As a Democrat I see things through liberal eyes, of course. I call recent events in the news and see that there is a vast right-wing conspiracy to deliver this country “Top 1%”, a/k/a “the job creators, a/k/a the rich. Off the top of my head I recall these sins of the Republican Party:
Voter Suppression to keep minorities from voting
Roll-back of women’s rights
Accepts “big money” agreeing to be influenced by the TOP 1%
Attempts to take Medicaid benefits from the poor
Attempts to take Medicare benefits from the elderly
Attempts to cut federal subsidies to doctors of Medicare patients
Decades of gridlock in Congress
Called the President a “liar” during his State of the Union
Refusal to negotiate with the Democrats
Attempts to purge minorities and the elderly from voting rolls
Refusal to create jobs to replace those they sent overseas for cheap labor
Of course, an exhaustive list of the ways the Republican Party is changing our country into an oligarchy would go on for pages and pages. They are boldly doing it in the daylight of political debate and voting in legislative bodies. We are an exceptional, educated nation. We see the writing on the wall but should not be discouraged. Instead we should name which Republican leaders are running for re-election in November. Make a list of those legislators who cling to the Tea Party. If you are a blue Republican, name Republican incumbents who put the prosperity of the very rich over the needs of the people. All of you, go to political rallies and ask candidates bold questions which touch on your welfare. Seek opportunities to discuss your discontent with the press and to appear on television. This is for everyone. We are in a contest of good versus evil. The “good” are the “99%” made up of the poor, the middle-class and the moderately successful who cannot stomach the Republican Party. Money is the oil which lubricates the political machine, thanks to Citizen’s United vs the FEC. [Advocate for repeal of this decision.] Make donations to candidates for election and re-election who advocate for “the good.” Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 demonstrates that small donations can be powerful. Contribute to those candidates who are not tainted: $3. $5. $11. %25. While we cannot hope to raise billions of dollars, we can effectively mount a campaign to defeat politicians on the dark side. We have five months to fight for a future which brings us “life, liberty and the pursuit of prosperity.” The ball is in your court!
In a giant step toward equality today, a federal appeals court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
The decision was clear: the law treats same-sex couples as second-class citizens – and that’s a violation of fundamental rights.
But despite losing over and over again in court, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are still planning to fight for DOMA all the way to the Supreme Court, if need be – dumping millions of taxpayer dollars into defending discrimination.
DOMA hurts our families. But Boehner and Cantor won’t focus on repealing DOMA instead of continuing to defend it unless we rally right now – their decision to appeal today’s ruling could come any hour, so we don’t have much time to act.
President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the DOMA case in court over a year ago. His leadership was critical to the progress we have made.
But Boehner and Cantor, reacting to the anti-LGBT fringe of their party, stepped in to use House resources – our taxpayer dollars – to make sure this terrible law was defended.
Even in a time when our federal budget is already strapped, they have committed up to $1.5 million taxpayer dollars to fight for this outdated law – and as this and other cases challenging DOMA continue, we could be looking at millions more.
The anti-gay House Republican leadership needs see the writing on the wall. Already a vast majority of Americans oppose DOMA and want it repealed. The House already has a bill before it – the Respect for Marriage Act – which would get rid of DOMA’s discrimination once and for all.
This ruling marks a critical juncture in the battle for marriage equality. With enough voices speaking out, Boehner and Cantor will have no choice but to consider the cost of their continued defense of DOMA.
With continued pressure and hard work, we can make DOMA a thing of the past.
Proud, excited, and determined,
Stephen, you’re a peach!
WARNING: Adult Language
Civil Rights for All! Except the Gays?