Am I wearing my feelings on my sleeve? When Ann Romney addressed the Republican National Convention, she made much ado about her marriage, asking, rhetorically, if it was "an ideal marriage," then answering no, that it was a real marriage" (great emphasis on the "real," to huge applause). Now, you might say that I am taking this out of context when I suggest that there is a coded message to the anti-lgbt/queer evangelical and Tea Party types in the audience. But think, anti-abortion advocates call themselves "pro-life," implying that pro choice people are anti-life. These people have well-paid specialists at linguistic torture, men like Frank Luntz, standing in the wings. Isn't it a wee bit possible "real marriage" translates to straight, as opposed to "gay" or "lesbian" marriage?
Pointedly, her comments after the statement included the observation that when she had her children, Mitt was right there with her at the hospital. Think: gays and lesbians are often excluded from hospital visits when the policy of the hospital is that under some circumstances (e.g. critical care unit recuperation) ONLY family members are permitted to exercise visitation. "I'm sorry, no one but family members are admitted at this time." This is one of those rights straights enjoy that are forbidden to same-sex couples except in states where their marriages -- or unions -- are permitted.
Even in this A|N group I feel I have to justify my comments on such matters because, after all, this website is all about atheism. Well, it isn't difficult to explain the importance of this issue on an atheist website. The only possible justification anyone could have for being homophobic is dogma: all the monotheistic religions base their anti-gay positions on scriptural prohibitions. Of course, many of the family visitors at the hospital shave themselves before they go, or eat a big shrimp dinner, or go the church on Sunday when the O.T. commands honoring the Sabbath on Friday nights at sundown. That the believers cling to a few select religious laws and forsake the others makes the argument for same sex marriage all the stronger. That is, believers have long ago abandoned some Biblical and Shariah laws because they are seen as archaic and inapplicable to the way we are today. Why not anti-gay as well?
There was much coded language at the RNC which was anti-gay and anti-minority. Besides the multiple lies and half-truths, they made it very obvious of who they were trying to attract. While Ann Romney Told women that she loved them, their anti-female policies speak volumes. When Romney mentioned taking care of the poor and the sick there was no applause.
Polls show that they have little support from gays, racial minorities, and women. So what they are doing is actually appealing to straight white males who base their decisions on prejudice. When Ann Romney said that she loved wives and mothers, she was appealing to males who want to return to the 1950's.
Also, parading a bunch of minorities before the RNC only serves to fuel those same white males by saying that they have their fair share of minorities. Of course, most people of racial minorities, and gay people, know that it is not who you parade on stage, but the issues you support.
As to your second paragraph, I must assume you mean that the average Republican today would fit right with the characters on AMC'S hit show, Mad Men. Touche'.
I write tortured sentences, too, and although I never thought about it this way, I realize you're right. The comparison might be made to TV'S Mad Men. Mormon style. Uh, wait, is that the Angel Moroni I hear calling me? No, that's just Ann.
That's what I was thinking, too. Because of the analogy to anti-abortionists. They call themselves pro-life because it implies anyone pro-abortion is pro death.
The Republican party has long used dog-whistle politics. As such, even if Mrs. MoneyRomney is not using dog whistle language in her speech, it's still to be expected that we think she is. Oh what a tangled web we weave..... we can't tell who is saying what. If she says "real marriage" and she is speaking for the anti-LGBT party, comes from an active, successful, and well funded anti-LGBT church, then the only reasonable conclusion is that she's using "real marriage" as her dog whistle too. "Here fido. Special treat for you! Here doggie doggie".
Also an interesting essay on the topic from DKospedia.
Only, she wouldn't be feeding Fido a special treat. Remember, he's up on the roof of the car.