Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama is a “small ball guy” but it’s time for him to start “manning up” on cuts to earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security. Speaking to Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Monday, Graham suggested that Republicans should not agree to tax rate hikes on the rich and should hold a debt ceiling increase hostage until Democrats agreed to “entitlement reform.”
“Here’s where the president is going to have a rude awakening,” the senior senator from South Carolina opined. “In February or March, you have to raise the debt ceiling and I can tell you this, there’s a hardening on the Republican side."
It's interesting to hear Lindsey Graham talking about balls, manning up and a hardening on the republican side. If you perform a google search on "Lindsey Graham gay" it will show 2.5 million hits. Admittedly many of these hits refer to his political position on gay marriage, gays in the military and gay rights. But just take a look at what else pops up. Lindsey Graham has been hounded by rumors that he is gay since his first runs for Congress in the '90s.
It's a kind of Psych 101 bargain basement Freudianism that has been given credence by the revelations of certain public gay bashers actually having been gay. Thus, someone like Lindsey Graham, with his courtly, soft-spoken manners (that seem stereotypically effeminate) and his never having been married to woman or publicly dated a member of the opposite sex is open to the charge, when voting down gay rights, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much."
Most of the accusations about Graham being gay come from his fellow conservatives. William (Bill) Gheen is the founder of Gheen Report (http://gheenreport.com/). He offers daily updates of news and articles from the media, conservative pundits, blogs, and he is the president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC ALIPAC.
Watch what Gheen says about Lindsey Graham at a Tea Party event.
ALIPAC's President, William Gheen outs Lindsey Graham during Greenville South Carolina Tea Party rally April 17, 2010.
In 1998, according to the Congressional daily newspaper The Hill, Graham was describing himself on his website as an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran. In reality, he never left South Carolina.
Senator Graham tried to make himself appear to be a combat veteran. This makes Graham the “small ball guy”. He tried to make up for this by going to Iraq for two weeks in 2007 (not exactly the heat of that war) and going to Afghanistan in during the August 2009 Senate recess. Ask real combat veterans how long their tours were. And just what was Lindsey Graham's role in Iraq and Iran? Was he in the infantry or maybe artillery? He worked in the Judge Advocate General's Corps on detainee and rule-of-law issues. I understand he also attended parties. He's lucky to have survived such dangerous duty. This is how Lindsey Graham "manned up".
So, as a conservative lawyer, does Lindsey Graham strongly support Constitutional rights? Surely (no I'm not calling Graham Shirley), Lindsey Graham, a conservative, must be a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. He is probably vocal in his support of the freedom of speech. So let's see what Graham has to say:
During an appearance on Face the Nation on April 3, 2011, Graham "suggested that Congress take unspecified though formal action against the Koran-burning by Florida preacher Terry Jones," in light of an attack on United Nations personnel triggered by Jones' actions. In asserting that "Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech," Graham argued that "Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war," and claimed that "during World War II, we had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy."
As a lawyer Graham must advocate due process for U.S. citizens, right? Wrong here is Graham's view:
Regarding U.S. Citizens accused of supporting terrorism, senator Lindsey Graham has stated before the senate, "When they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them: ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer. You are an enemy combatant, and we are going to talk to you about why you joined Al Qaeda.’"
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, 2011
I'm sure he realizes that housing Japanese-Americans in camps during WWII was wrong, or does he?
In a May 2009 CNN interview, Graham referred to the domestic internment of German and Japanese prisoners of war and US Citizens as a model for domestic detention of Guantanamo detainees by saying, "We had 450,000 Japanese and German prisoners housed in the United States during World War II. As a nation, we can deal with this.
Many believe that Lindsey Graham is a moderate when it comes to foreign policy. So he must have a sensible approach to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Actually, Lindsey Graham advocates war with Iran:
Graham has supported an interventionist foreign policy. On November 6, 2010, at the Halifax International Security Forum, he called for a pre-emptive military strike to "neuter" the Iranian regime. He has also argued that "the U.S. needs to keep at least 10,000 troops in Iraq into 2012," saying that "If we're not smart enough to work with the Iraqis to have 10,000 to 15,000 American troops in Iraq in 2012, Iraq could go to hell."
Is Graham willing to compromise over the deficit? Here's his position on taxes:
Graham believes that "There are ways to raise revenue without raising taxes;" however, in June 2012 he went on record supporting the closure of tax loopholes without compensating decreases in other tax revenue, saying "We're so far in debt, that if you don't give up some ideological ground, the country sinks."
So he says he wants to raise revenue by closing loopholes but not by increasing taxes on the rich. Unfortunately, this is the equivalent of pissing on a forest fire.
We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling, we’re not going to let Obama borrow any more money or any American Congress borrow any more money until we fix this country from becoming Greece. And that requires significant entitlement reform to save Social Security and Medicare from bankruptcy.”
Fox News 12/10/2012
The debt in Greece wasn't just about too much spending. It was routine in Greece for rich and even middle class people to evade paying taxes. Now they, like several other European countries, are in recession because of austerity. Government spending has been cut so severely in these countries that it is hurting their economies. Graham, like many Republicans, wants to cut government spending severely here too. If we cut it too much we will start becoming more like Greece.
Is Lindsey Graham being ridiculed for being gay by the "liberal media" because he is a conservative? Well, maybe a little bit. I could only find one instance of a liberal talking about Graham being gay and it was a joke (that MSNBC later edited out). Notice that Joe Scarborough (a Republican) turns his back to the camera because he is laughing so hard.
John Heilemann Calling Lindsey Graham A 'Woman' Edited Out Of Morning Joe Re-Air
On Wednesday, the Morning Joe crew discussed the GOP senators who have been critical of UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Specifically, the three senators who met with Rice on Tuesday — John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte. Amid the discussion, New York Magazine's John Heilemann made a joke at the expense of Graham. During the re-airing at 8 a.m., that remark was edited out.
We have seen that Lindsey Graham is in the "gang of three" that has vilified Susan Rice for lying about Benghazi. What Susan Rice actually did was present the declassified talking points provided to her by the U.S. intelligence community. The C.I.A. used her (and others) to mislead the terrorists responsible for the attack. They did not want the terrorists to know that we suspected their involvement in the attack. The statement they gave Susan Rice was purposefully inaccurate and intended to mislead the terrorist so they would not flee. Lindsey Graham blames Susan Rice for using the inaccurate talking points instead of blaming the C.I.A. for providing those talking points.
Lindsey Graham's sexual orientation is his own business. I really don't care what he wants in his mouth. My problem with Lindsey Graham is what comes out of his mouth. I don't care what he wants up his ass, I just wish he could get his head out of his ass. I object to his politics, not whatever he licks.
note: I usually write satire. This article is not satire, this is a commentary and it is my real opinion.
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