Dear Mrs. Obama: Please Urge Your Husband to End Gay Discrimination

Dear Mrs. Obama,

Last April, I wrote asking you to please have a stern talk with your husband about the importance of living by his principle that we all deserve to be treated equally. Contrary to his promise during the 2008 campaign, last year when I wrote you, the President had just decided not to issue an Executive Order protecting gay men and women who work for Federal contractors from being discriminated against in hiring or from being fired.

In the year since, your husband has publicly voice his opposition to the Boy Scouts’ continued discrimination against gay youth. He has come out against the discrimination inherent in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – the law which compels the Federal Government to deny legally married same-sex couples the same rights enjoyed by their straight neighbors.  In fact, next week, he is directing his Solicitor General to argue before the Supreme Court that DOMA should be declared unconstitutional.

Yet, despite his words and arguments to dismantle discrimination against gay men and women, he stubbornly refuses to take the one action that is entirely within his power to help millions of gay men and women, good American citizens. For all your husband’s talk about the greatness of our nation based on enabling every American citizen who works hard and plays by the rules to get a fair deal, the President refuses to issue the Executive Order barring discrimination. His reluctance makes his “talk” suspect. The pretext that he prefers to rely on the legislative process rings hollow since we all know that there is no chance this Congress will send the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to his desk.

According to MetroWeekly, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that an Executive Order would protect up to 16.5 million workers. Although workplace protections for LGBT people exist in some states, it remains legal in 29 states to fire an employee based on sexual orientation.

Yesterday, 110 Democratic members of the House of Representatives urged the President to sign the Executive Order. That letter was one of several that have been sent to the President in recent weeks. Last month, 37 senators and 54 progressive groups sent letters to your husband urging him to act.

What gives? I know your husband has the courage to walk his talk.

Last week, Senator Portman, long a vocal opponent of marriage equality, reversed his position and came out in favor of same-sex marriage because his son is gay and he wants him to enjoy the right to marry the person he loves. I can only imagine that if one of your daughters were to come out as a lesbian, the President would want her to look forward to enjoying a workplace where she did not feel threatened with dismissal because of her sexual orientation. He would issue the Executive Order in a heartbeat.

Let’s not have to play the game where we act only when we are personally touched by circumstances.

Ask your husband to put himself in the shoes of the millions of parents whose kids are gay, and who want only that their kids be treated equally, today.

Respectfully,

Peter Alduino

Additional Reading:

(Source) MetroWeekly: 110 members of Congress urge Obama to sign federal-contractor executive order

$300 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Funneled to Businesses in States That Allow LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Iraq: The Cowards’ War

It is clear now that the United States led invasion of Iraq 10 years ago was predicated on a pack of lies knowingly foisted on the American people, the Congress and the international community by a handful of self-righteous and self-satisfied masters of the universe. We know the cast: President George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Aided and abetted by a supporting cast of sycophants and surrogates – not the least of whom was Tony Blair in the UK – this cabal fabricated threats that did not exist, coerced the corruption of intelligence and conned and intimidated unsuspecting men and women into believing and supporting their hoax of WMDs and nefarious Al Qaeda connections.

Liars are cowards. Those who cannot face up to the truth, share the truth and act on the truth are cowards. Courageous men and women seek out and embrace what is true. Courageous men and women recognize that it takes courage to speak the truth and to act on the truth. Cowards fear the truth. They manipulate the truth to get their own way out of fear that unfettered truth might swing the pendulum of opinion or action away from their arc of interests.

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld were cowards then to perpetrate the hoax, and they are cowards now to unapologetically defend their actions. Their legacy is cast. They will be remembered in the history of the United States as cowards and liars.

Additional Reading:

(PoignantA Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran

(SatireCheney Marks Tenth Anniversary of Pretending There Was Reason to Invade Iraq

Invading Iraq: What We Were Told at the Time

CIA and M16 Knew Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs Before the 2003 Invasion

Iraq 10 Years Later: The Deadly Consequences of Spin

“Hubris”: New Documentary Examines the Iraq War Hoax

A Letter to Paul Wolfowitz: Occasioned by the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war

The Iraq Invasion Could Be a Worse Foreign Policy Decision than the Vietnam War

Chilling Leak: Iraq Warns of ‘Fabricated Evidence’ Before Powell’s WMD Speech