We have a terrific little (well, not so little) discussion going on over at The Bilerico Project centered on a post by Yasmin Nair, entitled He’s Not Your Daddy, or: Obama and the Personal Politics of Gay Marriage.
I thought it would be nice to move my thoughts on the discussion, along with my latest response to Yasmin over here for regular readers (and new readers) of my blog to discuss.
Here it is:
Yasmin, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time the past few days covering the situation in Iran, so this has unfortunately taken a back seat to that. But I’m going to take the time to reply to you now.
I’m including the link to the following blog post of mine for you to read: https://theworldofhowey.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/whats-up-with-blacks-and-hispanics/ I find your opinion, and that is what it is – merely an opinion, is off-track and quite honestly, childish, selfish, and myopic. Your opinion of DOMA parallels that of the distiinguished woman who disagreed with my points in that blog.
Although my way with words may not be as eloquent as yours, I’d like to explain: You say Obama isn’t our Daddy. No, he isn’t. He is, however, the Leader of Our Country, and the man we look to to formulate and make policy based upon his campaign promises. Two of those promises, nee platforms of the Democratic Party, were the repeal of DADT and DOMA. Obama may or may not have been elected solely based on these two points, however, they were instrumental in his election.
It is, you see, the political system. Right now what we’re dealing with is Obama consistently, through his actions and inactions, failing to act upon his campaign promises. Why? Because he’s caving in to centrist Democrats – the same Democrats who, by virtue of nominating him and electing him into office, supported the campaign he ran on.
It is, you see, the political system. Not your version of “conventional electoral politics”, whatever that may be. Whether you personally agree with the “conventional electoral process” or not or is a moot point. You are making the same mistake as Carmen D in replying to my blog with your statements here.
It’s not about the G, L, B, or T. It’s about EQUALITY. (lol…that’s catchy :)).
And until we ALL work together to ensure this EQUALITY, on all fronts, then we’ll continue to exist on the fringe of the society we have every right to fully participate in.
That is the point you fail to understand.