In response to HRC's official endorsement of Barack Obama for POTUS in the 2012 election, GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia huffed and puffed and blew gay activism down. Well. He definitely blew. "Today, the Human Rights Campaign chose to endorse Barack Obama’s re-election even though the field running for President in 2012 isn’t even set yet. This pre-emptive endorsement ends HRC’s charade of bipartisanship. LGBT people who are interested in putting policy before partisanship now know that HRC is little more than a puppet of the Democratic National Committee and an organization that has one goal – to elect more Democrats."
What a prissified pile of pachyderm poop, especially coming from a self-loathing Uncle Tom whose handful of followers, having gate-crashed the Republican Party, now sway and cower like shrinking violets as GOP leaders bash and belittle LGBTQ Americans. Granted, I'm no diehard fan of the Human Rights Campaign (the dedicated activists at Get Equal and SLDN and even GLAAD are more dynamic not to mention results-oriented) - but at least HRC doesn't endorse candidates who spread vicious lies about gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals in order to promote discrimination and screw non-traditional families. GOProuders are so obsessed with fiscal concerns (hoarding their personal wealth) and being perceived as macho warhawks that they are actually working against social justice. These so-called "gay conservatives" view right-wing pols that embrace homophobia as allies in their pissing war against progressivism.
Jimmy LaSalvia recently said that the current Republican presidential field "is shaping up to be an incredibly strong one."
Oh reeeally? What exactly is LaSalvia's definition of the word "strong?" (Perhaps he meant to say "wrong.") None of the leading GOP presidential contenders support marriage equality. None of them supported repeal of the military's detestable "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. None of them supported an LGBT-inclusive federal hate crimes bill. (In 2006, former governor Jon Huntsman did sign a watered-down bias crimes statute in Utah, and he once claimed to be okay "in principle" with civil unions - Thanks Massah! Good Massah! - which of course enrages the party's all-influential religious fundamentalists. In any event, Huntsman has not at this point tossed his chapeau into the ring.) That's leaves haters like Tim Pawlenty and serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, flip-flopper Mitt Romney (announcing his bid next week), Ron Paul who fondly dreams of disbanding the federal government. Even divisive wingnuts like Rick Man-on-Dog Santorum and Texas Governor Rick Perry may be entering the cattle pens this summer. Shh, listen. You can almost hear the lowing.
A Word About Sisyphus and LaSalvia: As you undoubtedly know, Sisyphus was the greedy son of a Thessalonian king, a sly and mostly disagreeable young man who used to ambush travelers and steal their money. He eventually ran afoul of the Greek gods and was condemned to roll a boulder up a steep hill for all eternity. (Each time he reached the summit, the stone would fall back down and he'd have to repeat the task.) I've always thought of Sisyphus as a whining buffoon, a mildly amusing character in mythological lore. I suspect that LaSalvia's breathless pronouncements elicit a similar reaction from many within the gay community. "What am I doing wrong?" he pouts and whimpers.