Q&AÂ showedÂ the triumph of the modern barbarian, best personified on the night by American activist and hypocrite Dan Savage.
British journalist Peter Hitchens, the lone conservative of the five on stage, noted the moment:
PETER HITCHENS: I know that you people have won. All that I seek to do…
DAN SAVAGE: Which is why you have to be gay married now and do drugs now with the rest of us.
PETER HITCHENS: No, all I seek to do is to tell the truth about you and what you want while it’s still allowed to do so because you are so fantastically intolerant.
TONY JONES: Now, Peter, I’ve got to interrupt. What do you mean when you say “you people”?
PETER HITCHENS: I mean the cultural revolution. I mean the cultural and moral revolution which has swept the western world since the collapse of Christianity.
DAN SAVAGE: I’m not intolerant.
Dan insists “I’m not intolerant”, but the truth soon outs.
DAN SAVAGE: You’re paranoid and you’re projecting by saying we are intolerant. You have…
PETER HITCHENS: See, this is the intolerance. Because I hold an opinion different from his, he has become suddenly a qualified psychoanalyst who can tell me – who can tell me that my opinions which I am entitled to hold.
DAN SAVAGE: You’re entitled to your opinions. You’re not entitled to your smears.
PETER HITCHENS: But are a pathology. And this is the absolute seed bed of totalitarianism. When you start believing that the opinions of other people are a pathology, then you are in the beginning…
DAN SAVAGE: You’re the one standing there pathologising other people’s choices.
PETER HITCHENS: …in the beginning of the stage that leads to the secret police and the Gulags.
DAN SAVAGE: You are the one sitting there saying that society is sick and damaged because other people are now free as white men used to be.
PETER HITCHENS: You’ll have the whole world to yourself soon. You can’t imagine anybody else is entitled to hold a view different from yours without having some kind of personal defect. That’s what’s wrong with you.
And then this:
DAN SAVAGE: … It’s a less intolerant world than it used to be because people like me are now empowered to look at people like you and say you are full of shit.
LISA MALOUF: Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if where implemented?…
DAN SAVAGE: Population control. There’s too many goddamn people on the planet. And I don’t know if that’s a – you know, I’m pro-choice. I believe that women should have the right to control their bodies. Sometimes in my darker moments I am anti-choice.Â I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years.
During the Republican primary in 2000, Savage traveled to Iowa and became a campaign volunteer for [Republican] Gary Bauer. During the trip, Savage became sickâ€””I had the flu in a big way”â€”and decided to use his illness as a bioweapon against Bauer and his staff. He boasts:
I went from doorknob to doorknob. They were filthy, no doubt, but there wasn’t time to find a rag to spit on. My immune system wasn’t all it should beâ€”I was in the grip of the worst flu I had ever hadâ€”but I was on a mission. If for some reason I didn’t manage to get a pen from my mouth to Gary’s hands, I wanted to seed his office with germs, get as many of his people sick as I could, and hopefully one of them would infect the candidate.
So, much as it pains me to confirm a hateful stereotype of gay menâ€”we will put anything in our mouthsâ€” I started licking doorknobs. The front door, office doors, even a bathroom door. When that was done, I started in on the staplers, phones and computer keyboards. Then I stood in the kitchen and licked the rims of all the clean coffee cups drying in the rack.Â
Carl Romanelli [of the Greens Party] should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope…
Any progressive who votes for a Green anymore after Nader and now Romanelli is a f…ing idiot and should be beaten with sticks….
If Carl Romanelli gets back on the ballot, someone should run him over with a truck.
Savage is indeed a savage, and theÂ Q&AÂ audience cheered him loudest and longest.