While most people today would say that opposition to homosexuality and transgenderism amounts to a misplaced and misinformed bigotry, the truth is that there were conservatives in Congress who were sounding the alarm about the dangers of this agenda.
Congressman from Orange County, CA
Vocal, outspoken opponent of LGBT rights
One of those Congressmen was William Dannemeyer. He served in Congress from 1978 to 1992. He was an outspoken conservative, vocally opposed to abortion, tax hikes, and other big government pushes. Most importantly, though, he stood out for his fervent opposition to the "gay rights movement" or the LGBT agenda. In his time, the very notion of transgenderism becoming another mainstay in the fake civil rights movement was beyond unheard of.
He passed away this month. Here are the two main obituaries written about him.
Here's the Los Angeles Times obituary:
William Dannemeyer, a former Orange County congressman who spent much of his career fighting gay rights and helped cement Orange County’s reputation as a bastion of right-wing conservatism, has died at his home in Thousand Palms.
Wouldn't it be great to see more Congressman and US Senators fight gay rights? What he foretold would be a major issue, has come to pass. He was right, and his critics were wrong.
Dannemeyer died July 9 of age-related illness, said his son Bruce Dannemeyer. He was 89.
Once called the “Don Quixote of the Right,” Dannemeyer was a steadfast bannerman for the religious right in conservative politics. Along with figures such as “B-1 Bob” Dornan, John Schmitz and, most recent to exit, Dana Rohrabacher, Dannemeyer was part of a corps of congressmen who rose with Orange County’s conservative movement and helped the region earn its famous moniker as “America’s nut country.”
Notice this left-wing smear. Shameful. One cannot expect anything really noteworthy or worthwhile from the Los Angeles Times anymore.
“This is a group of people that helped imprint a very conservative image of Orange County on the nation,” said Chapman University political science professor Fred Smoller. “It was an Orange County that was much less diverse, it was much more patriarchal, much more white and Christian.”
The LA Times certainly has a race problem, doesn't it?
Over the course of a 30-year career, Dannemeyer equated environmentalists with socialists, pushed for voluntary prayer in schools, and was vehemently anti-tax.
Environmentalism is very much a socialist power-grab. The last premier of the Soviet Union, Mikael Gorbachev, moved into the Green movement after he stepped down, for example. The statist Environmentalist Movement has been all about expanding the role of the state and diminishing the natural rights of individual citizens and nations. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention.
“He was a fiscal conservative and a patriot,” said Jon Fleischman, a conservative Orange County blogger and former executive director of the California Republican Party. “He had an understanding of what it meant to have liberty and freedom and how to not squander that birthright.”
But Dannemeyer was perhaps best known for his crusade against gay rights, in particular a 1989 stunt in which he described a number of “gay sex” acts — far from exclusive to gay couples — in graphic detail, entering them into the Congressional Record.
Once again, the LA Times must got to great lengths to defend homosexual conduct as normal and acceptable. It's pretty disgusting to see how the so-called Los Angeles-area based newspaper of note has descended into such propagandizing.
Still, Dannemeyer is noteworthy for taking a firm stance against homosexuality and its proliferation.
He followed it up with a request that President George H.W. Bush investigate gays in his administration and their steering of policy away from the “heterosexual ethic.”
His strident views against homosexuality and outlandish statements about AIDS patients made him a vilified figure for gay rights activists. He called for quarantining AIDS patients, proposed making it a federal crime for gay men to donate blood and called for a return of anti-sodomy laws. He once said, erroneously, that those with the AIDS virus emit airborne spores that could sicken those around them — a claim he later walked back.
The notion of criminalizing sodomy, in order to forestall all the other perversions, now makes sense in light of the public and cultural carnage waged by the LGBT agenda on the public square. It is necessary and proper for countries that wish to remain strong and stable to take a stand against this immoral madness!
Former Rep. Henry Waxman, who chaired a House health subcommittee, said Dannemeyer’s proposals to require registries of AIDS patients and allow doctors to test patients for AIDS without their consent ran counter even to stances in the Reagan administration at the time. He called Dannemeyer an obstructionist who had “absolutely no sense of humor.”
