General Pace’s Homophobia

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Unlike a certain right-wing, hateful harridan who shall remain nameless, General Pace’s homophobia matters.  It should matter to every American who believes in fundamental fairness, and the egalitarian ethos inherent in our constitution.  As I’ve grown older, I have grown increasingly intolerant of people who spout this socially acceptable hatred.  

It is a vile and patently ridiculous prejudice that is grounded in a knuckle-dragging ignorance that is almost funny.  Almost-until you consider that people are fired, beaten, harassed, murdered, commit suicide, and denied their constitutional right to be left alone.  This happens to people when someone either mistakenly or accurately perceives them to be gay or lesbian. 

A friend of mine was fired from his job last week because of this perception and I am absolutely beside myself with rage.  Is this what we’ve come to in the Bush era?  I find it unfathomable that people feel comfortable enough to do this hateful dirt.

Pace’s pronounced that, “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,”  the general continued, “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”

“As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not,” he said. “We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior.”

I blame the President for sending mixed messages with his re-election campaign’s homophobic fixation with banning gay marriage and his appointment of two high-level gay officials to oversee AIDS policy as Ambassadors in the State Department.   The current incumbant, Mark Dybul, is a physician and a captain in the HHS public health corps, an organization organized like a military unit with a military structure that serves the general public.

General Pace’s bigotry sends the message that gay and lesbian people cannot serve their country in the military but if they’re really smart, they can become an Ambassdor setting foreign policy.  It is really ridiculous.   

Coretta Scott King had a message for homophobes: Homophobia is like racism and anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity, and personhood.

General Pace is a homophobe that disgraces the uniform of our country and demeans the heroism of gay and lesbian soldiers.  He should resign.

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I recently received this email…

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Waz up bro.

I recently got wind of your site, the “I-hate-the-fact-that-whitey-likes-Obama blog”.  Not dissin’. I actually like it.

I just don’t like the fact that people like you and Sharpton are so short-sited.

Put it like this:

Option 1:  Tear Obama down now and ruin his chances of becoming president, and forfeit all the power that comes with it.

Option 2:  Be quiet now, and let white people embrace him enough to become president. Then, when he has power, demand that he use that power to help brothas and sistahs out.

Doesn’t Option 2 make more sense? Or are you sooooo upset that white people like him that you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Think STRATEGICALLY! 

Obviously Obama would have no choice but to help the black folks out if he becomes president. Otherwise, we’d all bash him. Hillary could care less about us and she doesn’t have to since she’s white.

Look, if you really think Hillary would be better for us than Obama, then support her. That’s your choice. But just remember, we’re never going to get this chance again in our lifetime, having a bro in the whitehouse, using his power to help uplift our community, all while white people swoon over him!

Think STRATEGICALLY!

Tell me your thoughts, Y’all.   Was I not clear?  How bout’ here and here?  It really is a hobson’s choice.  If I want a morally compromised, buckdancing minstrel wedded to imperialism-vote Obama.  If I want to hold on to a delusion of an ethical black candidate for president, I have to hold back, knowing that this is as good as America will allow.  Either we take him or leave him.  We ain’t gonna get another chance and we know it.  Well, perhaps someday when I am too old or too dead to care.

Michelle Obama steps up

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Hat Tip: Lynn Sweet blog, Chicago Sun Times

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama, an extraordinary stump speaker and potentially one of Sen. Barack Obama’s most effective surrogates, is poised to step up her role in her husband’s presidential campaign.

“I hate following my wife,” Obama joked, speaking at a New York fund-raiser Friday night after being introduced by Michelle. When someone in the crowd yelled that Michelle should run, Obama said, “Yeah, she’s too smart to run. It is true my wife is smarter, better looking. She’s a little meaner than I am.”

Hardly that. She is, according to spokesman Bill Burton, the “most important adviser” to the Illinois Democrat.

But with the demands of the campaign growing, Barack Obama simply can’t be everywhere. John Edwards — who hits Chicago this week for a fund-raiser — has wife Elizabeth circulating on his behalf, and everyone knows that Hillary Rodham Clinton has a powerful helper in former President Bill Clinton.

Michelle Obama switched her University of Chicago job to part time, and the Obama campaign has tapped Melissa Winter, a veteran of two presidential campaigns, to serve as her chief of staff in the campaign’s Chicago headquarters.

In the month-old campaign, so far, Michelle Obama has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire, Los Angeles and New York. She will “continue to join the senator from time to time,” Burton said.

Michelle Obama, an attorney, is a vice president for community and external relations at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She changed her status from full time to part time Feb. 5, just before Obama’s Feb. 10 kickoff rally in Springfield.

U. of C. hospital spokesman John Easton told me the amount of time she will be on the job is not firmed up yet — but her pay is being reduced in proportion to her work.

Even with her decreased hours, she will remain involved in the community and government affairs committee of the medical center board and will continue her work dealing with community outreach, volunteers and in the National Institute of Health-funded South Side Health Collaborative