Monday, June 29, 2009
Oh no, someone needs a nap.
Anywho, here is this mess
Monday, June 29, 2009
A note to our dear gay leadersby John Aravosis (DC) on 6/29/2009 11:58:00 AMI'm so proud of our gay leaders today. Getting all spiffed up to go to the White House and "deliver our president a message."
That'll be the day. Oh, I'm sure, in the 8 minutes or so that a small select handful of those present will be shuffled into a private ante-room to meet the president, they'll tell him things like "people were hurt" or "people were disappointed." (The overwhelming rest of the invitees will get a whopping 0.5 seconds to deliver their "stern" message to the president as he's shaking their hand and looking to the next person).
Obama knows we're hurt and disappointed. Telling him that we have families too, with him nodding, Clinton-like, perhaps even biting his lip to show that he too feels our pain, will accomplish absolutely nothing. The message that our leaders need to send President Obama is that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
If any of our leaders want to deliver a real message to the president, try asking him any of these questions - you can say it's from one of our leaders who was a big Obama supporter during the campaign, raised $50,000 for the president, and then was banned from attending:
1. Our lawyers say you didn't have to support DOMA in court at all, you could have opposed it if you actually felt that our civil rights were important enough. When are you going to oppose DOMA in court and start following through on your promise to push for its repeal? or
2. Comparing our marriages to pedophilia and incest? Our community expects an apology, why have you refused to give one? or
3. Two gay service members are being discharged a day under Don't Ask Don't Tell. You could stop the discharges right now by issuing a stop-loss order. You refuse to, giving some BS explanation about wanting a legislative fix. Yeah, we all want a legislative fix. What does that have to do with the fact that you have the power to stop this travesty now, as you promised, and you refuse to?
4. You didn't include health benefits in that memo for federal employees you signed last week. You claimed DOMA wouldn't let you. Our lawyers say that's BS. You can provide health benefits to, for example, domestic partners. Tell us the real reason that you're treating gay federal employees as separate but unequal to straight federal employees? Yes, if you ask my questions you might not get an invite back for more canapé next year. But you might just actually make a difference. That is why you're all going, right?
John, what is wrong with you? Why are you acting like a jealous ex? This is beyond silly and I want all of you to see this.
Again, you are ungrateful and childish. Why would anyone take you seriously when you are channeling your inner "Heather". I wouldn't want your ass at my house either if you're going to act like a fool.
Just stay in the corner and let the adults handle this.