No, no, no — not Miss California, whose remarks opposing gay marriage were not all that polite after they were translated into all their death-dealing ramifications for the lives of lesbians and gays. It is the lesbians and gays who understood that translation who have gotten all snippy this week.
I mean libertarian lesbian blogger and recovering lawyer, Becky C., who is Just a Girl in Short Shorts Talking about Whatever, what SHE said today about “The Essential Republican Gay Strategy”:
I don’t want to argue the ideological case here, but suffice it to say, from a strategic political standpoint, the Republican Party is toast if they don’t make some moves toward being the Gay Old Party. Its not that they need the votes of gays and lesbians, they are a pretty small minority-it is what it says about the Party to Americans. If they wish to embrace the cause of libertarian individualism-they can not remain stuck on the idea that the government should continue to treat gays and lesbians as second class citizens.
The GOP is at the same type of crossroads the Democrats were at in the late sixties and early seventies. Traditionally African-Americans identified with the party of Lincoln. The segregated South was solid Democratic. However, with the civil rights movement, the Dixiecrats became a huge embarrassment to the party.
Eventually the Segregationists were booted out. The Democratic Party lost the Southern State portion of their traditional coalition, but won over the majority of African-Americans-and more importantly gained credibility by doing the right thing. The Republicans took in the Dixiecrats, with the disingenuous canard that states’ rights trumped the individual rights of Black Southerners.
There’s more at her blog that is very worthwhile. If you find grey type on a black background to be uncomfortable to read, go to “View” on your browser and look for the command to zoom in. Zoom until the type is legible for you.
Oh, and don’t be put off by Blogger forcing you to swear you are over 18 and won’t be offended by adult content. Becky is an aggressive user of dear Stacy’s Rule 5 on “How to Get a Million Hits in Year,” which says one should post the occasional hot photo or illustration. Becky’s hot illustrations are in good taste, but not in the least occasional and probably not all that “Safe for Work.”
Becky’s libertarian hard work and mad blogger skillz have earned her over two million hits on her blog. I have to admit, when I started this blog in January, I thought hits could be translated into money. However, I stand corrected and have to get busy figuring out a new plan to get people to pay money for my writing.
Update: Dear Little Miss Attila here.
Well, my Public School did nothing when four different students from my graduating class committed suicide. Three boys and one girl, two of them were harassed so relentlessly with anti-gay slurs that parents are now trying to force my (former) High School to increase funding for a better anti-bullying program with a lawsuit (our current one was aimed at children in elementary schools. Obviously ineffective.) The father was quoted in an ABC news article that I have on file as saying that it’s a shame he had to use a lawsuit to get my school to pay attention to it’s “problem”, but it just struck him as strange that they could spend a million dollars on a new football field, but couldn’t bother to increase funding for student harassment prevention. Particularly since violent fights broke out in my school on an almost monthly basis and were something of a spectator sport.
Those terrible events happened when I was a Junior. The girl that killed herself was a Lesbian, and also personally deeply Religious. I cared about her very much. She had been a close friend of mine since we were eight years old, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her and think of her.