So, some Republican Senator has become the first of his ilk to, um, come out in favour of marriage equality after he learned his son is gay. Apparently, this is just lovely. The man wrestled with his prejudices and his Christian love and tolerance won. Yay! Bullshit. This just shows that the black hole where the heart of the Right should be is their inability to empathise.
Nothing about marriage equality changed between the time Senator Portman didn’t know his son was gay and when he did. He was perfectly happy to deny all homosexual people equality before that fact, why change after it?
All that changed was now Portman had a personal stake in the issue now. Did he want his son to be angry at him, or did he want his son to be happy?
This isn’t about justice, equality, tolerance, Christian values, or even Portman’s son. It’s about Portman’s selfish desire. Only when his own self-interest was directly at stake did he change his mind.
This is true of some much of the Right on so many issues. They hate government spending, apart from that which benefits them and those near to them. They don’t give a damn about the environment, apart from the environment around where they live. They think that the government should stay out of markets, except when the market outcome hits them in the pocket.
The difference with the Left is we aren’t hypocritical like that because we get that other people have wants and needs and feelings and desires too. Something doesn’t have to affect us directly for us to want it to work best for people. There’s something broken in the minds of the Right that they can’t make the cognitive leap to emphasise with other people, unless those people are very close to them to the extent that those people’s feelings can impact on them personally.
I think Ayn Rand summed up this mindset of the Right in her praise for child murderer William Hickman (an inspiration for John Galt): “Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should”.