First direct quotes from when Pat Buchanan was running for President 8 short years ago:
Buchanan has said that AIDS is nature’s “retribution against homosexuals.”
“If someone is an out-of-the-closet homosexual and if someone advocates the homosexual rights agenda publicly they’re not going to be in my Cabinet. I believe that homosexuality is a disorder. It’s a wrong orientation.”
“Rampant homosexuality, a sign of cultural decadence and moral decline from Rome to Weimar, is celebrated, as our first lady parades up Fifth Avenue to share her ‘pride’ in a lifestyle ruinous to body and soul alike.” He condemned the Democratic Party for ignoring the “moral crisis” and the GOP for seeking “peace” with gay groups.
I think civil unions are absurd. They passed these up in Vermont where homosexual couples have been put on the same level as traditional marriage. And I’m delighted to say that five Republicans that voted for that were defeated and thrown out in the primary. If this country accepts the idea that homosexual liaisons are the same as traditional marriage, which is a God-ordained building block of society, this country is on the road to hell in a handbasket.
Q: Mr. Buchanan mentioned before that he has not embraced the gay rights agenda in its entirety.
A: I don’t apologize for my views with regards to gay rights. I oppose the gay rights agenda in its entirety. I was saying that tongue-in-cheek. Third, I did say that AIDS is in effect what happens to people as a consequence of unnatural and immoral sex. And, as you know, homosexual conduct is the primary--or was the primary way by which AIDS was spread. It was a truthful statement.
And this is all from the person whom you affectionately refer to as "Uncle Pat" and allow to be seen as a serious person on your show.
I know what you are thinking, that was so long ago and Uncle Pat has changed. Well lets look at some more recent insight from Mr. Buchanan.
What about when he vehemently argued against the decision by justices to overturn a ban on gay marriage in California?
What about when he blogged on town hall and compared the fight against gay marriage to "Shays Rebellion"?
And yet another quote about how he sees homosexuality.
"To some of us, homosexuality is an affliction, like alcoholism, and hellishly difficult to control."
Hell lets watch him advocate forcefully against gay marriage yesterday on another MSNBC show.
So Ms. Maddow are you going to ban "Uncle Pat" from coming back on your show? Or are you going to show the hypocrisy of your attacks on President Elect Obama and welcome him back with open arms while still throwing Obama under the bus? Of course there is a third option. You could cut Obama the same kind of slack that you would want afforded you in this situation. The ball is squarely in your court. It will be interesting to see which way she goes on this.