Stop Hijacking LGBT Issues
by mikeinsf, Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 09:03:48 AM EST
Well, they don't miss a beat. Any rift or disappointment becomes a bright (polished gold) shiny object to attract bigots, PUMAS, trolls and their numerous sockpuppets back to MYDD. They despise Obama and know full well that they can lower the discourse at any moment and overrun the rec'd diaries with innuendo, lies, and hate. And why not? The moderators hardly seem to care.
I know they should be ignored, but this latest salvo is particularly infuriating. Diary after diary is being rammed through to use the Rick Warren invocation at the inauguration to sow doubt about Obama's commitment to the civil rights. I am not talking about appropriate anger that is found in thoughtful posts like Todd Beeton's yesterday; I am talking about crap diaries that proclaim that "Obama has always been against civil rights".
Look: I'm as annoyed as anyone with the Warren invocation. I think it was tone-deaf and particularly insensitive to the LGBT community, especially after Prop. 8. Though I understand why Obama might have thought it was a good idea (reaching out, inclusion), I also think he could have found a better choice.
Nevertheless, I take offense at the attempts of people to use the banner of LGBT rights to mask their real agenda, which is to continue to hurl venom at Barack Obama. These diaries and posts are a continuation of the gotcha game that goes back to the so-called Primary Wars. As for LGBT rights, these people are fair-weather friends. Their commitment is shallow and opportunistic.
Yes, this decision is a disappointment. Despite that, the man is not even President yet. His stance on LGBT issues is as good or better than any Democrat of national standing. Certainly, his stances are better than his predecessors. For people who really care about LGBT rights, the task is to hold his feet to the fire and demand that he keeps his campaign promises and repeals DADT and DOMA. If he follows through with these promises, Rick Warren's three minutes at the Inauguration will be remembered for exactly what they were: three minutes.