News Analysis: Nov. 6, 2012, the Second Stonewall
Since the discussion on all of the major right wing websites has been that they’ve finally gotten the memo that religious zealotry has no place in politics, indulge me in quoting from Jesus Christ: "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Every year, we march to commemorate the birth of the modern gay rights movement at the Stonewall Inn in Downtown Manhattan on June 28, 1969. From now on, we can add another day to the calendar of our greatest achievements: Nov. 6, 2012.
The 2012 election marked a 180-degree turn in the American electorate. Whereas before we had scored 0-for-30, yesterday we won everywhere.
Yes, I know that we still have fights on our side. But even the most adamant right wingers have finally seen that fighting against basic rights for one of the most most oppressed segments of the population won’t play.
I regularly scour rightwing websites such as Freerepublic, World Net Daily, the National Review and Townhall. All of them, with the exception of World "Nut" Daily, which is so far out of the mainstream that it makes the others seem reasonable, are in unison.
It’s disheartening to see the deafening silence from the Log Cabin Republicans. (Forget GOProud. They’re small potatoes, a silly shadow organization completely funded by the gay John Galt, Peter Thiel.) Unless Log Cabin finally accepts the same reality that the rest of the GOP is slowly coming to, it will be relegated to even more marginal status in our movement than it already occupies.
The reality is that the American people have finally realized that when one group can be oppressed, everyone can be oppressed. Even those who can’t stand us are slowly getting the message expressed in "The Federalist Papers" that you accept the rights of those you can’t stand. Tolerance means just that: tolerating others. Not loving them or even like them, but letting them live their lives as long as they don’t interfere in yours or cause unnecessary pain to anyone.
That’s the basic message of last night. The mantra on the Right is -- finally -- that the GOP has got to purge itself of the baggage of the religious fanatics. Pat Buchanan was right in 1992 when he declared a "cultural war" at the GOP National Convention. What he didn’t foresee was that his side would ultimately lose.
Ironically, the big icon of the Right, Ronald Reagan, is the one who sowed the seeds of destruction in his own party. In a near-perfect mirror of the paradox that doomed Mitt Romney, Reagan actually was fairly tolerant when he served as governor of California.
As outlined in the film "Milk," he gets full credit for the defeat of the hateful Briggs Amendment, which would have barred LGBT teachers. Yet his concept of the "big tent" GOP led to the embrace of the then-nascent religious right, the so-called Moral Majority. By giving lip service to bigots like Jerry Falwell and outright nut cases like Pat Robertson, Reagan let the in the true barbarians.