We Are All Uniquely Worthy of Love

The late Thea Spyer and her courageous surviving partner–no, make that WIFE, Edie Windsor. Love does indeed conquer all.

Today is a beautiful but bittersweet day. Today the Supreme Court struck-down The Defense of Marriage Act–which in essence was not a defense of marriage, but an exclusion of marriage rights for LGBT citizens whose personal lifestyle preferences have no negative effects whatsoever on the lives of their heterosexual counterparts. In tandem, California’s Proposition 8 was sent back to the lower court who had already ruled to strike-down the discriminatory

The joy of the once living Harvey Milk lives on.

measure. Voting as to whether or not other people can have the same rights most of their countrymen take for granted is nearly obscene in its stupidity.

The 1969 Stonewall Riots which are the historic starting point for modern LGBT equality.

The fresh-faced Matthew Sheppard, crucified and left to die an agonizing death for no other reason than his sexual identity.

Marching toward equality, the strides I’ve witnessed in my six-plus decades of life is so breathtaking as to be dizzy-making. I grew-up in an era when being gay could result in institutionalization, arrest, job loss, housing bias, marginalization, and the most insidious of all: a quiet deterioration of personal self-esteem. That deterioration has led to death by suicide and acts of unspeakable violence against LGBT peoples triggered by ignorance and fostered by misguided religious zealotry.

Say what you will, even under arrest for nothing more that looking fabulous, gay people have endured persecution with style.

Deterioration of self-esteem is nothing less than destroying the fabric of an individual’s personal human worth. I came-out as a gay man, shortly after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, at the age of 19. I’ve been openly gay for over two thirds of my life. I’ve lived through bullying and ridicule to see a time when there is hope for future generations to enjoy something closer to full acceptance–but full acceptance is still several generations away, as learned prejudice can be so ingrained in people, that it fades away very, very slowly.

My late lover from my youth, Danny Allen.     Photo by Eva Weiss, ca. 1969.

 

While visiting Rochester, New York in March, I had a conversation with my first college roommate, Albert Robbins. Albert is heterosexual, but has always been a liberal thinking man. Albert knew my late lover, Danny Allen. Albert reminded me while we reminisced, how he had performed an impromptu wedding ceremony joining me with my late lover, Danny Allen. We were a bunch of stoned-out hippies running around the grounds of Mount Hope Cemetery, smoking pot and exchanging rings made from braided grassy weeds. The moment was nearly a throw-away incident in my life–in fact I’d all but forgotten about it until Albert brought it back to the forefront of my memory. Dan and I later legitimized our union by opening a joint checking account. Things have changed a lot in the four decades since Danny died.

A photo of me wearing my “rainbow’ button, ca. 1969.

Coming from the era in which my generation was raised, gay people were indoctrinated into thinking our lives were not as valid as more acceptable straight-laced folks. We learned those hurtful and damaging “lessons” while pretending to “fit-in” and be something other than who we really were. Something corrosive was always present in the back of our minds–a learned self-hatred that told us we were “less than other people.” It’s taken me most of my life, fighting against those constantly reinforced prejudices–to go against the grain of self-hatred and finally learn to love myself. More importantly, it’s taken me my entire life to understand that I too have been loved in spite of a world that forever told me I was unworthy. Gay and lesbian people are, arguably the longest continually persecuted minority in human history–but we truly will no longer stand for it. We are all uniquely worthy of love, and no one can take that away from us–not even a closely split Supreme Court.

– Disassociated Press, 6/26/2013

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The Right Wing Activist Trolls of the Supreme Court Strike Again

Kennedy the Swinger.