It's a high honor when even Henry "Son of a Bitch" Waxman says nasty things about you. That means Dannemeyer was doing something right!
“He was a mean and hateful person,” Waxman said. “This was a time when gay men risked losing their jobs, their health insurance, their livelihoods.”
Now the tables have turned. People who oppose the whole gay agenda, they risk losing their jobs, their rights, their health insurance! Once again, Dannemeyer, was spot on to raise alarms about this agenda and the behaviors that were its basis.
“He preached hatred,” Los Angeles-based gay rights activist Carol Anderson told The Times in 1992.
What irony. Today, and even then thirty years ago, it was the homosexuals who were pushing their agenda in everyone's faces, then they would call anyone who opposed their perversion "hateful", and now people who speak out against the LGBT agenda are treated with utter contempt and face vilification and hatred of all kinds.
After retiring from Congress in 1992, Dannemeyer dedicated years to pushing a constitutional amendment allowing prayer in schools.
GOOD for him. We need to restore not just prayer, but reading of the Bible, and a return to the foundational principles of the laws of nature and nature's God in our classrooms.
Later in life, he married Dr. Lorraine Day, a Holocaust denier, and wrote that Congress had passed a law making “the belief in Jesus Christ a crime punishable by decapitation by guillotine.”
This I do not agree with. Some people misunderstand, to a great fault, this crazy notion that some of the writings in the Talmud apply to every Jewish person, or that every Jew goes along with those dictates. It's simply not the case!
Privately, his family said, he was a compassionate and God-fearing man.
“He had a great heart and love for people and was able to see the person that was impacted by the policy,” said Bruce Dannemeyer. “He said some things that ruffled a lot of feathers and offended a great number of people but he did not back down from a fight.”
We need that kind of Congressman back in Washington DC!
Dannemeyer said his father’s controversial views on homosexuality “stemmed from his religious beliefs that were lifelong, strongly held and sincere.”
These views should not be controversial, especially when considered in the light of statistics, public health, and genetic research.
It was a faith he credited with helping him through a far-from-idyllic childhood.
William Edwin Dannemeyer was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Montebello, the oldest of two children of German immigrant parents. When the son was 5, epileptic seizures confined his father to a sanitarium and forced him to give up the family’s feed and grain business. Dannemeyer went to work at a young age, selling newspapers and magazines and other odd jobs, to help support his family.
The Los Angeles Times gets this wrong. Dannemeyer was born in Long Beach, CA.
He eventually put himself through Valparaiso University, a Lutheran college in Indiana where he said he “came to know Jesus Christ in my personal life.”
After graduating from law school and a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Dannemeyer met and married Evelyn Hoemann, a minister’s daughter and schoolteacher. The two lived in Santa Barbara, where Dannemeyer worked as a deputy district attorney, before moving to Fullerton in 1957.
He was first elected to the state Assembly in 1962 — as a Democrat — before re-registering as a Republican five years later.
He entered Congress in 1979, serving for seven terms and became the ranking Republican on the House Energy & Commerce’s subcommittee on health, where Waxman became a frequent sparring partner. He was pegged as an extremist in most Washington circles but regularly won reelection in his conservative Orange County district by 70 percentage points or more.
Wow! It's all about the power of the constituency at home! Nowadays, there are many Republicans who hope they can eke out victories in Orange County.
But his brand of conservatism was not a winning formula statewide, even in 1990s California. In 1992, he ran in a special election for U.S. Senate but lost the Republican primary to a more moderate Orange County Republican, John Seymour, in a race that would ultimately elect Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Even in the midst of that longshot bid, Dannemeyer seemed to relish in his knack for antagonism.
“I enjoy the challenge,” he told The Times. “I enjoy the competition. I enjoy the confrontation.”
Notice the perverse, left-wing spin is manifest throughout the article. They even insisted on getting a quote from Henry Waxman, one of the most intolerable, unbearable Congressmen in Washington over a forty-year period.
