Tea Party Morality: Why We Laugh When Politicians Promote 'Family Values'November 4th, 2011 9:16 pm Joe Conason
One of the funniest people in this country today is a man named Tony Perkins, a pious Republican who surpasses any atheist comedian or liberal pundit in lampooning the “pro-family” pretensions of the American right. The latest joke perpetrated by Perkins is a “True Blue” award bestowed by the Family Research Council of America — over which he presides — on Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), recognizing the legislator’s “unwavering support of the family.”
Perkins’ twisted sense of humor is obvious to anyone who knows much about Walsh, whose ex-wife is suing the freshman Congressman for failing to pay more than $100,000 in support owed for their three children. He claims that she agreed “verbally” that he could withhold payment whenever he was short of funds. She says he is lying. Either way, this distasteful dispute hardly reflects Walsh’s deep devotion to family values.