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rick, give us the answersThere are many things to be said about the GOP crazies who are trying as hard as they can to kick Barack Obama out of the It’s-Supposed-to-be-White House. Of course, “You sure know your audience” has to be included as one of those things. Was there an anti-gay poetry convention for scary people named “Rick” recently? Probably, because Rick Perry and Rick Santorum both learned important metaphors about gay people and alcohol that are really helpful for people who have a hard time understanding what the big deal is, about gay people. It is probably especially helpful to the many GOP fans who honor alcohol (abuse) as an important cultural practice.

Rick Santorum basically plagiarized that weird beers/gays thing he said from Rick Perry, who wrote a special message in his book, “On My Honor.”

Since leaping into the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn’t been asked if he thinks gays are born or made. But in a little-noticed passage in his first book, “On My Honor,” a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and alcoholism. “Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” he wrote. “And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

So just like alcoholism, homosexuality is a disease that is…easily controlled, or something? Okay then!

In “On My Honor,” Perry also punted on the exact origins of homosexuality. He wrote that he is “no expert on the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate,” but that gays should simply choose abstinence. Perry’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on whether he maintains this view.

Oh, the incredible insight we gain in this country, where people with “views” are allowed to just write books about whatever they want, for the good of everyone else. [TIME]

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