Mush from the Wimp, redux

The full transcript of utter mush:

Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of several young people who were bullied and taunted for being gay, and who ultimately took their own lives. As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart. It’s something that just shouldn’t happen in this country. [the fact that he has two daughters is irrelevant to the issue of the speech.]

We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage – that it’s some inevitable part of growing up. It’s not. We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids. And to every young person out there you need to know that if you’re in trouble, there are caring adults who can help. [which caring adults? The preachers and politicians he comports with who spew anti-gay mush? Or the parents who fear a gay son?]

I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself – for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else. [it’s exactly said that we bring it on ourselves, since it’s a choice — that’s what so many of you keep insisting.]

But what I want to say is this. You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are. And so, if you ever feel like because of bullying, because of what people are saying, that you’re getting down on yourself, you’ve got to make sure to reach out to people you trust. Whether it’s your parents, teachers, folks that you know care about you just the way you are. You’ve got to reach out to them, don’t feel like you’re in this by yourself. [what an idiot — we are in it by ourselves, for listen to our parents, the teachers, the adults in this society heaping scorn upon gay Americans of all ages.]

The other thing you need to know is, things will get better. And more than that, with time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength. You’ll look back on the struggles you’ve faced with compassion and wisdom. And that’s not just going to serve you, but it will help you get involved and make this country a better place. [sure sure, the suffering is good for you? we are involved, for ourselves, since the rest of you despise us to one degree or another, save a few small number.]

It will mean that you’ll be more likely to help fight discrimination – not just against LGBT Americans, but discrimination in all its forms. It means you’ll be more likely to understand personally and deeply why it’s so important that as adults we set an example in our own lives and that we treat everybody with respect. That we are able to see the world through other people’s eyes and stand in their shoes – that we never lose sight of what binds us together. [then why didn’t he sit down and do this speech with a bunch of gay Americans at his side?]

As a nation we’re founded on the belief that all of us are equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness; to make the most of our talents; to speak our minds; to not fit in; most of all, to be true to ourselves. That’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about. And every day, it gets better. [and gay Americans are specifically and vociferously excluded from this ideal. thanks in part to people like you Mr. President.]

Thus Obama spoke, and I commented paragraph by paragraph, but still more I will say:

He said this on the day he worked to bring back Don’t Ask Don’t Tell for we’re not full citizens, capable of doing our part to defend the nation we love. A man who attended a church for 20 years that was as vehement in its denunciations of gay folks as it was of all America. A man who meets regularly with some of the spewers of hate, and calls for bullying, couched in terms of the Love of Jesus. Sure. The man who has done nothing to end the hypocritical Defense of Marriage Act – something which outlaws marriage for some, and keeps divorce just fine as another option in our culture. He’s a man who has done nothing for gay people. And too which adults shall we turn? In the churches which spew fire and brimstone? To the schools who are banned or penalized for talking to us? Perhaps to parents who are all to keen to make sure their son is not gay? Maybe to some politician, who spew anti-gay comments so they might get a few votes? To whom, sir? To whom?

And look, in this mealy mouthed speech – not a word to his fellow Democrats, preachers in the black church, who are so anti-gay as to be theatrical. He said nothing to tell the religious figures in this nation to stop the hate against gay people. He said nothing in support of gay marriage, gay anything. Oh, sure it’s getting better – but not because one thing this man did. What poppycock. Indeed, in spite of what this man did not. It’s what gay folks did, door by door, to our families first, and our friends second, and further afield in our lives, that’s made it better. Where still the only force on our side, the rest of you opposed to one degree or another, except the tiniest sliver of you.

And his last statement is such hogwash I gag. This nation has – and still does – purposefully, deliberately, with great malice, exclude gay people from the high ideals he voices. To whom is he talking? To some gay teen who sees the hypocrisy? Perhaps to some teen who was shooed out of the room because the president was going to speak on gay things. And a word alone would turn the teen gay. Isn’t that what “promoting homosexuality” is? Sure it is. Who will see this video and believe a word in it? Not me, not anyone I know. This man is as anti-gay, and not gay friendly, as any other public figure in this nation. It’s utter mush, and not a fit speech for any man.  He has not gone to a gay church to speak this message, and probably doesn’t know one exists. He’s never had Catholic and Protestant Clergy meet with gay Americans of any political stripe at the White House to reach any accommodation. Instead, he’s uttered not a peep while members of his own party have said the most salacious things against gay people. The hypocrite. The craven political mush head. Yech.

If it was otherwise, the problem would be addressed and solved, and the screws put to the hateful of this land towards your own children – your gay children. You can see us – that’s why you beat us up, still, as sissies. Who do you all think you’re kidding. You evince the stereotype at a moments notice, in ridicule – and then turn around and say we’re faking it. For what else could it mean, when you say it’s a choice, or a sin, or a depraved act of sick people? You must believe that we wake up shining heterosexuals in the morning and by evening we sink into the sewers or something, as we “choose” to go “evil.” Otherwise you would accept us as just the 5% of the population that is normally gay and nothing is ever going to change that, and then you’d be kindly, decent people towards us, and we wouldn’t have to listen to pointless platitudes from a man who said no marriage for gays, ever, as he ran for president. The hypocrite. On one more thing in his arsenal of hypocrisy. But at least on this he’s joined by the majority of Americans, rather than just a dwindling minority as he is on everything else.

Even more depressing was that was lamenting he even gave this lamentable and pitiful excuse for support for gay people. Even this mealy mouthed mush was too much, perhaps, for the fool in jammies. It’s getting better, but no thanks to this president, or any other public figure in this nation.


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