Posted by Ann Garrison at Colored Opinions. One error of fact, which does not change the larger point: Nader ran as an independent in 2004, Green candidate Cobb and Libertarian Badnarik actually were arrested at a presidential debate that year, but Nader did run on the Green ticket in 1996 and 2000. Excerpt from a longer piece:
Where else will the LGBT community, or the anti-war and environmental communities, have to turn in 2012?
Tolerance is obviously no logical excuse for Obama’s highly symbolic invitation to a preacher so intolerant that he joins two brutal African dictators, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in denying the very existence, of homosexuals, in Uganda and Rwanda, and denying them U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS care.
However, politician’s pronouncements aren’t often logically consistent, given that most of them try to be all things to all people and say what they know their audience of the day wants to hear.
And, most people seem to think that Obama’s tolerance of Rick Warren is simply political pragmatic, to keep Reverend Rick Warren under the Democratic Party big tent.
And, we’ve gotta keep in mind here that Reverend Rick Warren, has been such a Bush fan, ally, and, successful lobbyist, that it is far easier to imagine him drifting towards Sarah Palin or some other hyper-Christian Republican, in 2012, than it is to imagine the LGBT community doing the same. Since Rick Warren has some place else to go in 2012, he has far more power.
No matter how much the LGBT and supporters community squirms and fumes alongside hostile campers under the big tent, we really have nowhere to go, besides marginalized Third Parties, which most Americans consider quixotic.
Obama and his team can simply turn to us all and say, “Whatcha want? Sarah Palin in 2012? The recriminialization of homosexuality? You can’t get married, but at least you’re allowed to exist, outside prison.”
(Unlike Rwandan and Ugandan gays and lesbians, if they surface enough to get caught.)
Obama will no doubt continue to talk about “our lesbian brothers and sisters,” but why should he give the LGBT and supporters community anything, knowing that we’ve got nowhere to go?
I’m registered Green, since I consider our two party system an inevitably losing game, but Greens are less than 1% of voters in the U.S., and no matter how exasperated Americans become with our Republicrats, few register Third Party or Independent because of our winner-take-all, rather than coalition, system.
Especially now that the Presidential Debate Corporation so tightly controls the presidential election spectacle, excluding all Third Party candidates, and even, in 2004, threatening to arrest Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.
I couldn’t be more opposed to Proposition 8, or more in favor of marriage equality, but I’m hoping that LGBT anger about Rev. Rick Warren’s pro-Prop 8 homophobia and intolerance in California may grow to include opposition to Rev. Rick Warren’s absolute LGBT intolerance in Africa.
This would make a far more powerful argument because Reverend Warren expresses his homophobia far more aggressively in these nations, where LGBT communities are far more vulnerable.