Wednesday, November 19, 2008

McCarthyism From the Left?

I was truly dismayed to see a website called ‘Anti-gay Blacklist’ spring up after the Prop 8 defeat in California.

Let me say from the outset that I support the right of gays and lesbians to marry. But come on, people. Condemning people who are merely expressing a point of view in such harsh terms? Putting a picture of a Holocaust commemoration plaque at the top of the page, implying a comparison to Nazis?

Where is the tolerance that gays demand from straights? Yes, I know about societal discrimination and persecution. But all this extremist stance does is give ammunition to the right, who then go on to say, “See? Didn’t we tell you?” If this situation was reversed and straights were urging the boycotting gay supporters, we’d be hearing screams from the left. What’s the difference between the two? I don’t see any.

Yes, gays do have the right to be angry. Yes, they do have the right to boycott Prop 8 supporters. But do they have the right to couch it in such extreme terms?

Friday, November 7, 2008

ID-ing the Body...

Well, the election is over the Republicans are still busy mopping up the blood, at least when they're not shaking fingers at each other, thankful the carnage wasn’t worse.

But they still have the same fundamental problem. Not, as is being written all over the place, that they lack identity. Republicans do have an identity. The problem is, their identity exists as the party of white folks. Yes, I've heard of Alan Keyes and Colin Powell. But they are hardly representative of African-Americans. Or Hispanics, Asians, or any other minority.

And the United States is changing—whites are rapidly becoming the minority. If the Republican Party wants to continue to appeal to that ‘market segment’, they're by all means free to do so. But it will put them in the minority for the next few decades.