Wednesday, June 04, 2014

LGBT Community Devastated Over Demise Of GOProud . . . NOT!!

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Here I was, in my own little world, planning my June Wedding, and filling out the Guinness Book application for longest engagement—when the “devastating” news of GOProud‘s untimely demise broke.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Republican Party’s close brush with teh geyz, I’ll keep this as brief as possible . . .

The Log Cabin Republicans organized in California [where else?], in the late 1970s, to mobilize gay conservative influence against the likes of orange juice swilling homophobe Anita Bryant in Florida, and State Senator John Briggs who once tried to launch a California initiative to criminalize teaching while gay.  A notion that appalled even straight-up Ronnie Reagan.

In the meantime, the Republican Party slowly morphed into the mangy beast that it is today, shedding LGBT, minority, centrist and sane people of all persuasions, along the way.  By 2000, the remaining loyal Log Cabin Republicans were paddling along in a GOP backwater of irrelevance, expected to make no real waves.

Along came a couple of flash gay hipsters, Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, who broke from LCR and established GOProud in 2009.  Wow! big things gonna happen now . . .

Whatever their motivation, Barron and LaSalvia made a fairly embarrassing and undignified spectacle of what is already an oxymoronic notion:  The Gay Conservative.  Especially as “conservative” is defined in the Republican Party of 2014.  But one thing that LaSalvia and Barron had, which is respected by the GOP establishment, was a few deep-pocketed donors.  That, and an opinion that the Log Cabin Republicans had drifted just a little too far to the Left, which suited establishment types just fine.  Maybe this was some wonderful new species of gay lemmings?

As David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement so economically put it:

GOProud co-founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron‘s antics since they started GOProud were often vile, offensive, unprofessional, and did little to advance the cause of equality. They regularly lambasted the left, frequently calling Democratic, liberal, or progressive members of the LGBT community “the most intolerant.”

Up until January, 2013 GOProud had paradoxically opposed gay marriage.  In January that changed, then, in April, declaring their “mission accomplished,” Barron and LaSalvia cut GOProud loose, staying on only to serve on GOProud’s board.

In January, 2014, LaSalvia declared himself disgusted with the Republican Party’s bigotry and left the party.  No one really knows the exact moment when LaSalvia awoke from his coma and was struck by that blinding insight except to say that it was some time after hiring Ann Coulter and endorsing Michele Bachmann.

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Now that LaSalvia [and his donors] have departed, there is no longer any more reason to pretend that the Republican Party has even the slightest intention of reaching out to gays, let alone putting GOProud on life support to attract a handful of eccentric gay voters.  GOProud is folding and the toothless, but better-behaved, Log Cabin Republicans are left to provide a well-patinated veneer of the “gay tolerance” of yesteryear to the GOP.

And, let’s be honest . . . Gay Conservatives?  Seriously??

Posted by Bette Noir on 06/04/14 at 11:07 AM
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Monday, June 02, 2014

What If Republicans Held A Leadership Conference And No Leaders Showed Up?

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We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that. 

Those inspirational words were uttered by the Republican Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal in January, 2013.
 
Bobby Jindal, however, has shown very little inclination to take his own advice and, in fact, six months later suffered a bout of “stupid” himself in the form of a kamikaze Op-Ed in Politico:

Republican political correctness is all the rage, and it’s all roughly the same: we need to stop being conservative… we need to abandon our principles (at least the ones that don’t poll well)… we need to let the smart guys in Washington pick our candidates…we need big data and analytics so we can optimize… we need to be more libertarian…we need to endorse abortion…we need fewer debates…and the list goes on.

The overall level of panic and apology from the operative class in our party is absurd and unmerited. It’s time to stop the bedwetting.

And:

No more self-analysis; we’ve had our catharsis. The season for navel gazing has passed.

Let’s stop defeating ourselves, get on offense, and go kick the other guys around. If you’ve followed the news over the past month, they are certainly asking for it. We are the conservative party in America — deal with it. We have a lot of dissenting voices. So what? Deal with it. The American public waxes and wanes. Fine. It will wax again soon enough. Deal with it, and start fighting for our principles instead of against them, so we can be in position to create the next wave.

