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Do We Change The World Or Let The World Change Us?

 

I am beyond myself today. Smiling from ear to ear. Extra peppy and exuberant to almost annoyingly chipper. And ever so often a tear falls from my eyes from the simple sweet victory that we as a country experienced yesterday. Not only in re-electing President Obama, but also the result of having Tammy Baldwin being the first LGBT senator in our nation’s Congressional Congress. AND three, THREE states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) passed laws allowing same sex marriage along with Minnesota slamming down a measure that would outlaw equality.

It’s an amazing victory for the LGBT community and for our great nation. Though due to my never-ceasing inner monologue thoughts about the future begin to seep in and I ponder. See, I’m a relentless worrier. Not for our victories in the past 24 hours but where we as a country go from here. There’s still a lot of hate and vitriol for the LGBT community and it remains to be seen on whether that is from a vicious bigoted filled campaign by the extremist GOP or if there’s just still an unimaginable amount of anti-gay rhetoric. I sincerely hope it’s attributed to the former rather than the latter. But there’s some hope even in this (there’s always hope).

I read the tweets by Meghan McCain, daughter of the 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain, issued a series of tweets over the past few days that spoke of her disappointment in her party. Even though she is a republican, she knows that marriage is a right and should we as a nation should treat everyone with respect. And though as a Democrat I vehemently disagree with many of her party’s stances on how we should run our country, I respect that so much that she stands up against her own party for equality in these series of tweets:

Also very happy to hear marriage equality passing in Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

I don’t need to do any soul searching about what the GOP is doing wrong, I knew what was wrong four years ago when my father lost.#evolve

It may not seem like much to some,  but it is a start or could be a start. Where potential leaders like Meghan see that equality comes first. This is what all political parties should aspire to constituents and of themselves. Regardless, I will continue to show respect my republican friends. But I won’t lie and say it has been easy for our relationship. This campaign has been rough on just about everyone and friendships have been strained, sadly resulting in some friendships being irrevocably severed. We are all still hurt by those we love that supported candidates that not only did not support us, but treated us horribly. Treated us as less than equal, treated us like we were less than human.

And we have every right to be angry. Hurt. But we have to ask ourselves, not today but at some point very soon, how we change the world and not let the world change us. That even though we as the LGBT community will never accept anything other than full equality in our country, we can do more to promote understanding. We can still show kindness to those that have been cruel. We can promote forgiveness when we’ve been seen as unforgivable. That we can love to those that hate.

Yes, it’s my hippie nature in full affect, but throughout my life I have realized that there is not one simple answer to any worthwhile question. That any real solution that comes from great challenges is met with cooperation. We as a community, regardless of political affiliation, have always been that way. Accepting our differences and finding our common goals. I hope we never lose sight of that. Because we can always grow and learn. And love.

I’ve never been a sore winner or loser. I will not rub our victory in the faces of our adversaries nor will I say what they did wrong. But what I have and will continue to do is listen. Listen to different open minded suggestions/perceptions/assertions on where we are and how we can make this world better in achieving true equality. Our world is changing. We’ve got a long way to go but yesterday was the beginning of change, change that we can all believe in.

Watch Openly Gay Rep.Tammy Baldwin’s Democratic National Convention Speech – Video + Transcript

“On behalf of the great state of Wisconsin and our proud progressive tradition, thank you! I know you’ve heard a lot about Wisconsin lately. You’ve heard about Paul Ryan, who wants to end Medicare as we know it. You’ve heard about Scott Walker, who took basic rights away from teachers, nurses, and public employees. Maybe you’ve even heard about Tommy Thompson, our former governor, who went to Washington, cashed in on his special interest connections, and never really came back.

Well, I’m here to tell you that they don’t speak for all of Wisconsin. I want you to hear about the Wisconsin I know: the place where my grandparents raised me, the place where generations of families have worked hard to get ahead, the place where our state motto might sound familiar to you.

It’s just one word: forward. We believe that if we’re going to prosper, everyone has to have a fair shot, and everyone has to do their fair share. That’s why I’m proud to lead the charge for the Buffet Rule, which makes sure that millionaires and billionaires don’t get to pay a lower tax rate than middle-class families. And, President Obama is standing with me.

But Mitt Romney wants to pass even more tax cuts for those at the top. The Wisconsin I know, knows that their plan will only bust our budget, not boost our economy. We believe in a level playing field.

More than a decade ago, the big Wall Street banks came to Congress and asked us to repeal an important banking law called Glass-Steagall, allowing them to gamble like hedge funds. Too many in Washington said yes. Russ Feingold and I said no. And after those risky schemes brought our economy to its knees, I fought to make Wall Street play by the same rules as Main Street. President Obama fought for that reform. Mitt Romney wants to repeal it.

