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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Boycott of the Democrats Might Last a Little Longer Than These Guys Intended, but Still…

Okay, so me pushing a boycott of the Democrats is both self-serving and, maybe, a bit off-base, but since I support the goal I thought I would point it out:

What is this?
We are asking voters to pledge to withhold contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, and the Obama campaign until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed -– all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected.

Why are you asking people to take this pledge?
Candidate Obama promised during the campaign to be the gay community’s “fierce advocate.” He and the Democratic party have not kept their promise.

One of the things that I find most odd about the Obama administration’s unwillingness to follow-up on its promises in reference to gay rights is that, unlike many of the administration’s higher priorities, gay rights might be an easier sell. Consider: allowing gays to serve openly in the military not only doesn’t cost our government another penny, but it keeps competent, patriotic citizens in the position to serve their country. Compared to new programs that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars and could make it even harder for small businesses to create new jobs, ending don’t ask don’t tell should be simple.

Of course, this is one of those areas where I lose a lot of my more conservative friends (along with supporting gay marriage) and have heard the dreaded RINO title uttered. If there really were a purity test for Republicans, this might well be where I would be tossed out of the party. Luckily, that isn’t the case; while their must be some standards as to what constitutes a Republican (and, even more, what constitutes a conservative), there has to be room for dissent and discussion. I trust that most people will agree with me that this is one such area.

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RINO!!! You’re just a dimmycrat with a Rush Limbaugh tie. Go back to Cuba, Commie!

on Nov 10 2009 @ 10:24 PM

Not that your side of the political divide will be welcoming me with open arms any time soon…

on Nov 10 2009 @ 10:37 PM

It’s a big tent, my friend. I work for a liberal activist group and I’m no flaming leftist (even if I am a flamer).

on Nov 10 2009 @ 10:41 PM

Next time we have a blogger bash, you’re going to have to show up (damnit) and let me buy you a drink. We’ll talk some politics and see if you still think I’d fit in that particular tent. At heart I do consider myself a conservative.

Regardless of who invites me in, though, I’m going to keep standing up for the things I believe in and hope I don’t lose too many friends along the way.

on Nov 10 2009 @ 10:51 PM

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Obama’s failure to address it, has an essential message about Obama’s character, integrity and fitness for office quite separate from the ideological question of whether or not it is good policy.

on Nov 11 2009 @ 01:06 PM

I would agree with that. I’m sure that a lot of his supporters are having a hard time coming to terms with that, though.

Not a big fan of her, but I still think we would have been a little better off under a President Hillary Clinton. But, you know, coming from a Republican, I’m sure that doesn’t carry a lot of weight with folks on the left.

on Nov 11 2009 @ 06:51 PM

DADT is one example of many that I am disappointed with, but I also know that the White House is unnecessarily busy managing federal departments because so many sub-cabinet staff are being blocked by anonymous holds in the Senate. I’m madder at the Senate leadership right now than I am at the President.

There are 154 open undersecretary posts because Harry Reid has not revoked Senators ability to put holds on appointments anonymously (Coburn and Bennett are the worst offenders). He has the statutory ability to revoke (or at least expose) holds based on law that the Democratic Senate passed in 2007 (S.1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act) that was signed by Bush. Nearly half of the Obama administration doesn’t exist yet because the appointments can’t get through the Senate.

The House passed an unemployment extension 331-83 and one Senator--Johnny Issakson (R-GA) was able to tie the Senate in knots and have the bill clog the Senate calendar for over a month, only to then pass it 98-0 after attaching his homebuyer tax credit that no economist from the far left to the far right thinks is a good idea. Perhaps I’m a little more down on the Senate as an institution because I’ve studied it a lot, but it is very, very broken.

on Nov 11 2009 @ 08:00 PM

I’ll certainly not argue against the idea that the Senate is broken.  (See also: the House of Representatives.)

I’ve occasionally suggested, only half in jest, that senators and representatives should be sequestered away from each other entirely during their terms in office and required to vote without consultation, based only on the text of bills as they are proposed.  Not practical, clearly, but I don’t know that any less-draconian measure could mitigate the corruption inherent in the current system.

on Nov 11 2009 @ 09:04 PM

There was a time when the Senate was collegial, and the members actually interacted socially, and they met and horse traded and legislation was passed, and a month later you might read about it in the paper when the next wagon train brought the news. Nowadays it’s just the illusion of collegiality from people who have every minute of every day scheduled down to the minute and who spend half of their waking hours dialing for dollars thanks to the nexus of well-meaning but fundamentally flawed campaign finance laws.

I think we need to have a conversation about the fundamental structure of our legislative branch. I think the House could be a whole lot larger, for one, and the Senate should have a lot less power as a body, and individual senators should have a lot less power to obstruct indefinitely. It shouldn’t require $5 or $10 million to get elected to the House. Some have suggested public financing, and I think there’s some merit to that, but I really think House districts need to be a lot smaller. I wouldn’t mind seeing us go back to appointed Senators, but those Senators should be more like senior advisors and consenters. We shouldn’t have our national agriculture policy dictated by a single senator from Nebraska, nor our banking policy dictated by a single senator from South Dakota.

But I don’t see any discussion of fundamental change like that happening anytime soon when we can’t even get basic things like confirmation of appointments done. It’s going to have to get a lot worse before there’s the political will to make it better. In the short term we have ideas like Mark Udall’s to offload some of the contentious issues that are prone to parochialism like deficit reduction and entitlement reform--by appointing independent commissions. We’ve had some luck with that in the state, and the BRAC commission was a reasonably good example at the federal level. But that’s not a long-term solution.

on Nov 11 2009 @ 09:25 PM

The delay in confirmation probably comes from waiting for the IRS to process all those long delayed tax payments from those appointed.

on Nov 12 2009 @ 07:57 AM

ZB,
Did you really support the idea by saying “...it keeps patriotic competent, Americans in the position to serve...”?

...and then in the same sentence, saying that “...could make it even harder...”?

Subtle, my friend; extrmely subtle.

Yes, I graduated from Junior High.  Something like 28 years ago...why do you ask?

on Nov 12 2009 @ 09:22 AM

That was a beautiful double shot of the funny for my morning.

Which is nice since my morning is actually going pretty well. Keeps up the trend.

on Nov 12 2009 @ 10:01 AM

How about a triple?

It wasn’t until you responded to my comment that I realized you say something in the title about “...a little longer than these guys...”

That sort of ego will be your downfall, ZB…

on Nov 12 2009 @ 10:42 AM

And, let’s be honest, it might be tough to verify, too…

on Nov 12 2009 @ 10:59 AM
VRB

No surprises here. The whole affair with Rev. Wright just stunk. So if you would throw you church life under the bus, what makes on feel that he would not do the same with gays. But of course people only applaud with what they are comfortable with.

on Nov 20 2009 @ 05:36 AM

I don’t see any discussion of fundamental change like that happening anytime soon when we can’t even get basic things like confirmation of appointments done.

on Feb 14 2010 @ 03:00 AM
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