Real Time host Bill Maher thought he had a good soundbite when he compared Congressional Republicans to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but was quickly one-upped by “It gets better” LGBT activist Dan Savage, who said “Unfortunately not exactly like him. I wish they were all f**kin’ dead.”Of course, Mediaite forgot to mention that Dan Savage also recently came out, in a New York Times piece, openly supporting adultery while admitting to being in a "monogamish" (i.e. "open") relationship with his "husband"--this while recent reports show that gay men are far more promiscuous and more likely to catch HIV/AIDS than their lesbian counterparts. Mind you Savage is also the same hypocritical (imagine how much his panties would get all in a bunch if a Conservative ever said they "wish all gays were dead") loon who the likes of MSNBC, Olbermann and other leftwing bigots take seriously as an "expert" on politics. Indeed, Dan Savage is the face of the morally bankrupt Left.
Dan Savage’s “It gets better” campaign has been hugely successful, even embraced by the President, and what people often lose sight of is the fact that those messages resonate with all kids, not just LGBT youth. All kinds of kids suffer, and die, from the kind of bullying that “It gets better” strives to put into perspective.
If that makes Savage angry, he’s not alone, but anger isn’t the problem. Properly focused anger can be a powerful motivator, and a spark to real change. The campaign to smear Obama administration safe schools czar Kevin Jennings made me very angry, but it didn’t make me wish Sean Hannity dead, it made me wish him honest, and made me wish his viewers smarter.
It is Savage’s correct life-or-death view of LGBT issues that motivated the campaign, but also that motivates him to do things which undermine that campaign, and its message. Whether it’s wishing all of the Republicans in Congress were dead, or wiping flu boogers on phones as an undercover volunteer at a Republican campaign headquarters, when that view transforms from anger to hatred that Savage undercuts his ability to be an effective messenger, at least to those not already in the choir.
Even anger can trip you up, though. Friday night’s Real Time was marked, not only by controversial statements, but by a weird hostility toward panelist Mark Cuban, who got attacked several times before he could make what were excellent points. The best of these was the fact that taxes, increased or cut, have little or no impact on job creation. Like Thom Hartmann has said many times, it is demand that creates jobs, and as Cuban said last night, it is innovation that creates demand.