How Would Governor Walker Act If One Of His Sons Were Gay?

The leader of a state or the nation should analyze the decisions they make as if they impact their own family.  That is why it is most apt to ask the following question, in light of the news today.

How would Governor Scott Walker act if one of his sons were gay?  

Governor Walker announced that Wisconsin should no longer be defending the state’s domestic partner registry.  While it is one thing for a Governor to make decisions about tax policy, or wind farms it is something else entirely to make judgment calls that strike to the heart of who people are, and who they love.

The news from Walker could only be more hurtful to gay people if we had not been down this road so many times, in so many different ways over the past decades.  After all, next to people of color in this nation there is no more discriminated group than gay people.  What would we do if someone were not actively seeking to undermine our rights, or reverse laws already on the books?

After predicting around the dinner table that it was only a matter of time before Walker struck out at gay people in Wisconsin, I am only surprised that it took this long to do so.  I guess after going after teachers, unions members, the DNR, and recycling program the Governor needed a respite before tackling ‘the gays’.

So when I heard the state no longer wanted to defend the state’s domestic partner registry in court I blinked once, told James the news, and then continued with a household project.

Look, to be honest there are no more slights or slurs about gay rights that stun me anymore.  I suspect that most of my fellow gay citizens feel the same.  We are wired to deal with disrespect, and have grown accustomed to always needing to fight for basic ingredients of justice that so many in society just simply take for granted.   Somehow I think our DNA has been wired for political combat.  Lord knows if we did not come wired that way, we learn it fast enough.

Governor Walker stated by his court action that he really could care less about a gay couple having visitation rights in the hospital.  For someone who likes to remind us that he came from a religious family, Walker has a strange way of demonstrating it.  After Attorney General JB Van Hollen did not have the cojones to defend the registry in court, Walker filed a motion citing  a savings for taxpayers by not further defending the registry.  

I find it most alarming that my rights, and those of my fellow citizens, have a price tag attached.  I think a bedrock conviction from conservatives and liberals alike are that legal protections should not be something that can only be fought for if they come in under budget.  That is just laughable.

In addition, Governor Walker stated that he thinks the registry violates the state constitution.  I am wondering which of Walker’s college degrees allows him to come to such a conclusion.  I was not aware that we have such a learned man serving in the East Wing!

There are a series of legal moves that all sides will try to play out in the coming weeks.  As always, caught in the middle are gay people who get up in the morning, work hard and play by the rules, and hope for nothing more than to have the same rights and benefits that other citizens enjoy.  Mind you, that was not the case with the state’s registry, as it only allowed for gay couples to attain some of the rights that heterosexual couples take for granted.

I wonder what Governor Walker might think of this matter if one of his sons were gay?  Would the same wild partisanship over gay rights seem as appealing to Walker?  Would Walker be able to look his gay son in the eye and tell him that his rights did not match up with some budget crunchers at the Department of Administration?  Would Walker think his gay son should be treated as a second-class citizen based on who he chooses to love?  Would Walker be able to label the registry “unconstitutional” if his son were negatively impacted?

How would Governor Walker act if one of his sons were gay?

More Than A Bird At The Feeder

Clare, a friend in Pennsylvania sent this note via email.   I would love to have seen this sight!

I have added a new species to my bird feeder area. Last Thursday night I heard one of my bird feeders fall off the post – at least that is what I thought. My cat jumped out of my lap and looked puzzled to say the least.  Usually the cat runs to the window(s) to see what is outside – cats, raccoons, possums etc., But this time he did not run to a window for a look. 

I got out of the recliner and turned on an outside light but could not see my feeders. So I got a flashlight and looked out my office widow. Sitting there on the ground without a care in the world was a Black Bear eating the sunflower seed from the fallen feeder. I estimate that it weighed 200#. I chased it off with a warning shot over its back as it left my yard from my .410 shotgun. I was glad to be able to see a bear on my farm but do not want it around every night. 

I hope it does not return for the  food at my feeders. Bears have a tendency of not forgetting where the free food is and come back time and again. If that happens I will have to do something I will not like to do and that is take all my feeders in each night and hang them up again each morning.

Coming Out Day For CNN’s Don Lemon, NBA Executive Rick Welts

The day is only half over….

