Friday, February 24, 2017

Not In My Backyard: The Republican Modus Operandi

Ever notice Republicans are against a lot of stuff?

Gay marriage?  No.

Employment equality? No.

Maternity leave? No.

Transgender rights? No.

I mention these because it seems Republicans are constantly attacking one thing or another as an affront to our democracy... that is until it affects something in their backyard.

Case in point:

Megyn Kelly used to attack maternity leave until she was faced with a preexisting condition known as pregnancy.  She then became a proponent for it.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney tried to ignore the issue of gay marriage, especially when it came to getting elected, but once out of office Cheney came out in support of marriage equality.  Did I mention that he has an openly gay daughter?

And now the latest surprised conservative - Caitlyn Jenner.  Jenner famously supported Trump and thought he was doing a great job, that is until he rolled back transgender rights with the stroke of a pen.  This left Jenner upset because the newly minted transgender spokesperson thought that there was a promise from the new Republican administration.

“From one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she said. “And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

Here is the problem.  Jenner is by no means the face or voice of the LGBTQ community and has consistently been tone deaf in regards to civil rights matters.  She has proudly wore her GOP badge claiming that the two - being conservative and being transgender - were complimentary.  The problem is that Republicans have consistently come out against marriage equality - or any equality for that matter - going as far as to make it part of their party platform and to obstruct judicial nominees so that they would have the opportunity to stack the courts with anti-LGBTQ judges.

Will Jenner learn her lesson?

No.  Just look at her comment above.  She believes a promise was broken and urges fellow Republicans to "call [her]" so that they can straighten things out.  The problem is that is exactly what Republicans want to do - straighten things out.

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