The real threat to America

Blogging at top-tier LGBT blog Pam's House Blend, Laura Calvo takes note of what Republicans - nationally and locally - consider the biggest threat to America.

(You may know Laura as the Treasurer of the Multnomah County Dems, an activist with Stonewall Oregon, or the blogger "goddesspdx.")

Let's forget about the $12 billion per month we are spending on the war in Iraq. Let's forget about our economy tanking, with energy and food prices climbing. Let's also forget about the subprime mortgage crisis, the fact that many Americans are just one illness away from bankruptcy, our bridges and infrastructure are crumbling before our eyes, global warming, America's loss of credibility with the rest of the world, and the debt we owe to China and other foreign countries. ...

None of that really matters as there is a much larger problem facing our nation. Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R) hit the nail on the head just last week. She publicly warned,

"I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam."

What is this ominous issue that Representative Sally Kern is so worried about? It's the homosexual agenda. ...

Republican Oregon State Legislators must be worried about this too. State Senator Fred Girod (R-Stayton) and State Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford) have filed an initiative petition with the Oregon Secretary of State to repeal Oregon's Domestic Partnership Law. Oregon State Senator Gary George (R-McMinnville) and Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) are the chief petitioners in another abusive ballot measure repealing Oregon's Antidiscrimination Law.

Will repealing these laws, thereby taking away rights of individual Oregonians, help with improving the 7.4% unemployment rate or the 13.9% of the population who live below the poverty level in Medford? How about the 11% unemployment rate and the 14.2% of the people below the poverty level living in Stayton? What about Keizer, where the unemployment rate is 7.3% and 9.3% live below the poverty level? Maybe it might help the 8.3% unemployment rate and the 12.9% of McMinnville's population who live below the poverty level? There's also the possibility that taking away basic civil rights, a majority of Oregonians simply take for granted, might help the 10.8% to 14.2% of the population in those communities who are single female heads of households? ...

Here in Oregon, as well as many other places in America, the Republican Party is desperate to regain control. The initiative petitions to repeal basic human rights to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Oregonians is another measure of Republican desperation and willingness to divide our great nation yet once again and continue on the path we have all been so deeply harmed by.

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