Today, is a shameful day. It’s the day the Supreme Court struck down a key component of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 effectively gutting the bill’s impact: Specifically as it relates to the map that determines which states must obtain federal permission before altering their voting laws. I hope there’s a backlash to this “Supreme” stupidity. This is like granting pardons to repeat offenders and then taking it on faith that they’ll promise to to be good. Bear in mind the voter shenanigans that took place during the last election cycle with people waiting for 12 hours or more merely to cast a vote–primarily in districts populated by people of color.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are the original nine states sited by the Act. Rather than narrowing down the Voting Rights Act–it’s a shame it couldn’t have been increased–most notably to include Florida–but that’s not what the Supremes were called upon to pass judgement. If they were, lets not overlook the insanity taking place in Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine and other mythological kingdoms.

The court ruling was a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts authoring the majority opinion that he’s been diligently working on since he was an intern in law school.

Now, all that remains is to watch the baboons in the House of Representatives try and agree on how to reconfigure the national voting map in such a way that it can best favor a Republican return to the Leave it to Beaver world of yesteryear. But in America today, June and Ward Cleaver might be a mixed race couple peacefully eating Cheerios–much to the chagrin of the bigots around the corner–who wish the “Cleavers” didn’t have the right to vote or appear in TV commercials.

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the tie-breaker, which was particularly disappointing, as he has been known to make sense on occasion. The Voting Rights Act directly effects the aforementioned nine states, all of whom have a shameful history of racial discrimination, but there’s plenty of shame to go around. Here in Pennsylvania, where I live, billboards and pamphlets were produced in Spanish–which would seem like a step in the right direction–except that all those materials somehow listed the wrong date as being election day. It was just another slimy stunt like “bean counting” and literacy tests as prerequisites to voting.

Siamese twin trolls, justices Roberts and Alito.

The Voters Rights Act has been routinely renewed, and most recently in 2006, but the Act was based on a 1972 demographics map that includes the Alabama county who first complained that they were being unfairly targeted by the law for their own past sins. Alabama took the case all the way to the Supreme Court where five of the nine “Justices” felt it was their responsibility to set back racial voting equality by a half dozen decades. Roberts pointed-out data that indicates black voter turnout now exceeds white turnout in five of the states sited in the original law. It will be curious to see if that factoid changes once they’ve let loose the hounds. This ruling gives white supremacists a fighting chance to once again “fix” voting results in their favor by emboldening them to further block and intimidate voters with whom they disagree. It helps clear the path for corrupt officials to impose poll taxes, institute discriminatory ID laws and host an entire variety-pack of electoral misconduct to thrive once again unabated. Come on voters, don’t you think everybody should have to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar before they’re granted the right to vote? Our activist judges seem to have it out for the voting process–lest we forget the foolhardy embarrassment that is ‘Citizens United.’

Clarence “here come da judge” Thomas.

Chief Justice Roberts said: “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.” Yeah, right. I’m sure Roberts cares deeply–as would Clarence Thomas if only he realized he was black. Singing the praises of the Act he just participated in gutting, Roberts went on to say: “There is no doubt that these improvements are in large part because of the Voting Rights Act–The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process.” What Roberts failed to mention is the set-backs this new ruling will cause–and the unforeseen abuses that will occur that everyone should have seen coming.

He’s nobody’s saint–but on this issue, Johnson was on the side of the angels.

The late President Lyndon Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965 plans to be available for comment any moment now. He’s currently spinning around in his grave making ready to burrow up to the surface where I hope he spends the evening floating above Chief Justice John Robert’s bed rattling chains and making the bed curtains blow about.

Roberts, in a token statement of racial harmony, mentioned how Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three men died violent deaths while trying to register black voters in 1964 now has a black mayor. So does Selma, Alabama, where police beat hundreds of people marching in 1965. Both of those events happened during my lifetime, and they still seem awfully “fresh” to be discarded as nothing more than past history. So that makes everything OK in Justice Robert’s worldview–you know, history is so… so… you know… “yesterday.” Yeah, I’m sure things are gonna be the very picture of harmony leading up to the next election in Louisiana. And the House of Misrepresentations is going to be every bit as “fair and balanced” as FOX News when it comes to drawing-up voting districts.

