Politics & Public Opinion
THANK YOU to @realDonaldTrump and the entire administration for standing with the worldwide LGBT community and for launching a global effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality.
We stand with you and are here to help in any way we can!https://t.co/QRQBsE85D4
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) February 19, 2019
Are you freaking kidding me?!? Progressive LGBT media is an absolute joke. https://t.co/ZbZuSTSKP5
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) February 20, 2019
HRC thread here. Takes until tweet 6 before it gets to their reaction to the day’s news, and even then doesn’t quite manage to reach the “begrudging and lukewarm” threshold. https://t.co/jsBgQIfWTT
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) February 20, 2019
This is how a “non-partisan” “advocacy” organization with no clout, no relationships with Republicans, and absolutely zero pull with the White House reacts to what should be welcome news to anyone. https://t.co/VyKPY1pwVU
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) February 19, 2019
I am delighted to see that my article on US government campaign to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe is currently the 4th most read article on @Jerusalem_Post website. @RichardGrenell is spearheading the campaign. https://t.co/uDOz3uvpJf
— Benjamin Weinthal (@BenWeinthal) February 20, 2019
Like other progressive movements, LGBTQ activism has wedded itself to the cultural and financial elites. Recall the Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment was delivered at a gala LGBTQ fundraiser in Manhattan featuring Barbra Streisand. The fundraiser reportedly brought in around $6 million, with ticket prices ranging from $1,200 to $250,000, with many paying $50,000, according to reports, which at the time I wrote about here.
(An earlier version of this post erroneously led with an article on George W. Bush instead of George H.W. Bush; IGFCultureWatch regrets the error.)
I hope that sharing power in a divided government will make Democrats less likely to continue inciting mob hatred of anyone who dares commit the heresy of disagreeing publicly with progressive and identitarian dogmas. But I’m not hopeful.
Via Tucker Carlson:
Last month one of my children was attacked by a stranger at dinner. For her sake, I was hoping to keep the incident private. It’s now being politicized by the Left. Here’s what happened: pic.twitter.com/rwNoFYxMFv
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 11, 2018
This seems like it’s in keeping with most recent elections. What’s always surprising is that if you read the LGBT media, or even just mainstream media, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking gay people were 99.9% big-government liberal-left progressives.
Some interesting takeaways from yesterday’s @WSJ #ElectionDay exit polling: 24% of the LGBT community voted Republican; 37% of transgender people voted Republican. These are not insignificant numbers.
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) November 7, 2018
Megan McArdle writes:
If the left had been a little less visibly eager to condemn Kavanaugh before the trial — and if images of enraged protesters beating on the doors of the Supreme Court had not dominated our televisions —Democrats might have managed to knock the Republican Senate majority down, or perhaps even to shift it to a narrow blue wedge blocking Trump’s nominees. Instead, the Republican [Senate] majority has grown. It will be functionally impossible to remove Trump from office and even more difficult than it already was to stop a steady flow of conservatives into the vacancies on the courts.
I saw few people, however, entertaining such unpleasant thoughts on election night. Partisans seemed focused on the bright side: Democrats happily anticipating their House investigations, Republicans savoring their future judicial appointments. But eventually, these joys are likely to pall in the sight of the opposition’s ongoing victories, and partisans’ attentions will turn to what might have been, if they’d been a little more focused on practical politics and a little less focused on instant, evanescent victories in the culture war.
I have thoughts on the election. Also, I have to go to sleep: https://t.co/d2ZIysho9o
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) November 7, 2018
Brad Polumbo writes: “Apparently, holding conservative views on abortion and immigration now makes you an anti-gay bigot in the HRC’s estimation.” Actually, this is nothing new for HRC. As Polumbo notes, “The organization’s ratings are basically just partisan progressive propaganda.”
The latest @HRC "gay rights" rankings smear GOP legislators by declaring them anti-LGBT for voting against Obamacare or funding for Planned Parenthood. Plus, they act as if gay people are a political monolith — we're not.
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) October 18, 2018
More. Originally, the (then) Human Rights Campaign Fund focused on congressional races, supporting Democrats and Republicans who favored legal equality for gays and lesbians. Now, HRC finds reasons not to endorse gay-supportive and openly gay Republicans, such as if the aren’t pro-abortion or don’t toe the line on other progressive-left issues. That would be OK if they branded themselves as what they are—the LGBTQ outreach arm of the Democratic party. Instead, they claim to represent the whole LGBTQ community, and raise funds based on that claim.
Furthermore. One of the most disingenuous HRC press releases ever: Trump-Pence Admin Reportedly Planning to Erase Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ People Across Federal Agencies. What’s actually being considered: not extending the meaning of “sex” discrimination in existing federal laws and regulations to include discrimination against people for being transgender. I’d actually favor covering transgender people under “sex” discrimination” but it arguably is a stretch, and there is a strong conservative argument for not creating new law by redefining words in current law. What’s not about to happen is what HRC is scare-mongering about.
Letting politics become your religion is a bad idea. The state is not God, and political power is not redemption.
Sen. Ben Sasse writes:
Americans have always had political disagreements with their neighbors, but in the past, political differences could disappear when Friday night ballgames rolled around and the whole town turned out wearing the same colors and cheering for the same team. Today our towns are hollower, and we’re not on the same team anymore. …
If too many Americans feel like we’re not “in this together” right now, it’s because we’re not. We are screaming at each other, and the country no longer has enough real social texture to absorb and wick away the hatred. The only way out is to rebuild our communities and launch new ones—one person-to-person relationship and one local institution at a time.