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RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Welcome, Gays!” or, Why Gay Marriage Is Not A States’ Issue

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In a close five-way race, (it would have been six but “Barack, the Magic Negro” intervened,) the Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele on Friday as its Chairman. Steele is the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” interviewed Steele. The Raw Story reports:

“The newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, the first African-American ever to hold that position, says his party must do a better job of courting candidates and voters who support gay marriage and are pro-choice. 

“I think that’s an important opportunity for us, absolutely. Within our party we do have those who have that view,” Michael Steele told Fox’s Chris Wallace Sunday morning.”

Talking about immigration in the video (above), Steele said, “No change in the position of the party. How we message that is where we messed up the last time.” Could Steele could be implying the same about gay marriage?

Steele is looking to broaden the party’s base, no doubt. But he’s using gays to do it, and, unless he’s going to ensure the RNC platform includes support of gay marriage, it’s an insincere, at best, gesture. Perhaps well-intentioned, who knows, but hollow, without substance, and opportunistic. But even if Steele’s RNC were willing to support gay marriage, there are not that many gays who would “switch.”

It’s important to remember that reaching out is not the same as supporting.

Steele goes on to say “yes” when Wallace says, “You also support a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.” At which point Steele says “we can deal with that [a ban on gay marriage] at the state level.” And there comes that famous “states rights” argument.

Conservatives attempting to broaden their base, or those trying to get reelected in more Democratic strongholds are famous for deferring on gay marriage to the state government level. Here’s why that argument is invalid: civil rights are not a states’ issue. Saying gay marriage is a states’ issue is tantamount to saying a century ago that equal rights for blacks were a states’ rights issue. So, in some states a black man could legally marry a white woman, but if they were to cross the state line, he could be thrown in jail for being with her. (In fact, this is a true story.) 

Civil rights are a federal issue, governed by federal law. It’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI) that investigates violations of civil rights. Gay marriage is an issue of civil rights. That is the only valid argument when it comes to gay marriage. Religion is not a valid argument, as the Bill of Rights makes clear. Procreation is not a valid argument, as nationwide it has been established the heterosexual marriage is not only for the purpose of procreation. What other argument is left? None, but civil rights, which means there is no argument.

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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