Michael Steele is the fairly new Republican National Committee Chairman. I was surprised when he was elected because he is African American. For some reason, Republican and African American just don’t go together (apparently a lot of white Republicans aren’t very happy with a black leader). But they elected him. I haven’t listened to too much of what he had to say. Except in the last couple of days. Michael Steele is now trying to rebrand the anti-gay Republican party into a more gentle anti-gay Republican party. He thinks the party can capture more hearts and minds by telling people that civil rights and partner rights for the GLBT community will cost them money and that is why we shouldn’t even be allowed to have partnerships that recognize us as a couple.
Mr. Steele is barking up the wrong tree this time (not the first time either). Here is how he wants to push his stupid message:
“Now all of a sudden I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.”
Really. So who in the hell is paying for all these unwed mothers and their medical insurance? All of us. Who pays for these unfortunate married straight people who have lost their jobs and need medical insurance for themselves and their kids? All of us. Who pays for those people who don’t want to work but still get money from the government? All of us. Someone really needs to tell Mr. Steele that he is opening up a huge can of worms by trying to stop the gay civil rights movement with this kind of ‘reasoning.’ These people cost me money. But I wouldn’t use it for political gain. It is the right thing to do. I think the Republican Party owe themselves another leader. Then again, the longer this guy leads this one-horse anti-gay party, the lower they sink.