There were numerous speakers. Many of them moving. A young boy spoke about his lesbian parents, about how much he loved them, and how he could not understand why the President of the United States would speak ill of them and would actually amend our constitution to discriminate against them. Then an elderly lesbian couple, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who'd been together 51 years spoke. They were one of the oldest couples to be married in San Francisco. They spoke about how they never imagined in their lifetime that they would have had the opportunity they had to speak their vows to one another and be issued a real marriage certificate. Their speeches brought me to tears. I think for a brief moment I actually began to see beyond myself and maybe to see what's really important and that I have not only have the opportunity but an obligation to do something.
A Republican Senator (I can't remember his name) spoke. I think the audience was listening to what he had to say, although he lost quite a bit of momentum when he said he was still supporting Bush in the election. No doubt, the crowd was not a Republican-friendly one, but I think it had respect for many viewpoints. It doesn't (obviously) have much love for Bush. I often chide gay activists for their narrow thinking. Their inability to see that in order to win this war, we have to recognize Republicans too when they make strides for our benefits. It's much harder, I think, to be a public Republican official supporting gay rights than a Democratic one. But supporting Bush? Well, I think the strong feelings against him are both reasonable understandable considering the man declared war on us nary a few weeks ago. The senator's statement of support won him many, many boos and hisses. A few called for decorum, and his speech continued. He redeemed himself a bit when he spoke from the heart and spoke of the importance of gay people to speak up to their straight friends. The senator very candidly admitted that his support to GLBT issues came after "knowing" several gay people. It's not easy to discriminate against people you know and love. He's right about that.
Liza Minelli spoke. I've never heard her speak before, but she had amazing energy. She seemed so sincere, and so energetic.
Then, surprising everyone, John Travolta came out to introduce the special guest star for the evening (who knew he was so pro-gay?) He came out to introduce his friend and colleague, Barbara Streisand. I've never been a Babs fan. I can't say I've really heard her music nor appreciated her for her political views. But I listened to her intro and her speech with an open mind. She's truly a friend and avid supporter of LGBT issues, there's not doubt. But, I was expecting some left-wing, anti-U.S. drivel.
I was surprised.
It was a pro-Democrat speech, to be sure. And anything that's partisan immediately gets my cynicism up, but it was also, without a doubt, one of the most sincere, and patriotic speeches I've heard in a long time. No doubt, she loves her party, and she loves this country. I respect that, and I respect her beliefs, even if I disagree with her on some of them. But she's right about Bush. That man is dangerous, and he represents a threat to us all.
Anyone reading my blog knows Bush is not one of my favorites. I've questioned the man's motives for some time. But over time, I've grown to realize, more and more what true detriment he is and represents to everything we hold important. He needs to be defeated, not just for LGBT issues, but for our country, and for our party. He is the antithesis of everything this country stands for. If he wins, it will be another 4 years of embarassment for our country, our economy, and he will cause even more damage for the Republican Party. His reelection will be a ring of support for the religious bigotry that has taken over our government and our party. That isn't what our party is about. That isn't what this country is about.
And while this may still be a bit of the alcohol speaking, I can say with all sincerity, President Bush:
Get the fuck out of my personal life
Get the fuck out of my party,
Get the fuck out of the White House, and
Get the fuck out of this country.
You do not represent me; you do not represent this party; and you damn sure do not represent the values of the United States. You are a fucking loser and one gigantic hairy asshole. I will do everything in my power as a voter, a volunteer, and a citizen to see to it that you do not win reelection.
History will record you to be one of the worst presidents this country has ever seen, and the only one to attempt to codify bigotry in what is this country's most sacred document. Seriously? You thought history recorded Jimmy Carter a fool? You make him look like Lincoln. I long for the day this country has a person in the White House the world can look up to and who can bring respect back to our country. You are a hateful, worthless piece of shit, and I will celebrate the day your sorry ass is out the White House.
Thank you, drive through.