Meghan McCain on What Makes America Sexy
By Ben Karris • College Times
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
“America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom” is the product of a nation-wide tour undertaken by political pundit, columnist, MSNBC contributor and blogette Meghan McCain and comedian and writer Michael Ian Black.
The book begins with Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo call to arms, “Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride,” and McCain recently shared some of her ride with College Times.
So, your book is titled “America, you sexy bitch,” What is the sexiest thing about America?
I think the sexiest thing about America is that you can be anything you want here. You can do whatever you want; you can say whatever you want. So, I guess, the freedom you get in America is the sexiest thing about it.
Do you think as this generation takes the reins, issues like same-sex marriage will become things of the past in states like Arizona or Alabama or the country as a whole?
I do. I think anyone who is opposed to same-sex marriage at this point is really fighting a losing battle – not only politically but culturally as well. Look at all of the things going on with Chic-fil-A today. I think people are either going there to support it or not going there at all. I just think it’s such a thing of the past and I think homophobia and the notion that gay people are somehow different than everybody else is a very retro way of thinking. It went out a while ago. To me there aren’t any arguments against gay marriage that have any validity at this point … and, I’ve heard them all!
Do you think more Republicans feel like you do and are just afraid to be as open about it?
[… ] It’s like everybody is scared to say how they really feel privately, and I never get more disgusted by people than I do when I speak with Republicans privately. Some say they don’t have a problem with gay marriage, but they aren’t comfortable saying so publicly. To me that is just the ultimate cowardice. I think that anyone who believes something in private but because of political expediency or whatever social doctrines you’re adhering to somehow stop you from being who you are is completely un-American.
In “America, You Sexy Bitch,” you touch on the legalization of marijuana. Could you describe how your stance on the issue has evolved?
Part of it came from living in Los Angeles. It was everywhere, it was at so many parties, and it was at almost every social situation that I went to. I just couldn’t believe how many people were smoking weed so openly – on the street, outside of parties, nobody seemed to say anything. I always hate when anything is being done but not talked about, especially when the economic benefits are there. The more research I did and the more I learned about what decriminalizing would do for our economy, I don’t understand why it isn’t an issue that isn’t more openly discussed, other than, again, the social stigmas attached to it. And I’m not even a frequent user and it’s not something I would do frequently if it were legalized, but I just don’t like hypocrisy.
Top five Republican haircuts of all time?
Oh no, that’s hard! Mitt Romney’s got a pretty nice haircut, but Republicans aren’t about haircuts. We’re not like John Edwards. We don’t spend $400 on haircuts; that’s a Democrat thing. We’re all about the ideas. [ Laughing ] We don’t care about haircuts!
What are some political or cultural cues Arizona could take from the rest of the country and vice versa?
The thing I love about Arizona is the independent streak among people. I know we sort of get labeled by the mainstream media as radical conservatives and I’ve never found that to be the case. I think there’s a great mix of people in Arizona and if I actually had to label Arizonans as a group, I’d say we’re much more libertarian than conservative. I think the rest of the country could take away from the independent thinkers in Arizona and this amazing rebelliousness, and I just wish Arizona would come around to gay marriage. I think we’re really at the forefront of a lot of things, and I think it would send a great signal to the rest of the country.
How likely do you think that is?
I would bet money that it will happen within the next 8 to 10 years, maybe sooner. It’s not a matter of if, but when.