Scalia only opens his mouth to change feet.

President Obama is quoted as being “deeply disappointed” by the decision. Well duh.

But what can we expect with the likes of Justice Antonin Scalia considers voting rights as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement” continuing to comment in tongues that “it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” So in other words, just cut to the chase and toss fairness under the bus.

“Things have changed in the South.” Claimed Chief Justice Roberts, not mentioning which “south” he was referring to. “Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare.” Yeah, “rare” to well done. In other words: “cooked.”

When you vote in the upcoming midterms, and this time you will vote in the midterms, remember the three civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner who were lynched on the evening of June 21, 1964 by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for attempting to register African American voters.

– Disassociated Press, 6/25/2013

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Darrell Issa’s Biblical Disgrace

Darrell Issa, who is of Lebanese descent, is for some unexplainable reason the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Not that being Lebanese matters. What matters is Issa uses innuendo to harass and humiliate his political foes–truth be damned. But he is Lebanese and he is on the house oversight committee–and he’s hoping that his own past disgraces and shortcomings will at best be overlooked and placed out of sight: He’s a known crook.

Ironic how a movie based on auto theft like “Fast and Furious” should become the name of an investigation Issa launched to try and hamstring Attorney General, Eric Holder, when Representative Issa himself is “allegedly” accused of multiple car thefts (yes, plural). The “dishonorable” representative from California’s 49th District is accused of more than once having stolen a car. If allegations are incriminating enough for damnation by Representative Issa’s forked tongue, then allegations should be enough when leveled AT Mr. Issa. Issa is accused of stealing a yellow Dodge Charger in the 1970s while he was in the army. The charges came from a serviceman named Jay Bergey. When Bergey made threatening “offers” that Issa couldn’t refuse–voilà–the car mysteriously turned-up on the turnpike with anonymous instructions as to where to find it. You could write that off as a fraternity-like stunt packed with post-adolescent testosterone, BUT…

…Three months later in March of 1972 Issa, while on leave from the military, along with his brother were arrested in Ohio for stealing a bright red Maserata from a Cleveland auto showroom. The case was dismissed by the judge due to a lack of concrete evidence as a result of sloppy police work. Issa lucked out.

Later that same year, while the Maserati case had not yet been heard–this time on leave from college–Issa was pulled over by the cops (again with his brother in tow) for driving on the wrong side of the street in a yellow Volkswagen. When the police asked to see his drivers license and registration, it was revealed that Issa was carrying an unregistered 25 caliber automatic with 44 rounds of ammunition. For some unjustifiable reason, Issa was let go with six months probation and a fine allowing him to further slime his way through his checkered career unencumbered. Any one of those three events should have landed his ass in jail.

Then in 1998 Issa made an unsuccessful bid for the senate and lied about his military record claiming to have been part of an elite bomb squad that protected President Nixon, and elaborated about how he had a stellar military record. But the military chose to beg differently stating that Issa had a bad conduct record and was suspected of being a car thief.

With no end to the ironies, Issa at one point owned a car alarm factory that mysteriously burned down after Issa quadrupled his fire insurance from $100,000 to $400,000–but not before removing computers and various other equipment. The insurance company found all this to be highly suspicious and only paid-out a paltry $20,000 in an out of court settlement–somehow AGAIN Issa evaded prosecution. I remind you, dear reader, that all of these anecdotes are merely allegations, but where there’s smoke, there’s a burning car alarm factory. Issa has trumped-up far less concrete accusations to destroy the reputations of people who actually have integrity. For example: Issa’s attempt to crucify Attorney General Eric Holder for the “Fast and Furious” drugs and gun running scandal. It turned out that Holder is the one who exposed and busted the shady program in the first place–and the origins of the misguided program turned out to have been secretively instated under the Bush/Cheney Administration.

