Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quote of the Day: The American Government’s Persecution of Its Own Citizens

Senator Chuck Schumer
As noted in a post yesterday, a Senate Committee has vote out a comprehensive immigration bill that removed gay couples from being covered under the new immigration reform.  Those voting for approval so that the bill can proceed before the full U.S. Senate included a number of Democrats (including Chuck Schumer pictured above) who pretend to be LGBT allies.  Actions, of course speak louder than words and many of us now know exactly where we stand with these supposed friends.   Andrew Sullivan is directly on target when sums up the attitude of the U.S. government - and the Democrat senators who betrayed us - towards LGBT citizens.  Here are the key quotes:
We saw the still-enormous gap to overcome yesterday as gay couples were removed from being covered under the new immigration reform. The reform tries to include everyone trapped in immigration hell or limbo (and sometimes, trust me, purgatory), but it explicitly excludes only one group of people: gay and lesbian Americans who have taken up the responsibilities of civil marriage.

These people are not immigrants; they are American citizens forced to choose between their country and their spouse. No heterosexual would see that exclusion as anything other than what it is: the American government’s persecution of its own citizens, even as it seeks to ease the plight of its resident non-citizens. And breaking up families or forcing them to move abroad to stay together is more than discrimination. It’s cruelty. It doesn’t get clearer than that. Gay citizens are regarded as less worthy than straight non-citizens by their own Congress.

The quote of the day was from Lindsey Graham: “You’ve got me on immigration. You don’t have me on marriage. If you want to keep me on immigration, let’s stay on immigration.” There are things I would want to say to Butters that only human decency prevents. I wish he’d treat Americans like my husband with a scintilla of such respect.
 As noted in my response to an e-mail ask for money today from the Democratic Senate Campaign, it will be a cold day in Hell before these folks get another dollar from me.  They want our money and they want are votes, but in the final analysis, they don't give a flying f*ck about us.  We need to never forget this sad reality.

On a different note, in 2009, Obama and the Democrats did little to energize the party base.  The result in Virginia was clean sweep by Republicans.  Here we are in 2013 and I am getting the feeling that the national Democrats may be about to repeat 2009 and hand Virginia to the most extreme GOP slate in the state's history.  It makes m feel physically sick. 


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