In response to requests from its numerous gay employees, and to affirm its support for America the Historically Diverse, the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA, unfurled a rainbow flag.
One day later, Bob Marshall, a Republican in the House of Delegates and an outspoken opponent on gay rights issues, was moved to write a letter to the bank’s president, saying that the flag was inappropriate for a quasi-governmental entity.
Gay and lesbian “behavior,” he wrote, “undermines the American economy, shortens lives, adds significantly to illness, increases health costs, promotes venereal diseases,” among other things.
Mr. Marshall, 67, has been vocal on gay issues. He told The Washington Post last year that he was concerned gay troops would spread venereal disease. He was also a sponsor of Virginia’s ban on gay marriage. — NYTimes
Point #1: the Federal Reserve is a private company, not a “quasi-governmental” entity (whatever the hell THAT’s supposed to be), so if they want to wave a Rainbow flag, they can. They can wave a Nazi, Taliban, or NRA flag, but they won’t. However, my favorite guess is that if they did, Mr. Marshall would defend their decision as an expression of first amendment rights.
Point #2: Delegate Marshall’s conclusions — the ones about undermining the American economy and promoting venereal diseases — are so embarrassingly baseless and stupid that even the backasswards hinds who comprise the electorate of the state of Virginia should consider lynching his ass for the sake of good taste.
Lynching, of course, is a venerable tradition among Virginians, although the record points to mobs of white people perpetrating their cultural on helpless Blacks. Remember, too, that Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, where the racist pulse of treasonous rednecks beats most passionately. So the rainbow flag just inflames the imbeciles even further.
That is important in Virginia, said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, because House Republicans have twice blocked a bill that would protect state employees from discrimination by sexual orientation.
Rainbows, which festoon entire neighborhoods in some cities during gay pride month, are hard to spot in Richmond, and Mr. Parrish said the flag outside the bank was “noticeable.”
“This is not Greenwich Village or Hell’s Kitchen,” he said.
No, Mr. Parish, it’s not — but at least in Delegate Marshall you have the next best substitute — the Village Idiot from Hell as your spokesthing. It’s always beneficial and informative to place a human face on the spirit of hatred and ignorance, and Mr. Marshall serves this function admirably.
One word of caution, though, for all parties : before bestowing any honors or accolades, make certain he’s not another closet homosexual acting out his own self-loathing for both psychological and professional advantage. Not that this would be an unwelcome discovery, it’s just that we as a nation haven’t quite finished with the saga of Tony D. Weiner, and there’s only so much nauseating sleaze and disgust we as a citizenry can deal with at any given moment. Although god knows, our leaders constantly challenge us.
“We get the government they deserve.” — Kevlar de Tocqueville