What Would You Tell a Frustrated Gay Voter?
I have a story that just went up here on the site that is also posted at numerous other places around the Web, and a question has been raised at another site that has brought me here today looking for your help so i can give the best answer possible. The basic question is: if the Democrats have been an unreliable partner in the effort to advance civil rights, why bother voting for Democrats at all? AndyS in Colorado, a reader at Docudharma ("Blogging The Future"), has offered some thoughts on this year's elections, in response to a story that just went up a few minutes ago on this site, and about 48 hours ago at Docudharma:
I have been very interested to see the Democrats have no intention of ever doing right by us in the gay community and using us so cynically and openly as political footballs this last two years. And I've seen Democrats including such people as Meteor Blades getting angry at gay people who point it out, that there was never any intention, but every intention to preach to us to give a voting pony, again and again. I guess, the cynical usery and open, laughing hypocrisy is what made the Republicans the soulless assholes they are. And the LGBT example is just the example -- it goes for not just LGBT people, it is just more apparent and openly practiced, IMV. It's not Republicans versus Democrats. It's a general phenomenon of souless assholedom in our politics -- and the fearmongering and greater-evil-making that makes soulless assholedom possible in our elected officials. Democrats talk about how they want civil rights for gay people and how bad it is that out teenagers die. But, if they did anything to fix it -- they think that they'd lose whatever political mojo they think they need from us to get elected. So they don't do anything to fix it. And have no intention of EVER fixing it.So what would you say to this reader? I would like to use the responses to create another story, to post around the web, and a big part of the reason I want to do that is because there is not a lot of awareness that this is even an issue within the Democratic ranks.