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Today, the Advocate published a statement from President Obama that highlights the progress this country has made at the federal level on LGBT rights.  Although Obama has not come out and directly supported marriage equality, I believe he is beginning to signal that, during his next term, he will call on Congress and the nation to not only repeal DOMA but to grant gay and lesbian couples the 1,000+ federal rights and responsibilities enjoyed by non-gays.  His statement to the Advocate includes the following clue:

My Administration will continue to seek out avenues for progress. Together we can continue to build the more perfect union in which LGBT Americans have the same legal rights and responsibilities as every American.

Certainly, I don’t want to have to wait for another term before we move forward as a nation on this issue.  Yet, imagine the consequences if the President called for marriage equality right now.  It would be unnecessarily divisive.  It would jeopardize his re-election campaign.  It could even cost him the election.  Where would that leave us?

I’ll tell you.  It would leave us with an administration that, without a doubt, would do everything in its power to keep marriage equality from becoming a reality.  It would leave us with an administration that would try to erase the progress we have made in the past 3 years.  It would leave us in the hands of rabid conservatives, hell-bent on turning this country into a theocracy.

So, I ask the LGBT community and its allies to hold fast and tight to the progress we’ve made.  I implore you, however, not to demand that the President jeopardize our progress by making an ill-timed call for marriage equality at this moment, when so much–LGBT rights, women’s rights, civil rights, health care, another war (Iran), a stronger economy, and so much more–hangs in the balance.  As I have said before, lasting change is incremental and true progress must be measured and concerted, not haphazard or hasty.

 

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It has been a long, long time.  I know.  Get off my rump.  I’m busy, bitches.  I’m no longer a Horse of Leisure as in days past.  Now I’m a Horse of High Power and Status, both saving and dominating the world at the same time. 

And yet, I cannot let today’s stupid, worthless lead news story pass by without some comment, can I?  You know the one:  Harry Reid is a big, fat, white racist who hates Obama.  Horse shit.  I just wish Harry had been as smart and savvy in his response as I will be in just a few more words.  Pay attention.

First, let me memorialize the words uttered by Harry Reid for future reference and posterity (and I paraphrase):  Obama is attractive to white voters because he doesn’t speak Ebonics (unless he wants to speak Ebonics), he is light-skinned, and he is mixed-race.

No shit, Sherlock.  I mean, seriously:  Does anyone really believe that Reid didn’t or doesn’t support Obama as POTUS (President of the United States)?  Does anyone think that Reid meant to say, “Obama isn’t qualified to be President because he is black” or “Obama isn’t qualified to be President because he isn’t BLACK ENOUGH”?  No?  Ok, good.  So what is the other possible explanation?

I know, I know, I know.  Reid’s comments are a recognition that a substantial proportion of American voters are actually RACISTS who would be more likely to vote for an African American candidate that speaks like them and looks more like them than, say, Rev. Al Sharpton.  Bingo, bingo, and FUCKING B-I-N-G-O

No, really.  Listen to me.  If you only open one link related to this blog post, it has to be the last one I just posted, which discusses the Fishtown or Bradley Effect.  What is it?  When white, racist voters actually cast their ballot in favor of the black candidate over the white one.  I’m serious.  It’s an actual, documented EFFECT. 

So, what’s my point?  Harry Reid fucked up today.  He apoligized as if he or his words were acutally racist.   Instead of foisting himself on his own petard, he should have said, “Hey, douchebags.   This country is full of racists and racism, and the only black candidate who could possibly be elected is one who looks, speaks, and acts white.  Sad but true.  My comments were simply a recognition of that sad fact, and they were perfectly accurate and not racist.  Let’s hope Obama can change hearts and minds on the issue of race.  Go Obama!”

Oh, and Harry, if you’re reading this blog, you can quote me WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION.  You can call these comments your own, because I’m sure they are what you meant to say.

