Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tyler Whitney: A Proud Young Republican

Tyler seemed so like a good American, that I thought I'd repost my good friend Richard's work here. It is from allspinzone.com. Enjoy!

Tyler Whiteny It's been a loooooong time since I had a post that basically wrote itself. So, while I still have to type in the words, trust me, this is going to take no longer to write than it will to format the post for your enjoyment.

Tyler Whitney, as you can see from the excerpt of his MySpace page, is a proud Young Republican. For the moment, keep the adjective "proud" in the back of your mind. It'll come into play shortly.

As a young man of legal age, and as a clearly diehard GOP supporter, it would seem that Tyler would be the perfect candidate for a military recruiter. Indeed, as an admirer of (and webmaster for) warhawk and noted homophobic GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, there's little doubt that he's also a big fan of the war in Iraq.

So, picture Mr. Whitney's fresh scrubbed young face topped with a combat helmet, night vision goggles, and wearing a Dolce and Gabbana designed desert camouflage uniform, adorned with Airborne insignia (you can almost sense where this is going, can't you?). Given his political predisposition, he's a natural for military service, wouldn't you think?

Well, except he couldn't serve, because:

Tyler Whitney, the webmaster for the right-wing antigay Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo's presidential campaign, has been outed by the Michigan gay paper Between the Lines. [Michelangelo Signorile] had reporter Todd Heywood on the show today. Bay Buchanan, Team Tancredo Senior Advisor and sister of the fire-breathing Pat Buchanan, is defending Whitney, saying, "A person's sexual preference is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the campaign."

In other words, if he wants to work against his own kind -- for a man who's railed against gay rights and has a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign -- we're happy to have him! ...

Last November, Whitney -- whose father was a speech writer for former conservative Michigan Gov. John Engler, who was no friend to gays -- went to a a YAF-sponsored protest against a pro-gay, pro-trans human rights ordinance and held a sign that said, "Go back in the closet!" Other signs at the protest included "Straight Power" and "Faggotry." ...

Whitney was handpicked to run the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Western Michigan University by the leader of the MSU chapter, Kyle Bristow. Bristow, who has championed "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day" and appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, has said that “homosexuality kills people almost to a degree worse than cigarettes… these [pro-gay rights groups] are complicit with murder.” ...

Yet, dear readers, there is hope. Representatives from the Ted Haggard School of Faith Healing, de-Gayhab Division™ are no doubt standing by as I type this, preparing to offer Tyler assistance.

No word yet on whether young Tyler has contacted the Log Cabin Republican organization to apply for a webmastering support position.

(h/t Atrios for the lead...)


At 12 June, 2007 14:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyler has been outspoken against the war in Iraq since the very beginning.

I don't see how it is his war. Congratulations on trying to humiliate a confused teenager.

Very brave of you.

At 12 June, 2007 18:19, Blogger Karl said...

Actually, Bay Buchanan has a point, namely, that a person's sexual preference [sic] is a personal matter. Not only does it have nothing to do with a political campaign, but it should also have nothing to do with eligibility for military service.

If President Bush could encourage Republicans in Congress, as well as the Republican candidates to succeed him, to support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," then this fine young man would be eligible to Support President Bush by volunteering for military service.

Wouldn't we all like to see that?

At 13 June, 2007 01:26, Anonymous NO Excuses said...

Tyler has been outspoken against the war in Iraq since the very beginning.

Yeah? Then what in the frakin' hell stokes his admiration for a pro-war, homophobic presidential candidate?

Oh, that's right. Hyprocrisy and cognitive dissonance IOKIYAR.

And gimme a frakin' break with the "confused teenager" shit. Didn't seem so confused when he was holding that sign, did he?

Bottom line - gotta nip this shit in the bud. Maybe some other 18 year old idiot will think twice before taking the same path.

At 13 June, 2007 01:31, Anonymous NO Excuses said...

Also looks like young Tyler has significantly made over his MySpace page. Glad the author got a screen cap.

At 13 June, 2007 02:48, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting how Operation Yellow Elephant operates under the auspices of a one way moral obligation to act on beliefs. If you support peace in the world, why not join one of the countless organizations such as the peace corps that will train you and deploy to you to countries all over the world where you help teach people how to read and write, fish, or grow crops? You should act on your beliefs and enlist in the peace corps. But you won't because you, like those that you deride on your blog, are not willing to stand up and act on that which you believe.

Has no one ever mentioned to you that voter registration is the military is over 85% Republican?

At 13 June, 2007 10:24, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like someone to post statistics or data to answer this poll


Indicating two thirds of the military oppose this war.

