Back when this seemingly endless election season started, I wondered when the religiosos would realize that they could vote for a real live right-wing Christian instead of the phony plastic made-for-tv version known as Mitt Romney. At the time I thought they would eventually key in on Sam Brownback, because a.) I had heard of him, and b.) I thought Huckabee was a silly name. A few months later Brownback dropped out of the race while Captain Plastic racked up points in the polls. But now it seems they’ve finally noticed Mike Huckabee. Too bad he’s a blithering idiot.
Back in 1992, before he knew he wanted to be President and could therefore say what he really believed, Huckabee suggested that AIDS patients should be segregated from the general public, that the search for a vaccine or cure for AIDS was receiving entirely too much funding, and that “homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”
When challenged about these remarks recently, he refused to recant any of them. He explained that back in 1992 we didn’t know that AIDS could not be spread through casual contact.
Yes, actually, we did. Unfortunately, Mike Huckabee was ignorant of that fact.
About funding for AIDS research, he said “I want to make sure that when we look at a disease — whether it is AIDS, diabetes or cancer — we look at it from the macro perspective, and we don’t just single out one thing that affects, in America, you know, about 5,000 people a year.”
Let me help you with your math, Mike. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been estimating 40,000 new HIV infections every year in the United States for more than a decade. Just a few weeks ago they announced that they believe they’ve been underestimating the real incidence of infection by as much as 50%. And Mike, HIV/AIDS is not like coming down with strep throat or something. Once “affected,” you are affected forever. Currently more that one million people in the United States have the disease.
When I read the bit about homosexuality, I immediately thought of my boss—I’ll call her Cathy. Just last week Cathy retired after 12 years as Executive Director of the AIDS service organization I work for.
At her retirement party, speaker after speaker went to the podium to laud Cathy’s achievements. A deeply religious woman (she began her career as a nun) and a nurse, Cathy spent her entire working life caring for others. The most touching speech was made by Cathy’s (female) partner of 30(!) years. It seems their retirement plans do not include aberration, sin, and threatening the health of the public. Instead they will be busy with travel, long-neglected household projects, and quietly living out the remainder of their lives together.
So bite me, Mr. Huckabee. If the GOP nominates you, as I’m beginning to suspect they will, I look forward to watching the far more astute Ms. Clinton dip your head in a bucket and mop the floor with you. After all, cleaning up is women’s work.