Monday, August 19, 2019

Log Cabin GOPers do not know the meaning of the word "community"

While Log Cabin Republicans remains irrelevant, they have empowered Trump to be even more hateful to the LGBTQ community.
Charles Moran
The delusional Charles Moran
I do not know which was more idiotic: Log Cabin's OpEd in the Washington Post endorsing Trump or Saturday's appearance of Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles Moran on AM Joy. Certainly, all LGBTQ people are members of the LGBTQ community. Yet, organizations like Log Cabin have a responsibility to those same people.

We can reasonably expect LGBTQ organizations and activists to accept responsibility for the wellbeing of the community. That is part of what defines community. They should welcome that responsibility because absent obligations there is little reason to exist. Without accepting the burden of nationwide equal protection and due process we are led to question the presence of good faith.

Relationships are based primarily on selfless good faith. When good faith ceases to exist, not much, of worth, remains. Log Cabin's endorsement of Donald Trump abandons good faith. It was a vane “look at me” stunt demonstrating the kind of shallowness that we identify with, well, Mr. Trump.

That brings me back to responsibility. We are all responsible for the safety of a trans kid just trying to get through the day in public school. We are all responsible for the gay couple who (at the risk of being trite) marry on Saturday and get fired from their jobs on Monday for having done so. We are all responsible for the arrogant baker and florist who declare “we don't serve your kind here.” Those businesses cannot exist without taxpayer support for infrastructure, fire, police, sanitation, water and sewage.

Charles Moran called Trump a philanthropist. Moran is a Californian. Perhaps he does not know that Trump was never part of Manhattan society because that orbit is defined by charitable endeavors.

Trump has slapped is name on things from buildings to steaks and water. Where you will never find Trump's name is on a hospital wing, a collection at a museum, a room in a library or a hall in a university. Say what you want about Leona but there exists the Helmsley Medical Tower at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Charles Moran also said that Trump is working to decriminalize homosexuality globally. That enterprise consists of a tweet and nothing more. I am further reminded that the Trump administration filed a brief in support of that obnoxious baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado. Just the other day, the administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court asserting that it is necessary for employers to have the unchallenged right to fire transgender workers.

A trans kid might have felt that he or she had the potential of a meaningful military career. That's gone thanks to Trump. Yet the headline in the Washington Post reads: Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans. He has our endorsement. According to that very sad essay:
And since taking office, President Trump has followed through on many of his commitments to the United States, including taking bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community.

He has committed to end the spread of HIV/AIDS in 10 years, through the use of proven science, medicine and technology to which we now have access. This scourge decimated a generation of gay men in the United States and continues to inflict pain, suffering and death at home and abroad.

Trump has used the United States’ outsize [sic] global influence to persuade other nations to adopt modern human rights standards, including launching an initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality, which is considered illegal in more than 70 countries. To lead this effort, the president has chosen the highest-ranking LGBTQ individual in the administration, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, who brings his experience as the United States’ spokesman at the United Nations to bear on this critical campaign.
That's it. Those are the only two positive things that Log Cabin was able to say about Trump in direct regards to the wellbeing of LGBTQ people.

The first of those is as meaningless as Trump's commitment to a wall that Mexico would pay for. Meanwhile, he has sought to cut funding at NIH by more than $5 billion.

As for the second; if Trump had used our influence to persuade other nations to decriminalize homosexuality, name one. This is talk, not action. Do these people not realize that Trump is a pathological liar? Do they not realize that Trump's word is meaningless?

The Log Cabin polemic goes on to say that Trump's trade wars and the tax cut benefited LGBTQ people. However, Trump is the beneficiary of the Obama economy. He has created massive debt that is going to be an enormous burden long after Trump leaves office. Furthermore, most conservatives are free-trade advocates. Tariffs are a tax on American consumers, straight-cisgender and LGBTQ.

Mr. Trump panders, and is in debt, to the evangelical Christian community. He and others in the administration have routine contact with numerous odious hate group leaders who believe that their fanciful dogma is more important than the reality of living as LGBTQ Americans.

In fact, those people do not accept (or claim not to accept) that we really exist. According to them Jesus can rid us of homosexuality and a religious therapist can realign the gender identity of transgender people. According to them, we are at fault for being LGBTQ. Those are folks with direct access to the White House and Donald Trump.

Getting back to Mr. Moran, he restated Log Cabin's opposition to the Equality Act. His reasoning was nearly identical to any of the anti-LGBTQ hate groups that I write about. Moran cited concerns for religious liberty. Religious Liberty™ is code for the “right” to discriminate against LGBT people. It has not occurred to Moran that, if people can use religion as a reason to discriminate, there is no law banning discrimination that is either meaningful or enforceable.

Any belief that Log Cabin Republicans acted in good faith is gone. Demolished. Nothing much is left. That, by the way, includes their balance sheet. In 2017, LCR took in all of $215 thousand which is nearly $150 thousand less than the prior year. LCR continues to ask for money to fund their PAC which has not existed since the FEC terminated it in 2003 for violations.

Log Cabin Republicans is unlikely to do anything beneficial for the LGBTQ community. Clearly, the people behind LCR accept no responsibility for the wellbeing of the community. LCR would be irrelevant were it not for the fact that their mindless vanity has empowered Donald Trump to be even more hateful towards LGBTQ Americans. Trump does so to win points from the religious right. Trump has packed the federal courts with anti-LGBT ideologues. About 20 years will be required to undo that damage.

The answer to the Log Cabin imbeciles is for every queer in America to register to vote and then to do so. Not just in 2020 but in the coming elections in 2019. You might just prevent some wingnut from being elected to the school board which is often the start of political careers.

To paraphrase Barney Frank, Log Cabin Republicans claims to exist to change the Republican Party from within. They never do.

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