Jesus, the tire tracks on my back are really smarting today. The DNC has apparently boarded the bus that is driving over LGBTs and the immigration reform folks today with a lovely revamped site on “Civil Rights” that’s, to be charitable, going in the the wrong direction. I can’t help but cringe at the bitter irony of the logo:
Change that matters. Stands up for an ideal (if not civil rights, I suppose re-election is an ideal). And a tiny ripple of hope…well that sure sums it up doesn’t it, LOLOLOL?
OK, on to the content…keyboard protection on.
Civil Rights are not just abstract principles. They represent nothing less than our ability to provide for ourselves and our families and to live free from discrimination or persecution. For decades, Democrats have fought for these values, working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to fully participate in our society-to live in a place where there are no second-class citizens, where each of us can go about our lives without fear of discrimination.
For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. Democrats are committed to:
- Strengthening the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to better protect voting rights;
- Enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which includes measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;
- Ensuring full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples;
- Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security;
- Ending racial, ethnic, and religious profiling; and
- Building a fair and more equitable criminal justice system that provides non-violent offenders a second chance at a rehabilitated life.
Wait – what happened to one of the promises candidate Barack Obama made during the campaign — repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Nowhere, people. Not a priority, not on the list anymore. I guess that went up in smoke with the whole “full civil unions” (where’s that going to come from?) hoo-hah.
And tell me what is a “sensible way” to repeal DADT? It sure can’t be by giving troops freepable surveys to fill out, non-confidential feedback e-boxes, and asking spouses what they think about enlisted homos moving next door. I guess “sensible” is whatever Bill Gates approves of.
This situation is so damn sad — and unnecessary from a PR perspective if you want to at least string along LGBTs to open the gAyTM. They aren’t even trying anymore.
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