I definitely think that Rick Santorum's quote was (probably accidentally) revealing of conservative attitudes about sex. In an attempt to explain why he supports banning gays in the military but doesn't want this to be characterized as bigotry, Santorum said this:
I — I would say, any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they’re making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to — to — and removing “don’t ask/don’t tell” I think tries to inject social policy into the military.
What made this comment so eye-rolling is that he's functionally trying to claim that people who have any kind of sexual activity with the opposite sex are already banned, and therefore letting gay people in is a "special" right. That's literally the only way this makes sense. But in a fucked-up way, I think he probably does believe a variation of that. There's just a deep-set sense with the religious right that sex is just inherently perveted. This is a statement of a man who probably begs for forgivenness every time he ejaculates. That's why they insist that contraception even within marriage is an iffy proposition—if you're going to be so dirty, you should at least pay for it somehow.
Which isn't to say they see straight and gay sex the same. It's more like straight sex is the marijuana/alcohol of sex, and gay sex is the cocaine. It's more taboo in their minds, so it's somehow more sexual. So he's approaching it like you would if you were a big enough dip to say, "Drinking and drugging has no place in the military," with the full understanding that you'll look the other way when it comes to the drinking, but you'll boot someone immediately for cocaine. So pointing out that Santorum has 4 kids with his wife sounds, to him, like someone doing a line claiming it's the same as someone who has a glass of wine with dinner.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday said that a "meltdown" on the part of President Donald Trump came after she questioned the logic of his military leadership.
At her weekly press conference, Pelosi explained the details of a meeting on Syria that took place at the White House on Wednesday.
"I also pointed out to the president I had concerns that all roads seemed to lead to Putin," the Speaker recalled. "The Russians have been trying to get a hold in the Middle East unsuccessfully and now the president has given them an opportunity with the Kurds reaching out to them for support in Syria."
Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) received $125,000 in emergency stabilization payments for his farms, as part of the bailout program authorized by President Donald Trump to help farmers avoid losses due to the trade war with China.
Justice, a Trump-loving business magnate who briefly switched to the Democratic Party to run for governor of West Virginia and switched back to the GOP after the election, hardly fits the profile of a struggling farmer. He is worth $1.5 billion, and owns over 50 businesses, including a network of coal mines and the Greenbriar luxury resort, a popular gathering place for Republican officials.
Here’s why Sondland’s testimony is devastating to Trump — whether he wants it to be or not
Veteran Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald outlined in a thread that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered testimony to the House that was devastating for President Donald Trump whether Sondland wanted it to be or not.
"While wrapped in diplomatic-speak and hemming-and-hawing, the statement of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to European Union, is devastating to Trump and Giuliani," Eichenwald said. "Given the surrounding evidence, either Giuliani has to say he lied to Sondland, or Trump has to be impeached it is important to dig through it, because, while quite clear on most dates, it takes jumping a bit around in the statement to figure out the date of the key event."