I truly don't dislike Hillary Clinton. At least not to the extent I dislike, say, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or President Obama himself. And by dislike I do not mean "hate", but simply "vehemently disagree with and detest their worldview." Hillary Clinton, perhaps by the default of being surrounded by such far-Left progressives in the current administration, has struck me as increasingly pragmatic and even-keeled. Maybe Madame Secretary was weening herself off the progressive ledge, I thought?
I was wrong.
This speech she gave in Geneva last week at the International Human Rights Day is, in my opinion, everything that is wrong with secular-progressive-liberal thinking. Here's a short clip from that speech.
Now I have to say that I stand side-by-side with anyone who vocalizes what all reasonable people believe: gay people are human beings with inalienable rights and are to be treated with respect and dignity, same as all Creator-endowed peoples. In other countries, specifically Muslim ones, gay people are routinely mistreated and in some cases murdered for their "crimes." This is disgusting and deplorable.
But in the speech, what riled me most were three specific points Clinton made.
1) That religious objections to homosexuality shouldn't play a part in the discussion of something like gay marriage's legality. Why I choose to vote or not vote for something (or some one) is entirely my business. The Left quotes Scripture to us when they want "social justice" implemented, but let a God-fearing conservative voice any dissent on any social issue and get ready for an overwhelming flood of "We don't live in a theocracy" and "Separation of church/state" comments. Obama goes to a radical church for 20 years? Who cares, say the media. George W. Bush says Jesus was his favorite philosopher and that he prays every day for the country/troops, and you would've thought a Methodist caliphate had been ushered in.
Some might say, "But she only directed that at Muslim countries where religious zealots believe homosexuality is a sin punishable by death." Thomas Sowell would call you a stage-one thinker should you say something like that. The real aim here of progressives isn't just to help suffering gays in Sharia-run countries - a noble and indeed important task. The real aim is to fundamentally transform Western society by removing gender distinctions and "normalizing" gay marriage. My evidence for this is point #2...
2) Hillary apologized for "my own country's" flaws when it comes to the treatment of LGBT's. Phwaaaa? The freest, most prosperous, most tolerant nation on the face of the earth? That country? She doesn't care as much about the murderous regimes in, again, mostly Muslim countries, but chooses to critique America on the world stage. What else could she possibly be talking about other than the fact that in every state gay marriage has been put on the ballot, the American people have said, "Thanks, but no thanks"??? We have NOTHING to apologize for. If liberals want to know what drives sensible conservatives most batty about their general demeanor, rhetoric, and worldview, this is Exhibit A. Self-flagellation for the sake of self-flagellation (and for the sake of not-so-subtly attacking Red State voters).
3) Clinton's entire argument in the speech was grounded in some convoluted, politically correct "rights belong to humans and gay people are humans so gay people have rights." There is SOOOO much that could be said here, but let me finish my post by simply saying that it is not enough to say that humans deserve rights because humans deserve rights. There is no depth to that claim. There is no accountability. There is no anchor to ground an gird those rights. Rights either come from God, or they are human constructions that can be taken away, replaced, or removed (like in those countries where secular-progressive ideology won out in the 20th century and more than 100 million people perished from the face of the earth from all of those "workers' rights" they were promised).
Thanks for indulging me. Look forward to your responses!