What do the Republicans run on? Against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That’s all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain.
Or, as he said more succinctly elsewhere, “I was a Republican until they lost their minds”. I include Mr. Barkley here because, as an enormously popular national figure with political aspirations of his own, he is a huge loss to the GOP. Imagine if he were campaigning now for McCain, not Obama. Take away lesson: not all Republicans of conscience will wait for the party to regain its senses.
Last week, Mr. Barkley had this to say to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
BARKLEY: Hey, I live in Arizona. I have got great respect for Senator McCain. Great respect. But I don’t like the way the Republicans are taking this country. Every time I hear the word “conservative,” it makes me sick to my stomach, because they’re really just fake Christians, as I call them. That’s all they are. But I just — I’m going to vote Democratic no matter what.
BLITZER: All right. One quick point before I let you go. You used the phrase “fake Christians” for conservatives. Explain what you’re talking about.
BARKLEY: Well, I think they — they want to be judge and jury. Like, I’m for gay marriage. It’s none of my business if gay people want to get married. I’m pro-choice. And I think these Christians — first of all, they’re supposed to be — they’re not supposed to judge other people. But they’re the most hypocritical judge of people we have in this country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like their Christians. And they’re not forgiving at all.
BLITZER: So you’re going to get a lot of feedback on this one, Charles.
BARKLEY: They can’t do anything to me. I don’t work for them.
BLITZER: You feel comfortable saying all that?
BARKLEY: I feel very comfortable saying I’m pro-choice, and I’m for gay marriage. Very comfortable.
BLITZER: But you can’t lump all these conservatives as being fake. A lot of them obviously — most of them are very, very sincere in their religious beliefs.
BARKLEY: Well, they should read the part about they’re not supposed to judge other people. They forget that one when it doesn’t fit what they want it to say.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Senator Collins has served in the US Senate for over a decade. She co-sponsored the Matthew Shepard Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Early Treatment for HIV Act.
Sen Collins supports, among others, the Uniting American Families Act, Tax Equity for Domestic Partner Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, and the Healthy Families Act.
In a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the Senator questioned the wisdom of turning away LGBT Americans from the armed forces, and stated that the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy needs to be reconsidered.
Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego, CA. Mayor Sanders used to oppose marriage equality. Then, in September, 2007, the San Diego City Council passed a resolution to declare support of marriage equality as the CA Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of marriage discrimination.
One day before his reelection campaign was to begin, Mayor Sanders decided to “lead with my heart” and support the resolution.
[Sanders] said he realized he could not accept “the concept of a separate-but-equal institution.” Because of that, he continued, he was unwilling to send the message to anyone that “they were less important, less worthy or less deserving of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.”
The mayor, now crying openly, noted that he has close family members and friends in the gay and lesbian community, including staff members and “my daughter Lisa.”
“In the end, I couldn’t look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationships, their very lives, were any less meaningful than the marriage I share with my wife, Rana,” said Sanders, who quickly thanked reporters and dashed from the room.