The Speech

| Jan 28, 2013
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On Monday, January 20, 2013, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term. At the ceremony, he gave a speech, as U.S. presidents always have done on this occasion.

I wrote an analysis of the speech and was ready to submit it as my column this week, when I saw that Salon published an article that did the same thing, almost.


So here’s a link to the Salon article.

And if you didn’t catch the speech, here’s a link to it.

And a transcript.

So, instead of doing a point by point on how the President dismantled his foes, I’ll focus more on one part of the speech. A couple lines really.

“But Sophie, this is a TG website! Why can’t you keep yer liberal socialist hippie treehuggin’ commie opinions to yerseff?”

Well this IS a TG website. One of the Leading TG sites. And the President’s speech touched on LGBT issues. So that will be my focus.

The President made history with this speech in several places, but especially with two lines:

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.”


“For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Three ideas, two lines.

In the space of a couple of minutes, President Obama changed forever the fate of LGBT rights. There, on the world stage, an American President declared that not only are we engaged in a Civil Rights struggle (the Stonewall reference), but we also deserve equal rights. Human rights. (As women too!)

How major is this?

Let’s start with the fact that the “Leader of the free world” has thrown his weight behind the cause. This puts those who would deny us rights on the defensive, and on the wrong side of history.

Of course, the GOP isn’t going to take any of this lying down. They protested that they weren’t mentioned in the speech. They also protested that President Obama didn’t “extend an olive branch” to them.

In the days since, they’ve become more vocal. The House GOP actually said In short, gays and lesbians are one of the most influential, best-connected, best-funded, and best organized interest groups in modern politics, and have attained more legislative victories, political power, and popular favor in less time than virtually any other group in American history.”

I didn’t know that!

I didn’t realize that we who can be refused medical care, denied housing, fired without cause, are actually in control! We’re so powerful that we commit suicide in far higher percentages than anyone else!


*Goes into other room.* *Pets dog.* *Calms down* *Comes back.*

Calm Sophie

Enhance your calm, Sophie Lynne!

Ok. So what is my point in all this?

If you’re reading this, you at least have a passing concern about LGBT rights. You probably have a horse in this race. So my point is this:

Do you really, really think that a GOP president will ever in our lifetime utter those words?

Would EVER support LGBT rights?

I know my Conservative Sisters are worried about the economy. Everyone is. But if you worry about economy over your OWN rights . . . well, what good will your money do when you’re imprisoned? Dying and denied medical care? Or worse — when it happens to someone you love?

Because it CAN happen. It IS happening.

It’s not like there isn’t historical precedent here. An industrialized nation in the middle of a bleak depression once elected an extreme right wing leader who promised economic reform. He also preached extreme nationalism, blamed popular scapegoats for all the ills of the world, and told people exactly what his “social programs” would be. He even wrote it in a book. His idea of social program? Concentration camps. And he DID spur the economy to new heights. Making weapons. Building roads and railroads capable of moving troops and weapons. Recruiting soldiers.

This was the 1920s and 1930s.

Do I even need to say where this was?

Or that those who died in the concentration camps included many who voted for his party?

Social programs matter. Human rights matter.

Because we ARE human, and we HAVE rights, despite what some may think.

The Fight goes on.

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  1. scalesman scalesman says:

    We do love you Sophie but I think that Frances makes a good point in noting that the President is continuing to focus on appealing to interest groups with his oratory as a means of distracting inquiry on the horrid state of the economy and the mess that we are in around the world.

    The deficit hurts all Americans, especially our children. Then Senator Obama had it correct in 2008 when he talked about the perils of owing too much money to China. Debt steals all of our freedoms. My mortgage debt and perhaps yours curtails the freedom to move or engage in pastimes that may chew into my monthly obligations. The spending we have seen, especially in the first two years of his term with Reid in control of the Senate and Pelosi in charge at the House will take generations to pay off. This impairs all of our freedoms in so many ways.

    I urge you to keep channeling “Braveheart”. We need our freedoms, especially freedom from government. Each tax dollar you pay is a dollar less freedom. If you are happy with the massive size and growth of government that is your right. If it were up to me I would make them eliminate 10 old laws for every new one they try to pass.


  2. Sophie Lynne Sophie Lynne says:

    Ahh Frances… you miss the point. Forest… trees.

    As for a Gay Rights Bill in front of Congress… it’s already there! ENDA!

    “In 2009, following Democratic gains in the 2008 elections, and after the divisiveness of the 2007 debate, Rep. Barney Frank introduced a transgender-inclusive version of ENDA. He introduced it again in 2011, and Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced it in the Senate. President Barack Obama supports the bill’s passage.”

    But my point is this, the deed is DONE. The Genie is out of the bottle. The battle is now on a whole different level. Now it is up to us.

    And part 2 of your missing my point starts with my statement beginning “I know my conservative sisters…” We ALL know the economy is a mess. It will take a GENERATION to repair the damage done by your man W. But shall we as a people ignore our freedoms so more rich people can dictate more tax cuts for themselves? No. What is money without freedom? “It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.” Oops! Sorry, channeled “Braveheart” there.

  3. frances_ frances_ says:

    Sophie you know i love you, BUT if you ever think gay rights will be a bill in the house and senate your wrong dead wrong. Obama is only doing what he does best take the spotlight away from 16trillion (and yes the republicans had somnething to do with it too)and o btw whatever happened to last weeks big rant gun control issue of the week today it was gay illegal alien rights give me a break And after the dismal showing the republicans did standing up to the newest debt ceiling CRISIS, remember thst oh that was 3 weks ago, I changed my registration to independant phuque them all none of them care about anything but their next election but i still love ya sophie