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Why I’m not Attending Townhall on Gay Marriage Tonight

If I got paid for blogging, I might do things a little differently.  I would certainly attend more gatherings of left-wing gays as I would be compensated for hearing the same old jargon over and over again, in the hope I would hear some new twist amidst the same old rhetoric.

I say this because I had been considering attending the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s “Town Hall on the Freedom to Marry” tonight.  Indeed, it was anticipation of that meeting that I had penned, er, pixeled, this post on what, I believe to be, the best strategy to deal with a California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8.  I intended to speak out and say what I have long been saying on this blog and which a reader echoes on his own blog, “present a much better campaign to win the hearts and minds of the California public,” i.e., make a better case for gay marriage.

When I read the list of organizations invited to address the gathering, I saw the usual suspects, the left-leaning gay interest groups in the Golden State.  Now, I’m not disputing their inclusion.  I’m wondering about the exclusion of Log Cabin or any other right-of-center groups.

I expect they would offer the same tired arguments I heard at the “Equality” Summit.  A few people might make a good point or two, but it would have a general leftist slant.  Now, maybe my hunch is wrong and maybe they’ll have a more balanced approach this time, but my experience has taught me not to expect inclusion of conservative ideas at such confabs.

So, I’m not going.  I have better things to do with my time.

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Barney says GOP critics have “psychological disorder”

Is there no end to Barney Frank’s insults?

Can’t a man as intelligent as he express in disagreement in the form of counterarguments?  Will the media continue to let this unhappy man get away with his mean-spirited remarks?

When Texas Republican Congressman John Culberson today “blasted Democrats for passing the stimulus, which permitted AIG to lavish billions on executives after the de facto federal takeover,” the Massachusetts Democrat fired back, saying Republican criticism was part “of a psychological disorder I am not equipped to diagnose.”

This from a man who grandstanded about AIG bonuses even after he had voted to allow them, a man who refuses to acknowledge his own role in the financial meltdown, errors of judgment he made about the financial soundness of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Can you imagine how the media would react if a senior Republican so smeared his partisan adversaries?  They went after Tom DeLay for much less.

Barney Frank owes Representative Culberson and GOP critics the same kind of apology then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey offered him in 1995.

Biden Gets a Pass, but not MSM nor Barney

In my post Monday on the Vice President and his family’s privacy, I asked him a variety of questions, including, “When, in the 2008 presidential campaign, the media made much of the indiscretions of the daughter of your rival for the second highest office in the land, did you tell them to cool it?“  Should he answer “Yes,” to that or any of the questions I posed, I held he would “have grounds to criticize anyone who would publicize your daughter’s private life.”

Turns out that during the campaign, in reference to the media’s obsession with the daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, his then-rival for the Vice-Presidency, candidate Biden said that “children are off limits.”  (Thanks to reader Jenny for tracking that down.)

He thus has every grounds to ask the media to lay off his daughter and not publicize her private indiscretions.  The story should die.

But, given his partisan affiliation, the story doesn’t have much legs and won’t make–as well it shouldn’t–the mainstream media.  In this case at least, conservative media should follow their lead.

There is, however, still a story here, not really a new story, but a retelling of one we’ve been hearing over and over again, that of media double standards.  Joe Biden is right, a politician’s children should be off limits.

The MSM ignored his rule when it comes to the private lives of children of Republican politicians.

And Biden’s fellow Democrat Barney Frank explicitly endorsed their snooping into the private life of Palin’s daughter.  That unhappy Democrat is once again exposed as a hypocrite, favoring only investigations into people’s private lives (and other matters) when such investigations can be used to hurt Republicans.

Recalling the media fascination with the stories of the Bush and Palin daughters,  John Hinderaker reminds us that they

. . . were major news stories. Does anyone seriously believe that if there had been a video of Barbara or Jenna Bush snorting cocaine during their father’s administration, the press would have refused to write about it?

It’s nice that our newspapers have decided to respect the privacy of people like a Vice President’s children. It would be even nicer if they extended the same courtesy to members of both parties.

Exactly.

With the media extending a courtesy to a Democrat that it regularly denies to Republicans, we have yet just another piece of evidence proving our point about media bias.

Should CA Supreme Court Uphold Prop 8 . . .

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:36 pm - April 1, 2009.
Filed under: California politics,Civil Discourse,Gay Marriage

With younger Americans more favorably disposed to gay marriage, each year the number of citizens more favorably disposed to state recognition of the institution and eligible to vote increases.  The likelihood grows that should an initiative appear on the California ballot to repeal Proposition 8, it will pass.

With that in mind, it’s imperative that should the California Supreme Court uphold that proposition, as many court watchers expect it to do, that advocates of gay marriage use that setback to their advantage.  I believe that if, in the immediate aftermath of that decision, these advocates conduct themselves responsibly, they will all but guarantee repeal, perhaps as soon as 2010, but definitely by 2012.

Simply put, they need react not angrily, but rationally, saying they understand this decision, acknowledging they need to convince many voters about the merits of the change they propose, something to the effect of “We have not done a good enough job in the past of making that case. We’ll do a better job next time.”

In short, instead of lashing out against the Court and proponents of Prop 8, acknowledge the task ahead.  Don’t blame others, do acknowledge the magnitude of the change they are proposing and the responsibility of those pushing such a change to act responsibly and to speak intelligently.  With solid arguments and the right attitude, they can change their minds of some of those who last year voted for the successful ballot initiative.

It’s all a question of approach.  And attitude.

Looking for Prejudice in all the Wrong Places

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:08 am - April 1, 2009.
Filed under: Gay America,Media Bias

The folks at Pajamas asked me to write an essay for them on an ABC News segment on the reaction of patrons in a New Jersey sports bar when they (i.e,. ABC News) dispatched a gay couple to that locale.  Then, they spiced it up by having another actor verbally harass them.  Here are the first three paragraphs.

The news division of another broadcast network has been staging “news” in an attempt to show the prejudices of the American people.  Only this time, it didn’t work out as planned.  After planting a gay couple and an actor portraying a loud-mouthed anti-gay bigot at a New Jersey sports bar, ABC News learned that the bar’s patrons are, on the whole, a remarkably tolerant lot.

This wasn’t the first time that ABC staged “news” in an attempt to show the prejudices of those from more “conservative” segments of American society, supposedly macho sports fans or Southern whites.  This network has not been alone in engineering events designed to show such prejudice.  Three years ago, NBC sought to dispatch Muslims to a NASCAR race in order to show how “red-state” America would react.

These news producers seem convinced that the places to look for prejudice in America are places where conservatives congregate.  Or, perhaps, it might be more accurate to say where people different from them congregate.  They always do seem to discern prejudice in the “other.”

Now that I’ve whet your appetite, click here to read the rest.