There’s a tale of competing headlines this morning. Here’s they are:
The first one is from JoeMyGod.com (article here), and the second is from Towleroad.com (article here). Basically, these two men, who are staples of the Republican party, are telling two very different stories about the future of their party. Bush, who is already being talked about for a 2016 run for the presidency, thinks the GOP can grow if they start embracing diversity; basically, they can’t rely on old, straight white men to be the core of the party if they want to grow and prosper in America. The GOP needs diversity if they are to survive.
Huckabee, on the other hand, wants to bolt if the GOP comes out for marriage equality. He’s one of those in the core of the GOP that doesn’t want to learn nor grow. He’s happy with the GOP being based in a bigoted reality, and will pick up his toys and go home if the GOP decides to grow without him.
Well, one of these will be right. The question is, which one?
Personally, I think the GOP will once again come up to be a respected national party ONLY IF they abandon their bigoted views on everything not-white and not-male, and start talking about sensible regulation. The GOP of the past, such as Eisenhower or Barry Goldwater, wouldn’t be in the banks pockets, gutting financial regulation or doing idiotic, racist things like we see today’s GOP doing. But I think it’s going to take the GOP being ripped to shreds, and maybe even bordering on disappearing (can we say the modern day equivalent of the Whigs?), before something drastic changes.
Democrats have a big-tent view of things, proven by having such diverse members from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkely (D-OR), who is one of he most liberal senators in the Congress, to Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who holds views much closer to Eisenhower or Goldwater’s GOP than Democrats. But the GOP can’t stand diversity, even in their own party.
Only the future will tell us how this is going to unfold.
There’re noble things that you do. Like when Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, then turned to an aid (allegedly) and said, “We have lost the South for a generation.” See, it was important, and it was right to sign the Civil Rights Act.
Noble acts aren’t just for Presidents, though. There are ones committed every day. But there’s one that some may call noble, that I call short-sighted. And that’s a gay group endorsing Mitt Romney, like the Log Cabin Republicans have.
Sure, there can be gay Republicans, like Fred Karger, who is a good man with good ideas. But you don’t have to kowtow to your party’s bigotry. The Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Mitt Romney, even though he’s badmouthed gay people his whole political career, from saying he’d end hospital visitation rights for gay couples to saying he didn’t care about gay families – to a lesbian mother.
There’s times when people will “hold their nose and vote” for someone. But gay community support for Mitt Romney goes way beyond that; it’s giving someone your time, money, and vote, and hoping they support you, while knowing that they really think you’re much less than even a second class citizen.
Romney knows that he’s milquetoast in front of the American public. He’s also fighting off the “wimp” factor, and yes, there’s still those pesky tax returns that still keep creeping up. Oh, and his inability to connect with anyone who makes less than $500,000 per year is a bit of a harsh buzz, too.
So he needs someone who can connect with the American public, someone who isn’t seen as a wimp. Someone that will take the distraction away from his tax returns, while exciting the new (teabagger) base of the Republican party.
That’s why he’s going to choose Donald Trump as Vice President.
Think about it for a minute… Trump is, mostly an unknown in politics, except for the wingnut teabagger side of the Republican party, so that’ll be a point up. Romney is going to need someone who excites his base, but who isn’t afraid to just go bat-shit crazy and tell lies, which will go over so well with the birthers. And though Trump is out there, he’s not as crazy as Michelle Bachmann, so he’s got that going for him. The white evangelicals who may be hemming and hawing about Romney’s Mormon roots are going to get behind a Trump VP; that’ll get them to the polling booth when the religion issue might not.
I truly think this is what’ll happen; Trump is someone who will distract from the actual issues of the race, Romney hoping he can slide though until November without having released his tax returns, and not having to attack Obama himself.
We’ll see how it plays out.
It’s like there’s a gay bashing every other day in the United States. And it’s got to stop.
People who say that gays aren’t like blacks when it comes to civil rights struggles are wrong. Because yesterday’s lynching of a black man for talking to a white woman is today’s beating of a woman because she’s a lesbian. Or attacking a gay male couple just because they’re there, and it’s opportune. This shit is wrong. But when is society going to stand up and say “Enough!”
Last weekend, three men broke into a woman’s house, tied her up, carved words into her body, and poured gasoline over her and her house, trying to burn it down. Luckily the fire didn’t take, and she was able to get out of the house. But the police have absolutely no suspects. The woman’s crime? She’s a lesbian. A lesbian who lives in a quiet town, in her quiet home, who helped neighbors shovel their snow, rake their leaves, and mowed their lawns. But these men decided that she deserved to die for that.
Also? A gay DC couple was ambushed as they walked home and beaten. Why? Solely because they were gay. The beatings weren’t as severe, solely because there was another couple nearby that startled the attackers and interrupted the beating.
