Earlier this month, Apple surpassed ExxonMobil as the nation’s most valuable company. Seriously, Apple has more cash on hand than the U.S. government. Apple could even operate as its own country, as Rick Perry can relate, I’m sure.
The news of Steve Jobs’ resignation at Apple must be unsettling for the anti-gay wing of the Republican party. Tim Cook’s ascension to CEO of Apple now makes him one of the most powerful men the in the world. It’s been widely reported he is also gay, though he hasn’t ever come out publicly.
Consider this: Michele Bachmann runs away from lesbians, and her husband exorcises the homosexual barbarian out of men. Rick Perry has compared homosexuality to alcoholism. In the last Republican debate, we learned most of the candidates running for president are against marriage equality. And you know Rick Santorum’s weird take on the whole issue.
Every one of them should be asked what they think of a gay man possibly leading one of the world’s most powerful corporations. When Republican candidates talk about instilling our government with their anti-gay values does this also include protecting the free market they revere from homosexuality?
Steve Jobs’ departure is widely being recognized as “the end of an era.” He built Apple and has undoubtedly transformed society and humanity. But consider the coming era of Tim Cook and how he can transform society ever further. He is already being considered “an icon for gay advancement” than can inspire inclusion and diversity in the corporate world.