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    who sometimes/often/always feels unwelcome here. The Israel/Palestine issue is even more contentious, and there are Jews who will sit out the election because they feel that Obama is anti-Israel.

    I remember a 4th of July picnic organized by Rabbi Michael Lerner in 2008, at the height of the PUMA period, where Hillary Clinton supporters were saying Party Unity My Ass, and vowing not to vote for Obama. I talked with a Black woman who had made the difficult between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and was saying that there was no way she would vote for Obama after Clinton lost the nomination. I listened, and commented that she was in mourning for the Clinton campaign. (Electing a woman would have been just as historic as electing a Black man, and I believe that Hillary would have gotten pretty nearly as much hate from the Right as Barry has, minus the Kenyan Mau-Mau Birtherism.) She thought about it, and agreed with me.

    This will be an equally wrenching decision for many Black Evangelicals. I would suggest that voting for Obama will not speed up Gay Marriage by much, since it is simply inevitable, whereas failing to re-elect Obama will set back rights for Blacks, women, immigrants, union workers, teachers, police, firefighters, students, and many others.

    Politics is not personal, even though many politicians want you to believe that it is. The question is what issues will your vote make a difference on? Some on the Right want to fight over abortion, Gay Marriage, birth control, and other issues that they cannot really affect, since they are the majority position and will continue to be. Among the key issues that your vote can affect are human vs. corporate rights, and rights for all of us vs. rights only for the rich, the racist, and the bigoted. In other words, the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution for which millions died so that (eventually) Blacks and many others could begin to share in the benefits of US citizenship.

    So I inquire of you and your friends, whether it is worth the cost of taking your eye off the prize to agonize over something that you cannot affect, specifically the bigoted effort to deny human rights to others. Not just marriage, but job discrimination and all the rest. In the extreme case, such as the Ugandan Kill the Gays bill being promoted by the US Religious Right, life itself.

    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Sat May 12, 2012 at 04:19:01 PM PDT

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