Bad Lieutenant, Dan Choi

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    Oct 27, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    Bad Lieutenant, Dan Choi


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    Everyone, he says, is "happy to send out e-mails when a good court case comes out, but no one is willing to take a risk for fear of taking blame. If people want to blame me for being the reason 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' isn't repealed, I say fine. Bring it on, motherfuckers."
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    Lieutenant Dan Choi personifies the growing rift between gay-rights activists who want to cooperate with lobbyists and elected officials, and those who demand direct action. It's pretty obvious that the establishment activists—having allies controlling the White House and the Congress for two years with little to show for it—are having a hard time keeping people like Choi in line.
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    his fellow activists jittery. "They keep saying, 'Don't say anything bad about Obama, or you're going to end up with Sarah Palin as president!' " He resents what he considers a Hobson's choice—Obama or nothing—because he says it lets the Democrats off the hook. To Choi, that scare tactic of trotting out the likes of Palin just shows that the Democrats "can wield fear just as well as a political weapon as the Republicans!"

    He butts heads with activists on the most local of levels. When organizers in Maine didn't want him going door-to-door on behalf of gay marriage because they'd "done a poll, and Mainers only trust eighth-generation Mainers," Choi says, he thought, "That's a very subtle way of saying 'No Asians.' "

    But more than his race or his open sexuality, it is perhaps Choi's outspoken militancy on political issues that scares the gay-rights movement. To tightly scripted organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, "I am destabilizing," he openly admits. "And it freaks the shit out of people when I tell young activists and soon-to-be activists that they have the power, and they owe nothing" to groups like HRC or the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. (Neither responded to questions specifically about Choi.)

    Now that Choi has stepped into the spotlight, he's not about to give it up—no matter how uncomfortably hot it gets.
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    http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-10-27/news/bad-lieutenant-dan-choi/
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    Too-Slow-O and the Dems are trying frantically to do something significant on gay rights before the election because they are scared shitless that they are going to lose big time.

    The country is tightly divided. The gay vote can make the difference in a race. Oh, now they notice!

    They are gonna try to trot a legislative plan to show gays that DADT will be repealed in the lameduck Congress. Like a Congress that is gonna change hands in a month is gonna suddenly roll over on DADT! ... icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Oct 27, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    Eh... I think Choi is a media whore. And the folks working on DADT in the movement are the most disorganized bunch you'll ever see. There are now 5 or 6 different groups allegedly working on this issue yet we get nowhere. Maybe if they got their shit together, they would have an actual strategy.

    And the Dems tried to repeal DADT, but the Republicans - shocker - pulled their usual obstructionist bullshit.

    And Obama and the Dem led Congress have done a great deal for the LGBT community. More in two years than any other president.

    I'm not an Obamabot, but this rhetoric about how they've done nothing for us is ludicrous.
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    Oct 27, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidEh... I think Choi is a media whore. And the folks working on DADT in the movement are the most disorganized bunch you'll ever see. There are now 5 or 6 different groups allegedly working on this issue yet we get nowhere. Maybe if they got their shit together, they would have an actual strategy.

    And the Dems tried to repeal DADT, but the Republicans - shocker - pulled their usual obstructionist bullshit.

    And Obama and the Dem led Congress have done a great deal for the LGBT community. More in two years than any other president.

    I'm not an Obamabot, but this rhetoric about how they've done nothing for us is ludicrous.



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    Bitter sore losers.