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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-09-07 05:37 PM
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53. Apparently, the only place there aren't fairies is in your fantasyland
This is not going away. Much as people can pronounce an end to this, it's simply not going away. The handling of this little episode was beyond deplorable and it flies in the face of the very concept of inclusion.

There's an undeniable dynamic about gay rights which will see their acceptance be faster than most other groups and will also serve to plague Senator Obama as long as he tries to skate: GLBT people are everywhere; they come in all sizes, shapes, sexes, colors, religions, creeds, economic strata and any other category you want to name. As such, they can't really be conveniently penned in in some ghetto on the other side of the tracks, and now that the cat's out of the bag, so many straight people know so many non-straight people that it's personal.

He and his campaign totally screwed up. It's dirty pool. It was a cheap attempt to play the race and religion card simultaneously, and there were unintended consequences. The telling and sad part was that the consequences just didn't seem to really matter all that much to them, and the amelioration was flubbed dreadfully: bring in a gay preacher to say a few words and get out of the way, and make sure the gay guy's white. How EXTREMELY stupid. What kind of world do these people think they live in, a pre-radio one? Morality aside, this was just tactically lame. Not only does the incident make one question his sincerity, it makes one dismiss his pure political judgment.

It's not going away. Say it all you want, but it's not; it's not because it shouldn't and it's not because this kind of thing simply can't be contained. This is the Democratic Party, and this is the primary season; that's precisely when voices of the marginalized are heard the loudest.

Hope folks don't mind the wordplay with the slur in the title line, but it was just too good a joke to avoid...
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