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A lifetime later, the challenges are the same
A lifetime later, the challenges are the same
by Billy Glover - Special to the SGN

Billy Glover, one of the founders of ONE magazine and who was at the forefront of many advocacy movements in and around LA, is one of America's senior Gay rights activists.

There are several things about this election that many seem to think are terrible. I - horrors! - am agreeing with the "conservative" commentators who say, "let's have the discussion, let's not just try to gloss over disagreement on the issues." And as a liberal Democrat, I am enjoying the fuss between Obama And Clinton, and I think Bill is not harming us; if we lose the election, it will not be because of any of these three people. Millions of Democrats have had an opportunity to find someone to run that can win. And most columnists have been very good finding the true issues between Obama and Clinton. Leonard Pitts, I think is was, said, listen: Without King there would have been no bill for LBJ to support and sign, BUT without a little old grandma and hundreds of other unknown blacks, there might have been nothing for King to work with.

It is a weak argument to say that other people are upset at America over the war, W, etc., but I don't care what other people think - they have done no better - and I'm tired of hearing how much better off homosexuals are in other countries. We have heard that since the '50s and in some ways they seem ahead, but in the '60s we knew from our co-workers in Der Kreis, etc. that they were NOT better off, even because of such practical things as housing, and they could not come out any more than we could as they still had families and jobs to worry about, etc.

As I walk in the local (and at one time great) mall and see at least six major stores closing, I know that nothing is permanent, including politicians. In Shreveport when I grew up, I never thought there would ever NOT be one of the large department stores, and yet in 20 years they all disappeared, mostly replaced by Dillards. And then I go to LA in the late '50s and had no idea that all of the major stores I dealt with through the '60s would disappear - Bullock's, Broadway, Buffums, Robinsons' May, Barker Bros, etc. Now we have that damn Yankee east coast store, Macy's, and that holds true in Chicago, etc.

Have fun. A friend says no one would take a VP job if Hillary wins as they would always be ignored and Bill would be the major player. Well, lighten up. Anyone could do it, if they had a sense of humor and had some of the qualities that our founders had, namely the ability to learn to do what you can.

I'm 75, if there is one thing I have learned over my years of experience, it is this: we will survive. Most of the worthless people have no power and don't vote, anyway. I challenge anyone to explain how else the three main civil rights movements have achieved so much so quickly (under 50 years in our case, even less to those nuts who think our movement started with Stonewall): Women vote, there are openly homosexual characters on TV, there are black governors and mayors, and even black police chiefs in cities where blacks were beaten in the '60s.

So I doubt the future historians will think of this time as a bad time or that we have gone backward. All we have to do is keep on the way we have been, because the challenges are the same. There have always been a few "Christians" who have doubted themselves and, to hide that, have pushed to make their religious beliefs the law of the land. The reason we can't allow it is that while they may be the majority now, what about places where Muslims, Hindus, etc. are? They would be the first to shout about separation of church and state. And we know that it was southern Democrats from before the Civil War that kept us from even discussing slavery and from passing civil rights law, and now it is southern Republicans. Nothing changed.

All it takes is for those who do believe in what the founders gave us - the Constitution - to speak and act and vote, and we can survive ignorant people, even Supreme Court justices who don't seem to know of the Ninth amendment, and are NOT the majority.

The trouble with rightwingers is that, like that senator from Idaho, they don't believe, or practice, what they preach. If we do, that will make us the deciders.
 

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