Gays and BikersSubmitted by D-503 on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:25
I have no problem with people who enjoy the biker lifestyle. In fact, I can go years without them ever crossing my mind. If I see a hardcore biker advertising his identity in public, I might stare and think he's a bit nuts, but if he isn't rude or obnoxious I will just be amused by him and get on with my life.
I would welcome all bikers into the liberty movement. They seem like people who would appreciate the way the market can tailor circumstances to individual choices. If I meet a biker who's into the liberty philosophy, I will enjoy discussing the things we have in common. I will still have no interest in his lifestyle or public image choices.
I might tell snide jokes about bikers, but it doesn't mean anything. I don't hate them. I don't even care about them. (What's the difference between a Harley and vacuum cleaner? The positioning of the dirtbag.)
If a bank teller, waiter, etc., happens to be a biker in their off hours, it doesn't concern me or have any effect on my professional dealings with that person (except to the extent they advertise the fact that they're a biker during our transaction).
BUT if an extremist contingent began using the political system to force the acceptance of biker identity and the biker lifestyle on my family, my attitude would change from amused indifference to something like hatred.
I'm not convinced being a biker is a healthy lifestyle choice, and do not want my kids exposed to bikers. The fact that bikers become obsessed with their public image, eschew traditional family and community, and revel in what I see as amoral sex practices, seems to indicate to me that there is some emotional scarring or some other disorder at work.
If my kids grow up to be bikers without any biker-bias corrupting their choices along the way, I will be stunned, but I will work to accept them. What I ask is for the opportunity to raise them without the biker lifestyle, which I see as unhealthy, being part of the equation.
If in the media and in the political realm I am repeatedly challenged to have a reaction to the biker lifestyle and identity, I will end up putting my feelings in blunt terms. I will describe them as degenerates and lunatics just to get everything on the table and get them to leave me the hell alone.
If, however, bikers don't demand I have interest in their choices, and if they don't use the political system to force me to spend two minutes of my life ever thinking about them, I will let bikers go in peace. I might even think their small, strange subculture makes the world more interesting.