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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action


Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action



My take:

Meanwhile, The United States goes on losing ground with the rest of the world. Failing to catch up with Uruguay down here is, in itself, mind-boggling. If only the people or the hurdles the president quotes that are against change and equality were to be dispelled and replaced with more sympathetic ones...

Not so. It will take ages for that to happen. Unless, less pessimistically, people in attendance in such rallies campaign really, really hard to change the status quo.

The National Equality March Rally in Washington, D.C.
Sunday, October 11, 2009.



Raw Emotion



From the media:

"Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay member of Congress, said the marchers should be lobbying their lawmakers. He said the demonstrations are simply 'an emotional release' that do little to pressure Congress.

'The only thing they're going to be putting pressure on is the grass,' the Massachusetts Democrat said Friday."

From the Cultural Industry:

"Obama, are you listening????"
And to Barney Frank: "We're putting more than pressure on this grass; this grass is ours!"

Lady Gaga

"It's time for us to make the president move beyond words."

Cynthia Nixon - Actress


On a more academic note and with reasonable arguments

"Repealing the ban now will be more
difficult than when it was created in 1993. It
is no longer a Pentagon policy, but rather one
codified in law. It will require new legislation,
which would necessitate a filibuster-proof
supermajority in the Senate.52 Most likely,
leadership on the issue will come from the
executive branch, and President Obama’s
transition team has indicated it will likely
tackle the issue next year.53 It is also possible
the law could be struck down by judicial
action finding the law unconstitutional.

Based on this research, it is not time for
the administration to reexamine the issue;
rather, it is time for the administration to
examine how to implement the repeal of the
ban."

Read the whole PDF file at:

http://www.ndu.edu/inss/Press/jfq_pages/editions/i55/14.pdf

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