CHICAGO, March 9, 2012— It appears Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is causing a slight problem for the president and the Democratic Party. This is especially delicate because Villaraigosa is the chair of the Democratic Convention, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina in September.
Villaraigosa has come out publicly for putting gay marriage rights in the Democratic Party platform.
“I think it’s basic to who we are. I believe in family values, and I believe that we all ought to be able to have a family and to marry if you want to,” Villaraigosa says. “I don’t think the government should be allowed to be in the business of denying people the fundamental right to marry.” (Chicago Tribune)
When asked about Villaraigosa’s endorsement, Jim Messina, chairman of the president’s reelection committee slammed those opposed to gay marriage.
“In a show of support for progressives and gays, Messina blasted opposition to same-sex marriage as “regressive.” (Daily Caller)
Makes perfect sense, instead of answering the question you lash out at the opposition. The Democratic Party itself has discounted the issue. It is not on their radar at this time, though it is on Villaraigosa’s.
If Jim Messina were smart, he could have said gay marriage is a states’ issue and progressive Democrats need to be elected as governors and in state legislatures. Jim Messina is not quick on the uptake. It’s easier to have a temper tantrum and blame the regressive opposition. It makes a better sound bite, too. Sound bites are more important than results.
By the way, what do “regressive” opponents have to do with the Democratic Party Platform? Does the “regressive” opposition have influence over their platform?
It seems, once again, the Democratic Party has a hypocrisy problem, though that should not surprise anyone. They claim to be in favor of all kinds of things until an election year.
Then they practice cafeteria-style politics.
In this election year, the Democrats will subordinate anything and everything that will create controversy. Their 2008 platform is 59 pages of disastrous ideas and broken promises.
Of course, that too must be the fault of the regressive opposition.
It’s funny how that always works with them. In reality, the Democrats do not care about gays at all.
Gays only represent approximately 4% of the vote. 4% is not a large enough bloc, compared to Hispanics and Blacks who represent, combined, substantial double-digit voting blocs. They are socially conservative- anti-gay for the politically unpalatable- and will probably vote for the president in large numbers.
The Democrats escalated a simmering war against Catholics, another large voting bloc, with the Sebelius Mandate. The last thing Team Obama wants or needs is to further anger them, along with other religious groups.
Candidate Obama and Democrats made inroads in 2008 with many religious groups by avoiding social issues and focusing on the economy. They hoped to do the same this time. The party deftly turned the issue back on religious leaders. It was never about contraception, it was a women’s health issue.
But what are they going to tell gays, and all those who support them? This is not about gay rights; it’s about those evil Republicans?
That is not going to wash. It is not going to wash with gays. It is not going to wash on economic issues. It is not going to wash on anything.
This is one problem Team Obama and the party sachems do not want to have. They are going to try and deflect this issue as long as they can. If the GOP were smart, they would hit the Democrats with this flip flop, hard. Put up or shut up.
Democrats have been advocating for gay rights for years. But when it comes time to act, put their money where mouth is, and put it in their party platform, all you hear are crickets and criticism.
That, folks, is the reek and stench of hypocrisy. It shows the Democrats have no true beliefs, except winning elections. They have no core values, no ethics, and are devoid of integrity. Just count the votes and get the vote out.
They are the party of bait and switch. When it comes time to put something in writing, they turn into gelatinous, wriggling, equivocating cowards.
This kerfuffle did not get very much press, which is not surprising. Gay rights groups should be up in arms. They should be demanding their place on the party platform. But, unlike women, Blacks, and Hispanics, they do not represent double digit voting blocs.
There is a level of inconsistency with the Democrats. They say what they mean but when it comes time to mean what they say they duck, hide, and blame. They are the party of duck, hide, and blame. And, they do it all with temper tantrums of two year olds.
It is time for the Democrats to stop acting like kindergarten kids. They should man up.
If they really and truly believe gay marriage is a civil right, Villagriagosa is right and they should put it in their platform. They should be stand up for what they believe in and be truthful.
They should stop blaming others for their own hypocrisy.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer and photographer, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone.
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