My latest Blade column takes a historical view of how public policy is changed. We must honor the struggle, not avoid the work by indulging in magical thinking. Here's an excerpt:
Chez Pazienza of The Daily Banter put it well: "If You're Liberal and You Think Hillary Clinton Is Corrupt and Untrustworthy, You're Rewarding 25 Years of GOP Smears." Bernie Sanders has yet to face the brutal assaults of the GOP war machine in the way Secretary Clinton has for decades. Indeed, the Republicans want Sanders to get the nomination.
Brett Arends of MarketWatch compiled a list of the terrible things Hillary is accused of doing. My favorites are #12, "Unnamed and unverifiable sources have told Peggy Noonan things about the Clintons that are simply too terrible to repeat," and #44, "She's really ambitious and calculating, unlike all the other people running for president." Bob Woodward says Hillary is too loud. Really? Has he heard Senator Sanders? Susan Sarandon slams Hillary for not endorsing marriage equality until 2013. Is Sarandon aware of the global LGBT rights initiative Hillary launched in December 2011?
Sanders opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 on states' rights grounds. He endorsed marriage equality in 2009; but in 1982 he described marriage as "a lifelong commitment between husband and wife." Granted, that was typical for the time. Few gay activists then focused on marriage. In 1981, AIDS had hit American cities, and D.C.'s first attempt to repeal its sodomy law was blocked by Congress. That was the year I came out to my family. I didn't have my first argument with a politician on same-sex marriage until 1994, fifteen years before D.C. enacted marriage equality.
D.C.'s marriage equality victory resulted not from revolution but from strategizing, researching, organizing, drafting, negotiating, messaging, and electioneering. It required careful preparation, coalition building, and long-cultivated relationships with public officials. It ripened via sustained work that began long before the final bill was written.
Those seeking change must honor the struggle, not just the result.
I couldn't agree more. There is a de facto schism in the Anglican Communion. Pandering to bigots will not and cannot help matters. If Welby is going to pretend otherwise, he should step down.
Dear Rep. Price and Sen. Enzi: your names will go down in the annals of contempt. You disgrace your offices, your constituents, your party, and your country. Any further courtesies with which you are treated will be unmerited. You deserve to be shamed and shunned and driven from office. Your names should be remembered, if at all, as badges of dishonor. If the citizenry is awake, you and your compatriots will not gain by your actions.
Donald Trump with an upper-class British accent. More on this from Jeff Guo at WaPo.
President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.
Actress Susan Sarandon slammed Hillary's record on gay rights. She overlooked her launch of a global LGBT initiative in December 2011 as Secretary of State in Geneva:
Then there's this.
Uh oh, Congress saw its shadow, so DC gets 225 more years of abject debasement of the democratic rights we hold dear pic.twitter.com/j3fHA1Cb7N— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 2, 2016
EPIC FAIL: Elite Media Furiously Spin Defeat of Their Anti-Hillary Agenda in Iowa via @BlueNationRev HILLARY won... A WIN is a WIN! GO . HRC— Donna Ysland (@52fairway) February 2, 2016
The relentless demonizing of this accomplished woman has failed. The haters will continue to spew their venom on social media; but at some point the voices of traditional media need to face reality. They don't have to like it, just recognize that once again, she is still standing. Her endurance and resilience, in fact, are key job skills.
From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
If there is a hell....
Michigan gave purified water to state workers in Flint long before it acknowledged a problem with the city's water https://t.co/spmnvSzDtg— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 29, 2016
I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.
My latest column looks at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Links to several movie trailers and other related articles embedded.