Barney Frank Blames Us For Not Getting ENDA Brought To The Senate Floor

Time is running out before the Democrats get massacred during Mid-Terms.  We MIGHT get the DADT Repeal (Non-Repeal) passed but ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act),   The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, not to mention any repeal of DOMA have fallen by the wayside.  And who does openly gay crotchety Barney Frank throw under the bus?  US!

Frank who is the chief architect of ENDA — said he is working on bringing the bill up during the lame-duck session but did not know if it would happen. He placed part of the blame for ENDA’s delay on gay activists. “They haven’t been doing a good enough job of lobbying their members. People have demonstrations. They don’t lobby their members. I want all of the groups that I agree with to be like the NRA,” Frank said.

Oh okay Barney you and your friends want to be PAID?  Taken on trips?  Given gifts?  How about a facelift and some liposuction?  That’s do-able.  The HRC’s budget is 25 Million a year.  I am sure we could BUY the votes we need for everything.  And truthfully it whole be a better use for the money than running the HRC.  25 Million could buy a lot of votes. 

On the other hand Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality says that ENDA was never a top priority [for Democratic leaders], and we ran out of time.” (Which I agree with but then blames the media for elevating the issue of gays in the military over ENDA. (Which I don’t because Congress should be able to handle more than one issue at a time)

The truth of the matter is that the Democrats don;t care about us.  They care about their jobs.  We have lobbied and we have called and Barney knows that and I’ll call bullshit on his fat blustery ass any day.  His comments are nothing more than a smokescreen to push this all back on us.  But the truth is, the REAL truth is that they don’t care about the LGBT Community and they don;t care about equal and civil rights.  They are scared if they move upon anything LGBT rights legislation that has less than a 90 percent approval rating throughout America that it would harm the chances for their re-election  because they are and they might actually have to work for a living. 

They have the NERVE to blame us for THEIR failure and not doing what is not only their job, but constitutionally right because all Americans are supposed to be created equal.

They sold us a bill of goods and then did not deliver.  They’ve insulted us by throwing us crumbs and then making believe they were giant achievement’s, and in the end when everyone can see that they have  failed us miserably now they try to blame us.

This was our best shot.  Democrats controlling the Presidency and the Hill.  They promised us.  They lied to us.  They took the money and support that we gave them and then threw us under the bus.  And we might never get a chance like this again.

They should be ashamed of themselves.  But I doubt that they are.

How can we trust anything they ever say, or any promises that they make ever again.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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