My Queer Kumbaya rant...

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    Oct 21, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    Below is my rant for Out In Asheville concerning any lingering questions about the Obama-McCain "question."


    HED: Fractured party, fractured community, and the Queer Kumbaya

    INTRO: With the future of the nation and its legacy within the world community threatened, now is not the time for liberals to be infighting.

    CAPTION: (get Democratic donkey logo kicking Republican elephant logo if possible) Whether or not “change” inspires you as a rallying call, it is difficult to deny that redirection is desperately needed at all levels in our governance.

    BYLINE: Jack Kirven . Staff writer

    There are so many shortcomings in a two-party system. So many. Entire swaths of the political spectrum get reduced to “left” vs. “right.” The gradients between those two polarities are muted, and our culture suffers, because the true diversity of ideas in this nation gets watered down by blanket loyalties. We really need a scenario where the smaller parties have more power. In a perfect world I would be advocating for all of you to align yourselves with the Green Party. It is the party most inclined to respect the rights of all people (naming several LGBTQ issues specifically in their platform), the most inclined to sponsor sustainable stewardship of our planet, and the most likely to implement a fair trade world economy. In other words, whether the Bible “quoting” NRA types like it or not, the Green party is decidedly more Christ-like in its attitudes towards people and planet than either the Republicans or the Democrats.

    However, this is definitely not a perfect world.

    I want so, so, so badly to vote for the Green party candidates (or maybe even the Libertarians), but I am not going to do that this time around. The single biggest obstacle I see for the Democrats is that they have to represent (tenuously) everyone who isn’t a Republican. Impossible. Yet it is the only viable option right now. As Obama demonstrated so unintentionally in Columbia, S.C., it is ridiculous to try to put all Democrats at the same table, under the same tent, at the same time. Nothing against evangelical black folks, but y’all are just as hateful as the KKK, and I’m not comfortable breaking bread with you. Period. But what other option is there?

    Compromise is the only way to get through this election. Gore won in 2000, but despite that, we have all suffered eight years of imbecilic rigmarole from a fascist leaning idiot who squarely refuses to consider compromise. So. There you have it. Like it or not, Nader screwed us. Under no circumstances should people be voting for a third party in this particular election (for the President/Vice President at least). Even though it means I have to sit down with Christians who hate me, Democrats who pay lip service to LGBTQ equality, and possibly even Republicans who can’t bear the thought of voting for McCain, I will vote for Obama. I do this not as a registered Democrat (because I’m not, and probably never will be), but because it’s the only way to make sure that the lesser of two evils is selected without any quibbling over chads and dumbasses who can’t figure out how to vote properly. Jesus! Just put a mark in the box next to a person’s name! No wonder Classical Athens failed… Stupid.

    It doesn’t matter if you like Obama or not: Sit your gay butt down at this damn table with the rest of the not-completely-satisfied, and vote for the candidate who appeals to hope. Hearing LGBTQ people even contemplating a vote for McCain is, in my view, tantamount to treason to your own well-being. Suck it up, and sing a round of “Kumbaya” through gritted teeth with me. It doesn’t matter that Hilary should have gotten the nomination. Get over it! Yes, it is a frustration to be forced to keep some of the company at this fireside communal “love fest,” but it’s the only way to make sure an aging “maverick,” who is very possibly in the position of leaving us with the Abominable Snow Woman, is soundly defeated. If you’re still wavering: Stop it!

    Kumbaya my Lord… (gnashing teeth) Kumbaya…
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    Oct 21, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    I always snicker when I hear Americans talk about the "socialist" Democrats. You are the only Western democracy in the world that does not have a true "socialist" party as far as I know. The closest Canada comes to the Democrats is the Liberal party. And like the Democrats, the Liberals have some neandrathals when it comes to social policy such as gay rights. The party has managed to navigate these thorny issues without tearing itself apart.

    Politics is all about compromise, it is not about getting one's way. I believe that is one reason why voter turnout is dropping. Some people feel that if the politicians are not directly addressing their concerns (e.g. students) then they won't vote. Forgetting I guess that was is done today, will affect them tomorrow.

    I have always voted based on what I thought was best for the country and not just for me. There are some problems I cannot control myself. For example, the budget pressures caused by an aging demographic, global warming and crime. That is why I vote for a party that has the best overall policies to address these problems. Gay rights is only one concern of mine, I have many others.
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    Oct 21, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    point very well taken; however, if you look at human rights, economics, international associations, or any of the other issues right now, it becomes clear that we have been unbalancedly republicanized... equality is in stasis, the republicans (who ironically blame democrats for spending when it is they who create increasingly grotesque imblances with their warmongering) have mismanaged our economy with degregulation, and their xenophobic horse shit has left us alienated in a hostile world. again, obama doesn't represent me as well as i wish he could, but he's a far sight better than the alternative.
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    Oct 22, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    I agree, the US has increasingly become the exception to the rule around the world. Part of it is the tremendous influence the fundamentalist Christian's have on public policy.

    I don't know of any other country in the Western world where religion has such a strong influence on public policy. If anyone can point out another country then I stand corrected.
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    Oct 22, 2008 12:26 AM GMT
    SurrealLife saidI agree, the US has increasingly become the exception to the rule around the world. Part of it is the tremendous influence the fundamentalist Christian's have on public policy.

    I don't know of any other country in the Western world where religion has such a strong influence on public policy. If anyone can point out another country then I stand corrected.


    I want to say England, because I've seen some weird laws coming out of there. And France is incredibly anti-Algerian/Islam (at least from the news). Not saying anything other than that we're not the only people in this scenario.

    But yeah, we are 'secular.' It wasn't so bad (at least, it didn't seem so bad), but I think Bush/Rove realized that the evangelicals will vote if they're scared. So he scared them, and they voted enough to get him in. Then the Democrats didn't really know what to do in 04. Now they've got game, and the Republicans have gone retard. I'm blaming the conservatives for brainwashing McCain. Because he's changed since he won the primaries. Changed in such a way that he is pandering to the evangelicals and it pisses me off soooo much.