But the Wisconsin I know, knows that having two sets of rules makes no kind of sense. We believe in hard work. For decades, we’ve worked to make things: paper, engines, tools, ships—and, yes, cheese, brats, and beer. Give our workers a fair shot, and we’ll compete against anyone.

That’s why I’m taking on China’s cheating and betting on Wisconsin’s workers. President Obama believes in our manufacturers. That’s why he’s standing with me to support companies creating jobs here, not shipping them overseas. Mitt Romney wants to give up on our manufacturing sector. But the Wisconsin I know, knows that an economy built to last says “Made in America” on the label. And we believe that American history moves in one direction: forward.

Our president has made historic progress toward equality. He repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” so that no American ever again has to lie about who they are in order to serve the country we love. Republicans want to write discrimination into our Constitution. But the Wisconsin I know believes that with each passing year and each generation, our country must become more equal, not less. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Tommy Thompson—they think they’re the only ones who speak for Wisconsin.

But come November, the Wisconsin I know—the America I love—will speak out loud and clear, and keep us moving forward: forward with a strong middle class; forward on a path to prosperity; forward with President Obama!” – Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin Beats Around The Bush When Asked About Obama’s “Evolution” On Same Sex Marriage

In a recent interview with Andrew Goldman in The New York Times Magazine, openly lesbian Senate hopeful  Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was asked about President Obama’s slow evolution on marriage equality.

Look, he is moving in the right direction on this issue. He’s been crucial in equality efforts like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and signing the Matthew Shepard hate crimes prevention act. I have no idea what goes on in another person’s mind. As a legislator, I need to be good at persuading people, counting votes and getting to 50 percent plus one. I don’t go back and say, “Why did this person get to the right position?” It’s only “Are you ‘yes’ or are you ‘no’?”

Its been over 500 days since Obama first stated he was “evolving” on same sex marriage.

Instead of being so non-committal on her answer perhaps Tammy should ask Obama: “Are you ‘yes’ or are you ‘no’?”

But I wouldn’t expect an answer until after the November 2012 elections.  Mark my word.

If Obama is elected in 2012 after that he has no worries about losing the 2016 election because he will not be able to run and then most probably we will see him involved on the more important LGBT issues. (ENDA, DOMA, et al.)  Because that was the plan all along. And never fool yourself that the Human Rights Campaign  did not know this strategy and wasn’t involved and kept it from the community.

But remember kids thats ONLY if he wins and changes will ONLY be made if a more progressive Democrats sweep both Houses.  And as disillusioned as some of us are with Obama’s stalling on truly important issues, right now he’s the only game in town.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin Announces Her Bid for U.S. Senate

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has announced her plans to fun for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Herb Kohl. This is great news! If elected, Baldwin would be the first openly gay U.S. Senator. Please visit http://www.TammyBaldwin.com and help in anyway you can. We need a “Progressive Fighter for Wisconsin”…and the United States.

Obama Throws Gays Under The Bus, AGAIN! – Drops ALL LGBT Health Care Provisions From His New Health Reform Proposal

In an attempt to save movey and kiss moderate and ReTHUHlican ass (The man is an freakin spineless IDIOT) all Gay-related provisions in the original House health Care Reform Bill have been dropped from a new version announced by Barack Obama yesterday that closely resembles the Seante watered down, do nothing version.

From MetroWeekly:

“Most LGBT and HIV activists had supported the House bill because it included key LGBT specific provisions, including provisions. In addition to the data collection, it prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the provision of health care; enabled people with HIV and low incomes to obtain Medicare coverage earlier in the course of their illness; and eliminated the tax that gay employees must pay if their same-sex partners or spouses receive health coverage from their employers’ plan. Straight employees don’t pay that tax but, for gay couples, the coverage is characterized by the federal government as additional income for the gay employee. Tammy Baldwin said Monday she would ‘continue to fight for all of my priorities in the final health care reform bill, including those related to LGBT health.

Fierce fucking Advocate my ass.  That bus we all thought Obama was throwing us under is turning out to be a steamroller.  But I am sure the HRC will spins this as “Don’t worry, the president still has his secret plan for us,” or some sort of shit like that while Joe Solmonese is invited to hear the Cast of “GLEE” sing at the White House Easter Egg Hunt.

The absolute gall and nerve to sacrifice LGBT lives to appease the  Right Wing is just disgusting and not what we voted for and something that we should not stand for.