HRC DADT Email Reminds Us How Irrelevant They Are

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During the evening before the speech, I predicted that Obama’s mention of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the State of the Union would be unremarkable. And I was right. He didn’t say anything new. And the look on the faces of the Joint Chiefs wasn’t pretty. It was the same old spiel from the boy who called “justice.” Show us real justice, and then we’ll believe you.

Shortly after the State of the Union had ended, I found an email from HRC in my inbox. The subject read:

BREAKING: Obama pledges to work with the military this year to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Remind me, Joe, why that’s breaking? He said it when he campaigned. He said it last year. He said it at your fancy banquet I couldn’t afford. What’s “breaking”?

I’ve been pretty disappointed in HRC before. In fact, I wrote in October how I really don’t think we should give them any more money. The Human Rights Campaign does not do anything proactive in terms of lobbying, and they applaud just for getting a shoutout, as if that alone constitutes “progress.”

This email really demonstrates how behind the curve of the movement HRC is. Did they even notice the National Equality March? Here are some excerpts:

With the President’s leadership, now it is up to Congress to act. We’re rolling out a new strategic campaign to do exactly that – put an end to the discriminatory law that’s forced thousands of lesbian and gay members of the military to lie about who they are or face losing their jobs.

Really? Is the President’s support new? Do you have any evidence to substantiate the idea he’s actually going to “lead” for once on this issue? And we’ve been campaigning for DADT’s repeal since it was passed over a decade ago. Since when is a strategic campaign “new”? You make it sound like you’re caring about ending this discrimination for the first time.

Tomorrow morning when Congress returns to work, we want to make sure their inboxes are flooded with emails echoing the President’s call to repeal DADT.

It’s just the first step in a bold campaign to finally wipe DADT from the books this year.

First step? Hello? Are you serious?

If you want to see this bold “new” campaign, you can check out the Voices of Honor homepage.

Honestly, there’s nothing new. The campaign involves local organizing, grassroots support for lobbying, organizing veterans for media attention, a full day of lobbying, “And more!” It’s the same old, same old.

To give Joe credit, the email does not ask for money, just to contact Congress. Still, it reminds us how out-of-touch HRC is with the very community it is trying to serve.

I’m glad they’re trying, but I’m so terribly unimpressed with their efforts.

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  • Paul says:

    i stopped giving the HRC (as well as the democratic party) last year, and this post helps remind me why.
    it’s great that obama said something about ending DADT, but, as you point out, that’s not news.
    what i found particularly irksome in his speech was his declaration that:

    “[…] we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law you should be protected by it; that if you adhere to our common values you should be treated no different than anyone else.”

    right now there’s this little thing going on out in CA called perry vs. schwarzenegger which is all about that exact idea, and yet the president has remained deafeningly silent about it.
    i donated to his campaign, i caucused for him, i voted for him, and now i don’t trust a single word that comes out of his mouth.  what a disappointment.

  • ZackFord says:

    Every single thing you just said I agree with. I was in Iowa, so I even caucused for him, like you.

    I noticed that declaration too. It really loses a lot of its punch when you think about how uncommitted he has been to honoring it.

    Thanks for your comment!

  • Paul says:

    and thanks for the blog!  it’s been a great resource during the trial.

  • Buffy says:

    Unless you consider making pretty speeches and throwing cocktail parties important, HRC has been irrelevant for years.

  • Glenn I says:

    Defining “bold” down! Now means “meek.” Cast your lot with the meek – it’s them’s gonna inherit the earth, after all!
    When in the SOTU speech Obama said, There are some who no longer believe I can bring the change I promised. (paraphrasing)
    I said to my husband, I would be one of those.

  • Ray says:

    I’m so happy to make Zack’s acquaintance via this article.  He’s speaking for me. HRC is a group of “A-Gays” who command you, “Do NOTHING until we tell you to do something.” And, or course, they do nothing in the interim but ask for money.

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