GOProud, the new gay Republican organization, has responded to hate crimes legislation passing the House Judiciary Committee. If you had any question about what sort of org GOProud is going to be, this should answer it.
(Washington, D.C.) - "In the next few days, the Democratic controlled House of Representatives will do exactly what the Republican controlled House in the 108th Congress did - pass hate crimes legislation. In their cynical never-ending quest to lower expectations, the gay left will undoubtedly hail the passage of hate crimes legislation as 'historic.' While the passage of hate crimes may be laudable, its passage, and indeed even its enactment into law, is not historic.
"The truth is that Democrats have spent no political capital on moving on important election year promises such as the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the partial repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Instead of making excuses for the lack of action by Democrats in Washington, the leaders of the gay left should be demanding that Democrats commit to living up to the promises they made."
Oh my, it's really hard to hear their actual opinion on the legislation over the "I hate gay Democrats" whines.
That's probably because the group is undecided about hate crimes legislation. The phrase "may be laudable" isn't an accident - even GOProud's "Legislative Priorities" page says that hate crimes legislation and ENDA "may be worthy goals."
Thinking like a Limbaugh-style Republican, hate crimes legislation has some positives and some negatives. On the plus side:
- It sends more people to prison longer, and that's always good.
- It gives more money to police, and they're good.
- It recognizes various minorities, including teh gayz, as classes of people who might need more protection as a group, and that's bad.
- Liberals seem to like it, and they're bad.
Shouting those statements back and forth is what the right calls a "serious policy discussion."
This non-statement on hate crimes legislation is the new group's second press release. Their first was about gays being oppressed abroad:
(Washington, D.C.) - In the wake of a series of murders of gay Iraqis in the stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud, a registered 527 for gay conservatives and their allies, issued the following statement.
"Instead of unilaterally surrendering the global war on terror, now is the time for the Obama administration to recommit to fighting global extremism. It is intolerable for the U.S. government to turn a blind eye to the type of human rights abuses occurring at the hands of Islamic extremists in Iraq and indeed throughout the Middle East. If the United States is to maintain its position of moral leadership in the world, then this administration must make it clear that basic human rights for all should be respected.
It is shameful that so many on the left have made excuses for the human rights abuses carried out by tyrannical extremist regimes from Cuba to Venezuela to Iran. It is time for the blame America first crowd to recognize the real threats to peace and freedom that exist across the globe."
So when the people committing
hate crimes human rights abuses aren't straight Americans, suddenly there's a clarity among the gay right. Not just a clarity, an urgency. And not a fierce urgency of now, but a thick urgency to beat political opponents over the head with to score cheap points.
Like I said before the jump, there really isn't any question what this group is about now; it's just another extreme-right mouthpiece.