Friday, March 14, 2008

A Contrast in LGBT Leadership

Now, we at Outright Libertarians are not under the illusion of perfection. We have our flaws, our faults and our foibles. We cannot stay on top of every important LGBT issue. Sometimes we miss a news story or two.

But we can say we do our best -- mostly as volunteer activists -- to keep gay issues front and center in political life in America.

One benchmark that can be easily used is comparing our activities as partisan activists to those of other campaigns. Recently, a member of Barack Obama's LGBT leadership team, Maxim Thorne, was forced to step down after posting some inflammatory comments about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on a listserve.

Was the "LGBT leadership team" member attacking Clinton's position on DOMA? Nope, because Obama more-or-less shares it.

Was he pointing out Clinton's opposition to passing UAFA as written? Nope, Obama shares that position too.

Was he criticizing Clinton's failure to sponsor or co-sponsor Senate legislation to repeal the anti-gay military policy? 'Fraid not -- Obama shares that failure.

He was pushed to resign because his post was an attack on Clinton that had absolutely nothing to do with gay issues -- as in zip, zero, nada.

Where was she when Monica was having sex with Bill? 35 years of experience? When he was intimidating Katherine Wiley and Paula Jones? Where was the judgment on the cattle futures and white water. Do we forget Mark and Denise Rich? This was an impeached President who lost his license to practice law. He committed perjury. They settled with Paula Jones for the full amount of her lawsuit. I haven't forgotten and none of us should.

Monica Lewinsky. Paula Jones. Katherine Wiley. Whitewater. Cattle futures. Mark and Denise Rich. The Clinton impeachment. So much for us sometimes being slow to address news stories -- these "stories" are over a decade old!

Not to mention the fact that they have no relevance to LGBT issues whatsoever.

I suppose that when it comes to issues of importance to the LGBT community, you could say that Outright Libertarians hasn't forgotten and that none of us should. We wish the partisan Democratic Party LGBT "leaders" would take the same approach.