I’m so fucking sick and tired of this type of thing happening. It has no place in our country. The people that do this are nothing but cowards, lashing out at people they don’t understand. They should be found, tried, and punished. Severely. So much so that they’re made an example of. And our leaders should take to the airways, take to
So one of the regular blogs that I read is JoeMyGod, which is a really good source for pretty much all things GLBT and equality related. This morning, Joe posted an excerpt from an opinion piece in The Atlantic by Jonathan Merritt, where Mr. Merritt discussed how we really should become level-headed in our arguments, and basically stop with the culture wars by stopping the threats of boycotts or such. The quote that got to me was this one:
As Josh Ozersky argued on TIME Thursday, ‘businesses should be judged by their products and their practices, not by their politics.’ I agree: I don’t care how my dry cleaner votes. I just want to know if he/she can press my Oxfords without burning my sleeves.
You know what, Mr. Merritt? I do care. Why on Earth would I give my money to a corporation that is just going to turn around and – especially now thanks to Citizens United – fund that money into attacks against what I believe in? It’s like giving a drug addict a syringe of morphine and then telling them, “Please don’t inject that on yourself”. In short, it’s bollocks.
I may not know what my dry cleaner’s voting record is, but if I read good things about them (in reputation, as well as doing good for the community), then I’ll pay them for services. But if they are like the Chick fil A company? I’ll take my money elsewhere.
The USOC of course being the United States Olympic Committee. Why? Because someone made the decision to give the contract for Team America’s official uniform to Ralph Lauren, and then Ralph Lauren turned around and got the garments made in China.
China. Team America is being outfitted by uniforms manufactured in China.
Some people use the lame excuse that “Well, the US wants cheap clothes, so we don’t make anything here anymore.” Tell that to the pair of “Union Made in the USA” jeans I’m wearing right now, along with a great shirt made by King Louis America. Two great American shops who could use a break, and would have proudly made Team USA’s apparel if given the chance, I bet!
So shame on you, USOC! Your poor choices bring shame to our nation!
You wouldn’t think so, from someone who is supposedly so “milk toast-ey”. But I think this may be one of the last straws.
So everyone knows that Romney spoke to the NAACP yesterday, and that he got soundly booed. But his reaction to this? He basically insulted every single person who has ever had to rely on public assistance, didn’t have a wealthy benefactor like his dad, or believe in a progressive movement. He said:
Mitt Romney just called every person who believes in justice for all, not just for those that have they money, a freeloader. It’s exactly what he said, and exactly what he means. And he’s unapologetic about it.
You’re a disgusting human being, Mitt Romney, and you bring nothing but disgrace to the 2012 race.
Oh this is just disgusting…
We all know taxes are a necessary thing; if you want the ability to call the police, call the fire department, drive on a road, or do just about anything else in our society, you have to pay your share of taxes. I agree with Joe Biden from the 2008 campaign trail – paying your fair share of taxes is patriotic (for which Sarah Palin made fun of him).
But that’s not what Linsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina thinks. He thinks it’s patriotic to NOT pay your fair share. His quote?
Seriously, Senator Graham? You’re disgusting. You think it’s patriotic to short people like firemen, policemen, and teachers? Patriotic to not help pave the roads that you drive, and not monitor the airspace that you fly in?
You know what I’d like to see? A bunch of policemen, firemen, air traffic controllers, teachers, and all sorts of people line up to meet Senator Graham, and tell him to his face how hateful and disgusting his belief is.
The awesome blog Towleroad put together a great post about the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, as well as other organizations, and the amicus brief that was filed in the case against DoMA, the egregious “Defense of Marriage Act” passed by the Congress and signed into law by Bill Clinton on the 1990s.
Go read the article, which includes scientific proof that gays and lesbians enjoy the same relationships as their heterosexual counterparts, as well as showing their children aren’t harmed by same-sex parents, but are harmed by laws like DoMA.
Here’s a good roundup of the three good pieces of news for marriage equality.
First of all, Washington United for Marriage, the group that’s fighting to keep marriage equality on the books, raised more than seven times as much as the anti-gay pro-discrimination group Preserve Marriage Washington. In June 2012, they raised $952,000 while the pro-discrimination group raised just $135,000. Way to go, Washington United for Marriage!
Secondly, in Maine, where it’s also going to the ballot, a recent poll has marriage equality beating out discrimination by 57% to 35%, with 8% marked as “undecided”.
Finally, Maryland, which like Washington State, passed a marriage equality law that was immediately challenged. The Maryland Board of Elections just certified the signatures, saying that there would be a ballot measure to let the voters decide on the outcome. Like in Maine, a large majority – 57% to 37% – say they would like to keep marriage equality on the books.
This is all good. But the fact remains, the public has no right to vote on people’s civil rights.