Republican National Committee
Republican National Committee

New Republican Website Attacks LGBT Progress: ‘Hope Isn’t Hiring’

Republican National Committee
Gay rights? No thanks.

The Republican National Committee has launched a new website, Hope Isn’t Hiring, attacking Obama for basically everything he stands for.

It’s a transparent attempt to rally the base and raise money: At the top of the homepage it says “Help Us Defeat Obama’s Billion Dollar Campaign” and immediately asks for a donation.

The site’s navigation brings visitors to Obama’s Spending, ObamaCare, Obamanomics, Broken Promises, and Social Issues. Click through to Social Issues, and visitors are presented with The Case Against Obama: Social Issues.

On this list, they take Obama to task for his support of the LGBT community and gay rights:

1. Despite It Being the Law of the Land, Obama Refused to Continue to Defend the Defense of Marriage in Court.

2. Obama Repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell While U.S. Troops Are Still on the Battlefield.

6. Obama Opposed California’s Prop 8 And Has Expanded Recognition of Same-Sex Couples.

With 3 out of 10 of the top social priorities for the Republican Party having to do with the LGBT community, gay rights and same-sex marriage are being made wedge social issues by the Republicans in 2012. Bring it on!

Republicans fear the gay community
Fear drives politics.

Don’t you realize that young people today have radically different views than the entrenched old Republicans? Don’t you realize that moderates do as well? If the Republicans don’t keep the focus on the true issues, like the economy, they will certainly lose in 2012.

Thankfully for the Democrats, the Tea Party has forced the mainstream Republican Party to become even more right-wing. This increased conservatism – not just fiscal, but social – will certainly drive away many of the moderates that supported the Republican Party in 2008.

Hope Isn’t Hiring also mentions the Human Rights Campaign directly, saying “Obama Has Been Acting on Policy Recommendations from the Human Rights Campaign Since Taking Office.” Um, duh? Making policy recommendations and getting politicians to enact them is what lobbyists do!

Joe Solomnese, of the HRC, responded with an open letter sent directly to the Chairman of the RNC, Mr. Reince Priebus:

As chairman of the Republican National Committee, you have the chance to do great things for your party and your country. Unfortunately, that same power can also be used to harm people. Your new website, “Hope Isn’t Hiring,” unfairly demonizes the hopes and ambitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, as well as straight allies who support us. The site makes us out to be the enemy when all that we want is an America that treats everyone respectfully and equally. The great irony is that many of the civil rights victories that you criticize were made possible by Republicans, and others are supported in large numbers by members of your own party.

From the way in which certain issues are detailed, reasonable people would conclude that the RNC believes in discrimination against LGBT people. You sensationalize issues like hospital visitation rights for loving families and ending housing discrimination when the truth is Americans agree that these are the right things to do. Your website effectively expatriates former Vice President Dick Cheney’s family, and ostracizes Republicans like First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, Barbara, who support marriage equality. Furthermore, the historic passage of the law that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – supported by 77 percent of Americans – was made possible by the votes of eight Republican U.S. Senators and 15 Republican members of the House.

Is this website what we can expect from the Republican Party under your leadership? Should we anticipate more mean-spirited campaigns against particular groups of Americans rather than focusing on pressing national priorities?

You lead a party that could be an example of making equality a cornerstone of your agenda, as the GOP has done in the past. As President Lincoln said over a century and a half ago, “We have, as all will agree, a free Government, where every man has a right to be equal with every other man. In this great struggle, this form of Government and every form of human right is endangered if our enemies succeed.” Don’t make yourself the enemy.

The key takeaway is: “From the way in which certain issues are detailed, reasonable people would conclude that the RNC believes in discrimination against LGBT people.”

Yes, official organizing body of the Republican Party of the United States, it certainly does sound like you are keen to continue discrimination against the LGBT community. Gay rights appear on your “Case Against Obama” list, for goodness sakes!

Do you consider yourself a Log Cabin Republican? With this list, what do you think about the Republican party and gay rights?

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Here’s the first couple of video jabs from the RNC: