He goes on to say that the only way to prevent something like 9/11 from happening was for 9/11 to happen. It's the same logic put into Marty McFly staging a mock sexual assault on his own mother in Back to the Future, so you know it's airtight. What's more, if Bush had prevented 9/11, his career would have ended. As Card puts it, "Successful disaster prevention always looks unnecessary, because after all, nothing bad happened." It's just like how we all look back at that wasteful asshole Kennedy when he put all those ships in front of Cuba for no good reason.
Gays Are Pretty Much the Worst
Orson Scott Card has a knack for writing mustache-twirling-villain dialogue. Check it out:
"Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society."
Problem is, that's not from a novel -- that's from a 1990 essay called "The Hypocrites of Homosexuality." Card now says that this quote has been taken out of context, and if you put the correct words around it, it magically shows him being "tolerant," because he only wants to punish gays some of the time.
We're guessing part of that punishment would be forcing them to wear that shirt.