Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly has a post about the president’s support of the LGBT community and the fact that a large number in that community are going to stay home next Tuesday because apparently, they like it better when Republicans are in charge. Nothing pisses me off more than people who vote against their own self interest, for whatever reason it is. It’s like admitting you are wrong but sticking with your wrongness. From Steve’s post…
ANNOYING BOTH SIDES OF AN EQUALITY DEBATE SIMULTANEOUSLY…. We learned this week that President Obama, after less than two years in office, has already “appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in history.” By one estimate, there are now more than 150 officials — “from agency heads and commission members to policy officials and senior staffers” — in the administration, easily surpassing the 140 officials spanning eight years of the Clinton administration.
Get that, in less than two years, he’s appointed more openly gay folks than Clinton did in 8 years. Now, the ironic part of this is that a lot of the leaders in the gay community supported Hillary during the last presidential election and were a large part of the nastiness that plagued that primary. I would add that a lot of that group has been the loudest in criticizing this president, not just on LGBT issues, but also everything else he does. I chalk a lot of that anger and rage to sore loser syndrome, if they can’t have Hillary, they don’t want anyone…kick, scream, whine, cry…someone call them a Waaaambulance. You know who they are, I don’t have to name them. Some more facts about what President Obama has done in less than two years…
As the debate continues, it’s probably worth emphasizing some noteworthy accomplishments. The administration, in addition to hiring more openly gay officials than any administration in history, has made a variety of advances, including hospital visitation rights, a package of domestic partnership benefits for federal workers, lifting the travel/immigration ban on those with HIV/AIDS, expanded hate-crime laws, addressing the diplomatic passport issue, ordering the Federal Housing Authority to no longer consider the sexual orientation of applicants on loans, expanding the Census to include the number of people who report being in a same-sex relationship, endorsing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, and making the Domestic Partners Benefit and Obligations Act law.
There have also been more symbolic gestures, including the White House hosting an event to honor the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, announcing the first-ever transgender presidential appointee, honoring same-sex couples in his Mother’s Day and Father’s Day proclamations, recording a video for the “It Gets Better” Project, and hosting Gay and Lesbian Pride Month events at the White House.
Nevertheless, a sizable number of LGBT voters are prepared to stay home on Election Day or vote against Democrats, unsatisfied with the pace of change. The religious right, incensed by how pro-gay Dems have been, no doubt finds this inexplicable.
Can you just image how much further the LGBT community will be set back if the Republicans do take over the house or possibly the Senate too? Don’t even think about repealing DADT or DOMA, forget about them completely. How many gay people appointed in the next two years do you think will be approved by a Republican congress? Zero…..or maybe a few at most. Why on earth would a person hurt themselves so badly to prove a point? It makes no fucking sense at all and what these boneheads have accomplished by doing it is to lose the respect from people like myself who have been helping them fight the fight for decades. Are the leaders of the LGBT community masochistic, do they long for the days of Bush? Well guess what you might just get, a group of teabaggers who make George Bush look like a leftist.