Monday, October 24, 2016

Log Cabin's incoherent message on Trump

Gregory T. Angelo - Log Cabin Republicans
The Log Cabin Republicans has decided not to endorse Donald Trump. Frankly, the Log Cabin folks are not terribly proficient — in deed and thought. They are not the brightest bulbs in the LGBT chandelier. Thus far they have endorsed about a score of Congressional candidates. Most of these people are relatively inoffensive, However, I cannot help but think that every one of these people is opposed by a Democrat who would be more responsive to our needs. 

If their endorsees prevail, they are contributing to the size of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. While the GOP has had control of the House, nothing has come from that chamber that makes the lives of LGBT citizens better. Nothing. We are unable to pass key initiatives such as the Equality Act. These candidates that Log Cabin has endorsed are not a solutionthey are part of the problem.

Getting back to Donald Trump, they write:
“Trust, but verify.”

So cautioned former President Ronald Reagan who inspired our founding in 1977—and it is a solemn understanding of that very instruction from our 40th president that compels Log Cabin Republicans to withhold endorsement from our Party’s current nominee.
I haven't so much as a clue what that has to do with withholding their endorsement of Trump. It is little more than an opportunity to quote Ronald Reagan who wasn't exactly a great friend of the gay community. How many years were required from him to say “AIDS?” Whether these people realize it or not our economic travails that we currently experience are directly related to actions taken by the Reagan administration and their embrace of supply-side economics nonsense.
Mr. Trump is perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party. His unprecedented overtures to the “LGBTQ community”—a first for any major-party candidate in our nation’s history—are worthy of praise, and should serve as a clarion call to the GOP that the days of needing to toe an anti-LGBT line are now a thing of the past.
What exactly has Trump done for us except to claim that LGBT Americans should vote for him? After the Pulse Nightclub bloodbath he tweeted out that he would keep us safer — by discriminating against Muslims. The Republican Party platform is the most LGBT bigoted it has ever been. Has Trump even commented on the platform? He obviously didn't care enough to shape the platform. Having Peter Theil address the RNC doesn't impress me. Theil gives large donations to the conservative Catholic Acton Institute which works to deny LGBT Americans equality. Theil spent about $11 million in legal fees to get even with Gawker for outing him a few years ago. He is not exactly “out and proud.”
But Log Cabin Republicans have long emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our members single-issue voters. Even if we were, rhetoric alone regarding LGBT issues does not equate to doctrine. As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisors with a record of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” that Log Cabin Republicans opposes.
Given Trump's support of North Carolina's HB2 that is a bit of an understatement. It is not just advisors. Trump's running mate is a crazed homophobe. How does this coincide with their statement that “Trump is perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party?” These two paragraphs are mutually exclusive.

Perhaps Log Cabin should be a single issue organization. Equality, after all, is necessary for anything else to be appreciated. After claiming that there is more to their organization than LGBT rights, they fail to mention what else concerns them about a future Trump presidency. There is certainly plenty of material to choose from.

They continue:
Should Mr. Trump become our nation’s next President, Log Cabin Republicans welcomes the opportunity to work with his administration to ensure the advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue.

Until and unless that happens, our trust would be misplaced.
Other than sponsoring some of the litigation over Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, exactly what LGBT freedoms has Log Cabin “fought for and secured?” Does anyone have a list? What do they realistically think Trump will do for the LGBT community should he win? Has he done anything as a private citizen that would make them confident? Work with the administration? Does Trump have so much as a single LGBT ambassador in the campaign? What makes these people think that a Trump administration would be any different? “Mr. Trump is perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Partyis a delusion. Nothing more than wishful thinking.

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