Scary Out There in Republican Land

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Mar 162016
 
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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series 2016 Elections

I respect and would defend everyone’s right to pick the candidate they believe best represents their interests. I do, however, believe people often forget that their own interests are served when elected officials try to do their best for the entire country, fully realizing some things are a zero sum game.

With that said, I have to tell I’ve moved past being worried to being disgusted at the way some people are deciding on who to vote for, and I am especially looking at Trump’s supporters.

Of course they hate Secretary Clinton. She’s dishonest, email, and Benghazi. They simply won’t hear that their own Republican’s in Congress ran investigation after investigation (for no other purpose than doing political damage to her, and said so), but were able to come with nothing to hang on her. Because of my work, I know something about email management, and even about email management at the State Dept., and Secretary Clinton did nothing that wasn’t done by all the Secretaries prior to her. As for Benghazi, never mind it was the Republican Congress that slashed funding for Embassy Protection. When you explain all of this to them, it’s like they are little kids sticking their fingers in their ears and saying La La La La La. Continue reading »

President Comments on Jason Collins’ Coming Out

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Apr 302013
 

Sports Illustrated cover of Jason CollinsPresident Obama says all the right things, if he’d just use the powers he does have to put some of his convictions into practice, I’d be happier.

Today, at the end of a press conference, the President pivoted and returned to the podium to take one last question about Jason Collins coming out.

Q Jason Collins? Do you want to say anything about it?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I’ll say something about Jason Collins. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man. And I told him I couldn’t be prouder of him.

One of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality — not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.

And given the importance of sports in our society, for an individual who has excelled at the highest levels in one of the major sports to go ahead and say, this is who I am, I’m proud of it, I’m still a great competitor, I’m still seven foot tall and can bang with Shaq — (laughter) — and deliver a hard foul — and for I think a lot of young people out there who are gay or lesbian who are struggling with these issues, to see a role model like that who is unafraid, I think it’s a great thing.

And I think America should be proud that this is just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly, and everybody is part of a family, and we judge people on the basis of their character and their performance and not their sexual orientation. So I’m very proud of him.

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I think this is a very good thing. Collins appears to be a great player, and a good person. The more high-profile people like this who come out, the harder it becomes for the krazy kristian kooks to keep claiming gay people are just abominations. The claims like that, and the stereotypes just keep melting away.

Perhaps the only bad thing that comes of it is an every increasing stridency to the rhetoric of extreme right. Whether they care to admit it, the imagery they invoke (culture wars, warriors, etc.) escalates the potential for violence against gay people, and as they see themselves losing the culture war they started, they only become more desperate.

Let us know what you think in our poll:

What do you think of NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay?

  • This is a bad thing. (8%, 1 Votes)
  • It's great, and I hope other pro athletes follow his lead. (31%, 4 Votes)
  • He's a hero in my book. (8%, 1 Votes)
  • I'll never watch an NBA game again. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • He's on the fast train to hell. (8%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't think it matters. (46%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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