If Only Dick Cheney Treated Other Daughters and Sons Like His Own
In her new memoir, Now It’s My Turn (Simon & Schuster/Threshold Editions, 2006), Mary Cheney writes that when she told her parents she was gay, the first words out of her father’s mouth “were exactly the ones that I wanted to hear: ‘You’re my daughter, and I love you, and I just want you to be happy.’”
It is good to read that Cheney handled this well in his own family. If only Cheney and the other Republicans stopped to consider that every time they attack a group for political gain there are daughters, sons, and families involved in these cases too. Dick Cheney and the Republicans came to power under a President who claimed to be a “uniter, not a divider.” Imagine how much better a country this could be if they really used the bully pulpet of the White House to teach the same type of tolerance Dick Cheney showed his daughter, instead of stirring up hatred to pick up votes.