Actor and Obama supporter Alan Cumming sharply criticized the president this week for seeking to stay a judge’s decision to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“We keep hearing that Obama is an ally, that DADT will end under his watch,” Cumming wrote on his blog, “but what do we actually get? Diddly squat thus far on a federal level and in addition to that some very offensive statements that would have made the Republicans look bad.”
Wait a second. Alan Cumming is gay? Stop the presses. If you have been reading the news these past few years, you would have generated a picture of the stereotypical gay male was a minster who just happened to travel Europe with young men from RentBoy.com or any Republican Congressmen who speaks out against gays, it seems, these are the men that everyone knows to be GAY. But Alan Cumming? Just goes to show you- you can’t rely on stereotypes anymore.
Anyway, Cumming, who is apparently now out of the closet, went on:
“In a time when America is full of hatred of all kinds, but especially hatred towards young gay people, what message is the president sending when he repeatedly goes out of his way to spread the message that the gay population is not worthy of the respect that everyone else is?!”
Join the club Alan. Shut down Gitmo and end torture. Real Health care reform. An end to our illegal and immoral wars. Now we can ad support for gay rights to the long list of progressive issues that the Democrats build careers campaigning on only to toss aside like some heterosexual über macho athlete abandons his cancer stricken wife to send picture of his pee pee in hopes of sticking it into some coed with a boob job.
That’s right, the Democrats are the Brett Favre of politics: Old, flaccid narcissists full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. Sure, the Republicans have pandered so much to the Palin’s and the Beck’s whipping everyone up into a nationalist white randian regressive religious frenzy that should the Republicans win in 2010 and carry that momentum far enough to evict Obama from the White House in 2012, we are just that much closer to fascism, but the Democrats will take your vote for granted and continue on the same path that the USA has been on since the unnecessary mass murders of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Both parties will sell out the middle class quicker than Jim Kramer can yell “booya!” and both parties do not question the Bush doctrine of kill first, build a base second, and ask questions never.
So what is a progressive stuck in the two-party “choose between the lesser of two evils to do” at the ballot booth on November 2nd? It is time for progressives, just like Alan Cumming, to come out of the closet and demand that Democrats no longer take our vote or granted. We don’t need a fucking rally to restore sanity, if sanity is, as David Swanson recently put it “seeking out “middle ground” on the propositions that lie between advocacy for peace and justice and advocacy for glorifies racist ignorance and corporatism? We need a left-wing with bigger balls than Brett Favre to hijack the Democratic Party.