While it is true that Michele Bachmann is now a former Republican US Congresswoman and not running in the Republican Presidential Primary, she was part of the Republican Party’s leadership until earlier this year, and a former Republican Presidential primary candidate.
What will it take for alleged Republican Party “moderates” to forsake their party and stop making excuses for the inexcusable?
So when I discount the current field of Republicans who have announced their run for office of the President of the U.S. let’s keep in mind the former crop which doesn’t just end with Michele “I am a quack” Bachmann. It is harder and harder for me to take anyone who identifies with this party as a serious candidate.
No matter how liberal the ideas are from progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, there is no comparison to the faith-laced gibberish all Conservatives seem to fall back upon. Bachmann’s comments are not the exception to the rule they are becoming more and more the language of the Republican Party.
The Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds and the general consensus is that there’s no turning back according to a nationwide USA TODAY / Suffolk University Poll that was published this past weekend.
Those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it’s no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them. One reason for the change in public views on the issue: Close to half say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex.
USA TODAY published the full findings of their survey which also explores people’s attitudes / opinions on businesses seeking the right to discriminate on who they serve; using the excuse of ‘religious freedom’. Some of the findings surprised me and some of the findings disappointed me – only reinforcing Signorile’s point in his new book, It’s Not Over.
You can read the full article in USA TODAY, here.
I don’t think there are many people who read my blog who live in Ireland but I don’t think of LGBT rights in terms of cities, states, or nations. I think of them as human rights so I wanted to take a moment to voice my support and ask anyone who might have connections to Ireland to reach out and encourage people to vote yes next month.
Last weekend the Bottom for Hillary Instagram account posted this funny photo, following Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she intended to run for President.
And it got me to thinking…
While I do love me some Hillary, if I’m going to bottom for a politician, I think I’d prefer to keep that sort of thing local. So even though it will never happen, I’m going to save myself for Elizabeth. I like her populist message and the fire in her belly. Sorry Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb, I’m sticking with Elizabeth.
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As with all two term Presidents here in the US, Barack Obama, continues to be an incredibly divisive figure. Some demonize him while others build him up. I fall into that second category. There are many reasons I view Obama fondly but perhaps none have been more influential than his decision to finally “come out” in support of LGBT rights. Obama took that message of acceptance and equality on the road this past week when he visited Jamaica. The Advocate has a great article Obama Isn’t Quiet About LGBT Rights, Even in Jamaica Trip.
One of my favorite blogs, OMG Blog, was one of many to share the funny photograph from Obama’s visit to Jamaica. I’ve posted the photo above, with the OMG Blog’s headline, Obama recognizes LGBTQ advocates in Jamaica and then shoots rainbows from his hand. Let’s hope Obama’s words will help reshape the dialog in Jamaica. I would some day like to visit that island but it is one of many destinations I will avoid both for personal safety reasons as well as to boycott because of how they treat their LGBTQ community.