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A very smart friend of mine alerted me to this “Open Letter” to annoyed Americans, which is positively brilliant.  I couldn’t have done better myself, and I tried.  One of my favorite quotes from Greg Laden’s “Open Letter”:

Chance are, as a moderately to very well educated American, you can barely identify one in ten of [prior Nobel Peace Prize recipients]. So please consider the possibility that you have, as many of us do, too narrow a perspective to be shooting your mouth off about what kind of job the Oslo committee did.

Mr. Laden, thank you.  That my own blog post was rooted in the same astonishment and incredulity as yours is music to my ears.  Harmony, to be sure.  Except for one discordant note:  You are much kinder and more polite than I.  “Moderately to very well educated American?”  I can’t believe that well-educated Americans are annoyed.  If they are truly well-educated–minimally, moderately, or maximally–they surely recognize Obama’s accomplishments and potential (in general and specifically as they relate to the Nobel Prize) and can at least admit that Obama was qualified to receive it.  Perhaps with bemusement, but certainly not annoyance.

If not, then may I propose a new term for them?  “Educated fools.”  A study in contrasts.  Like “working poor.”

P.S. (10/12/09):  Rachel Maddow on “Obama Derangement Syndrome.

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Obama’s Peace Prize

The arrogance of stupid people is astounding.  Unbelievable.  Maddening.  Watch this . . . 

Raise your hands if you think you are smarter than the Nobel Peace Prize Committee!  From Twitter: 

Peace out Twatters!

Peace out Twatters!

@sceptress: Obama’s dog BO is prob. a Nobel runner up after taking a crap on capitalist pig AirForce One.  [What?  Incoherent much?]

@glennbeck Nobel Prize committee awards its 1st ‘participation’ trophy. gd job Prez Obama 4 participating! Who’s so cute? Yooouuuu R.  [Yes, the real Glenn Beck.  I swear to god that I am not making that up.  I think he must be retarded.]

@frazzledhaloz What the shit I go to sleep and wake up to find Oblahblah has go tthe Nobel peace prize?  [This is my favorite Republican TweetBot.  It blocked me from following it.  Allegedly, it’s a grandmother of 5.  In two months she has posted nearly 15,000 twats.  All day and all night.  She’s either a Wonder-granny, a bunch of college kids earning a little beer money, or a meth-head.]

Douchebags.  And these are only 3 of millions of douchebags who think they have the right–nay, the responsibility–to speak out against the Nobel Prize Committee and its selection of Obama as the recipient.

NEWSFLASH:  Nobody asked you.  Fuck, nobody asked me for that matter.  But the difference between you and me is that I don’t pretend to know better than the Nobel Committee.  Oh, and I am not so blinded by being a douchebag that I can’t at least understand why he was nominated, let alone selected, to wit:

  1. He has restored the world’s faith that America will wage peace, not war, even before he was elected.  America has always been a strong and commanding voice on world peace, earning the respect of other nations and leaders.  Except for the past 8 years, when global peace was jeopardized BY AMERICA and its small-dicked leadership.  Obama restored much of America’s credibility on the issue of peace simply by being willing to engage the world in discussions about peace and disarmament, let alone taking action in pursuit of those goals. 
  2. Action?  Yes.  He reached a tentative agreement with Russia and later chaired a UN Security Council Summit on nuclear disarmament .  He met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss peace.  He implemented a plan to end the Iraq war.  He issued an order to close Guantanamo.  He has traveled around the world, meeting with world leaders, reassuring them of America’s renewed commitment to peace.
  3. The Peace Prize is not just a recognition of past efforts, but it is aspirational, too.  The Prize could very well have been given to Obama as a mandate for additional progress, to lend credibility to his voice and his ongoing efforts, or as a token of hope and faith from a watchful world. 

I could go on and on, but really, what would be the point?  He has a proven commitment to peace.  He has accepted the award as a “call to action.”  It is a sign that the world believes in his power to affect change in the world, and perhaps his receipt and acceptance of the Prize will create its own self-fulfilling prophecy.

We can only hope . . .

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