We have to have a relationship to do that. Civility allows me to have a relationship with you. I discovered in you, I thought, someone who understood that you’re a multivalue person and that as strongly as you felt about marriage, that you felt even more strongly that we have to share the country. 34-year-old Leo has a much more specific reason for not mourning the potential passing of poppers. A bottle as much as 35 times shorter than me and containing a harmful substance. If a person is interested in changing their substance use, and reducing or stopping drug use altogether, is it necessary to stop using poppers too? But shortly after reports of high recreational use, they reinstated the prescription requirement. And that when you see someone who’s out there saying – as for example, a Midwestern senate candidate did – my idea of compromise is the other guy’s going to agree with me and everyone goes “yes.” Some people in that audience should go “boo.” You are not being a patriotic American if you are betraying the founding premise of this country.
When I see someone who won’t compromise, I see someone betraying the core purposes of our Constitution, which is to force compromise. I just mean people who at the end of the day say, “You know what? And I think it’s time for compromisers – by compromisers, by the way, I don’t mean people who give up on their core values and roll over and get rolled by the bitter partisans on the other side. MR. RAUCH: And I saw in you someone who is willing to say being right about marriage is not as important to me as making a pact with my fellow Americans on the other side so that we can share this country. MR. BLANKENHORN: We can live together, yeah. MR. BLANKENHORN: It’s what you try to do in these conversations, I think. MR. RAUCH: I think we should understand and say this is a matter of patriotic duty to our country. And it is our duty as citizens to find ways to live together. MR. RAUCH: I think of it as duty.
8. “I think poppers are fascinating,” says Matt Breen, my former editor at the Advocate. We are writing to report on a small but possibly growing and worrisome trend among some American men who have sex with men (MSM), which has been reported by participants in the first author’s ethnographic study of MSM in Los Angeles.1 Often described as “a new way to use poppers” or as “huffing poppers,” in fact, the practice is simply huffing-that is, inhaling organic solvents or propellants, typically with the use of a rag, a sock or a bag to diffuse or contain the solution for more efficient inhalation. “Across the board, alcohol and cigarettes cause far more problems then poppers would do, but we’re still allowed to buy them at any corner store,” he says. I’m not going to walk out of here with everything I wanted.” I think it’s time for us to get a little bit more uncompromising in our defense of compromise. I can only imagine the criticism that comes your way from your own community about that, but I think on our best days we both sometimes try for that a little bit.
And you write – Jon has written for gay audiences and said things like he said, like it’s time to, like, give these religious people a bit of a break and not press our advantage. I also asked people to comment on the issue of people using poppers in recovery, and a few general themes emerged. Beyond the cheeky hilarity of having poppers discussed in Westminster, Blunt’s admission underscores the central role that recreational drugs continue to play in the lives of many gay men. Tim, another gay man, stopped using alcohol and cocaine five years ago. Thirty-five years later, and Liquid Gold has just had its most profitable year yet. And then if you express doubt about something, that’s viewed as a sign of weakness today, especially in this hyper-partisan – everybody wants to be tough-minded. When you’re in the public eye and you change your mind, well, that’s viewed as a sign of weakness.