Then there was the Benghazi Affair which didn’t come close to the incompetence of the Bush Administration prior to, during, or after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. It wound up being the CIA who were withholding information about the attack on the US Benghazi Consulate–but for national security purposes. Issa was confounded once again.

Like a medieval charlatan crying-out “bleeding, I shall make thee work yet” Issa then set on a course to eviscerate the NSA, the IRA and everything including the PTA. Egg, once it sufficiently dries is very difficult to remove. And there’s a LOT of egg on Darrell Issa’s face. There are no links to the IRS targeting nincompoops in the Tea Party which can be traced back to the Obama Administration targeting enemies. It turns out that a fellow republican red-flagged the fundraising activities of the Tea Party and took full responsibility for the investigations, thus exonerating the Obama Administration. The Tea Party thugs did indeed file incorrect 501-C4 non-profit charity status when they were in reality political fundraising groups–NOT charities. And spying, drones and just about everything abhorrent under the current administration where christened under the misguidance of the Bush/Cheney comedy team–all of which have proven to be difficult if not impossible to abolish. No president wants to relinquish power of any sort. Issa just doesn’t want a black Democratic president to be the one holding the reigns and making the decisions. God forbid Issa should ever be granted similar powers. We’d all be living on canned beans in below-ground bunkers.

But the most suspicious event which is both under-reported and never properly investigated is that aforementioned mysterious 1982 fire at a car alarm factory Darrell Issa owned called Steal Stopper. Issa quadrupled his insurance coverage on the factory and then: BOOM! The place burned down faster than you can say “slimy bastard.” One of Issa’s former business associates testified that Issa removed all computers, software, instruction booklets, financial accounting, and records of the customer base, right before the place went up in flames so all the evidence was missing well in advance of the fire. The insurance adjusters thought they smelled something funny too, and Issa had to settle out of court for a paltry $20,000–NOT the near-half-million smackeroos he’d hoped for.

It’s worth noting that there is no record of how or where Issa got the funding to acquire the car alarm company or how he became wealthy enough to run for Congress, arson notwithstanding. In the final analysis, the corruption of Darrell Issa, like Issa’s own tactics are based on cherry-picking facts and loading them with innuendo bolstered by the hubris only a sociopath could muster. Issa owes the president, the attorney general and the nation as a whole an apology. And he should steps down in disgrace so he can get back to being the petty thief he was born to be. Darrell Issa is currently the soul and conscience of the House Republicans in the Oversight Committee. Now THAT is what I call an OVERSIGHT.

– Disassociated Press, 6/19/2013

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Adding New Inmates to the “Institution” of Marriage

I’m a curmudgeon guilty of old school thinking. But I’ve long been a progressive about being a gay man. Bearing that thought in mind, I always considered two of the major perks of being gay were: 1.) not having to serve in the military. And 2.) Avoiding the institution of marriage. But I’m from a different era. Young and old gay people alike want full equality and deserve nothing less. But it will no doubt be trading-in one set of pitfalls for another.

I have heterosexual friends and family members who have been divorced and remarried, in some cases multiple times. We’ve all lost count of how many marriages conservative denizens-to-the-alter like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich have “enjoyed.” Too bad for those “family values” hypocrites that wedding nuptials don’t include frequent flyer miles–and extra points for emotional cruelty.

But anytime now, perhaps as early as this week, the Supreme Court of the United States is going to hand-down a ruling on The Defense of Marriage Act–in virtual tandem with a ruling on California’s efforts to repeal the discriminatory sadism of Proposition 8–thus potentially adding a whole waft of entirely new inmates to the “institution” of marriage. And it’s only fair: After all, gay people have been planning these ceremonies, crafting floral arrangements, decorating weddings, designing wedding gowns and frosting wedding cakes since the beginning of time–not to mention the battalions of gay waiters servicing the guests in reception halls. Gay people have been participating in every aspect of the wedding ceremony except for being allowed to openly and legally bond with their own same-sex partners the way heterosexual couples have for time immemorial. And god knows, many a gay priest has joined a heterosexual couple in holy matrimony while mentally undressing the groom. I can think of no one worse to solidify a couple’s marriage vows than a religiously ordained closet queen. Suppression does such strange things to people. Meanwhile, ostensibly “normal” brides and grooms get married while skydiving or snorkeling underwater. They hire Elvis Presley impersonators to officiate while they tie the knot. There’s even a rash of “zombie themed” weddings. Bearing all that in mind, what could be more normal than a gay wedding of two people who’ve already been peacefully living together without any of the benefits of the law for decades?

