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Two things I never thought I'd say:  I support Bocephus and I agree with Rick Santorum. Of course, these are limited to very narrow circumstances. Bocephus the nickname of Hank Williams, Jr.  Willi...

Two things I never thought I’d say: I support Bocephus and I agree with Rick Santorum. Of course, these are limited to very narrow circumstances.

Bocephus the nickname of Hank Williams, Jr. Williams is know for being the son of one of the greatest songwriters of all time and for writing and performing “All My Rowdy Friends,” the theme song to Monday Night Football. (For the unitiated: Americans are as nuts about American style football as Europeans are about soccer. Professional games are normally played on Sundays, except for one big match-up per week, which is televised nationally. It’s called Monday Night Football and it has a gigantic following.)

Recently, Williams compared John Boehner playing golf with the President to the Prime Minister of Israel playing golf with Hitler. And he wasn’t comparing Boehner to the Fuerer.

I hate what he said and was all set to blog about what a jerk Williams is and how I’m glad his song got pulled for Monday Night Football. But then, Bill Maher, who knows a thing or two about getting in trouble for a misunderstood statement came out in support of him. That made me think. It all goes back to supporting the Klu Klux Klan’s right to march — we hate what they’re saying but support their right to say it. Being a liberal is tough works sometimes.

I think it was the same day that I saw Rick Santorum, whose policies I totally despise, especially where he stands on gay right, talking about the Occupy Wall Street protesters. He really surprised me. He didn’t degrate them, make fun of their clothes, etc. He told the Huffington Post, “You create a moral hazard in the future when you allow people who did things that are clearly illegal and immoral to get away with it and be compensated richly for it.” (As has been pointed out, no has gone to jail for using illegal means to crash our economy but hundreds have for protesting that fact.) In essence, Santorum was saying, He even said that there’s common ground, but just disagree about how to get there.

I was like, “Wait! That’s what I think.” We all want the same thing, and just because we have different ideas doesn’t mean that we have to hate each other.

Of course, then his argument took a right turn and he kind of contradicted himself, but for a moment there — just a moment — I supported Hank Williams, Jr. and agreed with Rick Santorum.

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