Letter To The Editor: Ryan Commentary Oversimplifies Issues
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I am alarmed at the attitude, intolerance, and message that a recent opinion piece published on GayRVA.com spreads to the gay community. The Paul Ryan commentary starts out with a simple, non-comprehensive, and inaccurate analysis of his proposed budget plan. This is to be expected from an obvious Democrat writer who is trying to vilify a Republican. This political tactic only made me chuckle with amusement. My smile faded quickly however when I read his comparison of gays voting for Romney/Ryan with Jews voting for Hitler. Trying to associate a Presidential candidate with a dictator who ruthlessly ordered the mass murders of millions of Jews is not a casual claim. I find this to be highly inappropriate, especially following the Sikh Temple shooting by a white supremacist, and the Family Research Council shooting by a Chik-Fil-A protestor. He should be ashamed of supporting such outlandish parallels and potentially stirring up hateful acts. There are many reasons one can have for not voting for the Republican ticket this November just as there are many reasons against voting for the Democratic ticket, this extreme claim is not one of them. The intolerant attitude given off towards gays who are thinking of voting for Romney was offensive, especially when he lumped in all gays who would vote for the republicans as Log Cabin Republicans. Although I seriously doubt that he really wants to know “WTF is wrong with them” I will take the time to respond.
As a libertarian I am not impressed with either party when it comes to equal rights. I also believe that laws should be made in Congress not in the West Wing and that the Supreme Court protects us if our lawmakers pass discriminatory laws or if our president fails to uphold the Constitution. I also believe that currently the Supreme Court is our best strategy to settle the matter of equal rights, instead of a gridlocked Congress, or the Presidency, which lacks power rightfully so. President Obama illustrated this point when he personally changed his mind on gay marriage, but relayed the fact that he lacked power because of Federalism and the balance of powers. The Supreme Court will also be hearing some equal rights cases such as the right for gays to marry in its next session. This election for me will be focused on issues that the Presidency actually has control over such as Fiscal policy, Foreign Affairs and enforcing the laws that Congress passes. I commend HRC for rating our lawmakers with an LGBT scorecard but I find it useless for the executive branch, just as it would be for the Supreme Court justices to be rated. This commentary promotes the ideas that we Gays should only vote on one issue, the Presidency is a near dictatorship, and Democrats are the saviors for gays. I find none of these ideas to be true. Not only does this vastly oversimplify a very complex issue, but it also spreads harmful incorrect information. However, it does create more votes for candidates that run on promises that they cannot keep.
- Damien Shaner
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