Today is a big day for gay people working in fields where coming out of the closet is not the norm. First, NBA executive Rick Welts comes out of the closet in a profile in the New York Times. Welts, the president of the Phoenix Suns, said he did so because living a secret life had been an immense and damaging burden for many years. (Though when he told the very supportive Suns point guard Steve Nash that he was gay, Nash’s first response was that he thought everyone already knew.) Welts is one of the highest-ranked professional sports executives to come out of the closet.

Meanwhile, CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon has also come out of the closet.

Lemon is coming out with a memoir called Transparent.  Lemon told NPR this morning that he’s been in a relationship for four years, and that he’s nervous about the repercussions his admission will have on his career. (MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts are the only newscasters of a similar stature who have discussed being gay on the air.) “I’m scared,” he told the Times. “[But] I abhor hypocrisy. I think if you’re going to be in the business of news, and telling people the truth, of trying to shed light in dark places, then you’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else.”

Debt Ceiling Hit, Can U.S. Divert Financial Crisis?

The debt ceiling crisis is real.  But I am stunned with how few of the newbies in Congress from the Tea Party are able to grasp the fundamentals of the debt crisis.  When this new batch came to Congress the political leadership tried to educate them about the debt ceiling matter that is now truly front and center.

In January I made known my views about the teabaggers in Congress, people I think who are filled with more anger than intellect.  They are now the ones who seem unable to grasp the importance of dealing with the debt ceiling.

What happened in 2010 was in many cases quite the opposite of the ideal situation.  A whole slew of very mediocre people who were angry got involved with electoral politics.  Many of them were elected.

Now they are trying to gain the insight and knowledge they should have amassed prior to making their candidacy official.  Lets be honest.  If one has not sensed the desire to know history and care about policy from at least college days should they be making decisions for the nation?

It should not surprise anyone with an 8th grade education that destroying the full faith and credit of the United States is no small matter.  So then how is it that many Americans want to see a debt crisis happen in this country.  Included in that sick mix are many members of Congress, all teabaggers mind you, who proudly sprout a big ‘R’ behind their name, and dare the nation not to default.  

Take stock of  those who harbor such ill for this country, and then ask yourself what is wrong with these people?  Do they not know better?  And if not, how can that be?

Forty-six percent of those surveyed in a Mar. 31-Apr. 4 Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll said they opposed raising the debt ceiling. The pollsters asked the question again after giving the two sides of the argument: Some say that if the ceiling isn’t raised, bills, benefits, government salaries, and interest won’t get paid. Others say raising the ceiling “will make it harder to get the government’s financial house in order,” increasing debt held by other countries and owed by future generations. After considering those two propositions, the public’s opposition to raising the debt ceiling increased, to 62 percent.

The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.

The Treasury Department plans to announce Monday it will stop issuing and reinvesting government securities in certain government pension plans, part of a series of steps designed to delay a default until Aug. 2.

The Treasury’s moves buy time for the White House and congressional leaders to reach a deficit-reduction agreement that could clear the way for enough lawmakers to vote to raise the amount of money Congress allows the nation to borrow.

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, said reaching the debt ceiling “should be a warning bell to the political system that it’s time to get serious about preserving our full faith and credit.” The Obama administration says a default would tip the U.S. back into a financial crisis.

It is time for the ideologues to move aside and let the adults in the Republican Party work with their counterparts in the Democratic Party so a fix can be presented and voted on.  And soon.

Default is not a term that America should ever become associated with.

Donald Trump Not Running for President

I am not surprised.

I wrote several weeks ago that Donald Trump would not run in 2012.

Given his media savvy qualities it is rather surprising how inept Trump can be out on the hustings.

Had Donald Trump been serious about the White House over the years he would have been cultivating the landscape for his run.  Instead he has allowed for some of the inconsistencies in his past to now make headlines.  Had Trump ever really wanted to run for the White House he would have more artfully handled various issues where he did not have to weigh in, and thereby leave a needless ’paper trail’ of comments.

Right up to the end Donald Trump proved to be the backside of a donkey.

After a roller-coaster flirtation with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion, sayng that while he would not be a candidate this year, if he had run, he would have been able to win the primary and the general election.

HA!