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Michigan Bigot Wants Republican Unity

Dave Agema is a former state representative here in Michigan and now he is one of the state’s two members of the Republican National Committee. He’s extremely far right in every imaginable way and incredibly bigoted against gay people. Little surprise that he loves the Tea Party:

“We cannot win without the independents and the Tea Party, so get over it, folks,” Agema said. “You’re going to have to get along with those folks.”…

He said the Democratic Party is big on trying to get the Republican Party and the Tea Party to split.

“Don’t let them do it,” he said. “We should be saying, ‘We’re not divided. We’re just united against Obama’ … and we don’t want any kind of leaders in leadership positions that have voted for the garbage he has passed.”

So the only thing they can unite around is that they’re against Obama. That’ll make a good platform. And as always, he had to throw in at least one moronic and bigoted statement:

He said among his priorities is protecting traditional marriage.

“I stand for traditional marriage, no homosexual ones,” he said. “… The family unit is the basic unit in society. When you tear the family apart, you tear the country apart.”

Which is why he works so hard to prevent the formation of more families and deny those protections to families headed by gay people. Because families are great.

He has taken flak nationally for his stance against gay marriage, but he said he doesn’t mind because while working at American Airlines, he saw firsthand what happens when benefits are extended to gay people.

He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.

“Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old,” he said. “To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it’s in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong.”

Ah yes, that old lie about gay people dying in their 40s, from a ridiculously invalid “study” by fraudulent bigot Paul Cameron. Reality simply does not matter to these people.

Comments

  1. says

    “He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.”
    Surely that’s more of an argument for a single-payer/national health service than against gays?

  2. unbound says

    @richardelguru – Now, now. Don’t ever bring logic to a conservative fight. They only know how to respond with guns, and you will likely just end up shot while they scream, “Because we are loving, caring Christians!!”

  3. Doug Little says

    “To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it’s in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong.”

    No it sounds more like it’s a massive asshole issue.

  4. eric says

    “We cannot win without the independents and the Tea Party, so get over it, folks,” Agema said.

    Given that one group wants a centrist and the other group is radically opposed to any candidate that even fakes centrism in the general part of the election, this is going to be a problem for the GOP.

  5. says

    “We have to stay unified in our total and complete opposition to Obama, purge the Establisment Republicans, keep the Teabaggers, and grab the independents.”

  6. plutosdad says

    You know, if gay marriage were legal, then companies could eliminate benefits for domestic partners and instead only extend them to married couples. Then both gay and straight couples could not claim a relationship was more than it was just for benefits – they’d have to get married to prove it.

    His fraud argument is actually FOR same sex marriage, not against.

  7. karmacat says

    Eric Cantor recently said something similar that the GOP have to work together. He attributes the GOP losses in Virginia to GOP divisions rather than the actual issues of extreme religious right wing policies and corruption charges of the current governor and of Cuccinelli. Supposedly, Eric Cantor is the “smart” one in congress.

  8. sinned34 says

    The immoral fiends.

    How dare those sodomist activists be willing to commit insurance fraud to save somebody’s life! Why, it’s like they have no morals whatsoever, ripping off innocent insurance companies like that!

    The honorable thing to do would be to let the Invisible Hand Of The Market (peace be upon Him) slowly torture those sodomites to death. After all, even without insurance, they chose to life that abhorrent lifestyle that we all know leads to an early death, so they deserve their fate.

  9. dingojack says

    Michigan Bigot Wants Republican Unity

    … and I want to shag Brit Eckland, but what are you going to do? – DCI Gene Hunt.

    Dingo

  10. Chiroptera says

    He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.

    Huh. I’ve known an opposite sex couples who maintained a marriage for no other reason than because one partner needed to remain on the other’s health care plan.

    As someone has stated, this is a problem with the way health care is distribute in the US, not a problem with same sex marriage.

  11. freehand says

    When I unscrupulously argue a political position by using straw men, I try to use imaginary people who are horrid. But Agema imagines people who sound pretty decent. I find this both telling and amusing. Is it that he cannot successfully imagine what a horrid person looks like to decent people, or does he simply find decent people horrible, and never understands why his arguments persuade nobody?

  12. raven says

    He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.

    Oh, mythology. I doubt this is even true and he can document it.

    FWIW, it is generally quite easy for HIV/AIDS patients to get government paid treatment. It is cheaper to give them ARV’s than to treat late stage AIDS. Plus, patients on ARV’s are much less able to spread HIV by unsafe sex.

    No one who is HIV/AIDS should have to commit insurance fraud to get adequate medical care.

    PS He, Agema, also igores the fact that a significant number of HIV/AIDS patients are…heterosexual. Worldwide it is most of them, in the USA around a third.

  13. brianwestley says

    He said American Airlines workers would say a person with AIDS was their lover so that person could get medical benefits.

    It’s even more ridiculous than that; if gays can’t get married, then you can end up with unofficial relationships like the above, which is more prone to abuse/misrepresentation/etc.

    But with legal gay marriage, the above loophole no longer exists! American Airlines just goes back to medical coverage for legal spouses.

    So to avoid any pretext of underhandedness, obviously M.r Agema should be all in favor of legal gay marriage.

  14. raven says

    “Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old,” he said. “To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue.

    Oh gee, what a hate filled monster.

    I suppose his biblical solution is to just let people who can’t afford medical care die. After all, who would jesus kill?

  15. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Well, I’m late to this party, but yes,

    “Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying (when they’re) between 30 and 44 years old,” he said. “To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue.

    clearly states that the moral thing to do is to kill the queers. I wish he would just frame it openly so we could deal with it honestly. There’s nothing more frustrating than a “values” politician whose values include rampant deceit.

  16. DonDueed says

    plutosdad and brianwestley,

    Actually, benefits for unmarried employees’ partners were established for the sake of heterosexual couples originally. It started in the 70s when an increasing number of people chose to live together without marrying.

    Of course, that was back when companies actually had to do things to attract employees beyond, you know, offering to pay them a bit.

  17. cptdoom says

    Let’s see, I’ll be 47 in a couple months & at a Labor Day Weekend getaway for the Friends of Dorothy this year was one of the younger guys there. OMG we’ve all become Bruce Willis from the Sixth Sense.

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