Identity Politics: Blacks, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals for Obama?

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Identity Politics

“Identity politics is political action to advance the interests of members of a group supposed to be oppressed by virtue of a shared and marginalized identity (such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or neurological wiring). The term has been used principally in United States politics since the 1970s. …”


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It is called identity politics. You vote for the person who you identify most with, usually based on race, gender, religion, nationality or sexual preference.

The problem that arises is that while you may identify with the person, you may not agree with all, most, some or any of the candidate’s positions or politics.

A conservative or libertarian would never vote for either Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and would have many reservations voting for Senator John McCain.

Yet it is surprisingly easy for politicians to press the identity hot bottons and obtain the votes of people that would normally never vote for them.

A much wiser course of action is to seriously review the candidate’s positions on a broad range of issues and completely forget about their gender, race, religion, nationality or sexual preferences.

The American people want a candidate that focuses on the common good of the nation.

Pandering to specific groups automatically raises concerns as to what is the candidate’s hidden and not so hidden agenda in favoring the group they are speaking to.

This results in a divided or divisive America and not a united one.

We need to free or emancipate ourselves from identity and identity politics.

Pursue the common good by pursuing your self-interest. 

“Man was made for action, and to promote by the exertion of his faculties such changes in the external circumstances both of himself and others, as may seem most favourable to the happiness of all.”   

~Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part II Section III Chapter 3 


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Michelle’s Struggle
Mrs. Obama empathizes in hard-hit Ohio.

By Byron York

“…But there are still problems. As she has many times in the past, Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts. “The salaries don’t keep up with the cost of paying off the debt, so you’re in your 40s, still paying off your debt at a time when you have to save for your kids,” she says.

“Barack and I were in that position,” she continues. “The only reason we’re not in that position is that Barack wrote two best-selling books… It was like Jack and his magic beans. But up until a few years ago, we were struggling to figure out how we would save for our kids.” A former attorney with the white-shoe Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin, Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.” Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.” …”


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“LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual people.[1][2] In use since the 1990s, the term LGBT is an adaptation of the initialism LGB which itself started replacing the phrase gay community which many within the LGBT communities felt did not represent accurately all those to which it referred.[1][2] In modern use, LGBT relates to the diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures, and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual, and not exclusively people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender.[1][3] LGBT is presently so mainstream that it has been adopted by the majority of the LGBT community centers and LGBT media in most English-speaking countries.[2] …” 




Michelle Obama’s speech about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights and equality.

Delivered at the DNC’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council annual dinner on June 26, 2008.

“…Barack is not new to the cause of the LGBT community. It has been a conviction of his career since he was first elected to public office. In his first year in the Illinois State Senate, he cosponsored a bill amending the Illinois Human Rights Act to include protections for LGBT men and women. He worked on that bill for seven years, serving as chief cosponsor and lobbying his colleagues to reject the political expedience of homophobia and make LGBT equality a priority. In 2004, his efforts paid off as that bill finally became law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, in housing, and in public places.
He’s led on gender-based violence with his work on the Illinois Gender Violence Act, successfully reaching across the aisle to put in place the nation’s strongest law giving the survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence legal remedy against their attackers. He joined his colleagues in fighting to include explicit protections for the LGBT community in that act. He lost that battle, but his efforts brought gender violence in the LGBT community into the political consciousness like never before.
In 2004, after hearing from gay friends and supporters about the hurtful impact of DOMA, Barack went on record during his U.S. Senate race calling for its complete repeal. And as a U.S. Senator, he voted to protect our Constitution from the stain of discrimination by voting against the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Barack’s record is clear. There is so much at stake in this election. The direction of our country hangs in the balance. We are faced with those two clear choices: The world as it is, and the world as it should be. We have to ask ourselves: Are we willing to settle for the world as it is or are we willing to work for the world as it should be? …”  




Michelle Obama Speaks to DNC Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council

“…Last night, Michelle Obama spoke for approximately 20 minutes to the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council in New York City. In her speech, she listed a series of issues relevant to LGBT voters. Obama cited her husband’s support for a complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and his opposition to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. Obama also discussed how her husband has included LGBT voters throughout his campaign regardless if it was at an LGBT specific event or in front of a wider audience.

In her speech, she highlighted an issue that has not received mainstream media attention as it relates to Sen. Barack Obama’s record on LGBT issues, which is his work to amend Illinois’ Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Sen. Obama was the chief sponsor of the bill and lobbied his colleagues in the State Senate in Illinois to support the bill. Michelle Obama spoke about how the bill became law in 2004 when her husband had just become a United States Senator. …” 




Michelle Obama praises husband’s support for homosexual causes

“…We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall,” she said. Selma, Alabama was the starting point of a famous civil rights movement, while The Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York, was where a 1969 gay and lesbian riot against police officers marked what many believe to be a turning point in the homosexual rights movement.
Michelle Obama said her husband supports “a world where federal laws don’t discriminate against same-sex relationships” and he advocates equal treatment for “any relationship recognized under state law.”
“That is why he has said the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide for themselves how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union or a civil marriage,” Obama said to the DNC’s Gay and Lesbian Caucus.
A position paper on the Barack Obama campaign’s website says the candidate wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and also states that a homosexual marriage in one state does not have to be recognized in another state.
The repeal of the federal law could mean that the more than 40 states that have statutory or constitutional bans on same-sex marriage would be required to recognize a homosexual marriage license from another state as a legally binding contract.
The Obama campaign’s position paper also states Obama’s desire to enact legislation that would ensure the “1,100-plus federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally recognized union.” …”  




The Audacity of Rhetoric

by Thomas Sowell

“…Among the many desperate gambits by defenders of Senator Obama and Jeremiah Wright is to say that Wright’s words have a “resonance” in the black community.
There was a time when the Ku Klux Klan’s words had a resonance among whites, not only in the South but in other states. Some people joined the KKK in order to advance their political careers. Did that make it OK? Is it all just a matter of whose ox is gored?
While many whites may be annoyed by Jeremiah Wright’s words, a year from now most of them will probably have forgotten about him. But many blacks who absorb his toxic message can still be paying for it, big-time, for decades to come.
Why should young blacks be expected to work to meet educational standards, or even behavioral standards, if they believe the message that all their problems are caused by whites, that the deck is stacked against them? That is ultimately a message of hopelessness, however much audacity it may have.”


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