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Is it Politics or is it Prejudice?

Friday, September 14, 2012

This election is one of these moments in time when you have to look yourself in the mirror and ask the reflection you see just what it is you believe in.

You have to ask yourself if you want to keep perpetuating the anger and hate and blame and bigotry and homophobia, or do you want to rise above that and vote for acceptance and tolerance and citizenship.

There are a great many people in our country who will choose the path of hate, and hate is really is what it’s all about.

If you ask any of the Mitt Romney supporters what he plans on doing about the tax policy, they can’t tell you. They can’t tell you because they don’t know. They don’t know because Romney doesn’t know. He has been real clear about not revealing his plan until after the election. Think about that: You have no clue how he will reform the tax policy – and then think of what sort of mind-set it would take to cast a vote for this man.

Mitt won’t discuss abortion – but you know that he was once pro-abortion and is now pro-life. But don’t ask him or his wife – they won’t discuss it because that isn’t what this election is about. Mitt is for an amendment to the Constitution to make marriage be between a man and a woman – but don’t ask him or his wife any questions about that — they won’t discuss it because it isn’t what this election is about.

Mitt’s economic plan is to give more tax breaks to the rich and raise taxes on the middle class. Do you know his plan for Afghanistan? Do you know what his foreign policy is all about? Ask yourself what exactly it is you do know about this man – other than what he is against, which is: gays, women, Medicare and Social Security.

If you really know nothing about Romney and his plan for America, one must ask oneself, am I voting for Romney or am I just voting against President Barack Obama?

And if you say yes to the later, then you must ask yourself why it is you are voting against President Obama? Is it the economy? Is it the whole gay-marriage thing? Is it his belief that a woman has the absolute right to equal pay? Is it his belief that a woman should make her own choice when it comes to abortion? Is it his stand on Afghanistan? Is it because he bailed out the auto industry? Is it his decision to kill Osama Bin Laden? Is it the fact that he ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and gave gays and lesbians the freedom to serve their country openly? Or, is it simply the color of his skin?

One cannot ignore the race question when it comes to this election. I’ve seen too many websites filled with racist cartoons and hate-filled rhetoric for me not to believe that we are still a nation filled with bigots who believe that gays, women and people of a certain color and religion have their place and need to be kept there.

Sadly, the Republican Party plays on that with their anti-gay, non-Christian-baiting, women-hating, “let them eat cake” platform. The folks who don’t know Wall Street from Main Street only know that this is the party that validates their hatred of gays, women and religions they don’t understand.

This is the party to associate yourself with if you want to own guns you don’t need, and have enough ammunition to kill whoever and whatever you want a hundred times over. This is the party to cling to if you want to blame everyone but yourself for what you perceive to be wrong in America.

Mitt and his party will take us down the road of hate, bigotry and towering fences at our borders. The poor will get poorer and the middle class will be no longer. You’ll have to leave the country to find a job, and anything with the stamp “Made in America” will be called nostalgia.

My fellow travelers in the gay community, our time is now. Our time is now to stand and be counted. Our time is now for you to be proud of who you are as a person and who we are as a community. Our time is now to vote as if our future depends on it, for it most surely does.


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  1. Really you guys we have so much more to worry about than what you put in your little article. Iam a lesbian and I so fed up with the gay community. Just because I have a difference in opinion people go nuts because they think I should vote a certain way. As for voting for Romney just because it’s against Obama lets go back and how many people voted for Obama because he was black? And now unlike.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:06am
  2. More to worry about than what? The leader of this country?? That seems like a pretty big thing to be worried about. It’s perfectly valid for gay people to be conservative, but I don’t understand voting for someone, as a gay person, who you KNOW will actively work to deny you rights and repeal the ones you already have.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:16am

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:00am

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:02am

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:02am
  6. This is clear prejudice and bigotry to me! The examples do not get any clearer!

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:08am
  7. This is clear prejudice and bigotry to me! The examples do not get any clearer!

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:08am
  8. prejudice

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:22am
  9. prejudice

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:22am

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:32am
  11. Many people are fed up with the race crap, not the racism but the saying how basically anyone against Obama is racist. Slander is a political game whether black or white. Many people feel Obama is screwing us with his healthcare plan and we are slowing becoming undemocratic and socialistic. The fact that he endangers the military saying which seal team led the attack on Osama, which caused half of them to get killed. It is these things that piss people off, the fact that he is black just fuels those that are racist but it is not the basis of their dislike of him. Although this may be true for some. No one should have known it was seal team 6, simply that the navy seals got the job done for our country. There are a lot of reasons people don’t like him the color of his skin unfortunately is a reason for some but not all. Equality is important don’t get me wrong but this race card crap is ridiculous. Racism could also be true in some cases with Romney people hating him because he’s white, it goes both ways people. Calm yourselves. It will be ok. Note I’m not saying racism isn’t there, but there are many factors. Racism is always there no matter who the candidates are whether white or black

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:36am
  12. racism should have nothing do this with this..Hes half white..

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:39am
  13. Fact of the matter is, had Obama been white (being half white means little when your skin is not– white privilege exists when you have white skin) he would not be getting all the ridiculous accusations he has gotten.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  14. prejudice all the way, lost many friends over this because they try and make it sound like politics then make a racial joke.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:46am
  15. both! but mostly prejudice …..the politics are the prejudice jaja

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:59am
  16. My spouse is white and I have bi-racial children. We had the race talk before we got married and many disagreements about how prevalent racism still is. I didn’t force my position because I knew it would not be necessary. And as I expected, he quickly realized how things really are when he overtly experienced racism through rude remarks directed at his children. My favorite was, “Your kids are cute, but you still can tell.” It is easy for people who have never experienced racism to “get tired of blacks playing the race card,” but it is difficult to understand how much race influences people unless you are subject to it. Once he got really angry when it happened and asked why I wasn’t as well. I told him that I guess I had gotten used to it and his response was, “You shouldn’t have to.” Anyway…that’s just my perspective.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:02am
  17. They have had such a crazed irrational fear of Obama since he came on the scene. It is clearly a racial issue. During election times, you can expect to be torn apart. However, there is a unique hatred of Obama that is quite strange.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:06am
  18. If this were too white candidates, President Obama would be up double figure points. Race is indeed a key factor!

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:24am
  19. Thats speculation, and impossible to know for sure. That’s like saying is Romney was black then white people wouldn’t vote, or is he was black then race wouldn’t be an issue.

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:02am
  20. OMG I get SO tired of people wanting to pretend that race is a huge issue in this country still. They don’t give a fuck that I can’t marry a partner. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE BLACK PEOPLE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET MARRIED? Until you can answer that fuck off!

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:55pm

    Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:03am