Drama queen this:
I've sold my soul to nothing.
Art_Deco saidI'll compromise my soul to get what I want.
no take backs.
Art_Deco said...I think you might examine your own soul. To see if personal injuries and agendas are clouding the bigger picture.
So you are suggesting what, that I've "personal injuries and agendas" that cloud me into thinking people should act with integrity?
Art_Deco said...I think we're on the same sheet of music regarding our goals, but disconnected about strategies. You maintain a very purist position. I'm more realistic. I'll ally with former enemies if I must, if it advances our gay interests. That's the bottom line, yes?
You would support a guy whose pledge isn't worth crap (signed Florida4Marriage.org petition for a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage) just to hold the party line and you call me a purist?
The purist is inflexible. That would be you, bub. I'm the guy who won't tow the party line if I see that anchor dragging. And I certainly won't tow it when the party line is dredging muck. Even on integrity, I've noted a life/death loophole which this asinine topic is too fat to fit. That's not inflexible. It is the opposite: flexible. You are the one being intransigent at the cost of your compromised soul.
paulflexes saidYes babe. It did compromise their souls. At that point in time, they went against the religious, social and political grain to stand up for what's right. Up until then they hid behind closed doors and conformed to social norms.
Just like when most of us were closeted, we'd talk bad about gays to prove our straightness (at least I did). In the same way, politicians try to conform to social and political norms in order to prevent their "real" opinions from becoming known, which could be career suicide. Now that the social and political norms allow for the inclusion of equal marriage rights, Crist is finally allowed to speak his mind without worrying about his career. He may have thrown us under a bus in the past, but now he wants to right that wrong. Forgiveness is an excellent character trait. You should try it sometime.
Coming out of the closet never compromises soul. Only remaining there does. There may be some pain, just as there would be some pain in losing an election. But that pain is merely weakness leaving the body. The community, the party would be stronger for it. Eternal vigilance begins before the war is won.
I never spoke a bad word about gay people, I either defended people or found a way to distract their bully from when I was a little kid. Once after my first full on sex at 16 with a guy in USVI, I became nervous and didn't want to see him again. My parents questioned why. I said "because I think he's gay". My parents threw my attitude a dirty look and said "but he's your friend." That's the very worst thing I ever said from the closet and I never repeated that mistake.
But I can relate somewhat to closeted gay people camouflaging themselves thusly. Up to a point. We have to be able to draw some lines so we can see what the picture is. And not on an etch-a-sketch either. Life is indelible, even given forgiving.
When he signed on the line he crossed the line. He tried to deny us our human rights into eternity. He's welcome to go to hell for just as long. Don't let that puppy dog face of his fool ya. That mongrel is a scoundrel.
bon_pan saidWading knee deep...
Hold that pose, I'll be right over.