Thursday, February 17, 2011
I'm Sorry...I Can't Agree
Blogger Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project is threatening to out the dirty laundry of politicians who voted for House Joint Resolution 6 or might vote for it at its next stage.
Not that anyone listens to me, but I would caution Browning on pushing this course of action. The entire thing could backfire. I only think this kind of dirt-collecting only leads to tit-for-tat and not progress. It further alienates people that are turned off by this kind of thing. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it's more fit for the tabloids and TMZ than it is for political discourse.
Why alienate those same people that LGBT activists will need to push a possible Constitutional Amendment to the trashcan? Independents, who typically say they don't like this kind of negativity, may be pushed over to the side of those on the other side. I think there are powerful arguments and personal testimonies that will change the conversation over the next few years while the Indiana General Assembly's view on the subject is proven to be far outside the mainstream.
Yes, it's an emotional time. People are angry, and I'm mad as hell! The LGBT community was somewhat abandoned by the Democratic Party and some of its activists.
Today, I received an e-mail from John Spears, the state director of Organizing for America (formerly Obama for America), and that e-mail asked me to contact my legislators on labor issues. I wholeheartedly understand the plight of the working men and women in this state whose wages and livelihoods are at stake while this Republican-led General Assembly launches a full-on assault on them. I agree that we should be talking to our legislators about this, but where was OFA when the critical LGBT issue was on the table?
I also received an e-mail from the Indiana Democratic Party Chair, Dan Parker, that was written on behalf of state employees, public servants, and teachers. Again, there is a worthy cause, and we should all stand up to defend their rights. Yet again, there was no mass e-mail on HJR-6 asking Democrats stand with their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Yes, I'm maddest at Pat Bauer. Bauer plunged a knife into the back of the LGBT community with his yes vote on HJR-6. If the community were Caesar, he would be Brutus. It was an awful thing for him to have done, and it borders on unforgivable.
That said, I don't think two wrongs make a right. I don't believe in the kinds of tactics Browning is implementing. I just can't agree. Sorry.
I know that Bil's been out there for a long time and has been fighting this fight longer than me, and I respect him for that. I have only had this blog for a little under three years, and I haven't been nearly as active in the LGBT community as he has. I don't expect him or anyone to listen to me on this, but I felt I'd be remiss if I didn't express my opinion.
Besides, the skeletons in the closet of a politician seem to get out anyway. Just ask Larry Craig, Eric Massa, Christopher Lee, Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, Elliott Spitzer, or any other politician that's been the subject of an embarrassing scandal.
So, Bil...I wish you the best, as always. Keep fighting the good fight. I just wish you could find a way to do it differently.
(photo courtesy of the Bilerico Project)