By Curtis Means
New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has recently been in the news for his apparent anti gay rhetoric and subsequent retraction that really wasn’t a retraction at all. His apology for his comments that ” may have offended the gay and lesbian community ” should be viewed as just what it sounds like, which is a politician that does not want to show his true colors and agenda. For Mr Paladino to make such remarks in the first place flys in the face of logic and begs the question as to whether he and other candidates of the “Tea Party” are worthy options on todays political stage.
For Mr Paladino to make such remarks in light of the recent rash of anti gay hate crimes and then make an apology for comments that “may” have offend the LGBT community is laughable at best and tragic in its own light. Lets be clear here, his comments did not almost or probably offend the LGBT community , it DID offend them and the apology should recognize this fact. He should recognize the impact of his comments and provide some sort of reasoning to his thinking in having made such idiotic comments in the first place. Then his apology should be whole-hearted and complete, not some sound bite that is protective of his goals to be a powerful person in Albany. I for one have been watching the antics of Mr Paladino out of the corner of my eye because I did not perceive him as a threat over Mr Cuomo for the governor’s seat, but since his blowup with the New York Post reporter and now this I am seeing him for what he is , which is a power-hungry buffoon hell-bent on grabbing power by playing to the publics frustration over recent economic and sociological changes.
Mr Paladino, Sarah Palin and the others in the tea party are well aware of the dynamics being played out across the country and are actively trying to tap into it for their own gains. It happens every couple of decades in this country like clockwork, major change begins to occur, people are unprepared and fearful of it and as a consequence become resistant to it because they simply want there lives to go on as they planned. One side of the population start the process and the other side of the population is usually resistant. In this case it is the progressive, youthful and non traditional side that is causing the change while the conservative, older and traditional side is resisting. So in actually the change that the tea party and their participants tout is basically just the status quo and not change at all.
So as they adopt the new slogan of the party of ” Hell No” they are really saying ” Hell No” to change, ” Hell No” to further presidents being non traditional, ” Hell No” to any member of the LGBT community sharing the same rights as a ‘straight person” , ” Hell No”gays serving openly in the military, ” Hell No” to the rich being held accountable for risky behavior that almost collapsed this economy, and most of all ” Hell No” to the future that may exist without them .