they're) between 30 and 44 years old,’ he said, according to the Herald-Palladium.
‘To me, it's a moral issue, it's a Biblical issue,’ he continued. ‘Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong.’
The controversial stance, he explained, comes from his observations of gay co-workers at American Airlines claiming AIDS-infected people were their spouses so they could receive health insurance.
‘I stand for traditional marriage, no homosexual ones,’ he proclaimed.
And bizarrely enough, his "remarks came during a speech urging the different factions of the Republican party to come together."
What Dave here doesn't realize is that a person can actually NOT believe in gay marriage, and they can still believe that gay people are freaking PEOPLE. I mean, you may have biblical "issues" with a homosexual couple getting married in your church - that's totally your prerogative. To each his own, and everyone has a right to believe what they want from a religious perspective. No one should be forced to believe otherwise. But to lump all gay people into a group that has AIDS? To demean them? To post an article that calls gay people "filthy" (which he did on his Facebook page back in April, by the way)?
Well, that sucks. And you're precisely one of the big reasons that our party is losing elections. And why the big ol' burning house we find ourselves in right now just keeps on burning, while liberals feast their eyes on the little broken windows and turn the country's attention away from the smoldering blaze.
Before you come at me, so-called conservatives out there, for "bashing my own", I'll have you know that I can't claim this dude. And if he'd open his eyes long enough to see past his safe little political bubble, he'd realize that when he preaches about the "different factions of the Republican party coming together," one of those factions includes GAY CONSERVATIVES.
They exist. They're actual PEOPLE. Get over it already or for crying out loud, go find a nice job as a Walmart greeter or something. Because you have NO business doing what you're doing.
UPDATE (12/11): I've received emails that I'm an "ageist" for saying that this man should be a Walmart greeter based on his gray hair. So I'd like to change that to ..."go find a job as a street mime." That would work better. I apologize for the confusion.
UPDATE 2 (12/14): I erroneously said that Agema himself called gay people filthy. Apparently, Agema posted an article on his Facebook page back in April that referred to gay people as "filthy." So it was the article on his page that did the filthy-calling, rather than Agema directly.
And, to further reiterate my point, please see my follow-up post here.