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Why I’m Rejoining Log Cabin Tonight

In just a few hours, I will be heading to a meeting of Log Cabin of Los Angeles with something I usually don’t bring to such gatherings. My checkbook. For at this meeting, I intend to do something I haven’t done in at least five, possibly six, years, join Log Cabin.

Now that the man who supported the group’s decision not to endorse his party’s nominee in the 2004 presidential election, who attacked that nominee after claiming to remain neutral in the race and who even refused to indicate whom he had voted for after that good man had won a decisive reelection, has stepped down as head of the organization, I am joining in the hope that the group’s new leadership will spend more time building bridges to the party whose very name is in the organization’s name and less time trying to get along with the left-leaning gay groups.

Over the course of the two-years that I have been blogging, I have delivered a largely mixed report on Log Cabin. Even if it meant delaying my bedtime, I have made sure to post items showing the group in a good light, most recently praising interim leader Patrick Sammon for condemning “outing” in his statement on the Foley affair.

My greatest criticism of immediate past Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero has been his dedication to improving Log Cabin’s “standing among liberal national gay rights groups.” This commitment seemed odd given how frequently these groups criticized President Bush and the GOP — and how regularly they allied themselves with a variety of left-wing organizations.

I understand it’s no easy task to lead the Log Cabin Republicans. A prominent gay Republican who lives in DC described the job as “thankless.” That said, the new leader must reach out, not to gay organizations (though he (or she) should be cordial to their leaders), but to broad-minded elected Republicans and to those in think tanks — and advocacy organizations — concerned about the GOP’s departure from its Reaganite principles.

The new leader of Log Cabin needs to do what House Republicans did in 1994, that is, make clear where his organization stands on the key issues of the day. To show that they are committed Republicans, Log Cabin leaders should forward an agenda, not limited to gay issues, indeed, an agenda that focuses on conservative ones, supporting the President in the War on Terror, promoting a strategy for victory in Iraq, cutting the size and scope of the federal government, supporting judicial restraint and above all, returning to rhetoric which has defined the GOP since its inception 160 years ago — stressing that freedom is the motivating for our involvement in politics and the goal of a truly republican government.

It is in the hope that as Log Cabin’s new leadership will return to these noble principles that I will be rejoining the organization tonight.

– B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest@aol.com)

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  1. committed to step and fetching to the Republicans in power, because they don’t mind being 2nd class citizens as long as their stock portfolios remain healthy.

    Promoting a strategy for victory in Iraq? the moron in chief and rumsfeld have had a few years to do that and have failed miserably.

    For the all the rhetoric I’ve seen here, the supporters of this site never want to acknowledge that it is predominantly Conservative Republicans in this country who have led the anti-gay sentiment. It is they as the current federal majority and not Liberal Democrats who have used and want to use our government to legislate social control and pass laws to strip away equal rights from gay and lesbian citizens. And thats the way it its…

    Comment by Kevin — October 23, 2006 @ 9:01 pm - October 23, 2006

  2. Personally……

    I can’t wish Dan well for …

    Trackback by JodyWheeler.Com / Naked Writing — October 23, 2006 @ 9:13 pm - October 23, 2006

  3. #1 Sounds like supporting the Democrats for all the gays or minorities who “step and fetch” for a pat on the head.

    Face it. The Democrats try to serve too many constituencies. Their *base* is actually working class or lower class. The intellectual elite may be all gay-friendly, but they can’t elect anyone without the “poor” and “labor” who, we all know, tend to be oh so *very* tolerant of others.

    Comment by Synova — October 23, 2006 @ 10:03 pm - October 23, 2006

  4. #1: It’s not as though I disagree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but your tone is not conducive to debate. If you bother to post at all, why would you post something that will serve only to anger those who agree with you while alienating those in the middle whom you might be able to influence?

    #3 Synova: I agree with you too, one hundred percent (the first paragraph anyhow).

    Comment by kdogg36 — October 23, 2006 @ 10:43 pm - October 23, 2006

  5. And I thought it was just me who couldn’t believe how wishy-washy Pat G & LCR was during the 2004 elections.

    What makes you think they’ve changed. It seems like they’ve just had a dozen fundraisers celebrating Patrick Gulliermo.

