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Obama & Gays: The Problem is the (Broken) Promises

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:41 pm - June 18, 2009.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Politics,Obama and Gay Issues

As I worked on Pajamas piece on the President’s benefits package for the same-sex partners of federal employees, I kept coming across articles and blog posts indicating the disappointment and even betrayal gay Democrats feel at the President’s failure to follow through on the campaign promises he made to our community.  This morning, when I checked my e-mail, my in-box was inundated with missives from readers alerting me to other such posts and articles.

After my mid-day workout when I returned home to surf the web and blog, I found more such pieces, with straight blogger Glenn Reynolds alone linking three four just today.

While I certainly understand their frustration of gay Democrats, I almost feel like telling them, “I told you so.”  (I guess I just did that.)

Democratic politicians, with a few notable exceptions, have an uncanny habit of breaking the promises they make to gay people.  Aware of the affluence of our community and the dedication of our activists, Democrats know that by appealing to our interests, they can increase both their campaign contributions and their grassroots efforts.

Their enthusiasm for Democrats who say the right things, however, seems a little unmoored from reality.  Then-President Bill Clinton backed down on his promise to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military as soon as he saw there was a political cost.  He signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 when he thought he might help him with evangelical voters.  Obama sat in a church for twenty years where a racist pastor spewed anti-gay rhetoric and never once challenged him on his prejudiced attitude toward homosexuals.

Now, some may say, “Well, Dan, you support the GOP and Republicans are no better, perhaps even worse.”  And I’ll reply, “Yep, you’ve got a point, my party’s not perfect, but at least my guys don’t treat our community like a cash cow, milking it when they need funds and hiding it in the barn when they fear it might offend the neighbors.”  it’s not just that.  As a conservative, I don’t believe state action is the appropriate means to advance social acceptance of gay people. (more…)

Robbie’s Back & Better than Ever

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:36 pm - June 18, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay Politics

Back in 2005, after reading this comment from our reader Mike, then blogging at Republic of M, I read the piece he had encouraged us all to read, the then-Prism Warden’s piece on his evolution away from the gay left.  So good did I find it that I just had to post on it, delighted to discover not only another thoughtful blogger, but a smart young man offering a truly unique perspective on the world at large and gay issues in particular, with a particular affection for a certain baseball player.

Soon that Prism Warden (AKA Robbie) and I started corresponding and I read his blog on a regular basis.

I’d like to believe it was my post which drew Robbie’s good work to the attention of a larger audience, but more likely it was just the quality of his writing.  Well, that adorable young blogger moved onto the Malcontent before the blog petered out.  Well, it’s back with him at the helm and better than ever.  In a recent post on the gay activists boycotting a Democratic fundraising dinner, Robbie shows just exactly why so many have come to appreciate his writing:

However, the situation is far from a devolution in gay partisanship. While being hailed as the strongest action yet by GLBTers against a Democratic administration, it seems not a single prominent blogger mentions the ridiculous submissive position they placed themselves in by spending the last twenty years being unfailingly loyal and protective of a national party that has gleefully abused their generosity while daring them to do anything about it.

To whit, the DNC fundraiser’s very existence puts in a stark light the Democratic Party’s usual treatment of the gay community as little more than a cash cow to be milked to the point of bruising. Imagine this, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, during a Pride month, the DNC “celebrates” these milestones by deigning to give prominent gays the privilege of paying them to mutter nice things. Could the party any more plainly and harshly say “Hooray for you! Now pay us.”

He goes on to imagine the tongue-lashing Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese’s delivered to leading Washington Democrats for their failure to follow through on campaign promises to the gay community.  That lickspittle will continue his kowtowing to the Democratic powers that be in our nation’s capital.  As Robbie so acidly notes:

If the gay community were a fifth as serious in opposing Democratic intransigence as they were complaining about Republicans, they’d probably start outing Democratic staffers in the Department of Justice. That, of course, will never be forthcoming.

As with anything by Robbie, just read the whole thing.  And now that Malcontent‘s back, make sure to set your bookmarks accordingly.

Liberal California State Senator Supports Rally for Iranian Democracy

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:12 pm - June 18, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,California politics,Islamic War on Gays

I’ve never been much of a fan of California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).  His rhetoric on gay issues has been over-the-top and his attitudes toward Republicans lacks the respect he demands social conservatives extend to gay people.

But, you gotta give credit where it’s due.  And unlike the better part of the gay leadership across the nation and in the Golden State, this openly gay state legislator has endorsed the San Franciso Rally for Iranian democracy that Michael Petrelis is organizing today in San Francisco.  It would be nice if more left-wing Democrats followed suit.  This is an issue which should not only unite the nation, but also the gay community.

it seems the leftist bloggers have been far ahead of the gay leadership in standing up for other brothers and sisters in Iran.

If you can make it, that rally is just a few hours away, today at 5 PM in Harvey Milk Plaza.

The Meat on the President’s Bone to the Gay Community

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:47 pm - June 18, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Politics,Obama and Gay Issues

Slightly more sanguine about the benefits package the President has put together for same-sex partners of federal employees, I still see political posturing at play in the Democrat’s move and said as much in a piece I wrote for Pajamas.  A bone it may be, but a bone with a little meat on it.

Here’s a taste:

With two prominent gay activists, one-time Friend of Bill (Clinton) David Mixner and blogger Andy Towle  bowing out of a Democratic fundraising dinner to be headlined by Vice President Joe Biden later this month, the Obama Administrtion is feeling the heat from the President’s failure to follow through on campaign promises he made to the gay community.

