Solmonese = Idiot, Birch Kisses Rosie's Butt
I needed a few laughs this morning, so I hopped on over to the Democratic Party's gay wing, alias the Human Rights Campaign, to see what the top idiot, Joe Solmonese, had to say about the Prop 8 loss. In an op-ed piece Solmonese lays out what we should do:
But even before we do the hard work of deconstructing this campaign and readying for the future, it’s clear to me that our continuing mandate is to show our neighbors who we are ...
Everything we’ve learned points to one simple fact: people who know us are more likely to support our equality.
In recent years, I’ve been delivering this positive message: tell your story. Share who you are. And in fact, as our families become more familiar, support for us increases ...
Wherever you are, tell a neighbor what the California Supreme Court so wisely affirmed: that you are equal, you are human, and that being denied equality harms you materially.
Now, after the election, the great and powerful wizard of HRC-land is giving advice that should have been promoted and heeded _before_ voters cast their ballots. And for this sagacity, Solmonese earns a quarter of million bucks. I gotta laugh at his idiocy, otherwise I'd cry nonstop.
To paraphrase Solmonese, wherever you are, tell yourself and a neighbor you won't tolerate any additional closeted campaigns against gay-related propositions or lousy gay leadership with more commitment to the Democrats than gay liberation.
For more laughs, check out this butt-kissing letter former HRC leader Elizabeth Birch posted to GoodAsYou.org earlier this week, in response to growing criticism from average gays about superstar Rosie O'Donnell's lack of support for defeating Prop 8. Birch has her tongue so far up attention-starved Rosie's butt she can lick her teeth.
Displaying a strong case of Cleopatra's Syndrome, Birch exhibits remarkable denialism about her ex-boss when she claims Rosie "hates drawing attention to herself."
Frankly, we have more to fear from friends such as Birch and Solmonese than from the Mormon church.
Here is the full text of Birch's letter, emphases mine:
I worked for Rosie O'Donnell for a period of time and want to encourage everyone to back off. No one is going to be able to determine why Rosie makes the decisions that she makes when she makes them. It is deeply personal process for her and often makes sense to no one but her.
But I think it is so important to give credit where it is due. Rosie has never been a gay person who primarily focuses on gay issues. Of course, she wants justice for LGBT people. But her daily heart is with kids in need. And frankly her contribution to helping kids who need help has been profound. Rosie founded The For All Kids Foundation when she was not wealthy and pumped about $60M into that foundation. She has helped build dozens of day care centers in low income areas all over the United States. That is the mission of the For All Kids Foundation. It is a public charity with a board and that is what it does. In addition, Rosie lead the charge in the post Katrina period not by words, or celebrity visits ---- but by dedicating $3,000,000 to respond to custom needs in the shelters in the early aftermath of that disaster. She bought washers, dryers and portable showers and endless amounts of clothes for the shelters. She made sure that kids were given light and life by providing some distractions in the form of Kids Days. She financed completely the first ever Children's Plaza and Family Center (a first for FEMA to allow) --- and this huge, colorful village has provided early head start, head start, day care, after school programs, job training, counseling and every possible social service at the largest trailer site. It also features computer labs and gathering space, and space for dances, movies, parties and events. In addition, Rosie has been the source of resources for almost every holiday for that trailer park since Katrina. It also features three elaborate playgrounds (all age appropriate) and a "spray ground" build for those hot Baton Rouge days. Most of the materials can be dismantled and repurposed for local facilities. The site was built in record time for something of its size. Rosie's name does not appear in the name of colorful village.
She hates drawing attention to herself --- she feels good works should be done quietly and let the magic kick in.
She also founded Rosie's Broadway Kids, a program to teach strength, leadership, life skills to low income kids in Manhattan through the guise of musical theater. School in the lower income areas in NYC get the program in school starting in grade five. Those who show leadership potential and a keen interest are invited back for an after school program and then a summer institute. Rosie is completing a building in NYC dedicated to this program which features two studios, a music studio and solo rooms, in addition to a study cafe and many other components. The building was an extremely difficult undertaking because she rehabilitated a building in the Broadway District.
Also while on the View she spoke seamlessly about her family life and I don't think we have ever seen anything quite like it on mainstream television.
Rosie has probably given away more money for her age than any celebrity I can name. And, she started this process early into her TV career when success was not necessarily assured.
Prop 8 is extremely important. It is one major milestone on a long road that many of us have been trudging for 40 years. It is one more extremely important battle. What will convince California swing voters is the voices and passion of their neighbors, not the voices of celebrities. I did not know Rosie when she went to California with Kelly. But I might have humbly suggested they skip SF City Hall. It is the everyday gay couple in Fresno,Modesta, Eureka and Santa Cruz that are going to carry the day.
I suggest we appreciate Rosie for the monumental investment she has made in truly giving poor kids and their families support and a little dignity, including in California. Having a prominent gay person do that is a powerful message. It is a message that Rosie does not allow out much, but it is powerful. I also respectfully suggest that we should all drop this and get back out in the streets for Obama and Prop 8 where we belong.