Last week, I received a dewy-eyed e-mail from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, all misty because Congress had just passed health care reform. You see, when it comes to items on the Democratic agenda, they just have to be good for gay people, you see, because, well, they’re on the Democratic agenda and the Democrats are good people.
And anyway, Republicans opposed it and those nasty obstructionists are meanies!
The last time Miss Kendell got all misty-eyed was last September 11, when ignoring the anti-gay animosity of Islamicists, you know, those folks who had orchestrated the attacks eight years previously on that very day, she insisted that LGBT people, need health care reform “as much as anyone, and because [Obama’s] entire national agenda of greater inclusion, security, and humanity for all of us hangs in the balance.” And anyway, those who oppose it are Republicans who are meanies who hate gay people.
Yep, she devoted her 9/11 letter to attacking and vilifying conservatives for opposing Obama’s agenda. (Wonder if Barney’s gonna ask Democrats to “differentiate themselves” from Miss Kendell. If not, we can deem her a spokesperchild* for his party.) You see, for her (and folks like her toiling for the national gay organizations), the Obama agenda is the gay agenda because she so closely ties her politics to left-wing ideology and Democratic partisanship.
Doesn’t bother her Obama’s health care reforms will likely make it easier for government bureaucrats to gain access to our medical records. It doesn’t matter “that a provision giving” same-sex partners “the same tax exclusion” as different-sex “spouses on the value of employer-provided health benefits was also removed.” What does does matter to her that this was a big bill high on the agenda of a Democratic Administration.
As Charles Winecoff put it in his most humorous must-read post on folks like Miss Kendell, ever faithful to “their religion (D-ism)”: “Domestic fairies enjoyed many fetishes, but none was so great as their fetish for the letter ‘D.’” It’s all about that “D” and because of that (D) after Obama’s name, any provision he supports must needs be most excellent.
*I’m wary of offending anyone here. If I called her spokeswoman, I’d still have the offensive word, “man” in the title. Spokesperson wouldn’t work because it has the male term for a child, so I just replace it with that gender-neutral word.