Election 2008

Two things I discovered via bilerico.com

This stirring music video of Obama’s post New Hampshire primary speech. I’m still not sure whether I’m voting for him or for Hillary, but either way, I’m going to be getting a more intelligent candidate than the utter imbecile in office now, so I’m happy either way.

On the other hand, long-time AIDS and GLBT activist Larry Kramer points out that there is no candidate today that truly supports GLBT people in America the way they should.

I cannot support any of the candidates thus far running for president because none of them supports me and my people in the ways we need to be supported. This is not just about gay marriage, which has become a nonspecific red herring for non-specific maybes. (Why do you hate us so that you will not permit us to legally love?) Of course we want gay marriage, but that is not all we want. We want safety. (We are the only people in America that it is socially and legally acceptable to hate and discriminate against.) We want no more taxation without representation. (When I die, our government gobbles such an unconscionable amount of my estate that my partner will no longer be able to afford the house we both have put so much of our money and energy into.) We want the approximately 2,000 benefits our government provides to heterosexual married couples. (Why don’t we get them? We pay the same taxes they do.) In other words, we want equality. We want everything straight people have and get and are entitled to. And there is not one candidate who has come anywhere near offering anywhere near any of this. In fact, I am afraid that there is not a one of them who, when push comes to shove, would not continue to sell us down the river. In fact, I have come to believe that forbidding us all of these things we are entitled to is based on hate, pure and simple. There are, by some estimates, 20 million of us. But we don’t make as much noise as our enemies do. In fact, we don’t make any noise at all. More fools we.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. mike

    Larry is correct. No candidate is perfect from a GLBT perspective, but to be honest, each candidate’s goal is to get elected, and they’re all willing to sell constituents down the river if it’ll give them the juice they need.
    It’s a matter of holding your nose and voting for the least offensive candidate… as, I’m sure Kramer will do himself.

  2. Tami

    I am supporting Hillary Clinton– I think her ideas for healthcare are better achievable than Obama’s. Obama wants to “cap” premiums to make HC more affordable- but to me…$2500/yr is still expensive, and that may not include co pays and drugs. His care is not truly universal. We all already pay for the ppl who get health coverage for free with no insurance! I see it everyday- it is sucking the system dry. (realistically, it’s gonna be a bitch to fix–no matter who is trying to do it.)
    I like Clinton’s ideas for immigration control too. I don’t agree with giving drivers lic. to illegal aliens!
    Obama seems kind of “Empty” to me. Maybe it’s his demeanor.
    Obviously there is waaayyyy more I could say on this issue to prove my position for Hillary–just thought I would chime in!

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