Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Clinton: Stab gays in the back

The typical politician is almost always willing to stab people in the back in order to secure power. The more successful he or she is the more people they have stabbed on the way up. Which is why it is hilarious that the gay community is so enamoured with Democrats (not that I’m suggestion Republicans have any virtue).

Ben Smith, at his Politico blog, discusses how Bill Clinton comes off in Robert Shrum’s book No Excuses in regards to the gay community. Shrum’s book is the one which revealed that John Edwards said he was uncomfortable being around gay people -- presumably gay men in particular.

But it also discusses Clinton’s advice to John Kerry regarding the gay vote: stab them in the back. Clinton supposedly said that Kerry “should consider defying Democratic interest groups by endorsing the Bush proposal for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.” Clinton’s advice was based on the belief that this would undercut Bush with cultural conservatives. And it explains why Clinton was the president who signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

The book specifically mentions that similar motivations were behind Clinton’s public attack on rapper Sister Souljah for advocating violence against whites -- something he did before Jesse Jackson’s group, the Rainbow Coalition. The location is picked to maximize publicity for the denunciation and win Clinton the maximum support as a result.

One problem the gay community has is that it is so securely voting for Democrats that these politicians know they can do almost anything and still receive the pink vote. It is an abusive marriage. Every time a Democrats smacks the gay community around a bit they come running back for more. On the other hand the Republican Party today is the representative of orgranized hate making it unworthy of support.

This abusive relationship is exacerbated because so many gay politicians themselves are beholden to the Democrats and the various gay “lobby” groups are staffed by individuals who act as full-time shills for the Democrats with it appearing that often they will put the good of the Democratic Party ahead of the good of the community they purport to represent.

There is a solution to this but it is one that the party hacks, who claim to be “leaders” of the gay and lesbian community simply won’t like. For example assume a close race between a Democrat and a Republican in California -- it does happen. The gay community in the major cities should very publicly campaign for the idea that gay voters abstain voting in that one race.

A difference of a few hundred thousand votes in a close race will mean defeat for that one Democrat but without the gay voters actually voting for a Republican. And one extra Republican is unlikely to do too much damage. This tactic would send shivers through the Democratic Party and give them the message that gay votes matters and can’t be taken for granted. Abuse continues in a relationships when the abusive partner assumes their spouse will come running home no matter what happened the night before.

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