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  •  Great speech and statement from Clinton & (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama. Now let's see it translate into action. They want us to judge them by 1993 standards of advances on LGBT issues, but that's not the standard they will or ought be graded on.They ought to be measured against what is in their ability to do. The executive wields a lot of authority and precious little of it has been exercised on behalf of the LGBT community. We've been thrown what Pam Spaulding rightfully dubbed Cinderella Crumbs and not seen the bold moves that are within their power to grant.

    We didn't see a stop loss order on DADT to stop the discharges while the repeal process worked its way through Congress even though the existence of such an order would have shifted focus on Congress and off the President to get the repeal done. Instead we had to resort to a campaign of pressure on him to stop working against our lobbying to get the compromise that ended up passing. Because they dropped the non-discrimination clause. LGBT service members are still threatened with the prospect of discharge if a Republican is elected. Before someone says that's all the more reason to vote for him, ask yourself, are you really going to like the guy that puts a gun to your head, cocks the hammer back and tells you "Vote for me or the other guy will pull the trigger?"

    We're getting that same lack of ACTION on employment nondiscrimination. The administration has been asked to issue an executive order banning gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination by those seeking federal contracts, which would add quite a large number of LGBT people to the ranks of those that have employment protection and could spark the needed national discussion to finally get ENDA addressed in Congress. Gallup has polling from two years ago that says 89% of Americans favor equal employment opportunities for gays and lesbians. This shouldn't be a heavy lift for the Administration, but they refuse to budge.

    We judge them by their actions, not their words. They need to work hard to turn their words into action.

    "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

    by craigkg on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 02:00:56 PM PST

    •  I suggest working hard to get this administration (10+ / 0-)

      re-elected.  I take the measure of the people I know now not just by their wish list but by their "do" list.

    •  I'd like to move on from DADT (10+ / 0-)

      Even the threat they've made of adjusting foreign aid can be a very powerful weapon. Uganda has back and forth teetered on passing the "Kill the Gays" bill. It's still out there, threatening to come to a vote and pass.

      It doesn't take a lot of money, readjusted to be devastating to such a country.

      Myself, I endorse suggested plans of redirecting these funds to charitable NGOs, to assure the aid continues, it just bypasses going through corrupt gov't hands.

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      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 02:11:10 PM PST

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      •  Well, the way I look at it... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...is we've heard them talk bold before, but it has never materialized. I agree the mere threat of adjusting aid based on their LGBT record can be powerful, but in the case of Uganda, several people have noted that drive to pass the "kill the gays" bill has actually been fueled by such threats, that Bahati and his allies have used the foreign influence as an excuse to pass it to demonstrate Ugandan sovereignty.

        But I don't see them ever actually following through with the threat of adjustment. It is not in their nature. Their nature is to take what they say down about 20 notches, ratchet the opposition's position 20 notches to the extreme, accept the opponent's premise and then negotiate, taking 5 steps for every one step ceded by the opposition.

        And I bring DADt up because it indicative of the pattern. We still have ENDA, DOMA, housing, credit and public accommodations discrimination, student/youth nondiscrimination, DPBO, etc left to go and I fully expect them to drag out each and every one of them for as long as human possibly all the while they say they are "working hard" on the issue.

        If they had been better on DADT or if we had some real action on the hate crimes act, some benefit of the doubt may be in order, but we're at 770 days the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act has been law and the DOJ still has not taken up a single hate crime case based on sexual orientation or gender identity bias. If they were to actually support marriage equality rather than trying to feed us this "evolving" crap meme, some benefit of the doubt may be in order. If they had done anything worthy of being called bold, I would be this cynical, but their bold words have translated into compromised, half-baked action every time. Being nice and giving into to them only let's them know they can push the envelope of do-nothingism further. We have to keep wielding the stick at them even as we also give them carrots and we shouldn't be afraid to use the stick when they respond to the carrots by standing still.

        "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

        by craigkg on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 02:58:10 PM PST

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        •  One thing that distinguishes this (4+ / 0-)
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          from other domestic measures is... the driving force of the cabinet member behind it.

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          by Scott Wooledge on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 03:03:07 PM PST

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          •  I agree on that (1+ / 0-)
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            As much as I dislike the Clinton's triangulation when Bill was President, I've always seen Hillary as far more fierce and willing to go to the mat in these kinds of fights. She's far more credible in a way that is likely to be effective abroad.

            (And for those that don't know me, no, that is not a "I wish Hillary had one in 2008." I was and still am very firmly against the continuation of the War of the Roses between the House of Clinton and the House of Bush. Dynasticism is odious to a free democracy.)

            "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

            by craigkg on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 03:09:56 PM PST

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            •  I have been skeptical of HRC in the past (3+ / 0-)
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              but people I know in the State Dept, who are in a position to know, are impressed with her leadership. I add those private reviews to moments gauge how I review moments like this.

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              by Scott Wooledge on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 03:22:57 PM PST

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    •  never has so much been done for LGBT (3+ / 0-)
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      community than under this presidency.

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