HRC and CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg. (She’s a self-appointed leader , as they ALL are, of the LGBT movement, having concocted the controversial and complicated “certification” language in the DADT repeal compromise.) publically gave Obama high words of praise today in today’s Washington Post for finding creative ways to unravel policies that she said have long been unfair to gays. “This administration has really opened up the toolbox that it alone has access to, to address the problems faced by gays and lesbians,” she said.
And, then we have Fred Sainz, a spokesperson for the D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, says that attention must be paid to the fact that significant strides are being made. “We have largely been in the wilderness the past 40 years since Stonewall. To see this much progress in one and half years makes your head spin.”
Well Fred your head may be spinning over Easter Egg rolls and the ambassador to Samoa but not mine. What President Obama has done is given us a growing list of small tidbits. He’s given us the table scraps of the civil rights movement. Tasty morsels to be sure, but hardly the meal we were promised.
Stanz and HRC then have the nerve to using the White House line (“oh but for the Congress we could fulfill all your dreams”).
“People wrongly assume that having Democratic majorities in Congress means that your legislative goals will be met. That’s not the case,” Sainz said. Gay constituents are hardly the only member of the Democratic bloc to come up disappointed with this White House. Environmental groups groan as a comprehensive climate bill has languished on the Hill. Organized labor saw its signature legislation, which would make it easier for workers to form unions, go nowhere without the White House’s backing. And women’s groups were in open revolt during the debate over the health care overhaul because of anti-abortion provisions
Well, you know what Freddy boy? Congress ain’t gonna get any better for a long time. So if HRC is giving the President and the Congress a pass on our legislative agenda – and that is what they just did, they gave the President and the congressional leadership cover by “admitting” that we can’t expect them to keep their legislative promises – then what’s the point of all of this? We now can only expect these executive branch half-measures that will likely be overturned by the next President? That’s all we’re getting? Excuse me for being under-fucking-whelmed.
The interminable excuses, while we have, for the first time in a generation, a Democratic president and Congress, are maddening. If HRC, the President and the Congress couldn’t pull it off with the overwhelming majorities in Congress, and the absurdly popular presidency, we handed them in 2008, then we really are doomed.
What an EPIC FAIL!