Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking flak for having said, on the Senate floor, of the Repugnicans’ obstructionism in expanding health care for all Americans, not just for those who can afford to pay for for-profit health care (a.k.a. wealth care): “You think you’ve heard these same excuses before? You’re right. In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early. Let’s wait. Things aren’t bad enough’ — about slavery.”
Well, it’s absolutely true that the Repugnicans are all about slowing down progress. Anything and everything that has benefitted someone at the expense, literal or figurative, real or perceived, of the stupid rich white man, the Repugnicans have fought tooth and nail.
But comparing the Repugnicans’ obstructionism on health care reform to their obstructionism on equal civil and human rights for non-whites is a strange comparison, unless you want to get into detail, such as how most Americans are wage slaves for rich white masters who don’t want their wage slaves to have even adequate health care and who want to profit obscenely even from their wage slaves’ illnesses and medical problems.
Gay, not health care reform, is the new black, and has been for some time now. It was anti-equal-civil-and-human-rights-for-non-heterosexuals ballot measures that brought the wingnuts to the polls in 2004 and that continue to bring them to the polls today.
The wingnuts, most of whom claim to be followers of infamous hater Jesus Christ, have to hate someone, and while they hate blacks, they can’t be overtly racist these days, so they use code for “nigger,” such as by asserting that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, a socialist and/or a citizen of Kenya, not of the United States. (Again, this otherness is just a substitute for the otherness of “nigger.”)
The wingnuts still can openly hate non-heterosexuals, however. While virtually no one would have a KKK bumper sticker on his or her car, and few would attend a public KKK rally, you see these homophobes at public anti-gay rallies with their signs (often with their children in tow) and you see their hateful anti-gay bumper stickers on their cars, because it’s still OK to openly hate on non-heterosexuals.
Because, again, gay is the new black.
And while Harry Reid criticizes the Repugnicans for proclaiming on health care reform, “Slow down, it’s too early. Let’s wait,” that’s exactly what many if not most of the Democrats are telling us non-heterosexuals where it comes to equal human and civil rights for us: Slow down. It’s too early. Let’s wait.
Did I say that gay is the new black?