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Monday, December 11, 2006
WHAT Morals? WHAT Family Values?

by Connie Cook Smith


Now that the Bush administration is more outgoing than ongoing, their facade of "morals" and "family values" is cracking. Their blithe acceptance of Mary Cheney's lesbian pregnancy and no censures in the Mark Foley scandal give additional credence to David Kuo's claims about hypocritical White House attitudes, such as "evangelicals are goofy." The administration's much-touted concern about conventional morality has apparently been a charade.

In fact, some of these characters are downright kinky. I'm all for gay rights, but unlike Dick Cheney's wife, I never fantasized about lesbian love and published a novel about it, such as her book, "Sisters." I've believed that homosexuality is nature, not nurture. But ya gotta wonder what influence Mrs. Cheney had on 11-year-old daughter Mary when she published this poor prose in 1981: "The women who embraced in the wagon were Adam and Eve crossing a dark cathedral stage -- no, Eve and Eve, loving one another as they truly were."

Then there's Dick Cheney's former right-hand-man, Scooter Libby. Under indictment now in the Valerie Plame affair and once a key policy player, he published an absolutely sickening novel in 1996 entitled, "The Apprentice." According to quotes in literary reviews, it features obsessive descriptions of pedophilia, incest, and bestiality. You can only wonder if Libby has the mind of a sexual predator.

Meanwhile, the guy who opposed these people in 2000 and won the popular vote, Al Gore, published a visionary and articulate manual about a sustainable future for our children, "Earth in the Balance." His current movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," offers the same genuine concern for our people and our planet.

In all future elections, Americans ought to really look into the people they're supporting, instead of just jumping on a "values" bandwagon and not noticing the tires were flat to begin with.

Connie Cook Smith


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