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I am always amazed in the grand scheme of politics at the pandering to this group or that group that occurs, and yes, it occurs on all sides of the political affiliations.
But now as the Democratic Party will, for the first time, include “Marriage Equality” in the planks of the party platform, I believe that the LGBT community should be angry at the President and at the Democratic party for this pandering. In the state that most recently put the issue to the VOTERS, more than 60% voted down the idea of same-sex marriage. Similar percentages have occurred in virtually every state where the voters have been asked to weigh in on the issue.
The concept of same-sex marriage is only recognized on a legal basis in those states where the judicial system or the legislature has acted; and in some of those states, the voters have then taken to the ballot box with a referendum to reverse the actions of the legislature, as is presently in the works in Maryland.
As I have said before on this site, while I do not believe in the gay lifestyle, it is not for me to judge. But I do not believe that the laws of society, and in fact the laws of the natural order of life, should be changed to accomodate the 2% of our population. No, those of the LGBT community should NOT BE DISCRIMINATED against in the workplace, etc. It is not discrimination to say that marriage is between one man and one woman. Any other coupling of the human race is something other than marriage.
Someone recently said that just because marriage has been deemed between one man and one woman since the beginning of time does not mean that it should be changed with the passage of time…… they said, after all, the world was always thought to be flat, and it took many years to convince the people that it was really round. Here is the probem with that thought process: The world really is round!!!
For my friends in the LGBT community……. while I would prefer you not vote Democrats, I urge you to vote, but do not vote for the Democrats just because they have put this issue into their platform. It truly does not mean that this issue is going anywhere yet. Maybe in the next generation, or the one after that, but I don’t think it’s happening now!
A future Republican president invites Tea Party leaders to the White House. Some of them have themselves photographed standing in front of a portrait of President Barack Obama with their middle fingers extended. They then posted these photos on Facebook with the caption “F–k Obama.” (Needless to say, the F-word was spelled out.)
1. How much coverage do you think the national press would give to this?
2. How would Democratic — and Republican — leaders react?
3. How would Tea Party activists react?
1. The mainstream media across America would widely report what had happened and repeatedly show these photos. “The New York Times” would editorialize about the racism of the Tea Party. Liberal columnists would be relentless in their condemnations of the Tea Party as a low life movement of yahoos.
2. Democrats and Republicans alike would condemn these leaders and demand their resignation.
3. Tea Party activists would feel embarrassed by these people who represented them, and they would be deeply concerned that their movement’s good name had been permanently tarnished.
Now let’s explore a real-life situation from this past week.
President Barack Obama invited activists to the White House’s 2012 LGBT pride reception. Two of them, Matthew “Marty” Hart, a director of the leftist organization, Solutions for Progress, and an activist photographer, Zoe Strauss, posed for a photo in front of a portrait of President Ronald Reagan with both their middle fingers extended. They then posted the photo on Facebook with the caption “F–k Reagan” (the F-word is spelled out). (emphasis added)
(note: These are not “kids” who don’t know any better!!) image from phillymag.com
“Trip to his home in Kenya”! For the record, this American of Irish, Anglo Saxon descent does not refer t0 himself as an “Irish-American”, nor do I refer to Ireland as “home”!
“I got a curt call from someone in the White House wanting to know how the president’s voicemail got up on YouTube.”
Parker said she told the White House official, “I have no earthly idea how it got up on YouTube. It’s not something I would know how to do.”
He purportedly replied, “Well, when the president leaves a private communication it should stay private.”
Parker responded, “Then he shouldn’t have left it on my voice mail