Conservatives repeat the tiresome "most troops are Republican" mantra so often but never back it up with real statistics or data. Notice how the conservative media thrives on repitition of simple talking points without facts to back them up? Keeps repeating the things you hear every day on talk radio, brainwashed idiots.

At 13 June, 2007 11:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're an idiot, you're article backs up the assertion that military personnel are overwhelmingly Republican, by a margin of 3-1 according to THIS article. Furthermore, it finds that military personal disagree with handling of the way, as do many other Republicans. IT DOES NOT find that they oppose the war. It also has some caveats about the survey's accuracy.

Excerpts from the article:
"The mail survey, conducted Nov. 13 through Dec. 22, is the fourth annual gauge of active-duty mili tary subscribers to the Military Times newspapers. The results should not be read as representa tive of the military as a whole"

"Liberals within the military are still a rare breed, with less than 10 percent of re spondents describing themselves that way."
Who's fighting the war operation yellow elephant? CONSERVATIVES. The entire reasoning for your existence is a fabrication of radicals who have an unhealthy obsession with personally attacking those they disagree with. You are a shameful bunch of miscreants. Somewhere in the depths of hell Joseph Gerbils is smiling upon you.

At 13 June, 2007 17:07, Blogger OYE said...


I assume the posts at 11:48 pm and 8:40 am are from the same person, but why don't you pick a blog name? That would help us all.

We'll be considering what you have said and will do a post in the next couple of days. Thank you for participating.

At 13 June, 2007 19:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also from the article:

"But in this year’s poll, only 46 percent of the military respondents said they were Republicans."

How can you continue to insist, with a straight face, that nearly all our soldiers are Republican?

At 13 June, 2007 23:26, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the other anonymous:
The article CLEARLY states that self identified liberals account for less than 10% of the fighting force. How do you respond to that......hippie.

At 14 June, 2007 16:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Tyler may not have been pro-war. But he apparently wasn't too confused to be seen holding a sign last fall at an anti-gay rally (supposedly it said "Get Back In The Closet").

It says a lot about the conservative movement that some young gay conservatives feel like they need to be more anti-gay than anyone else to be accepted. Actually, what it says is that libertarians and Christian nationalists don't really belong in the same party.

At 14 June, 2007 17:31, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous (8:26 pm)-

Are you suggesting that our military should start recruiting hippies?

At 14 June, 2007 23:59, Anonymous Lee said...

"Congratulations on trying to humiliate a confused teenager."

WTF? Was he 'confused' when he was waving a placard saying "GO BACK IN THE CLOSET" in the face of a young lesbian mother? Was he 'confused' when his buddy Kyle held up a sign saying "FAGGOTRY"? Was he confused when he sought out Tom Tancredo to support his anti-gay rhetoric and work as hard as he could to get him elected?

At 15 June, 2007 00:06, Anonymous Craig said...

"Liberals within the military are still a rare breed"

You don't even deserve to lick Pat Tillman's boots. He made fools like you an embarrassment to the Republican Party. Funny how heroes are men of action, but yellow elephants only whine and cry. Tillman loved reading Chomsky. If you had called him a scummy little faggot, he would have crushed your useless ass.

At 20 June, 2007 13:29, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love some of the Conservatives here trying to take ownership of the military. Every marine I know that has gone to Iraq and has come back, doesn't support this war. Every single one is getting out. It usually takes 3 months in Iraq before they figure out that noone wants them there and they are sitting ducks for god knows what.

As for Tyler's supposed anti-war sentiments, is there any proof of it, other than his boyfriend posting that he was against the war?

At 20 June, 2007 18:37, Blogger OYE said...

anonymous (12 June, 2007, 14:49)-

Tyler has been outspoken against the war in Iraq since the very beginning.

Tyler Whitney can speak for himself. We welcome any comments via e-mail at operationyellowelephant at gmail dot com.

If something is not for publication, please clearly indicate this. Thank you.

At 20 June, 2007 19:15, Blogger sisko197 said...

Tyler Whitney: The personification of Republican hypocracy and bigotry.

At 06 May, 2009 19:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When someone is raised in a hard line, anti-gay, unaccepting, conservative family ; the children are brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an "abomination" and that "all faggots should go to hell,". It is not Tyler Whitney's fault that he was in denial of his sexuality, and brainwashed into believing that his natural desires were a sin. What many gays go through is disgusting, and the chastising that you "people" have done with this story is even more disgusting. It is NOT your right (or anyone's) to out someone for the closet, or chastise them for their beliefs or previous actions. You make yourself no better than gossiping middle school students.

People make mistakes. However, you "People" make me sick.


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