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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 32,674

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And here we are.

I remember where I was when I heard that my state’s Supreme Judicial Court had ruled that marriage could not be denied to same-sex couples under our state constitution: it was a grey November dusk, and I was driving along the Waltham Commons on my way back to the office for some night work.

I had zero idea that this ruling was in the works (my bad!), although to be fair I don’t think most other Bay Staters did, either. Out of the blue, here it was.

My first reaction was a full-body smile: “Hey! That’s amazing!

A moment later: “Uh-oh, this will not go well.

I grew up in the 1960s and 70s, during most of which time homosexuality was considered a bona fide mental illness in the official diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association. While I didn’t think much about it, I too vaguely suspected there was something wrong with it. I never knew an openly gay person until college, when I found out that one of my older fraternity brothers was gay. My first reaction was anger: “Why didn’t he tell me!” A moment later: “Ah, he’s a cool guy, he’s a lot like me, so what’s the big deal?” Enlightenment in under five seconds. It turned out that a bunch of my fraternity brothers were gay, some out, some closeted. It was all good with the guys in my house. But even at my college not all fraternities were so enlightened, and the campus LGBT group was tiny.

When our state court issued its decision that November day, I assumed that there would be a lot of angry people, and much yelling and gnashing of teeth. And, certainly, it was not a popular ruling at first: polling at the time showed that only one-third of the the state approved, while fully half were against it. Governor Romney, who had become a right-wing lunatic upon taking office, declared the ruling “wrongly decided and deeply mistaken” in one op-ed, and vowed, along with some members of our state legislature, to amend the state constitution in order to force the court to re-repress the LGBT community.

The plans for said constitutional downgrade were ambushed by the reality that ensued: We saw beaming people get married to beaming people of the same gender. We saw angry handfuls of the outraged, faces red and spittle spraying in hateful screams holding hateful signs, and the good people of our Commonwealth thought: “Are those the people we really want to be?

No, it wasn’t who we wanted to be.

Within a year, the poll numbers flipped. The politicians (besides hoping-to-be-President Romney, of course) STFUed, and it was a done deal.

Over the years, other states here and there have decided that they didn’t want to be those people either. And as of today, while those people still exist in our country in significant numbers, we are no longer a nation of those people. The unthinkable of 12 years ago became thinkable, and now the law of the land. We are a nation where there is more freedom and love today than there was yesterday.

Here we are!

As throughout our history, we Americans owe a profound debt of gratitude to the many unreasonable people who dragged us here. To Mary Bonauto, the unreasonable lawyer who convinced both our state court and the Supreme Court to do the right thing. To unreasonable former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall and her three unreasonable fellow justices who allowed themselves to be convinced, even though they must have known a @#$%storm could follow. To the unreasonable activists who refused to sit down and shut up when even many in the LGBT community warned them that they were playing with fire. To every unreasonable American who knew right from wrong, and helped to thaw hearts and cultivate a broader desire for justice.

Our country has come far; yet it has far to go. But on days like today, I think it will go.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 26, 2015, 07:08 PM (8 replies)

Your deep knowledge of my past is flattering.

Creepy, yes, but mostly flatteting.

So, perhaps you can recall: when was I a Republican?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 09:33 AM (1 replies)


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:36 PM (1 replies)

Warrenistas make low-budget video, embarass selves

No slick production values, no vague, poll-tested phrasings... just heartfelt words.

What's with these people?



P.S. Thanks to RiverLover for originally posting this video, hidden in the EW group. Hell, I'd try to hide it, too, if I were one of them.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 04:37 PM (92 replies)

Good point.

Thanks. You've given me some things to think about.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 12:02 AM (0 replies)

If elected President, which of these Democrats...

would be most likely to really turn things around?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:56 PM (162 replies)

Hillary Clinton praising Elizabeth Warren?

Holy crap!

If anyone wasn't thinking that FDR Democrats were making great progress in taking back our party...well, here we are. "Liberal" ain't a cuss word no more.

Americans are waking from our three-decade slumber.

Pedal to the metal, baby!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:08 PM (8 replies)

Question for Hillary backers: how do *you* feel about the TPP?

Hillary championed the thing as SoS, and hasn't changed her mind as far as I know. I'm a little confused about someone wanting to be a champion for the 99% while advocating an action that will likely cause bigger profits for the rich, and more job loss and wage erosion for the rest of us.

Can you understand my confusion? And I'm probably not the only one scratching their head over this.

Please help us unbelievers out. Is the TPP not a bad thing? Or is it just not a big deal? Or, so what, you just want Hillary because you want Hillary? Or... ?

Thanks in advance.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Apr 15, 2015, 07:41 PM (296 replies)

#PRDP Post# What are the *real* reasons that any person wouldn't love Hillary as our nominee?

Let's create a definitive list based on what we absolutely know in our guts.

1. They don't like women
2. They don't like strong women
3. They are Republicans
4. Benghazi!!!
5. The Clenis!!!
6. PDS (Pony Deficiency Syndrome)
7. Ratf@#kers!
8. Thinks she's too ambitious.

I think that covers it. Any other possibilities?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 06:08 PM (24 replies)

Fellow Liberals: we're scaring the right people.

Third-Wayer Rahm Emanuel was forced into a mayoral runoff, the first time ever in Chicago for an incumbent IIRC. And this despite having a zillion dollars in contributions from people who stand to make money from his reelection, and the backing of some notable (confessed) Republicans.

Two years ago, only four Senators voted against the rich Wall Street Banker that Obama picked to negotiate the TPP and the other international assaults on the 99%. Today, Obama seems to be having some difficulty in getting the thing slipped through in secret.

Heard much talk from Democrats about cutting Social Security lately? About the need to eat our peas and all that bull#%^*? Not really.

And this weekend, A new milestone: our newest always-was Liberal, Hillary Clinton, vowed to search tirelessly for the real killer people who stacked the deck against the 99%. I can't wait to find the bastards.

And even the DUers who, just a week ago, were baying about the political foolishness of Liberalism are now proud Liberals themselves, but not like us previous Liberals who are still merely dolts short a pony, haters, ratf#%ckers or whatever.

We're not winning the thing yet, but we're making damned good progress.

First they steal your money
Then they moon you
Then they steal your message as candidates, then moon you once elected
Then you win
Unless you let them get away with co-opting your message

- Mahatma Goldstein (with deep aplogies to Mahatma Gandhi and all sentient beings everywhere)

Now comes the dangerous times. We Liberals are starting to mess up their plans for a fourth home here, a private plane there. They want their damned extra homes and planes, and they are rich, and they are smart, and they will #%^* up our *^%# to buy their doggies gold water bowls.

They are trying the easy way now, to co-opt our brand of political thought and action. I believe they will fail.

When the easy way fails, then things may get pretty ugly. They want our stuff, they think it belongs to them. They WANT IT, DAMMIT! Hell, we know they'll even start wars based on fantasy just to get the gold water bowls for their doggies. They are that disturbed.

Don't give it to them. Moon 'em back, instead.

If we hold fast, if we stay the course, if we're tough and press the fight, we will continue to make progress, then we'll win battles, then we'll win the war. Because we're right, and they're wrong, and this is why history has a well-known Liberal bias over the centuries.

We. Will. Win.

Because we are Liberals. The real deal.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 12:53 AM (54 replies)
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