Check out the obituary in the Orange County Register:
William Dannemeyer, a seven-term congressman from Fullerton who favored an extreme vision of social conservatism that came to symbolize Orange County politics, died Tuesday at age 86 after battling dementia.
Even the Orange County Register cannot refrain from saying "Extreme" to describe his opposition to homosexuality. I wonder how some of these writers feel about Dannemeyer's opposition to homosexuality today?
“He represented Orange County in its heyday as a conservative bastion,” said Jon Fleischman, an Orange County GOP strategist who publishes the FlashReport website.
Jon Fleischman can always be relied upon to provide a better side to conservative politicians from Orange County, no doubt about it.
Best known in the House for his opposition of abortion and LGBT rights — he once read into the congressional record detailed descriptions of sexual acts that he said were favored by gay men — Dannemeyer’s first brush with politics came as a Democrat, when he won an Assembly seat in Los Angeles. In 1964, he cast an Electoral College vote for President Lyndon Johnson.
Those behaviors that he read into the record were an accurate record of the behaviors that homosexuals engage in, which included rimming and fisting. Yes, they are disgusting aberrant behaviors, and Dannemayer was not afraid to state boldly for the record that homosexuals engage in such bankrupt, harmful, self-deprecating behaviors.
Interesting to note that Dannemeyer was a Democrat who had sided with LBJ, then left the Democratic Party since even then it had become too liberal. From Pro-LBJ to Anti-LGBT!
In 1968, two years after losing to a Republican in a failed bid for state Senate, Dannemeyer appeared on a Los Angeles TV show to announce his switch to the GOP, saying the Democratic party had become too liberal for his taste. The show’s host was Bob Dornan, a former actor and future congressman who, in the 1980s, would team up with Dannemeyer as the national avatars of Orange County conservatism.
B-One Bob and William Dannemeyer. That is something else!
“I always considered that an honor,” Dornan said Tuesday, recalling Dannemeyer’s announcement.
Dannemeyer was born in Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Poly High in 1946.
In the 1960s, Dannemeyer, an attorney, moved to Fullerton and began to build a new political career as a Republican from Orange County. He won a second term in the state Assembly, in 1976, and supported California’s landmark tax law, Prop. 13. In 1978, as California voters passed Prop. 13, Dannemeyer won his first bid for the House, beating Democrat Bill Farris to represent the 39th Congressional District, which included much of northern Orange County.
As of now, north Orange County is blue all over. Ouch!
Over the next six elections, as he gained national fame — or in the eyes of many critics, infamy — for his ideas on issues such as AIDS prevention and phone sex, Dannemeyer became a favorite in his GOP-leaning district. He never took less than 65% of the vote, and left the seat only to run for the U.S. Senate. In 1992, he lost his first Senate bid without reaching the general election, and repeated the process two years later when the GOP Senate candidate was Michael Huffington.
“He was always more about the ideology than party politics,” said Dannemeyer’s son, Bruce Dannemeyer, an attorney in Rancho Santa Margarita. “That made it tougher when he ran for Senate, and probably needed party support.”
Wow! We need more politicians committed to ideological rigor, not just party pandering.
Dannemeyer’s political reputation was built in the House, where he was a consistent voice in favor of a balanced budget and lower spending on social issues, and a voice against gay rights, abortion and, late in his career, the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“He was one of the few, few members who was not afraid to take on every moral issue in the country,” said Dornan, Tuesday, who served with Dannemeyer for eight years as the representative from CA-38, which at the time covered much of central Orange County.
Where are those Congressmen today, who will take on every moral issue? Nowadays, Republicans are shying away from cultural issues, more invested in fighting for Big Business and easy money.
His anti-gay, anti-abortion stances helped Dannemeyer earn the distinction of being the only politician at that time who got Rush Limbaugh to make a personal appearance at his fundraiser, according to Dornan. And he was one of the men that Dornan said President Ronald Reagan referred to as the “fabulous five.”
Others weren’t as supportive.
As the AIDS crisis worsened in the 1980s, Dannemeyer became a target for many gay rights supporters and members of the medical community who noted that his political positions were often intertwined with inaccurate claims about the disease.
AIDS was a harmful disease then, and it still is now.
In the mid-1980s, Dannemeyer endorsed a plan to quarantine people with HIV or AIDS. He also spoke against allowing nurses with HIV to work with children, saying (incorrectly) that people with the virus emitted a ‘spore’ that caused birth defects.
Dannemeyer was wrong about that view, no doubt.
Others grew frustrated with the sometimes confrontational style that came with Dannemeyer’s version of conservatism. In 1990, Washington Post columnist Jack Anderson wrote of Reps. Dannemeyer, Dornan and Dana Rohrabacher, who represented coastal voters in Washington:
“Three mouthy congressmen from Reagan country have wandered so far to the right that they’re beginning to make nuisances of themselves on Capitol Hill.”
We need more Congressmen to do that, not fewer! It's time for elected officials to make Washington poobahs as uncomfortable as possible.
In 1990, Dannemeyer was one of 21 members of congress to vote against the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Good for him. That law has been a trial lawyer's dream since its inception, and it has done very little to actually helped individuals with disabilities. George Herbert Walker Bush should have never signed that terrible piece of legislation.
Not every vote reflected strident social conservatism. In 1988, Dannemeyer voted in favor of a bill to issue a formal apology, and reparations, to Japanese Americans who were held in internment camps during World War II.
Since when does voting for property restoration amount to a liberal or conservative stance?
Fleischman, who got to know Dannemeyer when he worked with the activist group Young Americans for Freedom — and who later volunteered on Dannemeyer’s U.S.Senate campaign — said the long-time politician was “a very principled” conservative who became “the ideological backbone” of the county’s Congressional delegation.
Dannemeyer consistently favored less government spending on social issues and cuts to environmental regulation. In 1990, he voted to suspend enforcement of the Clean Air Act until an economic recovery was underway, a bill that failed. When he ran for Senate, in ’92, Dannemeyer’s platform called for a repeal of 1990 federal tax increases and a rollback for environmental regulations.
WOW! Donald Trump accomplished a considerable amount of regulatory rollbacks himself!
After he left Congress, Dannemeyer spent years going back to Washington to push for a Constitutional amendment to allow school prayer.
“He set up an office of sorts in the House gym,” Bruce Dannemeyer said of his father’s work on the prayer issue. “It was close to his heart.”
But Dannemeyer’s post House role in Washington politics also included a push to discredit the Clinton administration.
Good for him!
In 1994, Dannemeyer wrote a letter to congressional leaders detailing a list of 24 people who had been connected to President Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton who had died “under other than natural circumstances.” He learned of the list from a Clinton foe, who had compiled it a year earlier, but Dannemeyer used his role as a former House member to call for hearings on the issue.
"Who killed Seth Rich?"
"Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself."
Need I say more?
Though the Clintons were not connected to the deaths, and the issue wasn’t formally taken up by the House, it remains a resource of sorts for anti-Clinton conservatives and others.
In 1999, Dannemeyer’s wife of 44 years, Evie, died. Five years later he married Lorraine Day, a physician known for promoting controversial cancer treatments — and for publicly questioning the Holocaust. Day — and, later, Dannemeyer — suggested that Jewish people are behind a push to destroy Christianity.
Bruce Dannemeyer distanced himself from those statements, saying Tuesday that “any thinking person would find those views repugnant.
Indeed, such views were wrong and evil, and it sounds to me that he got caught up in those views because of his second wife.
Instead, Bruce Dannemeyer described a loving, kind father — “the guy who coached Little League” — and suggested he was at least as interested in helping individual constituents as he was in his more controversial public statements.
But Bruce Dannemeyer also noted that his father remained conservative throughout his life. When asked how William Dannemeyer would respond to the county’s all-Democrat congressional delegation, Bruce Dannemeyer laughed and said: “It would be closer to outrage than passive acceptance.”
William Dannemeyer is survived by his wife, Day, his son Bruce, his daughters Kim Davis and Susan Hirzel, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
William Dannemeyer sounded the alarm on the destructive and aberrant LGBT agenda. He was ahead of his time on this issue, and now his insights and outrage about it deserve better respect and recognition.