My piece, "Why Did Obama Engage GOP Candidates" spawned quite a few comments that mostly focused on throwing the baby out with the bath water. Many readers felt that judging the President solely on LGBT issues was shortsighted and community members threatening not to vote for Obama because he hasn't done enough for our issues were being foolish.
Associate Editor Adam Polaski jumped in mid-thread and asks the important question. How do we fix the problem?
I agree with your comments.
More than just agreeing though, I sometimes find myself worrying that my concern for LGBT rights is almost part of the problem. Obama and other Democrats can stand up and say, "look what we're doing for LGBT rights," and often, people who are otherwise politically uninvolved but who care deeply about their gay or trans friend can respond with a "good! I knew I voted for the right guy." But the party's generally positive, "progressive" record on LGBT rights does not equate to a truly progressive party.
I'm sure that part of the problem is our campaign finance laws. It takes politicians tons of money to get elected, and in order to get that money, they need to make deals or promises with corporations, which put them in bed with those corporations. And then after they get elected, all that matters is reelection. That's a bad system. But how much could we fix with campaign finance reform? Is that enough to make real change?