Sunday, November 01, 2009
The HRC's strategy of "Hurry Up and Wait"...
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently emailed me asking for money. They do that a lot. Now they are "celebrating their success" with the passage of Federal Hate Crimes law that includes sexual orientation. Now I am thrilled the Matthew Shepherd Act passed. But in the grand scheme of advancing civil rights for LGBT Americans, it really isn't that big of a victory.
Far more LGBT Americans are affected by the two laws the HRC seems completely unable, and even unwilling to pressure the Obama Administration to address. The Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy of discharging Gay and Lesbian Americans from the U.S. Military. Both of which the HRC says are important but it's too soon and they will have to "work up" to it.
How many times will the HRC allow LGBT Americans to be Charlie Brown running at the Football that Barack "Lucy Van Pelt" Obama is holding. Oh THIS time Little Joey Solmonese is SURE the ball won't be pulled away... if you just pony up pink dollars for the midterm elections, THEN by golly we are gonna get to kick that football clear into next week!
I hate to say it but when it comes to the HRC it's time to "Speak truth to Stupid". The Democratic Party is NOT interested in LGBT rights. They may not be working against equality, but they sure as hell are NOT working for it either.
Am I saying Gays and Lesbians should vote Republican? Well to be honest I don't really know. The sad truth is, it seems like the DNC and the DCCC were far more committed to the LGBT Community when the Democrats were in the minority. Maybe putting them BACK there for two years might get it through their heads you can't keep yanking the ball away and smiling sweetly as you say "Now just isn't the time for your issues."
Part of me thinks it might be better to deal with honest enemies who you know are going to try to stab you in heart, than have dishonest friends who you have to constantly worry about them stabbing you in the back.
Sigh.. I really wish we had a viable third party.. (Sorry Libertarians and Greens keep dreaming . I said a "Viable" third party and neither of you are there yet.)
Now the most recent excuse for not being "able" to keep major campaign promises on LGBT rights comes to us from the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. John Aravosis over at AMERICABLOG reports that at the recent White House ceremony for the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Emanuel was confronted by a woman from Massachusetts about the Administration less than stellar record so far..
"I went over to Rahm Emmanuel, who was standing by himself. I shook his hand and said, So when are you going to stop with this one man one woman stuff? What do you mean? he said. I raised my eyebrows and said, You know what I mean, and it makes your candidate look like he's stuck in the 1990's. It' 2009. C'mon. Let's get healthcare first, he said. I said, I don't know if I can wait that long. And off he scurried...".
And now it is becoming clear we won't even "get Health Care". We will get a watered down opt-outable giveaway to Private Insurance companies that will put the problem down the road another decade where it will bankrupt us... nice.
President Obama is an excellent public speaker but to date has shown he is woefully ineffective as an actual leader. He speaks from the left but is terrified to govern from anywhere but the center and just right of center. When it comes to LGBT equality, they can't keep their promises because....
1. There is too much on the President's plate. Then it will be because...
2. Its too hot of an issue to touch during a Midterm Election year. Then it will be...
3. Sorry we lost too many seats in the Midterms we don't have the votes. THEN it will be...
4. Re-elect us THEN we will do everything we said we were going to do during the first term.
The Obama administration is paralyzed with fear of losing an election that is 3 years away. As a result they will lose what majority they have in Congress in 2010, and American People being relatively stupid and all too eager to vote against their own best interests, will boot him out of the White House in 2012 .