Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 21st through November 25th:
- Election Day fell short – These bans represent the tyranny of the majority, which our Founding Fathers tried hard to prevent. Democracy never intended for a simple majority of the people to take away the fundamental rights of the minority. A cornerstone of democracy is found in the belief that our Constitution, and not our contempt, should be the driving force insuring equality for all.
- t r u t h o u t | Thank You, George! – By what criteria does one recognize a great leader? By his ability to organize his succession, of course. Now who can deny that without the policy you've conducted over the last eight years, Barack Obama would never have been elected? This brilliant young man's veritable Pygmalion is you, of course. I imagine that it was hardly always easy. I'm thinking in particular about one of your master strokes: the war in Iraq. To manipulate your Secretary of State, the righteous general, Colin Powell, to the point of pushing him to lie before the UN about Saddam Hussein's suppositious weapons of mass destruction; then, once the deception was realized, forcing him to resign so that he ended up joining Barack Obama. Nice one!
- A Response to the Extreme Anti-Gay Comments by My Brother, Newt Gingrich | Rights and Liberties | AlterNet – Dear Newt, I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protesters of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right, I feel compelled to use the words of your idol, Ronald Reagan, "There you go, again." However, I realize that you may have been a little preoccupied lately with planning your resurrection as the savior of your party, so I thought I would fill you in on a few important developments you might have overlooked.
- LGBT People Have Much To Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving | AlterNet – Thanksgiving is a time to focus on the year's blessings. And those of us who are gay or gay-friendly have plenty to savor: Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who fondly recalls the gay couple who helped raise him, unexpectedly stepped into New York's governorship and soon declared that his state would honor same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
- Daily Kos: Anti-Prop 8 backlash changes minds – Turning eight percent of marriage equality opponents around in a few short weeks is remarkable, and likely stems people realizing what exactly they had voted for. Remember, the proposition lost by only three points. If eight percent of the 52.1 percent who voted for it have changed their minds, that's a 4.2 percent swing in favor of equality. Or, put another way, you're looking at a 52-48 vote in favor of gay marriage. I would say that thus far, the backlash against Proposition 8 has been wildly successful.
- Paul Jenkins: The Last Time We Vote For Bigotry – This year, it was especially painful when, close to the election and to the California vote on Proposition 8 to rescind the rights of gay couples to marry, Barack Obama said he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman."
This was nothing new, but certainly not uplifting, even as he reiterated his opposition to changing the California constitution.
This starkly illustrated Obama's contradictory attitude towards gay rights: he says he deems gay and straight people (all people, in fact) to be equal, but he is "against" same-sex marriage. It begs the question: if these relationships are equal, why not treat them equally under the law? In many ways, it is far easier to accept hard-core Christian conservatives' position: they think gay relationships are evil, and therefore certainly not equal to straight ones, and should absolutely not be granted marriage rights. They are of course homophobic, but so are all other opponents of gay marriage, for isn't it the essence of homophobia to say that the love between a man and a woman is different than the love between two people of the same gender?
- Michael Russnow: Proposition 8 Backlash: What’s Wrong with Discriminating Against Those Who Want to Discriminate? – These people are intruding in the lives of others — people who have no effect at all on the hate mongers, except a presumed disturbance of the bigoted lifestyle they want to maintain.
On the other hand, those who rise up against the forces who want to impose their religious and so-called moral beliefs on the public at large and thus prevent loving couples from legally sanctifying their union, are in effect mimicking Paddy Chayefsky's famous words from Network: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."
They're not throwing stones at the contributors' cars or burning their houses and certainly shouldn't be. However, taking a stand against those who discriminate is moral, legitimate and the correct stance to take. Just as the blacks boycotted the Montgomery, Alabama city buses when they were only permitted to ride in the rear sections.
- The Triumph Of The Creative Class – Forbes.com – Barack Obama rode to his resounding victory on the enthusiasm of two constituencies, the young and African Americans, whose support has driven his candidacy since the spring. Yet arguably the biggest winners of the Nov. 4 vote are located at the highest levels of the nation's ascendant post-industrial business community.