Obama has backtracked on his pledge to repeal the Clinton-era Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military.  The Administration has sidelined legislation to repeal the ban until 2010, with even openly gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) concurring with his party’s decision to defer consideration of the issue.

Not only have Democrats deferred on Obama’s campaign promises, but the Administration has actively sought to to uphold one law, the Defense of Maraige Act (DOMA), which, candidate Obama pledged to repeal.  DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1996, defines marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man one woman and allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Earlier this month, Justice Department lawyers filed a legal brief in a Santa Ana, CA federal court defending that law.

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

San Francisco Gays Rally for Iran’s Democracy
June 18, 5 – 6 PM, Harvey Milk Plaza

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:52 am - June 18, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Politics,Islamic War on Gays

I strongly encourage Bay Area GayPatriot readers to join leftie blogger Michael Petrelis in rallying today, Thursday, June 18, 2009, from 5-6 PM at Harvey Milk Plaza in “friendship and solidarity with the democratic-loving people of Iran.”  It would be great to have some conservative gays there both to show our support for  people suffering under the hand of an oppressive Islamofascist state and to express our gratitude to Petrelis for being such an advocate for our fellows in Iran.  And he’s singled out conservatives who speak out for gay people.

This is not the first time Petrelis has organized on behalf of Iranian gays.  He has staged protests before at Harvey Milk Plaza “over Iran’s hanging of two gay teenagers in Mashad in 2005.”  He reminds participants to wear green.  Let’s make sure American gay conservatives stand together with our San Francisco liberal brethren on behalf of all Iranians, but particularly our gay fellows, suffering under the lash of a brutal tyranny.

Something tells me HRC will not be sending a representative.  I wonder if any gay group will.

I won’t be able to trek up to the Bay Area, but will be wearing green all day to show my solidarity with the Iranian people.  Please do the same.

Obama Only Rides a Pink Unicorn During Campaign Season

R.S. McCain, in feeling the pain of angry gay Democrats as they realize that President Obama is not really the man riding the pink unicorn.  He just plays one during campaign season.  He suggests they abandon their party and join the GOP:

So if this latest knife in the back from your Democratic “friends” is one betrayal too many, maybe you should consider becoming an ex-Democrat, too. I mean, if you want to raise millions of dollars for untrustworthy politicians who oppose gay marriage, the Republican Party would certainly welcome your support.

This other McCain is witnessing right now what we and our blog readers have been noticing for some time.  If there’s a political cost to helping gays, well, then Democrats just jump off that unicorn and pick a more practical means of transportation.

While Republicans won’t offer the sweeping promises Democrats regularly make to gay people, well, at least they won’t break them.  And there could be a little fun to joining the GOP:

Just because Republicans are never going to support your identity-politics agenda doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to offer you.

For example, think of the delicious fun of payback politics, evening the score with those Democrat bastards who sold you out.

Not to mention the fun of coming out conservative to your gay friends and seeing their commitment to diversity and inclusion melt like icicles in the spring when it comes to diversity of points of view and inclusion of political opinions at odds with the prevailing left-wing ethos of the gay community.

But, in the end, it all comes down to that pink unicorn, that image of Barack Obama, presidential candidate, new kind of postpartisan politician with his airy rhetoric and sweeping promises to all and sundry.  Republicans just don’t ride pink unicorns, at least not on the campaign trail.

When election season’s over and your candidate takes office, you won’t be disappointed to find that you just voted for a fantastic image, an illusion really, drawn from the imagination of your chosen candidate to appeal to your childish hopes.

Barney the Seal?
Flipflopping to Please the President

Barney Frank does have a habit of offering an opinion on legislation and legal briefs that he hasn’t read.  Even his erstwhile supporters on the left are catching on. Blogger John Aravosis reports that

After criticizing the DOJ’s anti-gay DOMA brief this morning, Frank did a 180 this evening and lauded the brief, which invoked incest and pedophilia. Frank now thinks the brief is just super.

Frank claims that he gave a newspaper reporter his negative opinion of the brief without actually having read it.

(H/t Glenn.)  Emphasis added.  While doubting the unhappy Congressman’s explanation, Aravosis wonders “How many other issues has Barney opined on about which he’s been knowingly willfully ignorant?”  Some on the right might contend that that question defines the public pronoucements of the mean-spirited man from Massachusetts.

But, I do know of at least one time where the Democrat changed his position on an issue he once supported.  Then, he claimed he was mistaken.  Guess he hadn’t read the amendment for which he had already voted in favor.  This past April,

Frank withdrew his support from an amendment offered by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) that would forbid groups like the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) from receiving federal grants if any of their employees have been indicted for voter fraud.

After approving the amendment by a unanimous voice vote, Frank announced Thursday he was mistaken to back the bill, and said he’d offer a substitute that would apply the amendment only to groups with employees who are actually convicted — not just indicted.

Seems Barney realized that doing the right thing might cost his party the money and other support ACORN provides.

Seems that Barney has become a lickspittle to the Democratic Adminisration.  Aravosis’s latest posts show that he at least has some integrity, not falling into line with the President merely because of the (D) after his name.

If the Massachusetts Democratic Congressman really wanted to go to bat for our community.  He’d defy the Administration and push for legislation repealing DOMA instead of kowtowing to the President who would rather delay consideration until it’s politically more convenient.