Quote of the Day

Friday, May 8, 2009

“On some issues, though, I really don’t see anything but black and white. Among them is the “question” of granting full equal rights to gay and lesbian Americans, which really isn’t a question at all. It’s a long-overdue imperative, one that the nation is finally beginning to acknowledge. It’s time for Obama to put some of his political capital where his rhetoric is.” — the magnificent Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist, MSNBC contributor, and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner

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12 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Bel Ami says:

    Gene Robinson is so right. Obama needs to man up and demonstrate leadership on gay and lesbian issues or he’s going to find himself with no support come 2012. Why are politicians so worried when it comes to the gays? What a bunch of cowards.

  2. Rachel says:

    The irony here is Eugene Robinson was an early supporter of Barack Obama and now he’s keeping it real and schooling Obama on the need to step-up and support a community who helped him get elected. Props to Eugene Robinson.

  3. MacDaddy says:

    Robinson said it all.

  4. .
    In his defense, there is an AMAZING array of inititiatives rocketing out of the White House lately, too many for the Repukelickin’s to even chase all down. And maybe Obama is figuring that the general trend will get gay marriage done soon enough, State by State, so why spend any precious political capital on anything he can’t really have a decisive effect on anyway?

    I think it’s really just a too-conservative political calculation of public sentiment. I think that, in reality, we’re at Great Depression Era levels of populism, progressivism and general discontent, and that now is the time to sweep away all the old bullsh*t. The Right has already been effectively swept away, and their “opinions” and “feelings” simply don’t matter any more. They are represented by a clown college and a media circus that everybody just laughs at, now.

    The tide has turned, but the RINOs, DINOs and Clintonistas in the White House & Congress just don’t get it, because their bread is still being buttered by corporate “America.” But, hey, yo, the real America is WAY ovah heah, Dems. If you want to hold onto your sh*t in 2010 & 2012, turn left at the next intersection. You don’t own our votes.

    I stand by my prediction that gay marriage will be legal in most States within two to four years. The rest will become Hillbillystan pariahs.

    By that point, DADT should have collapsed under its’ own absurd weight. It would be nice if Obama stepped up before then and gave it the coup de grace, bringing all of our brothers & sisters into full citrizenship, at last. The only question is, does he have the intestinal fortitude, and the committment to social justice? It’s really his own right flank he’s worried about, the DINO’s, not the Repukes.

    Just look at what that piece of Blue Dogsh*t Max Baucus did to a bunch of doctors and nurses advocating single-payer health care yesterday in the Senate. He had them ARRESTED, and allowed only lobbyists who’d contributed to his campaign to testify. It’s Fascism with a Democratic face. No wonder Obama is afraid.

    Obama has been silent on the incident, and on single-payer, which 60% of citizens and doctors support.

    So don’t feel that you’re alone, anyone. Corporatism is f**king us all, and none of us will be free, or healthy, until we smash it. If that means voting out the entire Congress, and Obama, let’s get to work on that. The days of whine and roses are over. Time to act.

  5. taco says:

    No wonder Obama is afraid.

    Of his own shadow? America is watching and the gay community is too.

  6. Estacada says:

    Activists can’t lose momentum on repealing DADT.

    Time has a way of getting away from us. 100 days have already passed. Next, it will be Obama’s first year in office. Then the mid-way point and the buzz will start focusing on 2012 and his reelection.

    You know what they say: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Don’t let up and don’t give up. Repealing DADT is a campaign promise and too important.

  7. .
    ‘ taco
    + at 10:47 am

    No wonder Obama is afraid.

    Of his own shadow? America is watching and the gay community is too. ‘

    Yeah, but “America” and teh gaiis are not surrounding Obama in teh White House. He don’t get around much, any more.

    Not to excuse his wussy behavior. He acts like they have his two little girls in a dungeon.

    Maybe they do…

  8. proudprogressive says:

    That conference and march on Washington Conference by the lgbTq faith community was really quite amazing – AllisonRobinson who sits on the diversity board of the HRC tweeted it, she is a West Point Graduate and a Pastor herself. She is also our only Transgendered pressence at the HRC stepping into the void , due to trecherous betrayals on the part of the HRC in the last ENDA go round.

    Eugene Robinson and so many other , truly loving christians to choose from , and yet liberation theology gets little hearing at all today. The right to believe or not to believe is an equal right – and for too long lgbtq people have been bible battered – so badly alienated by the christian fundimentalists –

    okie now listen here please, give the man a chance. please , politics takes more than a nano second. a little faith please. , just insistence.

    with hate crimes legislation passing, next session next yr an inclusive ENDA, and the repeals. give it a little time. please. before you bash Obama , i gotta a man crush.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    I like Eugene Robinson. He’s a good political writer and yet he seems to have avoided becoming one of the Beltway douchebags. I wish more people of his stature would support the LGBT community.

  10. Brigadoon says:

    Maybe Eugene can sit the young, less risk adverse Obama down and school him on why supporting the rights of gay Americans matter? Not only to gay Americans but to all Americans. Obama didn’t know his daddy. Maybe Eugene can fulfill that role?

  11. for once, a pulitzer that is so deserved

  12. Mauigirl says:

    Eugene Robinson is great – his column on this subject was right to the point and said everything that has to be said. I read it the other day and was thinking of posting something about it as well.

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