Twice in blogging about Ken Mehlman’s coming out, I wrote that there would be some “decent gay lefties” who would not go for this good man’s jugular, treating him instead him with decency and “dignity despite disagreeing . . . on matters political.”
Due to my busy schedule these past few days, I haven’t been able to check the blogs as much as I would like so am grateful for readers like Eva Young of Lloydletta’s Nooz who alerted me to one leftie who has been relatively kind to Mehlman. To be sure, John Aravosis, while refraining from attacking Mehlman personally (as have some of his left-of-center blogging colleagues), does spew a good deal of vitriol against the GOP (and engage in a bit of overheated rhetoric), he welcomes Mehlman’s coming out, saying he’s “more interested in equality than revenge.”
Now, you all know I have trouble with that term; I’m concerned more with preserving the blessings of liberty and, as many libertarian and conservative philosophers and pundits, recognize the tension between that American ideal and the notion of equality.
That said, John sees Mehlman as a potential ally in pursuing his goals and challenges his critics, “If someone can explain to me how it advances our civil rights to spurn Mehlamn’s offer of help, I’m all ears.”
I simply want my civil rights more than I want revenge. It’s the way good politics works, I think – and it’s the way politics used to work in this country – putting the potential to move forward today ahead of your legitimate anger about yesterday.
Now, I may quibble with John about our supposed lack of civil rights. But, he is willing to put his principles over personality. And in my book, that should count for something.
It’s too bad he can’t just can the bile against the GOP and understand that not all those who oppose gay marriage are anti-gay. That said, like his leftosphere colleague Pam Spaulding, he has, in recent months, shown a greater commitment to principle than party and hasn’t aped the lickspittle attitude of the gay organizations.
If we do see success next month in repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT), we’ll owe a lot to leftie bloggers like John and Pam who did their utmost to hold their party’s feet to the fire when they party enjoyed a majority in Congress — and held the White House.