On tuesday, the political landscape is going to change in this country, even if the Democrats pull off a narrow win, their historic position in both houses will have been lost.
Despite in theory being friends with the LGBTQA community, under the 2008 congress, the following things have happened.
- DADT was kept in place and defended by the administration. No serious effort was made to actually repeal the law, or take the republicans to task for their hypocrisy including John “I’ll support a repeal when it suits me, i.e. never” McCain.
- DOMA was left in place, and actually defended by the administration again. Despite promises to work on a repeal, nothing was done.
- Transgender surgeries were purposefully excluded from coverage supplied by the healthcare bill.
- ENDA has still not been passed.
My hate-the-gays apologist correspondant, said I shouldn’t support the democrats because they haven’t done enough, and yes as friends of the LGBTQA community, they are a barely even qualified to consider themselves on the pro LGBTQA side of the spectrum.
However on the other side, we have the openly homophobic Tea Party candidates, including Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, Carl Paladino, and Rand Paul.
You have the solid republican base which when they were in power elected 2 of the most socially conservative justices to the supreme court, and if they had the votes would have passed a federal marriage amendment.
Under the republican rule, DADT and DOMA were actively supported and the idea of repeal of either would have been impossible. Also the president, was proud of the fact that he would veto the ENDA bill if it reached his desk. How compassionate, how presidential, how bigoted, how ignorant. As far as I can tell, from most of the predictions it seems like the republicans will reduce the democratic majority in the senate to 1 or 2 seats, and sweep the house.
I despise the democrats, and would love to see the day they close up shop, but they are the least worst option of the two parties.
So yes I’m terrified about tuesday, because what little gains have been made will be all we’ll see until the next congress. The whole republican caucus has shown their LGBTQA-phobic colors with the DADT repeal, now they’ll get the chance to display their bigotry in power.