The LGBT Community just can’t Catch a Break from President Obama

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 22nd, 2012

Week in Review

The first disappointment was his stated belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  A crushing blow for same-sex marriage advocates.  Then came Obama’s less than enthusiastic support for the State of Israel in dealing with the Palestinians.  Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  And Iran.  Who all oppress and persecute the LGBT community.  Unlike Israel.  Who affords them the same rights as any other Israeli.  In fact, Israel is a popular destination for the LGBT community.  For in Israel there is no discrimination against pretty much anyone.  Having been the butt of discrimination for much of history they’re just not a fan of it.  And now this latest blow (see Russian lawmakers target gay ‘propaganda’ by Michael Birnbaum posted 4/17/2012 on The Washington Post).

The anti-Western rhetoric that dominated Russia’s recent elections has a new focus, with gays targeted as symbols of Western permissiveness in a wave of laws being adopted across the country.

Here in St. Petersburg, a city that prides itself as the most European in Russia, the lawmaker behind a new local ban on gay “propaganda” has said that he is defending traditional Russian values against an onslaught from the West. Gay activists — two of whom were the first to go on trial this week on charges of violating the new law — counter that the rules will legitimize homophobic attitudes and aggression even as Europe and the United States move toward acceptance.

St. Petersburg’s parliament was the latest to enact such a law, which imposes fines of up to $17,000 for spreading “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality or transgenderism among minors,” and the national parliament in recent weeks has taken up similar legislation. In a country where a 2010 poll by the respected Levada Center found that 74 percent of Russians deemed gays and lesbians “morally dissolute or deficient,” advocates for gay rights worry that the laws could rapidly become more common.

Wow.  Ronald Reagan never did anything like this.  And he was probably the most hated Republican.  Though George W. Bush gave him a run for his money.  As much as the Left hates Republicans, conservatives, Christians, etc., the LGBT community was never attacked like this by them.  Sure, some in these groups may applaud these Russian developments, but even they have never advanced legislation like this.  At most issuing moral condemnation about American televisions shows like Glee.  Which is a far cry from what’s happening in St. Petersburg.  Or should I say Leningrad?  Which is how some do doubt feel it’s become.

President Obama has condemned George W. Bush’s Russian policies.  He didn’t approve of placing anti-ballistic missile defenses in Europe that could intercept Russian missiles as well as Iranian missiles.  And he didn’t like the swaggering cowboy image of George W. Bush (who condemned Russian human rights abuses) in general.  So one of the first things he did as president was to send Hillary Clinton there with a ‘reset button’ for U.S.-Russian relations.  So the U.S. and Russia can start a new era of friendship and cooperation.  And about those anti-ballistic missile defenses in Europe?  Well, a hot microphone picked up the president telling Russian president Dmitry Medvedev not to worry about that.  And to tell incoming president Vladimir Putin (a man that likes to portray an even more swaggering cowboy image than Bush) that once the current election is behind him he will be more flexible on that missile defense issue.  Because it didn’t matter what the American people thought after that election.  So he had more freedom in his actions.

So if Obama is going to give away a defensive anti-ballistic missile defense system for his pal Vladimir chances are he’s not going to make a big issue out of Russia’s new policies on the LGBT community.  Yet another let down for this community and liberals everywhere who helped elect him believing his message of hope and change.  Little did they know that hope and change was only for the people who agreed with his vision that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.  Which creates quite the quandary for liberals.  Do they keep ignoring these slights to issues they hold dear?  Or do they say things weren’t really that bad under Republicans.  And during those good economic times they at least had jobs.  A lot more than they do now.  And probably a lot better and higher paying.  Because businesses can do that when they can earn a profit.  Which has to eventually make some people ask if they’re not getting their policies why should they keep suffering with this bad economy.

Like I said, quite the quandary.

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