As Log Cabin prepares for its Capital Celebration in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, I’m reminded of Hollywood’s annual celebration back in 1985 when Sally Field won her second Oscar for Places in the Heart. Upon receiving the statuette, she uttered her memorable phrase, “You like me, right now, you like me.”
For the past four years at least, it seems that everything Log Cabin does is so their leadership can repeat that talented actress’s memorable (and often-misquoted) phrase when describing how the national gay groups feel about them. Whenever I scan the press releases on their very user-unfriendly website, it seems the issues that matter to them differ little (if at all) from those left-of-center organizations.
While many conservatives and libertarians (including a good number of gay people) oppose Hate Crimes laws and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Log Cabin joined the gay groups in praising introduction of such bills in the House (ENDA) and the Senate (Hate Crimes).
Lost is the notion about federalizing issues best handled at the state level, particularly criminal law. No, it just seems that Log Cabin has let the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) define its agenda for it. Instead of coming up with a conservative/libertarian agenda on gay issues, Log Cabin’s leadership seems intent on gaining the affection of the leaders of the left-leaning and liberal gay groups.
Log Cabin could use its position as the only ostensibly right-of–center gay group in Washington to challenge those groups’ left-wing orthodoxy — and to promote a discussion and even debate on the best means to address gay concerns, but it is more comforting to hear your erstwhile adversaries telling you that they like you, they really like you.
And to hear such pleasant words, they have forfeited the opportunity to offer a unique, a conservative, perspective, on issues of concern to our community.
We should be grateful thus for the opportunities that blogging affords.