    Comment by sandy — October 23, 2006 @ 11:49 pm - October 23, 2006

  6. Sandy, I don’t know that they’ve changed, but I’m expressing the hope that they will — and my commitment to supporting them if they do.

    And anyway, I had a good time tonight.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 24, 2006 @ 12:54 am - October 24, 2006

  7. Or maybe rejoining Log Cabin is like a second marriage–the triumph of hope over experience.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 24, 2006 @ 1:01 am - October 24, 2006

  8. Or maybe it’s just a waste of your money? I can tell you that Michigan’s LC(R) organization is about as DOA as one can be and still contend “We’re alive, damn it.” They’ve taken a page right out of Patrick’s 2004 Playbook and their ExitDoor leads to the gay liberal activist groups, not the GOP.

    Let’s face it Dan, the road of atonement for the natl LC(R) and some state chapters is a lot longer than that of the CA LC(R).

    Time will tell if you got any value in your membership. I know I won’t if I joined the Michigan or natl LC(R)s.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 10:01 am - October 24, 2006

  9. #3 “The Democrats try to serve too many constituencies”
    You are right. On one hand this makes the democrats attractive because they are so broad, on the other hand it makes their deck of cards so incredibly unstable.
    It is hard for me to see how the LCR can still call themselves republicans…they have moved far away from the base of the party…

    Comment by keogh — October 24, 2006 @ 10:16 am - October 24, 2006

  10. Welcome back to LCR, we need all of the articualte and comservative voices that we can get.

    BTW we just had our 10th annual LCR Grand Ol Party black tie dinner here in Dallas last Saturday with Jim Kolbe as keynote speaker. He gave a great speach and we raised five figures to help, in part, support 15 Republican candates (14 incumbents) running in Dallas area races. Not bad for being in the heart of a very red state.

    #9 keogh, you look silly when commenting on subjects (gay Republicans) that you know so little about. I suggest the you stick with things that you know and love. Cindy Sheehan, Mike Rogers and Kos for example.

    Comment by BoBo — October 24, 2006 @ 10:50 am - October 24, 2006

  11. BoBo, good to hear of the recent success in TxLand… how can it be in a state where CowBoys are the norm, most animals grow horns and the women look like Ann Richards there aren’t more good looking gay men in the GOP? 😉

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 11:04 am - October 24, 2006

  12. B. Daniel Blatt

    You sound just like the Judenrat of the 1930’s.

    A gay Republican is as oxymoronic as an African-American Klansman.

    Comment by Michael — October 24, 2006 @ 11:44 am - October 24, 2006

  13. So Bobo:
    Who is more in the Repub mainstream, LCR or Dobson’s Crew?

    Comment by keogh — October 24, 2006 @ 12:00 pm - October 24, 2006

  14. LOL…..keogh, the irony of you whining about Dobson when your party’s own hate and intolerance — as in comment #12 — is so blatantly obvious is lost on no one but yourself.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 24, 2006 @ 12:13 pm - October 24, 2006

  15. Michael, while I’m sure that Dan can defend himself with both wit (which you lack) and substance (which your flamer comments lack as well), I’d like to simply point out that the whole Nazi-Jew Traitor metaphor fails on a number grounds –and for now, let’s skip the “originality” concept you’ve clearly failed.

    First, the California chapter of the LC(R) is hardly rightwinged –it’s probably one of the most progressive Left, inclusive LC(R) agencies in operation.

    Second, joining the group as a gay is hardly the act of submission to authority or selling out of one’s principles (religious, ethnic or otherwise). Ca has one of the most gay-tolerant LC(R)s in the nation– or do you just like to shoot from the hip with an uninformed sight and no bullet in the chamber?

    Third, the LC(R)s –state-by-state and nationally– have been decidedly anti-Bush, so you ought not be snarking up some condemnation for Dan but you should be praising his contribution to a group that will likely endorse a Democrat in 2008 unless the GOP choice is Rudy Guiliani or Christie Todd Whitman or Chris Shays (all unlikely I think).

    Rather than snarkily condemn Dan, you should applaud his choice.