A lesbian or gay couple’s love for their partners is emotionally no different than what heterosexual couples experience. I’ve sampled both lifestyles. Love feels the same way in the hearts of all men and women without regard for sexual preference. But gay people are (for no logical reason aside from traditional religious mythology) marginalized where the subject of marriage is concerned. Marginalized people can and will act out. Frustration has to go somewhere. Therefore ‘holier-than-thou’ people like to point to “gay promiscuity” with scorn and judgmentalism–while completely overlooking equally bad or worse behavior by heterosexuals who have no comparable excuse for promiscuous conduct and serial monogamy. If a person is wrongfully demonized, it’s a natural reaction to flaunt misbehavior. If you’re already being chastised for an imaginary sin you might as well go ahead and enjoy performing the actual “sin.” However, if and when marriage equality is achieved, it will take generations for the discrimination to cease and desist.

Yes Virginia, there really are Zombie themed weddings.

I was recently a guest at a heterosexual wedding where the best man gave one of those typical, rambling speeches intended to embarrass the groom and frighten the bride and her parents. Suddenly the best man decided to start playing with, and hanging-from a very large and low-hanging brass chandelier. He brought the chandelier crashing down from the ceiling, clocked the groom AND himself squarely on the head. The end result was as following: The straight groom and the straight best man spent their wedding night together in the ER having staples put into both of their skulls. Meanwhile, the bride spent her wedding night alone in the bridal suite in bewilderment and dismay. Shouldn’t gay people be granted the same opportunities as anyone else to have an idiotic and expensive ceremony and then wonder who the hell that person is they’ve been sentenced to stare across the breakfast table at for decades on end? Of course they should. Besides, look at the economic boom this will mean for store bridal registries, and the wedding industry–not to mention the spike in revenue for divorce lawyers. Part of our freedoms as Americans, is the unencumbered choice to make our own mistakes within reason–and if we’re lucky, divine our own successes. “Mazel Tov” young lovers.

– Disassociated Press, 6/16/2013

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Don’t You Go Making Me Channel My Inner Black Woman Again!

I’m sorry if this offends anyone, but there are times when the world needs to be told off by a black woman. If you don’t agree with me, take it up with your local black woman. If you don’t have access to a black woman to take it up with—or one who is skilled at telling you where your train gets-off, then you seriously need to make that connection. Of course I live in a world where my fantasies include Rush Limbaugh being ball-gagged and lashed to a pillar while Wanda Sykes circles him slowly, building momentum at her own pace.

But back to the news at hand: No one in their right mind heckles Michelle Obama—if for no other reason than shutting-up because you might learn something. Michelle Obama was right to challenge her heckler for the floor. She knew that anyone pulling that kind of cheap stunt is a one trick pony who could never muster a memorable retort off the cuff. And it had to be a butch lesbian on the verge of a midlife crisis pulling this shit—over gay rights? Seriously? This administration has done more to advance LGBT rights than all the administrations from the combined two hundred and thirty seven years since the American Revolution. So sit down and shut up Ellen Squirts, your fifteen minutes of poor judgment and outcry for attention is up. Period.

