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(OKLAHOMA CITY)  Recently I received an email from a spinning Oklahoma Republican who thinks my objection to the Palin/McSame GOPer presidential nomination is ugly.
 
The writer objects to my description of supporters of the Palin/McSame ticket as victims of Stockholm Syndrome.  That's a phrase meaning the hostages have assimilated the outlook of the captors and have become compliant with their own long-term confinement.  As a voting parallel, many people are resistant to change even when the status quo suppresses them in an economic and social trap, hampering their own advancement. 
 
Read how Hitler got such a boost when he ignored the Versailles Peace Treaty from WW I that had placed economic and military restrictions on Germany.
 
Look how Putin has enjoyed great "electoral" success in Russia with his strategy of nationalism even as he subverts the Russian Constitution by playing musical chairs with the offices of president and prime minister.
 
Take a look at Kim-il Yong of North Korea who rules a country starving to death yet he was able to blackmail the Bush Administration with nuclear weapons and achieve economic and political advantages.
 
What dictator hasn't pushed nationalism, the strategy of "my country or nothing" to the extreme in international relations?
 
Thinking of voting for Palin/McSame?  Let's look at their repressive view of women's right to autonomy over their own bodies.  The GOPer objection to abortion is rooted in their religious belief and that this belief must be imposed on other women.
 
Abortion is a private decision the pregnant woman has the right to make in conjunction with other people she alone chooses to include.
 
Are you a GLBT voter?  Achieving GLBT equality neither dilutes nor hampers the civil rights of heteros in any way.
 
Why do gay GOPers aid and abet in the suppression of their own lives as we've seen this September in Oklahoma City.  One million dollars was raised by Bush's visit to a campaign lunch hosted by a gay man who was not allowed to use his domestic partner's name on the invitation. 
 
Why do gay GOPers devalue their own lives even as they seem to know the value of money and material possessions so well?  This buried head syndrome continues even as the American mortgage industry gets bailed out by their friends in the Bush Administration due to heedless deregulation and irresponsibility with taxpayers's money.
 
I'm aghast that the word ugly would be directed at the Democratic campaign of Obama/Biden. Did anyone listen to a sampling of the Convention speeches from either Party?
 
Why do GOPers associate the discussion of documented failures of the Bush Administration, as Obama did in his acceptance speech, as ugly?  Only an organization attempting to downplay and shift the responsibility would take this tactic. Putting lipstick on a pig, indeed!
 
All four nights of the GOPer Convention was a sarcastic and caustic belittlement of Obama that used every kind of school-yard taunt and straw man shift of focus, stopping just short of using the "N" word.  I'm surprised plastic watermelons weren't passed out to the Convention delegates.  The floor must have been slick with the oral secretions caused by so much bitter venom needing to be expressed.  Rudy Giuliani's venom was especially obnoxious coming from a pure white hetero man who likes to do drag on national television and has married three times.
 
Did anyone see Giuliani's drag show posted anywhere at the Demo Convention? No, you didn't.  For that matter where was the GOPer GLBT caucus meeting held? 
 
The Demo Convention had two GLBT Caucus meetings, one of them with Michelle Obama as keynote speaker.  Tell me about the GOPer equivalent.  Let's see, 36 racial minority delegates out of 2380 white, hetero delegates were accredited at the GOPer Convention. 
Must be rationed only to those who believe in fundamentalist religious dogma and who put dictatorship ahead of personal freedom and expression even when that freedom and expression cause no harm whatsoever to others?
There was no Republican GLBT caucus.
 
In contrast, the Demos had nearly 51% women; 380 GLBT delegates, a 41% increase over 2004; and 40% of the GLBT delegates were people of color.  The numbers were even stronger than predicted according to this article from Bay Windows, a GLBT newpaper from Boston.  http://tinyurl.com/5hnkw9
 
Was there anything comparable from the GOPer Convention?  No, there wasn't, even though the Log Cabin Republicans issued a pathetic endorsement of Palin/McSame which in turn has vowed to continue the three pronged anti-gay dogma of the Bu$h Administration: Don't Ask-Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and a re-newed effort to pass an anti-gay marriage equality Constitutional amendment.
 
Obama has vowed to overturn Don't Ask and is not interested in Constitutional amendments that limit personal freedom.  The latest information about the Obama/Biden views of our GLBT equaity can be read here in a story from the Washington Blade, http://tinyurl.com/6yykps
 
Under the chairmanship of Howard Dean, the National Democratic Party has put much energy and money into enlarging the involvement of America's GLBT voters in the Party.  This includes my own Oklahoma Democratic Party Central Committee.   Oklahoma Stonewall helped send two gay/lesbian delegates to the Denver Convention--our co-chair, Karen Parsons and Rep. Al McAffrey.
 
If you value material wealth over your own self-esteem, please vote for Palin/McSame and stay out of my face.
Oklahoma Stonewall Democrats have a seat at the table of the governing

If you want to restore the integrity of your country as well as stand up for yourself then vote Democratic right down the ballot.
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