Thursday, April 28, 2011

William Donald Schaefer

The late William Donald Schaefer, former governor of my old home state, in my mind embodied everything wrong with Maryland's political culture: provincialism, a might-makes-right ethos, redistribution of wealth from the political have-nots to the political haves, the view that rules and responsibilities are for other people, "solving" problems by putting makeup on a cancer lesion, and the belief that government involvement is both necessary and sufficient for everything good. He would have made a wonderful villain in an Ayn Rand novel.

Rumors have long circulated that Schaefer was on the DL. Some commentators argue that he could have done much good by coming out. Nonetheless, I do not particularly want people like Schaefer playing for my team, as they would confirm the stereotype of LGBT activists as moochers and looters.


Donny D. said...

Among whom exactly is there a "stereotype of LGBT activists as moochers and looters"?

The Heterodox Homosexual said...

Among plenty of politically active people outside of the progressive left. When I was more active in politics than I am now, I routinely heard people express surprise that not all LGBT activists were for bigger government, as well as accusations that we wanted to live irresponsible lives and let the taxpayers pick up the pieces.