Here’s an article on our beloved former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. in The Advocate, on how HRJ screwed the LGBT people of TN in 2004 and 2006. The Persistence of Gay Memory The gay community will not forget how the former supporter of gay rights turned into the bible-quoting anti-gay marriage candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006 and crossed party lines to vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment after telling us he did not support adding discrimination against gays and lesbians into the U.S. Constitution. We know he threw us under the bus to appeal to the anti-gay bigots of Tennessee just for his own political gain. But we won’t forget, and neither will the LGBT people in New York!
It’s great that HFJ has had a “change of heart” on gay marriage now that he is running for Senate in New York (not TN), but what we really want to know and need him to account for, is why he changed his position on the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and made that vote, and his opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians, a central issue in his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2006. That is the issue, not his conversion to support marriage equality now.
And I guess I owe HFJ some thanks for showing me that the Democratic Party really does not stand for much. It's all about winning elections. Democratic Party activists kept telling me that HFJ had to run an anti-gay conservative campaign to win in Tennessee! Never mind principles like equality, social justice, winning is all that matters. Nearly every major Democratic politician in Tennessee supported HFJ as he toured the state with his anti-gay marriage tent revival. It made me sick.
That's when I left the Democratic Party for good! Oh, I ran as a write-in candidate against HFJ in 2004 and 2006, just to give some folks a chance to register their vote against the bigotry of HRJ and the Tennessee Democratic Party.
We learned a lot about the right-wing agenda this week at the Tea-Bagging convention and the CPAC convention. The tea-baggers support torture, cheered for a war criminal named Dick Cheney, and support bringing back Jim Crow laws to stop non-whites from voting. This is the future of the Republican Party??
Could there be more irony than conservative Republicans attacking Obama for using teleprompters, reading from their teleprompters? Or attacking Democrats for opposing balanced budgets and tax cuts, after Obama has supported large tax cuts for the working class, and the last Democratic President balanced the federal budget?! Or accusing Obama of treating terrorists as criminals and prosecuting them in federal courts, when Bush/Cheney did too? They have no shame!
Now the Democratic Left and progressives need to learn something from the right-wingers. They are not just relying on Republican politicians to achieve their right-wing agenda. They have formed a mass movement to force Republicans to support them. That is what the left must do. Electoral politics, getting liberal Democrats elected, is not enough. We must have a mass movement to DEMAND universal healthcare, etc. If we had been more organized, it would be us out there protesting and holding several national conventions to get our message out... where were progressives and the movement for progressive change since Obama got elected?
Gay and lesbian state workers in Virginia are no longer specifically protected against discrimination, thanks to a little-noticed change made by new Gov. Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell (R) on Feb. 5 signed an executive order that prohibits discrimination "on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities," as well as veterans.
It rescinds the order that Gov. Tim Kaine signed Jan. 14, 2006 as one of his first actions. After promising a "fair and inclusive" administration in his inaugural address, Kaine (D) added veterans to the non-discrimination policy - and sexual orientation.
In response to President Obama telling Business Week that he doesn't begrudge the excessive CEO pay and bonuses o Wall Street, several progressive commentators and bloggers have been in disbelief that Obama still does not seem to understand the magnitude of the disgust the American workers feel toward the capitalist class in the United States. In fact, Obama and the Democratic Party have been trying to win more support from the Wall Street business class that created the Great Recession. While the "leaders" and funders of the Democratic Party have been focusing on saving capitalism and the corporate elite, workers on main streets are desperately looking for a populist movement to support and fight back!
The Log Cabin Republicans have been very silent lately... their hero John McCain flip flops on listening to the military leaders on Don't Ask Don't Tell, and now even more evidence that the GOP is not the place for gays. Abraham Lincoln wold not even be welcome in the Republican Party today!
According to the Daily Kos, the poll was conducted by calling 2,003 self-identified Republicans nationwide between January 20 and 31. Notwithstanding the wisdom of putting gay rights up for debate in a poll, here are the relevant questions and results:
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?
Yes 26% No 55% Not Sure 19%
Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yes 7% No 77% Not Sure 16%
Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?
Yes 11% No 68% Not Sure 21%
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?
President Obama renewed his pledge to work to end the military's anti-gay "Don't, Ask, Don't Tell" policy in his State of the Union speech. While most Americans support lifting the ban, the military, Republicans, and a few Democrats are working to keep it, or at least slow down the process of ending it.
The real problem will be the DEMOCRATS chairing the committees that will be reviewing the policy.
Two lawmakers with considerable sway over defense matters — and whether a repeal will initially be part of the fiscal year 2011 defense budget — are House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.).