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and the Obama campaign until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed -– all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected.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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