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David Corn’s “List” Targets Gay Republicans By: Andrew Walden
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, October 11, 2006

In a column posted Oct 4 on his website in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal, David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, announces: “There’s a list going around. Those disseminating it call it ‘The List.’ It’s a roster of top-level Republican congressional aides who are gay.”

For the credulous, Corn announces, “I don’t fancy outing people.” He then continues with the real story explaining: “I have not objected when others have outed gay Republicans….” 

While Corn practically begs some anonymous blogger to post “The List” and violate the privacy of at least 13 GOP congressional staffers, he justifies the gross invasion of privacy by pointing the finger at Republicans and describing them as “a party that tries to limit the rights of gays and lesbians and that welcomes the support of those who demonize same-sexers.”

It is clearly Corn and others like him who are seeking to “limit the rights of gays and lesbians.” Corn’s description includes the names of two U.S. representatives and four senators who employ staffers named on Corn’s “List,” it includes the job titles of the targets and the number of targets holding each job title. From Corn’s description, anyone familiar with the staffs of the Congressmen in question can easily determine many of the names on “the List.” 

In particular, Corn and his ilk are trying to limit homosexuals to one party—the Democratic Party. Homosexuals who stray from Corn’s Democrat plantation will suddenly find their private and personal affairs made national news as punishment. As Corn explains in his article: “what about those GOPers who are gay and who serve a party that is anti-gay? Are they hypocrites, opportunists, or just confused individuals?” For Corn, these appear to be the only three possibilities, thus de-humanizing the victims of his witchhunt.  Apparently for the so-called advocate of gay rights David Corn, gays, unlike other citizens, can only be fully human if they are Democrats.  Corn continues, “Is it possible to support a party because you adhere to most of its tenets—even if that party refuses to recognize you as a full citizen?”

Corn implies “The List” is the result of “anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice."  But he then admits: “The List (is) drawn up by gay politicos….” If the 13 named on “The List” are the Republican gay staffers, then reasonably the unnamed “gay politicos” are Democrats. 

Corn doesn’t attempt to support his assertions that the GOP is anti-gay. He presumes his readers to be part of his belief system, leaving the rest of us to guess.

Perhaps Corn justifies this claim because the Florida Republican Mike Foley was so quickly forced out. Foley’s case stands in sharp contrast to that of Democrat Rep Gerry Studds who had sex with an underage male intern and was exposed in 1983. Studds announced he was gay, refused to apologize for engaging in underage sex and then continued to be reelected by his Democrat Massachusetts district until he retired in 1996.

It is doubtful any of Corn’s leftist co-thinkers will raise the question but Corn might want to ask himself whether equating gay rights with the “right” to engage in statutory rape helps to advance civil rights or social acceptance of gays.   

Corn and the Democrats push gay marriage as the cornerstone of an ongoing effort to transform a behavior—gay sex, which may be an occasional or even a one-time occurrence in a person’s life—into an identity similar to sex, race, or ethnicity. On one hand they are demanding that private sexual behavior be made public and in fact be legally registered. On the other hand the threat of public exposure is being used to herd politically active gays onto the Democrat dependency plantation. 

Democrats then position themselves as the protectors of that newly created “gay” public persona. In doing so, they create a new dependency group from which they will receive loyal votes—“protecting” gays from any gay bashers in the rest of society while making sure that privacy is gone.

As when one buys “protection” from the Mafia, Democrat “protection” also comes with a price. Corn is now coming around to collect.

Corn closes with this threat: “The men on The List might want to think hard about these questions—as they probably already have—for if I have a copy of The List, there’s a good chance it will be appearing soon on a website near everyone.”

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