The conventional wisdom when Empress Pelosi and her merry band of military-bashing Democrats took control of Congress was that one piece of legislation was sure to sail through: Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act protecting gays and lesbians in the workplace. Of all “gay rights” issues, ENDA has consistently scored the highest level of support from a significant majority of Americans in all parts of the USA.
But if anyone could find a way to derail a sure thing — it would be the Human Rights Campaign. There are a lot of things going on in the background that I know a little about…. but the bottom line appears to be that the HRC has sold out the progress of gays and lesbians in favor of protecting the Democratic Party and Nancy Pelosi’s lust for power. I’m working on a more comprehensive review of the issue, but I would like to use this “update” from HRC Chief Joe Solomonese to illustrate my point.
As I did with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s interview with “60 Minutes”, I will have to activate my universal translator to relay the real story from Solomonese. I’m turning the translator to “Homobullese-to-English”.
Here is the actual update email from Joe complete with my translation for those of you who have trouble reading Homobullese.
The last two weeks have been the most heartbreaking and gut-wrenching of my life-and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. Ever since we received word last week that the original, complete version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was in trouble, many in our community have spent more than one sleepless night tossing and turning, trying to figure out the best strategy for moving forward. [GP Translation: A strategy that would protect Democrats’ lust for power and hijack any chance for true progress on ENDA.]
And although there were different views on which road to take, I personally received strength in knowing that our goal-enacting one bill that protects the entire GLBT community-would be the ultimate destination. Three rock-solid principles [GP Translation: Principles are temporary sacrifices the Gay Left must endure.] have guided my decision-making throughout this ordeal: a) In the context of decisions that lawmakers had made, HRC must craft a strategy that would achieve an inclusive ENDA most expeditiously; b) an “incremental” strategy that said we’d “come back and pick up gender identity in a few years” was not acceptable; and c) we couldn’t affect change if we weren’t part of the legislative process.
Those principles have dictated all of my actions and will continue to do so. [GP Translation: Actually *passing* non-discrimination into law this year never crosssed my mind.]
That final principle-staying in the game in order to influence the outcome-has, thus far, been almost unique to HRC, [GP Translation: Protecting Democrats.] and the actions we’ve taken based upon it have come under intense scrutiny by others.
No matter how difficult it is to come under fire, however, we know that turning our backs on our relationships with Congress is not an acceptable strategy for HRC. [GP Translation: I have my nose so far up Pelosi’s ass, my stomach acid digests her food.]
It would completely incapacitate us in the fight for a complete bill. Everything that has transpired in the past week, and everything that we will do going forward, reflects this basic understanding: if we remain outside of the legislative process, we have no hope of influencing it. [GP Translation: And we’d have no hope of giving the DNC the money we gays are so good at forking over to them despite knives in our backs for 40 years.]
And as we remain engaged in the legislative process [GP Translation: Hillary’s 2008 campaign.] we continue to unequivocally state that (a) we only support a complete employment bill-meaning one that provides the most robust protections for everyone in our community, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; and (b) we do not support the removal of gender identity from ENDA.
I won’t leave anyone wondering about where HRC stands: we do not support the incomplete bill recently introduced in Congress, and we only support a complete ENDA. Period. [GP Translation: Because we don’t think making real progress for hard working American gays & lesbians is important enough.]
In service of our mission and our principles, at this very moment the Human Rights Campaign is engaged in a full-scale lobbying effort focused on targeted members, both on the Hill and with in-district grassroots work, to support a complete bill. [GP Translation: Massive sucking ass to Pelosi and Barney Frank.]
We are facing an uphill battle but we refuse to give up — to quote Bill Clinton — “until the last dog dies.” [GP Translation: Clinton made that comment shortly after he enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and signed Defense of Marriage Act.]
Our community can work with the people who want to help us, or we can walk out on them. We can fight to move the ball from where it is, or simply go home. HRC chose the former course. [GP Translation: Because in our heart of hearts, we have no absolutely no idea how to compromise and gain consensus on gay rights issues in America. Send us your checks!]