Monday, November 1, 2010

Election Eve

It's election eve, and all is not well.

Gay voters are angry, concluded The Associated Press, "at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy — and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates."

The man who two years ago instilled people with hope is now instilling them with lethargy. Moreover, the president is out of touch with our community, remarking in an interview with bloggers, “I don’t think that the disillusionment is justified.”

If he walked a mile in our Pradas, Birks or army boots, he'd know it's justified.

All that said, I believe the LGBT community should vote, and preferably Democratic.

I offer three reasons. Though Obama's efforts have been periodically anemic, he has come up with some of the goods, like the federal hate-crime law and hospital visitation rights.

Second, it's a cliché but infuriatingly true that change takes time. Two years is enough time to get your teeth straightened, but not enough time to get your rights.

Third--and sadly this is my greatest motivator—consider the alternative. If these two years of Democratic "control" have been rough, think about what awaits us under Republican dominion. A Congress dipped in tea promises to be God-awful for us and for our allies.

Please, please vote. If it helps, hold your nose. Or your boyfriend. Anything.