LGBT Dems: Dissent from the inside not a good thing

Ok... in my post on here yesterday, I kind of doubted going to the State Party Convention. I'm going to go now, but only to show the "leaders," politicians and legislators that I'm here, I'm open and I'm proud... and guess what: I'm not going any where and I want my issues heard, not ignored.

I'm not the only LGBT Democrat who feels this way though. There are plenty of us, nationwide, who feel as though our state parties and the DNC (under the leadership of Dean) have done nothing but take our cash and run.

I found this nice little write up today:

Democrats take the Gay-Lesbian Vote for Granted

After making the overworked Donald Hitchcock a sacrificial lamb, now the DNC is attempting to silence the party’s gay activists. Choosing to let Donald go was a mistake. Now we have a new director, Brian Bond, without a strategic plan and without the funding, institutional support or time to handle both fundraising and outreach to the LGBT community. And if that weren’t enough, the DNC’s LGBT and field staff have to divide their time between handling an immense task and calming the critics of the program.

Taking the LGBT vote for granted is a luxury the DNC cannot afford with crucial 2006 midterm elections approaching. It is likely that the LGBT vote will play a very important role in deciding who is elected and who falls just short this season. When marriage equality is once again hitting the radio and TV airwaves in a craven attempt to turn out the votes of the narrow-minded, the Democratic Party will need to rely on the organization of LGBT Democrats to counterbalance the issue. Without a strong and active LGBT field program from 2006 to 2008, the Democratic Party risks losing the substantial gains it made in organizing the LGBT community during the 2004 campaign. The hard work of LGBT field staff during the 2004 election cycle is now deteriorating and dissent is growing.

The LGBT community is one of the most engaged demographics. It is looking for a party that will fight for its issues. But under the leadership of Howard Dean, the Democratic Party continues to signal to LGBT votes that they will take our money but do not take up our issues for fear of appearing too liberal.

Click here to read the whole write-up and the rest of my thoughts on the Democratic Party and the LGBT vote.

Comments

Matt,

Matt,

I'm glad I didn't see your previous post until after seeing this one: I'm glad you're going.

Some quick reactions:

1. There is no "Democratic Party". There are Democrats, people who vote for Democratic candidates, the DNC, the NCDP and, most importantly, our local party organizations. I hope you'll continue to belong to the UNCG College Dems, yet another local organization.

These groups and organizations are not monolithic: if you're following the turmoil in the party, you should know that the delegates to the NCDP elected Jerry Meek over the opposition of the "establishment". That wouldn't have happened if people had stayed home. You surely know that the DNC is at loggerheads with the DLCC. I am saddened by what little I know about Donald Hitchcock, but I still like what Dean is doing in general and glad that he was given the job over vociferous opposition.

2. You are dissatisfied if a Democrat opposes a marriage amendment to the state constitution if they just do so in order not to "mess with our Constitution".

As a civil libertarian, I'm dissatisfied with your dissatisfaction. Protecting our constitutions protects us all - together - and it's as noble a motivation as wanting to protect any group of people. Reading your objection reminds me of the thesis of Crashing the Gate, namely that the Democratic Party is a party of special interests. I agree with their conclusion: we need to become a party of citizens who care for all equally and who will engage in the dirty business of politics in order to gain some power over the forces of intolerance and inequity.

3. When I read that you were considering not going to the state convention, I felt a sense of dispair. We are a nation of people who talk so quickly about "them" and expect "them" to take care of us.

People who don't vote must think that "they" will notice and be bothered and then "do something". Well, "they" may notice, but it sure as heck doesn't bother them, believe me. Not voting or not going to a convention is not even as effective as holding your breath until your daddy notices you.

4. Personally I've pretty much stopped donating money to national party organizations, the ones who rely on consultants to funnel so much money to television. I'm working with my county party, which has a year-round office for the first time in history. If we work here on the ground, eventually "they" will hear us. ;-)

-- ge

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Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo
https://george.entenman.name

Good stuff, Z.

I like your spirit tonight, especially since I'm so damned depressed I could just about go jump in the lake. Not sure why. I think it's just the cumulative effect of so much badness going on in government these days.

Thanks

Thanks for your comment, zabouti.

To your point number 2: I am upset because instead of coming out and saying we are against this amendment because it is discrimination and wrong, Democrats just hide behind the old excuse of "let's not mess with our Constitution." Democrats should stop hiding and label the amendment as what it is: Bigoted Discrimination.

To your point number 3 or 4: I agree with you. Going to conventions and voting is the only way things will ever change. I'm involved politically in my community and I have voted in every election since I was able (minus the 04 primary).

My posts, I guess, were my way of getting my dissatisfaction out there. But of course... I've got to actually do something about it now, too. And, trust me, I'm doing plenty.

Matt Hill Comer
MattHillNC.com | The Q-triad Blog
http://www.matthillnc.com

Comer?

Great posts, and I've got a few posts on the Party's relationship to GLBT citizens coming early next week. I look forward to getting to know you better.

And on that note... Comer is your last name? Are you an Alabama Comer? Descendant of Governor Comer? Tell all.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Sorry

Sorry Screwy. I'm not an Alabama Comer. Not as far as I know. It would kind of be nice if I were descended from a political family though.

Comer is my last name, as of February 2006. I changed my last name from "Hill" to my mother's family name, "Comer." You'll notice sometimes that a lot of people still refer to me as "Matt Hill"... and on that note, I probably need to get a new web address (which is currently matthillnc.com, lol)

My mother's father's family came from around Carroll County and Southwestern Virginia. Educators and carpenters. In fact, we still own property in Lambsburg, VA, right on the other side of a mountain where another part of my grandfather's family (the Easters) originally settled in 1755. (Can you tell I like history and geneology? lol)

Can't wait to read your posts!

Matt Hill Comer
MattHillNC.com | The Q-triad Blog
http://www.matthillnc.com