If you don’t know the story of Languatron, then my opening analogy will be lost on you. To summarize, Languatron is a lunatic in Chicago who thinks I am Glen A. Larson, the creator of Battlestar Galactica. We have never met, nor shall we ever meet, but he hates me more than life itself.
To further summarize, Languatron is a big, big fan of Battlestar Galactica, and so am I. Yet Languatron is louder than I am. And dumber than I am. And he opens his big yap every chance he gets to articulate loopy conspiracy theories and hurl insults. It has reached the point, among my tiny, pathetic world of online Battlestar Galactica devotees, that many have come to believe that Languatron represents the entirety of Galactica fandom, and I don’t like that one bit. Languatron does not represent me, nor does he speak for me.
Utah State Senator Chris Buttars is giving me Languatronic-style hives.
I’ve beaten up on Chris Buttars in this blog before, and I’ve met Senator Buttars on several occasions. I have no desire to pile on, as he’s going through quite the rough patch these past few days, but I feel it necessary to disassociate myself from his imbecility. He’s a Utah Republican; I’m a Utah Republican. That’s where the similarity ends.
He does not speak for me.
If you haven’t followed this story and you’re wondering why he doesn’t speak for me, allow me to give you some of the money quotes:
Speaking of homosexuals, who make him “sick,” he said the following: “They’re mean. They want to talk about being nice. They’re the meanest buggers I have ever seen… They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”
What utter crap.
I’ve been a very vocal proponent of traditional marriage even in the face of accusations that I’m a hate-filled bigot, that, secretly, when I’m alone with my fellow evil Republicans, I say Buttars-like things, and in my heart of hearts, I’m filled with Buttars-like thoughts. Many on the other side of this issue will sieze on these kinds of remarks and say, “See? THIS is who they really are! THIS is what they really believe!”
I want it stated for the record that this is categorically untrue.
I can’t speak for Chris Buttars. I can’t even speak for the Republican Party. I can only speak for me. And from my perspective, we face many grave challenges in this country – economic, military, and all the rest. Using that hierarchy, the private sexual behavior of consenting adults doesn’t come close to making the list. At all. I’ve spoken to a number of Republicans who have been forced to deal with this firsthand, and, to a person, each of them is equally aghast at Buttars’ remarks. The Legislature has wisely stripped him of some leadership assignments, and they’re trying to figure out what to do next.
Chris Buttars is an embarrassment. I don’t know that the Senate has grounds to remove him for this kind of idiocy, but the state, the GOP, and the world at large would be in a much better place if the man had the decency to resign.
Now if I could only get Languatron to do the same…