Pam, thanks for your warm welcome to The Bilerico Project community. I look forward to sharing my views on issues important to the LGBT community on my newest URL in the blogophere! Our campaign’s all about reaching out to grassroots supporters to build a transparent dialogue between the voters and me. We don’t need the support of the Democratic institution – large grassroots support is far more important to the Jim Neal for Senate campaign.
I’ve said this and will repeat it yet again: I don’t want nor do I take for granted anyone’s vote merely because of my sexual orientation. At the same time I am aware of the historic nature of this campaign and I recognize the responsibility I have to the LGBT community to represent their interests as being consistent with America’s best interest.
In North Carolina I have tremendous support from all walks of life who are tired of Senator Dole’s ineffectiveness and out-of-touch representation from the exile of her numerous residences. North Carolinians deserve better, and I’m prepared to step up and be the leader in Washington who works for the good people of this state.
As Pam mentioned in her welcoming post, I’m not interested in an incremental approach to securing basic civil rights for LGBT citizens. We are all on the same ark, folks. We sacrifice our authenticity and conviction when we entertain political solutions which advance some of us at the expense of another. It ain’t right. To those arguing otherwise I’d urge them to look back a generation in our nation’s past where they’ll find a simple truth: civil rights is an all-or-nothing proposition, not a separate-but-equal proposition.
I’ve always admired public servants who are not afraid to take a stand on principle. Certain civil rights issues, including both ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Act, won’t rise above petty politics until more than a handful of people start making noise in the kitchen. Some would call that starry-eyed idealism; I’d call it virtue. I think it’s commendable and courageous. After all, more of the same begets more of the same.
I’ve had enough of the same—I want some tangible results. That’s why I am running for the Senate. I hope you will be supportive of my candidacy.