"Is Markos Moulitsas openly gay," one visitor to the Truth About Kos asked, as recorded by the blog's Site Meter. As part of researching and editing "The Indictment of Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA by Justice and History [now](Updated with Additional Information and Counts)," I read virtually every biographical article I could find on the Internet about Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) back in 2007. At that time, I found no indication that MAMZ had openly acknowledged being gay at any time.
More than anything else, a letter that MAMZ wrote and published at his college newspaper has indelibly connected the name "Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga" with homosexuality in the minds of the blogging and reading public. Initially, the public wanted to know whether MAMZ was gay. Now, some of the public (that pays any attention to him) apparently has concluded that MAMZ is gay and they have moved on to the question of whether he is openly gay.
In researching "The Indictment of Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA by Justice and History (Updated with Additional Information and Counts)," I, of course, read virtually every biological article that the mainstream newspapers and blogs had written, which articles were typically based exclusively on interviews with MAMZ himself.
I then began my own independent research and quickly found astounding facts, sources and issues that MAMZ had left out of those mainstream media interviews, including the articles and a letter to the editor that MAMZ had written when he was a student and participant in the Northern Illinois University's "Northern Star" student newspaper.
Among other strange opinions (for one who now claims to be a liberal), I discovered a letter to the editor, written by MAMZ in 1993, in which he expressed serious concerns about heterosexuality and homosexuality in the context of his experiences in the US Army. MAMZ said he vehemently opposed ALL participation by homosexuals in the US Armed Forces, saying, "There is something inherently uncomfortable about it."
In response to my research and the public reaction to the letter itself, MAMZ was forced to acknowledge at his DailyKos blog that that he had been "an idiot" for espousing the conservative beliefs that he admitted to having held at least until he voted for Republican President George H. W. Bush in 1992. He acknowledged he had been "an idiot" when he opposed gay rights, and when MAMZ supported Republican President Ronald Reagan, and when MAMZ was a Republican precinct captain for Republican Representative Henry Hyde, who led the House impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton. (Rep. Hyde was also a vehement anti-abortion activist in the Congress.). See "Kos Acknowledges Truth About Kos."
With the discovery that MAMZ had been the 1980's and 1990's equivalent of a US Army Hitler Youth, it was nonetheless the letter expressing such angst about the hurt masculinity of those such as himself who spent time with naked gays that has caused so many people suspect that MAMZ himself is gay. Most people understand by now that there is a connection between publicly vehemently hating gays and privately loving and desiring them. "Is Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos) a Closeted Gay Homophobe Blogger?"
One study,using electronic penis engorgement sensors, showed that the men who most vehemently oppose homosexuals and homosexuality are also men who show the most penis engorgement while viewing men engaged in explicit homosexual sex acts. For instance, US Senator Larry Craig opposed gay rights at every turn before being caught by police soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom.
In other words, the more a person hates and/or fears gays and publicly oppose gay rights, the more the public should investigate that person's own sexuality to determine whether his/her professed attitude toward gays is merely a way of distracting attention from his own homosexuality and, some say effeminate behavior, by targeting others for being gay.
Ex Idaho Senator Larry Craig Opposed Gay Rights,
Sought Sex with Men in Airport Bathroom.
It is in this context that we should read the letter in which MAMZ opposed any and all gay participation in the Armed Forces. I quote the entire letter below so that members of the public who are asking, "Is Markos Moulitsas openly gay?" can find this letter in Google searches and decide for themselves whether his position on gay rights (when he was 22 years old and he was trained by the CIA before he announced that he was a progressive) is relevant to questions about MAMZ's own sexuality.
It’s truly disturbing how much ado has been made over Bill Clinton’s campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from the U.S. military. It’s ironic how it has taken a president who has never served in the military to make a promise that affects the military in such a negative manner. Those who have served in the military, such as myself, understand the demands and pressures of military life are incompatible with allowing integration with homosexuals.
I’m neither socially conservative or prejudiced, and neither is liberal columnist Mike Royko, Gen. Colin Powell, and influential liberal Democrats Sam Nunn and Les Aspin, all who’ve come out against lifting the ban. Under military circumstances, as much has to be done as possible to focus the unit’s mission and keep disciplinary problems to a minimum.
Worrying about whether the known homosexual sleeping next to you is watching as you change your underwear may seem trivial as you read this, but to the soldier who’s short-tempered after three weeks in the field and four hours of daily sleep, it becomes a matter of great importance to his pride and sensibilities.
And in any case, there aren’t many people who would change clothes in a group of co-workers if members of the opposite sex were in the same room watching. There is something inherently uncomfortable about it. Such fears would go a long way in disrupting efficiency and morale in a unit.
I have stated before that, with MAMZ ostensibly "Crashing the Gates" of the Democratic Party, it should be of far greater concern to progressives and Democrats that MAMZ has acknowledged, on an audiotape, (see Transcript) that he was training to be a "secret agent" in "clandestine services" at the US CIA during 2002, when he started the supposedly "leftist," "liberal," "progressive" DailyKos blog. This one fact brings into question all that MAMZ has said about himself and politics since then and before then, and also leads us to question the motivation of his letter publicly professing his "inherently uncomfortable" relationship with gays.
To this day, MAMZ has wrapped himself in the trappings of marriage and fatherhood, as did Senator Larry Craig, but MAMZ has not publicly and directly stated that he gay or that he is not gay. He has said, however, that joining the US Army was something he did, or was glad he did, in order to remove doubts about his manhood.
But basic training was the best thing to ever happen to me. They say they break you down in basic training so they can rebuild you into a real man. "The Soldier in Me," Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, The American Prospect, April 16, 2006.Particularly with MAMZ saying, "There's a reason most vets running for office this year are running as Democrats," readers perceive his ambition for public office and/or power. Each day people Google MAMZ to find out, "Is Markos Moulitsas openly gay," and then they come to the Truth About Kos blog.
MAMZ claims that he was unmanly when he joined the army, but then he got a "rebuild" and came out a "real man.' In light of his letter to the editor, the public wants to understand what "rebuild" MAMZ got while living in the military's all-male dormitories, and whether the experience really changed MAMZ in the ways he claims it did. His letter to the editor shows that Army basic training really did not resolve all of his issues in this regard.