"There's a difference between acceptance and endorsing. There's a difference between tolerating and acceptance. They're all degrees," - KevinAndDon.
This is now an archival blog (2006 - 2012) Kevin and Don entered this century with a motto, "Providing the spark for the millennium and beyond." Prop 8 was only part of the equation. This is the story of their involvement in Log Cabin Republicans from 2006 to 2012. They believed that they could change the world. Did they?
Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing
Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.
It’s common knowledge that politicians and political organizations devise less-than-wholesome schemes for winning over voters. But it’s one thing to know that, in the abstract, and quite another to actually read a strategy memo that’s not intended for public consumption.
In 1992, the Times reported on a document called “The Manhattan Project,” which identified a serious problem facing the Clinton campaign: Voters didn’t seem to like Bill, liked Hillary less and were dubious about their marriage. The solution was to create a new image of the candidate as an aw-shucks populist married to a gee-whiz, loving wife. The memo contained extremely specific suggestions for how to accomplish this rebranding, like having Mr. Clinton play his sax on TV and joke about smoking pot without inhaling.
This week, the Human Rights Campaign circulated a more sinister political strategy memo from the National Organization for Marriage, a right-wing, Christian-oriented group that opposes same-sex marriage.
It outlines past accomplishments, plans for the future – and for exploiting racial tensions.
The memo describes NOM’s “crucial” role in the passage of California’s Proposition 8, a voter referendum that revoked the state’s gay marriage law. And it praises Brian Brown, the NOM president, who moved his family to California in 2007 for the sole purpose of getting same-sex marriage repealed. It notes the NOM’s use of “robo-calls” to frighten residents in state after state about the threat of homosexuality, and explains how the organization established a PAC under rules “not requiring federal campaign contribution reporting.”
That’s all part of the public record; it’s just bragging. Yet the memo also contains obviously confidential information. Under the heading “Sideswiping Obama,” the memo cites a plan to “expose Obama as a social radical,” which is of course ridiculous. It’s not even clear that he supports marriage equality.
Calling the president a “radical” is, at this point, a standard part of the right-wing playbook. Slightly more ambitious is the organization’s plan to turn Americans against each other. “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks, two key Democratic constituencies,” the memo reads. “Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.”
NOM has similar designs on Hispanic voters. “Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity.”
NOM claims to promote strong moral and ethical values. Evidently the organization uses those words as loosely as it does the term “social radical.”