Generally speaking I’m a big fan of women, and I don’t like calling out a fellow LGBT baby-boomer, but heckling the First Lady, no matter who it is diminishes a person’s credibility. As in “don’t enter into a battle of wits unarmed.” AND don’t try and drag the rest of the gay community with you—because there are a lot of queens out there including me—who you don’t want to tangle with once we start channeling our inner black woman. Don’t go thinking I don’t have an inner black woman tucked-in with the rest of my personalities, because I do. Deep down inside each and every gay man there lives a black women wearing sequins crying-out to be set free. And my inner black woman tells me there are times to speak-out, and there are times to show respect, but there’s never a good time to make a fool of yourself. Let me put it to you this way, Ellen: You don’t think equality is happening fast enough to suit you, and you were telling that to a black woman. Stop and reflect on the reality.

Disassociated Press, 6/6/2013

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Double Standard Scandals

Brace yourself for a long, hot summer of discontent. The far right is behaving in the same shameless way they did during the Clinton years, failing to see the forest for the trees while litigating everything real or imagined in an attempt to grind the nation to a standstill. Maybe we live in a skeptical world because of the profusion of things like Photoshopped pictures and manipulated news. People no longer know what to believe, so they believe whatever best suits their preconceived notions. For the past five years we’ve had to listen to right wing zealots scream about their paranoid fantasies claiming that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. There is no concrete evidence on which to base these claims. In fact to the contrary, it has been conclusively proven that Obama was born in Hawaii and is a practicing Christian. But the truth, when it doesn’t dovetail with a prevailing prejudice is of little use to FOX News viewers or people simpleminded enough to waste their time listening to Rush Limbaugh make things up out of whole cloth.

The undermining technique which has proven most useful for the right wing (aside from obstinate congressional constipation) is manufacturing altered realities: “Truths” which are “non-truths” that rely on repetition until the gullible buy into them. The technique works like a charm, as the right wing base doesn’t appear to read or think for themselves–they are told what to think–and as long as those thoughts contain key components like prejudice, conspiracy theories and governmental misdeeds–they’ll hang on every word. Neocons will lap up family values lectures from Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh while failing to take note of what an exemplary family man Barack Obama has proven to be. Newt and Rush’s hypocrisy be damned.

It’s a point of Constitutional law that the president of the United States must be born in the United States. When Obama was running against John McCain all you heard was nonsense about Obama’s alleged Kenyan birth. Very little was said concerning John McCain having been born in Panama, but since McCain was born abroad to US diplomats–that matter was dismissed.

When Obama was running against Romney–anti-immigration sentiment on the right was at a boiling point. No one focused on the fact that Romney’s family historically turned it’s back on America–not just to find offshore tax shelters–but by “self-deporting” the entire Romney clan to Mexico so Pappy Romney could keep his multiple-wife Mormon harem. Romney’s own father, George (who also ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency) didn’t set foot in the United States until he was four years old. Neocons care not for these revelations, because they don’t fit the scenario far-right wing-nuts want to hear. Hypocrisy and inconsistency would appear to be the foundation of conservative dogma. The truth, for the right, becomes whatever is most convenient in furthering their mythology, be it social, political, racial or religious.

Suddenly there is highly premature talk in conservative circles about Ted Cruz being whispered as a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential bid. Cruz, the son of a Cuban exile and a woman from Delaware, was actually born in Alberta, Canada. So like Obama, he has an American mother and a foreign father–but unlike Obama, it’s a documented point of fact that he WASN’T born on American soil. But why let that “soil” his chances? The necons finally have a hero as toxic as Joseph McCarthy–and every bit as skilled at molding innuendo into plausible factoid-like accusations, so they love him. Truth be damned. Cruz also hasn’t proven to be much of a friend to his own Hispanic heritage and sees little reason to allow anything to get in the way of his self-aggrandizing ambitions–including a pathway to citizenship.

