Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton at HRC Board Meeting

You know, I am pretty tired of having to write about Barack Obama and whatever crapola he is claiming/twisting/changing today. I am sick of him and his duplicity. Not that I am surprised by it - not one iota. I am just sick of it. And I miss hearing Hillary Clinton. I miss her speeches, I miss her rallies, I miss her passion, I miss her personality. So, I thought I would pull up a great video of her speaking to the HRC board. So, if you have been missing her like I have, sit back and enjoy listening to her, and appreciating all that she has done (and would have done as president) for the LGBT community. As has often been noted, she has been a stalwart supporter of this community. And has long been a friend to the HRC.

If only HRC had been as good of a friend to Senator Clinton. On June 6, HRC endorsed BARACK OBAMA. Yes, they did. Why? Oh, their director, Joe Salmonese said it was because of his Civil Rights record (which is what, exactly?), his strong support of the LGBT community (which he has demonstrated HOW exactly?), and all of the other hooey people generally spew then. I terminated my membership to HRC. After over 20 years. For HRC to not endorse HRC after all of the accolades they have bestowed upon her, and after her COMMITMENT to our community is simply reprehensible. I have lost all respect for them (and frankly, I was never all that thrilled with Salmonese anyway, and even less so now).

So, Obama - oh, yes - what a great friend he is to the LGBT community - NOT! Let's just look at ONE of his closest friends and advisers. Yes, I am talking about James Meeks, IL state senator, and Baptist minister. Another organization to which my partner and I are long-term members is the Southern Poverty Law Center. In an article in Chicago Pride, it was reported:

A spring 2007 newsletter from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Meeks one of the "10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement". The newsletter cites him as both "a key member of Chicago's ‘Gatekeepers' network, an interracial group of evangelical ministers who strive to erase the division between church and state" and "a stalwart anti-gay activist… [who]… has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a major state-level ‘family values' pressure group that lauded him last year for leading African Americans in ‘clearly understanding the threat of gay marriage.'"

The SPLC newsletter also noted that, "Meeks and the IFI are partnered with Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund, major anti-gay organizations of the Christian Right. They also are tightly allied with Americans for Truth, an Illinois group that said in a press release last year that ‘fighting AIDS without talking against homosexuality is like fighting lung cancer without talking against smoking.'"


Oh, goody - a twofer! He hates gay people, AND he wants to eradicate the line between Church and State! That makes Obama's recent statements about expanding Faith Initiatives even more telling, doesn't it?? If one of his CLOSEST friends/advisers/mentors is actively working to eradicate that line, I think it highlights quite starkly the influence someone like Meeks has in his life. And did you CATCH the connection to James Dobson's outfit, "Focus on the Family?" Telling. Very, very telling.

But wait, there is more:
On a more personal level, Meeks has reportedly blamed "Hollywood Jews for bringing us Brokeback Mountain" and actively campaigned to defeat SB3186, an Illinois LGBT non-discrimination bill, while serving in the Illinois state legislature alongside Obama. According to a 2006 Chicago Sun Times article, his church sponsored a "Halloween fright night" which "consigned to the flames of hell two mincing young men wearing body glitter who were supposed to be homosexuals."


Oh, what a charmer! And then there is Donnie McClurkin and HIS rabid anti-gay activity...

So you can see why HRC would have endorsed Obama, right? Yeah, me neither.

And speaking of HRC, here is a little tidbit from its FORMER Director, Elizabeth Birch, whom I did like. This comes from a report on the LA Gay Pride Parade:
In an LGBT Obama outreach call Friday (which openly gay Deputy Campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said included 1,200 participants), former Human Rights Campaign executive director Elizabeth Birch talked movingly about her pain and disappointment - not just at Clinton's defeat and the complexities of having two role models for her two bi-racial children, but also from the perspective of the "scrappy 12 year old" she once was who dreamed of changing the world.

That resonated with a number of Hillary-supporting lesbians with whom I spoke later. "Was Elizabeth the only woman on the call?," they asked. "Where are the lesbians in Obama's campaign?"

This is more than just pained disappointment - it's a belief that Obama is keyed into the A-Gay white boys network that still tends to - perhaps unconsciously but from a sense of entitlement - dismiss women.


Huh - Obama is paying especial attention to the men but not the women?? It was mainly men on his GAY outreach call? Wow - who could have seen THAT coming? Oh, right - ALL of us.

Sigh.

So, take a listen to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the ORIGINAL HRC. Watch the person who SHOULD be president. Maybe there is still time. No, there IS still time. Forget the Ego-Sized Stadium for Obama - we CAN make a difference in Denver. We must make a difference in Denver.

4 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

I'm always flabbergasted at the way Obama treats the gay community, and then I see many male gays say they support him. If they only took the time to really look at his record, as you have shown here, they would be raising the roof. But no...he's the change they think they are looking for.

I can't tell you how many times on Progressive blogs I spoke out against Obama and warned them that he is not a Progressive and that if anything, he leans heavily to the right, especially regarding social issues. They laughed at me and said I had no clue. Now, they are silent as Obama is showing his true colors. They're not writing posts about how they got duped, they are either making excuses for him and saying that this is all "just an act" until he gets into office and then he'll show us what a Progressive he is (what are these people smoking?) or they remain silent and write posts about the evil McCain who is going to eat their babies.

Oh...and all those war protesters? When it came to Obama's announcement that he may not bring our troops home, afterall? Crickets...not word one.

I miss Hillary...and Bill.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I know - I simply do not get it. He really has done NOTHING but pay a little lip service (hmm, wait - that doesn't sound too good) in a speech here and there, but his closest associates would sure indicate he cares little for the LGBT community. I am NOT surprised that the men like him more. Not at all, though once again, it is SAD to see people voting against their own interests.

Along THOSE lines, after all of the ridiculous, offensive things Obama has said abt Abortion, Planned Parenthood came out and endorsed him! WTF??? I took my name off their mailing list - after giving them a piece of my mind, of course!

As for the war, the RNC already has a minute long ad of Obama's flip-flops on Iraq. It is VERY telling. Once they start running these things (after it's a done deal with Barky), they are gonna cream him.

Can you imagine if the show was on the other foot? Meaning, if HILLARY was the presumptive nominee who was flip flopping all voer creation like this? The MEDIA would be leading the charges against her, and the supporters of orther Dem. candidates would be screaming at the top of their lungs that she was a Republican Lite, a traitor, etc., etc., etc. But since it's Mr. Hopey Changey? "Um, well, gee, you knew he was going to move a LITTLE bit to the Center, right??" Sheesh.

You are a BRAVE woman writing comments at these other blogs, ME!! Proud of you!!

Sarah Ferguson said...

I miss her too. I've seen this video before, but I watched it again. At the gay pride march in NY there was a group called Obama Pride. Of course, Obama wasn't there so I wasn't sure why I should clap or cheer. It just seemed very strange to me. Schumer was there and I clapped. HRC (not Hillary) was there and I cheered. Same for Planned Parenthood and Lambda Legal Defense. But Obama Pride? Well, what the f@#k is that?

This is about form vs formlessness. Content resides in form. That's why I watched this video again. I long for content.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Thanks, Sarah -

Yes, it is an older video, but it just seemed poignant since Gay Pride month just ended...

I know - what the heck ith these Obama groups?!? I don't get it.

And Planned Parenthood - grrr - I'll be writing abt them in a few minutes...

Oh - and WHEN has Obama EVER marched in a Pride Parade?? Hillary has a TON of times!!! Sheesh...

Thanks for coming by!