But, best-for-last:

At some point, the American public is going to revolt against the nanny state and the leftward march of this president. I don’t know when the tipping point will come, but I believe it will come soon.

Why?

Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.

Their philosophy does not work and it got our nation into the mess it’s in.

Eventually Americans will rise up against this new era of big government and this new reign of politically correct terror. In the meantime Republicans — hold fast, get smarter, get disciplined, get on offense, and put on your big boy pants.

That terrible thud? That was Jindal tripping on the hems of his “big boy pants.”

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/02/14 at 10:19 AM
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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Leave No Man Behind

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Nothing makes Republicans madder than President Obama doing his job and succeeding.  They’ve spent the last few weeks blowing up pseudo-scandals, like Macy’s parade balloons, that they hope to keep inflated through the summer.

Poor old Prosecutor Gowdy is still arm-wrestling with Judge Issa over witnesses and trying to get his “show horses” to finish reading Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies before the big trial.

And BOOM! along comes Obama saying I’ll see your Benghazi Special Investigation, your IRS and VA scandals and raise you a high-profile Imperial Presidency prisoner swap. 

There! you want something to cry about?  I’ll give you something to cry about.

But they’ll have to be smart to put points on the board with this one because no one really wants to hear any whining about a soldier’s homecoming . . . they’re not smart, though, are they?

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the U.S. facility. They said Obama also is required to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated.

The top Republicans on the House and Senate armed-services committees cautioned that “we must carefully examine the means by which we secured [Bergdahl’s] freedom,” warning that the U.S. had effectively reneged on its policy not to negotiate with terrorists.

Which is a curious statement since the US has not designated the Taliban a terrorist organization.  But, by now, we should be used to our Congresspersons playing fast and loose with facts.

In addition, how is it that a Congress that has been one of the most shamefully ineffectual, abysmal flops in the history of American governance can get all snippy about being sidelined when something real needs to happen?  If these people had to operate for one week in their beloved free market they’d be toast.  All of them.

Perhaps, if Congress hadn’t been so anxious to stymie the president’s pledge to close Guantanamo and had been more inclined to provide those Gitmo prisoners with anything like due process they wouldn’t have still been been moldering away there to use in a swap.

And, about that 30 day notification law?  It was attached to last year’s defense bill to prevent Obama from moving on Guantanamo closure.  When he signed that defense bill last year, Obama said that “other provisions of the bill on military programs were too important to jeopardize” by vetoing it outright.  Instead, Obama signed the defense bill but also issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.

And he did.  Imagine that, a politician who means what he says.

The White House said it moved as quickly as possible given the opportunity that arose to secure Bergdahl’s release. Citing “these unique and exigent circumstances,” the White House said a decision was made to go ahead with the transfer despite the legal requirement of 30 days advance notice to Congress “due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life.”

The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.

Especially since the alternative was to go hat-in-hand to the same Congress that already shut down Bergdahl’s release once, in 2012.

As Raw Story reports:

In addition to using congressional oversight, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman was told by Republican leadership that negotiating an exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl that involved detainees from Guantanamo Bay would be the president’s “Willie Horton moment.”

Does it get any more cynical than that?

Of course, Obama’s action in this case is not without precedent.  In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan faced a similar dilemma - seven Americans held hostage by Iranians in Lebanon.  Ronald Reagan felt that, as president, “he had the duty to bring those Americans home.”  He decided that giving Iran 1500 missiles was a fair trade.  I’d say Obama did a much better deal trading five Taliban members and saving the missiles for another time. 

Taliban is not al Qaeda. Taliban is not designated a terrorist organization by the US.  Neither are these people being repatriated, they have been handed over to the Qatari government, an American ally in the region.

Meanwhile, while admitting they celebrate Bergdahl’s release, McKeon and Inhofe warned that the exchange “may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans.”

“Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” they said.

If Congress would like to discuss presidential actions that “put our forces . . . around the world at even greater risk,” perhaps the time is right for a thorough investigation of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq . . . ?  Or their cavalier abandonment of said Wounded Warriors when their medical care requires more funding than our parsimonious Congress is willing to dole out?

Posted by Bette Noir on 06/01/14 at 11:40 AM
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