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Wed May 9, 2012, 06:50 PM

 

Forward, United, To The Fight For Equality

I know I can sometimes appear to be an optimist, but I'm often deeply cynical about politicians and government. Don't mistake my confidence and positive persona for optimism, or for some kind of naivete. Hell will freeze over, I believe, before I see all of the changes I want enacted by government realized in my lifetime.

There are, however, transformational moments in our history which usher in progress which can't be reversed or erased. I believe that President Obama's announcement, in his calculated interview released today, that he now fully supports marriage equality, is one of those earth-moving political decisions which will usher in a new generation of civil rights for those individuals in the LGBT community who have been deliberately denied basic citizenship rights because of who they love; who they choose to have sexual relationships with; and, who they choose to marry.

We don't need to dwell too long on the utter immorality and political timidity of the president's earlier position which he had said was 'evolving' over time. There is no justification to be had for his insistence on sticking to his position against marriage equality and rights for gay Americans. There isn't any mitigation of those views to be had in his welcome and correct support of many other precepts of our LGBT agenda. There isn't any justification for waiting so long to express this change of heart -- no letting the powder dry; or waiting for the next election; or defending his reelection can justify maintaining such a selfish and hurtful stance.

Yet, there isn't any more need to dwell on those transgressions of Barack Obama now that he's made a decision to move forward to change attitudes and the law. There's no more need than there was to dwell on the faults of President Lyndon Johnson -- a man who ushered in a new era of civil rights for black Americans and others; yet, couldn't keep himself from calling blacks 'nigras.' -- after he had his own epiphany and embraced the civil rights fight; enlisting every instigation of democracy he could manage to further the historic progress he ultimately achieved in making the federal government responsible and accountable for the defense of those rights.

What the President has done with his statement -- just a couple of paragraphs; a few sentences -- is to make himself the primary target for those who would oppose these rights he's advocating. In this election year, President Obama will be forced; challenged to defend his position on marriage equality as integral to the defense of his entire candidacy for reelection. I don't know if that's the fight folks were expecting, but that's the one we've got right now.

The President will need to be nimble and positively brilliant in his defense of his stance in order to avoid those in opposition making this issue one which overshadows all else in his campaign. Yet, it will likely dominate almost every instance of his bid for reelection.

Fortunately, this President has already demonstrated his capacity and ability to express empathy, compassion, and understanding on many issues in ways which welcome all Americans to join in and participate. Indeed, President Obama will likely use this issue as a measure of our commitment to each other; employs his defense in a way which ultimately unites us.

It's hard to understate the importance of this sitting president's embrace of these basic, but denied, rights. History has shown that it takes leadership at the level of the presidency to initiate and carry through important changes in our society. It has been said by Edmund Burke that, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Or, perhaps, more accurately, ""When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."

So, united we now stand. Forward to the fight for equality for all!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 06:52 PM

1. Apparently Obama thiinks that should depend on which state you live in.

 

Alas.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. I believe this removed the power of those who oppose it. It's in the open now.

There isn't going to be a (forgive the Sarah Palin paraphrase) gotcha moment. He effectively kicked one of the legs out from their table. Any questions at this point will be rhetorical.

Furthermore, anyone who opposes civil rights is essentially anti-American. And civil rights is the context.

I believe, and have predicted all along, that Obama had a timing issue. He simply could not do what we wanted until reaching a point where there was a critical amount of support and understanding of the principals involved.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #2)

Wed May 9, 2012, 07:09 PM

3. it exposed a whole host of politicians who were hiding behind the President on this

 

I like the way that he deliberately doesn't use his religion as an excuse for his earlier position, rather, saying that he's not bound to align with other voices from the church.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:28 PM

5. kick

 

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Wed May 9, 2012, 11:28 PM

6. kick

 

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Thu May 10, 2012, 06:52 AM

7. .

 

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Thu May 10, 2012, 12:11 PM

8. K & R

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