Sometimes in their bile, our angriest critics make serious points. In comment #15 to my post faulting Log Cabin for using the rhetoric of the gay left to spinGovernor Schwarzenegger’s speech last week to Log Cabin (more on this in my next post), a critic, hiding behind his anonymity, said that when talking about equality, Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero “was talking about equality of opportunity and equality of access.” He’s right to note the distinction between the abstraction of equality and the expresson “equality of opportunity.”
Indeed, had Patrick made clear that he meant “equality of opportunity” when he used the word “equaity,” he would be more in line with the agenda of the GOP than with that of the left-leaning gay groups. So, I decided to search Log Cabin’s website. (I was delighted to see an ad there favoring repeal of the Estate Tax–kudos to Log Cabin on that one.)
Not finding a search engine, I scanned a few recent releases and while I frequently found the word equality unmodified, I didn’t find the expression “equality of opportunity.” So I tried a google search. Searching for “‘Patrick Guerriero’ ‘equality of opportunity'” yielded 12 hits, 3 to comments on this blog. Not a single hit referred to remarks Patrick made using that expression. (By contrast, a google search of “‘Patrick Guerriero’ equality” yielded about 21,400 hits.)
I know that some think I make much of Log Cabin’s excessive use of this word unmodified. (BoiFromTroy devoted an entire post to it today.) Words matter and I believe Log Cabin would have a better chance of making itself heard in GOP circles if it used the same language the Republicans use. Focusing on freedom and making clear that by equality, it means “equality of opportunity” would be a good start.
Anonymous is right to distinguish the abstraction of equality (which has socialist connotations) from the expression “equality of opportunity.” It’s too bad Patrick Guerriero doesn’t use the latter expression more often.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com