You don’t just know a minority has arrived when one of its members — Barack Obama — becomes president. Or — Michael Steele — head of a major political party.
The real sign of having arrived for a minority is for its members to start bashing on the gay people who truly believed the rainbow coalition was real and that their hard work and donations for other minorities — mostly blacks, but also illegal aliens, Hispanics and Asians — would be rewarded with reciprocity for OUR equality.
Well, Obama says “no” to gay marriage and “don’t hold your breath” to serving openly in the military.
And Michael Steele says expense should be a determining factor in whether a minority should have equal rights — and equality for gays, including equal marriage rights, would be just too darn expensive:
Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.
Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage.
“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”
As Steele talked about ways the party could position itself, he also poked fun at his previous pledge to give the GOP a “hip-hop makeover.”
“You don’t have to wear your pants cut down here or the big bling,” he said.
I suppose it’s a coincidence that Mr. Steele is using the talking points of the National Organization for Marriage, which is working hard to claim that equality for gays will be just too onerous a burden for small business owners.
Guess what, Mr. Steele? Lesbians and gays are the natural constituency of fiscal conservatism because we are discriminated against in so many places and so many ways that quite a lot of us HAVE to be entrepreneurs. Thirty percent of gays and lesbians voted for McCain/Palin. The margin of victory in the 2008 presidential election could have been decided by the gay vote ALONE. And there are enough gays and lesbians who have awakened to the fact that they can be fiscal conservatives without being social conservatives that we’re just not going to wait for an engraved invitation and a welcome mat like a bunch of liberal losers. We’re freaking conservatives, gosh darnit, and all we have to do to transform the Republican party and the conservative movement so that they live up to their ideals of equality for every citizen and limited government IS SHOW UP — and then WE’LL MAKE OUR OWN WELCOME MAT, thank you very much, and I promise you, IT WILL BE FABULOUS!
P.S. Attila, dear, are you still standing by your man?