OFA’s ‘Petition to Nowhere’ on DADT is a joke, and the joke’s on you

And some people wonder why we’ve called on the gay community, and our allies, to stop donating to this increasingly worthless organization.

Organizing for America – formerly Obama for America, but now an arm of the DNC and the White House – just sent out an email to (some of?) their members about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Did the email call on OFA’s twelve million or so members to bombard wavering Senators with phone calls in support of repealing DADT?


So what did OFA’s email provide as an action on DADT? They ask you to sign a public declaration that you stand with the president for the repeal of DADT.

Ooh, that should scare wavering Senators. Not an action alert targeting individual Senators, not an effort to raise money for ads targeting those Senators, but rather, a petition to nobody.

Now, how, you might ask, does a petition to nobody help us pass the DADT compromise? It doesn’t. But OFA’s efforts on DADT aren’t about actually getting DADT repealed. We’ve written about their fake support for our civil rights before. They”re about raising more gay money for the DNC. (Note that after you sign the Petition to Nowhere, you’re sent to a DNC fundraising page.)

The second reason OFA is doing this, they’re scared. Of you. But not nearly scared enough. Rather than actually doing something to help repeal DADT, the president’s henchmen at OFA and the DNC are sending out fake action alerts, that accomplish nothing, in the hopes that you’ll be duped into thinking they’re doing something to help the gays. When they’re really not.

And you could almost forgive OFA for trying to collect more names and email addresses of gay supporters – or even raise money from gay supporters – if OFA had any plans to actually do something, anything, pro-gay, for real, at any time in the future.

Joe and I, for example, are asking folks to sign a public letter to President Obama, that we will deliver to the White House, calling on him to start making some phone calls to wavering Senators about DADT repeal. Note the concrete message, and the concrete action we want. Note the very public way in which we’re trying to pressure the president to act. That’s what effective advocacy is about – doing something that has a concrete, effective goal, and doing it in a way that has a chance at influencing the person you’re going after. OFA’s “alert” doesn’t target anyone. It’s quite literally “the petition to nowhere.”

The Democratic party isn’t interested in helping you get your civil rights. They’re not building this list, and this war chest, in order to help you finally share in the American dream. They’re treating you like an ATM. And a rather mindless ATM at that.

Well this GayTM is closed.


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DOMA repeal nowhere to be found on Democrats.org web site, weird DADT ‘sensible’ repeal

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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