Friday, May 4, 2012

The Lowest Form of Life

Way back in 2006, one of the first things Tim Kaine did as Governor of Virginia was to issue an executive order, which insured that people could not face discrimination by their employer because of their sexual orientation.

Tim Kaine is a Democrat.

Four years later, one of the first things Bob McDonnell did as Governor of Virginia was to issue another executive order rescinding Governor Kaine's executive order of 2006. No longer were LGBT people protected from discrimination in applying for jobs or in the work environment, in general.

Bob McDonnell is a Republican.

Willard Mitt Romney is also a Republican and one who is running for President.

In 1994, when Willard was running against Ted Kennedy for the United States Senate, he wrote a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, in which he stated the following:-

We have discussed a number of important issues such as the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which I have agreed to co-sponsor, and if possible broaden to include housing and credit, and a bill to create a federal panel to find ways to reduce gay and lesbian youth suicide, which I also support. One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" military policy.  I believe that the Clinton promise was a step in the right direction.  I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation's military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share.

So, when Willard was hoping to upend the legend that was Ted Kennedy, he was all for enforciing protection for LGBT citizens against discrimination on a national level - i.e., via the Federal government.

Fast forward to Willard's first attempt to secure the 2008 Republican nomination. Picture the scenario. The Republican Party had moved even further to the Right and closer to the precipice which signifies the end of the flat earth in which they believe. Then (and now) not only was it fashionable to keep your gays in the closet, you had to proclaim homosexuality a virulent sin to be avoided at all costs.

Thus speaketh the Religious Right in control of the Republican Party.

In an interview in 2007 with the late Tim Russert on Meet the Press - surprise surprise - it appears Willard had changed his mind.

RUSSERT: You said that you would sponsor the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.  Do you still support it?
ROMNEY: At the state level.  I think it makes sense at the state level for states to put in provision of this.
RUSSERT: Now, you said you would sponsor it at the federal level.
ROMNEY: I would not support at the federal level, and I changed in that regard because I think that policy makes more sense to be evaluated or to be implemented at the state level.  And let me describe why.
RUSSERT: So you did–you did change.
ROMNEY: Oh, Tim, if you’re looking for someone who’s never changed any positions on any policies, then I’m not your guy.
So now, Willard's position has "evolved" to mean that, whilst he still supports protection of LGBT citizens against discrimination in the workplace, he just doesn't want the Federal government to enact or enforce any law as such. He'd really rather now the states do it. Individually, you know ... almost like a states' rights thing.

And that means you get what we got in Virginia back in 2010, whenever a Bob McDonnell or a John Kasich or a Scott Walker nabs the Statehouse.

One of the main criticisms EmoProgressives, led by their spokesbitch spokesperson, Arianna Huffington, who is as much in touch with the common man as Willard is, himself, levelled at the President during the past four years is that he is a man without backbone. He caves. He folds. They have carried this message so far as actually to undermine the President's message on any number of occasions. In doing that, they effected the Democrats' loss of the House of Representatives, and assured that the President's position, going into the 2012 election theatre, isn't as strong as it should have been.

Several such people on the Left, have actually decided to sit out this election, saying that if Willard should win, he's moderate enough to endure for four years whilst the mysterious Progressive political army gains untold strength in preparation for the 2016 election.

The lack of a spine makes flipflopping easy, and Willard has this down to an art. Those who are turning away from a President because he didn't wave a pen and legalise pot or give them single-payer health insurance may come to see in Willard what a real spineless politician looks like.

They should also remember something from their science teaching as well (before that subject is taken off the school curriculum): that invertebrates are the lowest form of life.

Like Willard.

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