I’m getting ready to step in some hot sh*t here….but I have a 10-minute break in class so I might as well have fun with it.
I’ve been reading and listening to some of the reactions to the passage of Prop 8 out in California. Maybe it’s because of my past that I’m not surprised that Prop 8 passed, but this does not shock me. And this really does crystallize why the Gay Rights Movement is going to have a much harder time with its agenda than the Civil Rights Movement did.
Prop 8 passed because the pro-Prop 8 side had a better ground game than the anti-Prop 8 side. And as much as the anti-Prop 8 side does not want to hear this…..you deserved to lose.
Why? Because you didn’t learn the real lessons of both the Civil Rights Movement and, more recently, the Barack Obama campaign. Ground games matter my friends. And you thought that just because on the face of it Prop 8 looks ridiculous that people would see that it is ridiculous. What you didn’t realize was that when only one side is talking, they are the side that is going to get heard.
When you first heard that there were millions of dollars flowing in from other places in support of the passage of Prop 8, where were you? Why wasn’t there as much literature refuting the outright lies of the people who were for the passage of Prop 8 as there was literature from that side? Why were the anti-Prop 8 people not working in the Inland region of California the way the pro-Prop 8 people were? Putting money into the cause at the end doesn’t work when the vacuum has been filled by lies and misstatements.
As much as it saddens me to say this…..you got the result you deserved.
Well….my 10-minutes are up. I have to get back to class now. More later….maybe.