Friday, May 29, 2009

"Thanks For Voting, Now Eff Off"

H/T to Paranoid Polly.

One of the neatest things I saw last November when I was working at the precinct was when a very nice middle aged lady came in to vote for the very first time. It was awesome to see someone -- for the first time in her life -- to want to be part of the democratic process. I hope she keeps it up. But when I read this last night, it agitated a slow burn inside. I'm reprinting the entire posting here for those who do not want to link over.

Who says that liberals aren't racist? Shorter Frankie Teardrop: Vote how we tell you how to vote. We only need you as a means to our ends.

The disgraceful California Supreme Court decision today to let Proposition 8 stand is a setback, not a defeat. Make no mistake, Prop 8 will come back up for vote, and when it does, it won’t have the record turnout of Blacks and Hispanics that we saw in the 2008 Presidential election to pass it. That, together with effective countering of any Mormon efforts to support Prop 8, will ensure that next time, Prop 8 will be killed.

he same record turnout of Black and Hispanic voters that was a key factor in getting Barack Obama into the White House was unfortunately a double edged sword; in California that same ethnic and racial demo also was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 8.

The majority of Blacks and Hispanics voted in favor of Proposition 8, and with the vehemence the church communities in these demos came out and rallied against Prop 8, it’s no wonder.

Over 35 anti-gay, black pastors in California even went so far as to coerce hundreds of marching Los Angeles school children to encourage blacks to vote "yes" on Proposition 8.

Steve Lopez of The Los Angeles Times describes the quasi-fascist spectacle:

"The uniformed children were a nice touch Tuesday at the Crenshaw Christian Center, marching out of school with U.S. flags -- like good little soldiers in a holy war -- to hear ministers preach against the evils of gay marriage. ...

The Yes on 8 banners read: ‘For Children. For Families. For Our Future.’

Apostle Frederick K.C. Price stepped to the microphone. 'I believe and teach the Bible,' he said, pausing briefly, as if nothing more needed to be said.

But he went on to quote Genesis, saying marriage is that which occurs between a man and a woman. To veer from that course, he suggested, would ‘jeopardize our children's future.’"

Price and the Crenshaw Christian Center teamed up in public support of Proposition 8 together with one thousand other black and Hispanic congregations with about 3 million followers total, and he said this about Propostion 8: ""We shouldn't do anything to jeopardize the future of our family and our children."

It’s a blessing that the next time Prop 8 is put to a vote with the people of California, it won’t share the ballot with the historic "Obama Election" and Black and Hispanic turnout will be lower, despite the pro-Prop 8 rallies sure to be organized again by community and church leaders. We can again expect Mormon money to pour into pro-8 ads and, next time around, this will be the biggest factor in a Prop 8 re-vote. We must prepare now to counter the Mormon ad machine with our own messages to kill the abomination that is Prop 8.

Next time, it will be killed.

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