Republican’s Pathetic GOProud Gay Wing

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Dan Savage tweeted this…

…in response to this announcement by the Republican Party’s Tea Party gay group, GOProud.

GOProud is prepared to commit significant resources to help make Mitt Romney the next President of the United States.

The Board of Directors of GOProud voted to enthusiastically endorse Governor Romney’s candidacy for President.

Most gay Americans – like their straight counterparts – are not better off than they were 4 years ago. The truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too.

Really? Are gay Americans worst off than they were 4 years ago?

Allow me to ask:

1. Are gay soldiers worst off now with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
2. Are gay Americans worst off now that 9 states recognize same-sex marriage and 6 states grant these licenses?
3. Are gay Americans worst off now that the Justice Department has declared that it will stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 act which recognizes marriage strictly as a union between a man and a woman?
4. Are gay Americans worst off now that they have a President who recently stated that he believes that every American should have the right to marry the person they love regardless of sexual orientation and who declared unequivocally that same-sex marriage should be legalized?

I could go on about the “disastrous failed Obama economy” and how it is in truth the result of policies set out by GOProud’s Republican party and how it is in fact a recovering economy (albeit a slow one, again thanks to the GOProud’s Republican Party) which is in a far better place than it was in 2008 when tens of thousands jobs were being lost each month. I could do this but what could be more relevant to a gay person than recognition that they as human beings have the same civil rights as every other American?

What the hell is the matter with these self-loathing people that they are willing to subjugate themselves to second class citizenry and support a homophobic political entity that despises their very existence? And don’t give me this “working from the inside” bullshit…it doesn’t work with Republicans. As long as the Religious Right remains a core component of the party’s base, conservative politicians will cater to every one of their bigoted, hate-filled whims.

Dan Savage had it perfectly right…GOProud’s members as well as Log Cabin Republicans are pathetic fools with very little to be proud of.

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More Gay Republican BS

Richard Grenell is the openly gay conservative hack political consultant Mitt Romney hired to be his national security spokesman. After one week on the job, Grenell resigned over pressure exerted by homophobes within the Republican party. Here’s what he had to say in a piece he wrote in the Wall Street Journal titled Marriage, Gay Republicans and the Elections.

The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is not only bigoted but is a bipartisan view. The intolerant assault comes from the far right, who object to Republicans who are gay, and the far left, who object to gays being Republicans. When the extremists on both sides are the only ones speaking up, the majority suffers.

What a load of crap. This ‘both sides do it’ bullshit is getting tiresome.

First of all, the intolerance is not coming from the “far right.” It’s coming from the mainstream part of the  Republican party. Intolerance, bigotry and homophobia are required staples for anyone hoping to attain office as a Republican. Grenell’s own choice for the White House is a guy named Mitt Romney who has pledged to support a constitutional amendment making same-sex marriage illegal.

I believe we should have a federal amendment in the Constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad.

Polls also indicate that Democrats and liberals favor same-sex marriage by a huge percentage over Republicans and conservatives.

You got that, Grenell? Seven out of ten Republicans hope you are never able to marry your partner.

And lastly, liberals have no objection to gays being Republicans. The LGBT community can support any party they wish. Liberals are simply asking why the hell would any sane gay person vote for a party that hates their very existence and views them as sexual perverts? A political party that strives to deny them the same civil rights afforded heterosexuals? Why would anyone want to do that to themselves?

Bottom line is that Richard Grenell is simply another conservative who needs to justify his party’s indefensible policies by spreading the blame over to liberals and Democrats.

Not this time buddy. On this issue, as on most issues, the assholes are all on your side.

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GM Alive, bin Laden Dead

It’s been fun watching conservatives and Romney twist themselves into pretzels trying to undo Mitt’s past words on GM and bin Laden.

Romney, April 2007:

It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. [...] the country would be safer by only ‘a small percentage’ and would see ‘a very insignificant increase in safety’ if al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught because another terrorist would rise to power.

Romney, April 2012:

Of course I would have ordered the taking out of Osama bin Laden. Of course. This is a person who had done terrible harm to America and who represented a continuing threat to civilized people throughout the world. If I had been president of the United States, I would have made the same decision the president made, which was to remove him.

Romney, November 2008:

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually ]guaranteed.

Romney chief strategist, Eric Fehrnstrom, April 2012:

His [Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.’

Consider that the crown jewel. The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.

Mitt Romney – a living, breathing cartoon if ever there was one.

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Romney Calls Santorum the ‘D’ Word

Mitt Romney believes that his best line of attack is making the claim that he has not spent a moment as a D.C. politician while his two main opponents, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, are the combined epitome of the Washington insider. Yesterday, he added to this by pointing out that Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum both had a spend, spend, spend approach to governing thereby making the two lawmakers  “the very Republicans who acted like Democrats.”

This prompted a HuffPo reader to ask a straightforward question.

You mean… Newt and Rick believe in helping the middle class and poor, protecting the environmen­t, creating jobs, building our nation’s infrastruc­ture, improving education for our kids and basing science and history on actual truth?

To which I add; are truth and logic not beautiful things?

Of course they are.

 

(The source image for this illustration is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.)
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Manufacturing Consent – Republicans Worried About Occupy Wall Street

Frank Luntz, master of political communication professional liar, told a meeting of Republican Governors how deeply concerned he was about the impact Occupy Wall Street is having on political discourse and American’s view of capitalism. Imagine having people realize that capitalists don’t always have their best interests at heart. That would do serious damage to that ‘job creators’ image conservatives have so carefully crafted over the last while.

Luntz outlined his strategy on how conservatives should best deal with lie to and about the movement.  Chris Moody has the full list.

  • Don’t say ‘capitalism.':  “I’m trying to get that word removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market,’ ” Luntz said. “The public . . . still prefers capitalism to socialism, but they think capitalism is immoral. And if we’re seen as defenders of quote, Wall Street, end quote, we’ve got a problem.”
  • Don’t say ‘taxes the rich':  “If you talk about raising taxes on the rich,” the public responds favorably, Luntz cautioned. But  “if you talk about government taking the money from hardworking Americans, the public says no. Taxing, the public will say yes.”
  • Don’t say ‘middle class':  “They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers. We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”
  • Don’t say ‘entrepreneur':  “Use the phrases “small business owners” and “job creators” instead of “entrepreneurs” and “innovators.”
  • Blame Washington for everything:  Tell them, “You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.”

Noam Chomsky, co-author of the 1988 book – Manufacturing Consent, understands only too well propaganda of this sort.

The question is whether privileged elite should dominate mass communication and should use this power as they tell us they must — namely to impose necessary illusions, to manipulate and deceive the stupid majority and remove them from the public arena. The question in brief, is whether democracy and freedom are values to be preserved or threats to be avoided. In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than values to be treasured; they may well be essential to survival.

It all comes down to corporate interests (by way of media and politicians) manufacturing knowledge as a means to shape public opinion.  With the help of shameless politicos like Luntz, Republicans have mastered the art form.

On the bright side, the fact that Republicans feel they need a plan as manipulative and deceiving as the one outlined by Luntz tells you that OWS is making a difference.  The big boys are worried…and that’s a good thing.

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