There is a double standard in this country depending on which party affiliation you claim. Newly (re)elected South Carolina Republican, Rep. Mark Sanford can lie to his constituents and leave the country to visit his mistress in South America all on the taxpayer’s dime–and do all sorts of smarmy things that land him in family court–yet he’s re-embraced by Republican voters using the stagecraft of “redemption through the Lord.” On the other hand, Anthony Weiner, already cursed with a name that delights teenage boys with it’s double entendre, did nothing more than let some photos of his junk loose on Twitter–without so much as carnal contact–he’s demonized as a pariah. If you stop and think about it, what Weiner did is at best nothing more than an embarrassing, sophomoric prank–and really a non-issue. BUT add to that, Anthony Weiner is a Jew, who is married to a practicing Muslim woman who was one of Hillary Clinton’s former top aides: And that makes him fodder and fair game for everyone to make a big deal out demonizing him. But in the same breath, Tea Party puppeteer, Grover Norquist is married to a Muslim woman also. You rarely hear much about it in spite of the fact that he clearly cares more about Saudi Arabia’s oil interests than he does the wants and needs of his own countrymen.

Personally I don’t care who anyone is married to. I don’t care if a man is married to a man–or a woman to a woman. I don’t care about their race, color or creed. What I do care about is their larger integrity. Not sexual indiscretions–I’m talking LARGER integrity. There’s a difference. We’re living through a time when the Republican Party and all it’s warring branches are desperately trying to embroil Barack Obama in a series of hotbed scandals–take for instance what happened last year with Darrell Issa’s hearings on Fast and Furious largely targeting Attorney General Eric Holder as a method to get at the president. In the final analysis, that particular “guns and drugs scandal” was traced back to the Bush Administration–and NOT the Obama team. Now we have the IRS scandal claiming that conservative Tea Party groups were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. In short: Tea Party groups following the disastrous “Citizens United” ruling, retrofitted 501(c)(4) tax exempt status–designed for public service “good works” into political fundraising mechanisms. The real scandal is how these non-charitable fundraising entities were approved for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status in the first place–NOT that they’re guilty of abusing legal fundraising guidelines (which they are).  I’ve heard a lot by way of “outrage” about these IRS investigations, but little to nothing by way of denial.

Everyone on the right is up in arms about one thing or another. You hear accusations that the breach of the embassy in Benghazi was worse than the terrorist strikes on Nine-Eleven. (Really?) No focus is applied to the Republican Congressmen who vetoed funding for increased security at American embassies in the Middle East. But you do hear all sorts of allegations about governmental interference targeted against the media over leaks in classified information (except when it was Dick Cheney leaking the name of a CIA operative for his own political purposes). Real issues are dismissed. Bogus issues are inflated to crisis level with no end to the constant flow of political scandals du jour. The only thing you don’t hear about is Obama lying to the nation in order to get us into a war of choice motivated by profit. And you hear very little about how the Obama Administration has been substantially lowering our National Debt as reported by both ABC and NPR. Wall Street is booming and the housing crisis has begun to abate… ALL in spite of Republican obstructionism. In short, the Republican (ahem) I mean TEA Party is forced to trump-up whatever they can to create the appearance of impropriety on the part of the current administration. And they are doing a damn good job of preventing necessary actions and reforms from advancing our economic progress in hopes of one day blaming it on the black guy.

The only thing the right wing hasn’t blamed Obama of doing, is trying to start a war by circumventing congressional powers by illegally selling high-powered missiles and war-grade weapons to one of our self-proclaimed international enemies–like, say “Iran” for example–and then funneling the ill-gotten gains to Nicaraguan drug lord-rebels and rapists all for profit, resulting in the untold loss of innocent lives and the degrading of America’s international reputation. Oh, sorry, my “mistake” That was “Saint” Ronald Reagan who did that. Obama, on the other hand is to be held accountable for an air-fluffed souffle of unfounded accusations and innuendo over scandals that don’t actually besmirch him in any way. Seriously, the right wing would be better served looking into Congressional misdeeds and arrest records–starting with Darrell Issa’s.

– Disassociated Press, 6/4/2013

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