    But then, you’d need to put down the tinfoil hat, resist your urge to find solace with your gay-sellout buds over at the DailyKos, and see “political activism, writ large” as something MORE than preserving your presumed right to march down mainstreet in buttless chaps while dragging the twink pick-up left over from last night’s bareback party at your rent-subsidized low income apartment.

    A little time in front of the Mirror of Truth might reflect back to you that YOU are actually the traitor to our cause by selling the gay community’s long termed interests down the river in order to help out your political Brotherhood of Victims over at the DNC. The gay community may never recover from the “leadership” given by the GayLeftDemocrats in America –you’ve antagonized the military, the Silent Majority, religion in general, Catholics in specific, and voters in state after bloody state.

    With “leaders” like that, the gay agenda may never approach a constructive stage again.

    No Michael, put down the tin foil hat and applaud Dan. Mostly because you don’t have a clue and you ought to recognize superior intellect when you have the opportunity –frankly, in the crowd you hang with, that rarely happens because the GayLeftBorg has dumbed down to its lowest common denominator. Just look in the mirror.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 12:15 pm - October 24, 2006

  16. keogh, before you hoist Dobson up the GOP flagpole… wasn’t his group one of the groups your buddy MikeRogers was trying to influence with all the outing smears to kick out or silence gay GOP staffers on the Hill?

    Thought so. You really do need to think before you post, keogh.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 12:20 pm - October 24, 2006

  17. Michael, your comment amuses me more than anything. You just provide a new twist to the narrow-minded cliches angry leftists have been using to describe gay Republicans, a group they can’t — or refuse to — understand.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 24, 2006 @ 12:43 pm - October 24, 2006

  18. And, as I keep saying, GPW, do we really care any more if they “understand” us or not?

    I say let them rot in their own chains and servitude.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 24, 2006 @ 12:52 pm - October 24, 2006

  19. Sorry pal but the flag has been flying over the GOP since the 90’s, while you were busy Clinton hating, they have taken over your party.

    This is from the FRC’s Tony Perkins:
    “This raises yet another plausible question for values voters: has the social agenda of the GOP been stalled by homosexual members and or staffers?…..The GOP will have to decide whether it wants to be the party that defends the traditional moral and family values that our nation was built upon and directed by for two centuries. Put another way, does the party want to represent values voters or Mark Foley and friends”

    Even the LCR admits that their party is owned by the Dobson Conservatives – Go to the LCR homepage. You will find an article called “Retrieve party from grasp of fundamentalists”
    All of this brings up the obvious question:
    How can the LCR even exist (or be relevant) when its party is owned by these “fundamentalists?”

    Comment by keogh — October 24, 2006 @ 1:01 pm - October 24, 2006

  20. It is in the hope that as Log Cabin’s new leadership will return to these noble principles that I will be rejoining the organization tonight.

    Thats all well and dandy. But like, were there any other cute guys there?

    Comment by Patrick (Gryph) — October 24, 2006 @ 2:07 pm - October 24, 2006

  21. keogh, I know it’s hard for you, but try to stay focused just a little in this discussion, ok? But first, kudos for starting to note the author(s) you quote –I know others here appreciate that too.

    Second, I didn’t suggest that Dr Dobson doesn’t have a significant influence in the natl GOP —never said it, never will. But I think you guys on the LeftSide of reality think it’s far more than I’ve found it to be in my experience INSIDE the GOP –and there’s the rub of it, keogh… I have a tad better advantage on perspective than you.

    I simply said before you start raising the Dobson cliche up the flagpole, remember that it was your own MikeRogers (and now it turns out the HRC-hiding-behind-a-fiction-blog) that was last reaching out to Dobson and his followers in an effort to smear and embarass GOP staffers on the Hill… which didn’t work even with guys like Ian extending the smear campaign to incumbent GOP Senators.

    And let’s not forget that before MikeRogers ooozed out of the sewers for this latest slimefest of the GayLeft-beholden-2-the-Democrats, the Democrats own fearless leader (well, that’s a stretch given he’s dodging any on air time in the hope that voters will forget ScreaminDean) Dr HowieDean feeding his brand of religious-Left to Pat Robertson and the 700 Club.

