Republican Primary 2012?
I have not been paying (obsessive) attention to the Republican Primary. This death march to the White House has left careers, marriages, scandals, and viral videos in its wake. If anything, the primary is the manifestation of a Mid-Life Crisis for the Republican Party or the Jersey Shore for Political Science Majors. I use ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ because I would like to bracket the concept of political parties as ephemeral versus immortal political titans. I would love to see the death of the two party political systems; I want something that operates outside of dualities.
I am intrigued to see how the party combines Social Conservatives, Tea Partiers, Gay Republicans, Racial Minorities, Fiscal Conservatives, and Women into a single party. If Rick Santorum gets the nomination, then what will happen to Gay Republicans? If Mitt Romney gets the nomination, then what about Christian Evangelicals? If anything can be gleamed from the election, then it will be a future of the party.
I haven’t invested a lot of energy into the primaries because it has left me wanting more from the Republican Party. I do not want someone I can laugh at or ignore. I want someone who I can either love or hate. Zoe Leonard summed it up best when stating:
I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harassed and gaybashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a Black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.
I don’t think I can find that in any of the Republican candidates. I am not even sure if Obama would fall into the same categorized; I’ve never heard him even mention these subjects. In the meantime, I am waiting until the primary season reaches Virginia before I look up from doing dishes, folding laundry, or walking the dog. I have a lot more pressing issues facing my life. I am not going to give them my time, money, or attention until they can prove that they deserve it. Maybe there are some other people like corporations or feti that will entertain their politics, but in the meantime, this person is going to Pizza Shack to get vegetables to feed to my family.
Jon Henry comes from the small town of Washington, Virginia. Xe finished xes degree at the University of Richmond and was named GayRVA.com's Out.Spoken. Richmonder of the Year for 2011. When not in class, xe is either in the studio or rabble rousing with other queer activists. Follow xem on Twitter.
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