    Not exactly the most honorable moments for those inside the atheist GayLeftBorg, was it keogh? Detach the conduit, walk off the Democrat Plantation and think for yourself. It’ll raise your IQ at least a dozen points.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 2:12 pm - October 24, 2006

  22. And you’ve nailed the problem exactly, Matt; keogh simply can’t grasp the fact that he and his fellow puppets have been supporting Dean and other Democrats who are pandering to the very people that keogh and his ilk affect to hate.

    He’s another one of those helpless, self-loathing Democrats who knows they shouldn’t have wasted so much money on John Kerry — but rather than admit his precious Dems cheated him, he tries to tear down Republicans.

    That’s why he and his fellow Democrats are calling gay Republicans and conservatives “Judenrats”, just as their fellow minority slave blacks call successful African-Americans “oreos” and blast them for “acting white” — they want to tear those folks down to their level.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 24, 2006 @ 3:16 pm - October 24, 2006

  23. Ding, ding, ding. Give NDXXX a Schlitz 12 pack for nailing the issue succintly. Nicely done, stud. Nicely done.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 24, 2006 @ 10:28 pm - October 24, 2006

  24. 4: Because I tire of the debate between conservative and liberal gays to be a debate of have and have nots. To me, it’s a simple matter of allowing all citizens to enjoy the rights and freedoms of everyone else.

    A very simple example is marriage. male/female couples only have to spend a few dollars to obtain a marriage license that affords them a whole slew of rights as a married couple. The response I’ve seen here to this issue is “well, just get a lawyer to draw up agreements for that stuff”. Well, I’ve known people who have done this to the tune of 10s of thousands of dollars. In addition, there is never a guarantee that a place like a hospital is going to recognize a power of attorney, even if the whole document is shown to staff, to say nothing of what might happen if blood relatives challenge this power of attorney. Have you ever heard of a male/female couple where a spouse had to actually produce a copy of their marriage license in this kind of situation?

    When it comes right down to it, many people in this country, not just gays, do not enjoy equal protection under the law as guaranteed in the 14th ammendment, pure and simple.

    Comment by Kevin — October 24, 2006 @ 11:23 pm - October 24, 2006

  25. Yup, polygamists, bestialists, incest practitioners, and pedophiles are regularly denied their 14th Amendment right to marry and screw whoever — and whatever — they choose.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 25, 2006 @ 12:11 am - October 25, 2006

  26. #25: Yup, polygamists, bestialists, incest practitioners, and pedophiles are regularly denied their 14th Amendment right to marry and screw whoever — and whatever — they choose.

    There is no rational basis for differentiating gay marriages/partnerships from straight ones. They are the same in all essentials.

    Unlike consensual sex between adults, marriage is not a right. However, I do believe that those who support marriage as a legal institution, but want to deny access to same-sex couples, are either misinformed about the nature of same-sex partnerships, or have chosen not to use their brain on this issue.

    Comment by kdogg36 — October 25, 2006 @ 10:31 am - October 25, 2006

  27. And that’s fine, kdogg.

    But you have to convince people otherwise.

    And frankly, saying that people have “chosen not to use their brain” isn’t the way to do it.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 25, 2006 @ 12:57 pm - October 25, 2006

  28. I definitely applaud Dan. I’m a gay liberal, but get similar flack for being a practicing Catholic that gay conservatives get from liberals.

    I’m sure progress has been made in bridging the gap between gay conservatives and the GOP at large, and I’m sure plenty of work remains. Similar, I’m convinced that neither party has a monopoly on the gains LGBT persons have made.

    Left-leaning LGBT organizations need to recognize the diversity of the community, even and especially when it comes to politics; right-leaning LGBT organizations should do the same. Both sides can learn from each other.

    Comment by James G — October 25, 2006 @ 3:47 pm - October 25, 2006

  29. And frankly, saying that people have “chosen not to use their brain” isn’t the way to do it.

    Well, that’s true, for sure. I guess I just feel that I’m in a safe place here where I don’t have to censor myself. 🙂

    Comment by kdogg36 — October 26, 2006 @ 2:27 pm - October 26, 2006

  30. I don’t know Dan. I think you’re a fair-weather gay conservative that likes to complain how the political sausage is made. I’ll give you 6 months at best with LCR before you step on a grain of sand and cry about it.

    Comment by Dale G — December 20, 2006 @ 8:39 pm - December 20, 2006

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