Back Talk

Dear Readers,
Your brilliant comments to my even more brilliant posts just don’t get a fair shake. So, we here at granolapark corporate headquarters have decided to give your comments the special attention they deserve. Here is a post made up entirely of YOUR comments.

– Gilbert

COMMENTS on Ruben vs. Raskin

“{Raskin] was breathing fire, all aflame for the Democratic “party of the people,” hot to be the “champion of the people,” and burning to work for the “common rights of the people.” This is from a Bethesda-raised graduate of Georgetown Day School and Harvard Law School, keep in mind.”

I typically agree with your commentary, but why the cheapshot? Can people born into privilege not recognize their own privilege and work for a system that would allow others less fortunate to share the privilege? Just because a person attends private schools and is born in an affluent zip code does not automatically make them unaware and out-of-touch with other citizens. In fact, many of the private schools in this area make a concerted effort to teach their students to recognize their own privilege and give back to others so as to breakdown the socio-economic walls that separate those worlds. Your seemingly crass assessment is akin to reverse racism and sexism that only reestablishes misconceptions of socio-economic differences.

I first heard of Jamie Raskin via his signage all over TP. I commented to a politically astute friend that I would put money on the fact that he was probably the son of Marcus and another elite clever boy who went to Harvard and is all set to let the world in on his special gifts. I was gently rebuffed as being cynical so of course I went home and googled and lo and behold, he is the elite son of an elite and he did go to Harvard. I laughed out loud. Cynical? No. I worked for clever boys for years in the public interest sector. They come from families that pride themselves on their clever liberalism and manage to actually avoid anything that might cause them true discomfort.

I watched clever boys leave the public interest arena and head into “higher” offices where they promptly sold down the river all kinds of policy ideals they had worked on for years. It doesn’t surprise me that loser liberal scum like Gephardt, Daschle and Harkin are supporting him. They want him in their pockets as soon as possible.

Of course I also laughed when I got home one day to find a full color glossy from Ida Ruben telling me how much she likes good education and other good things and proved it by showing her with lots of good people she likes and how much I should vote for her cause she is so diverse in her liking and photographs and good stuff. Especially interesting as I have lived in her district for a total of 20 years and never gotten one single piece of malarkey from her until she was challenged by Raskin.

I am not impressed by either. Can you tell? I have slogged thru a lot of liberal slobber in my working and voting life and I’ve finally decided that until a party can come up with someone who has both intellect and integrity I will pass. I know what liberals are up close and personal.
One candidate I do support is Donna Edwards in her bid to unseat Al Wynn. He is as close to being a republicrap as possible without actually kissing Karl Rove. No I don’t work on her campaign, for which she would most likely be grateful, but I will be voting for her in the primaries.

Betsy B.
COMMENT on City Declares War on Ethiopia
Our City Council is taking sides on issues in Ethiopia? If we declare ourselves against the Ethiopian government, where does this put us when the Islamic jihadists now in charge of much of Somalia declare war on Ethiopia? Do we become de facto allies of the Somalian Islamic jihad, which is already in conflict with the UN-supported transitional government of Somalia (which is also backed by our City’s nominal ally, the United States of America)?

And once we ally ourselves with the Somalian Islamic jihad, are we also allies of their sponsor, Al Queda? Do we eventually link up with Hezbollah? Do we need a City Clerk for Foreign Relations? Will we be invaded and occupied by US troops? Is our insurgency prepared for this?

In any event, perhaps the Ethiopian community has taught the City Council a lesson.

COMMENT on Politics on Parade

I will NOT vote for Del. Gareth Murray. His voting record, at least on an issue of concern to gay and lesbian citizens is not progressive at all. During the 20th Dist. delegates’ debate, Del. Murray indicated that he was the only candidate who did not support marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Furthermore, Del. Murray does not appear to support civil unions or even a domestic partnership type of arrangement for those of us in loving, life-long relationships with persons of the same gender. In 2004 Del. Murray refused to vote for the Medical Decision Making Act — which was written to grant domestic partners medical decision-making and hospital visitation rights. The bill passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 103-30 that year, with 23 Republicans supporting it … but not Del. Murray. In 2005, Del. Murray again tried to derail the Medical Decision Making Act (please see
attached links).

On this issue Del. Murray is particularly distinguishable from the other candidates running for Delegate in Dist. 20.

Marion Manning

Silver Spring

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Gilbert is the pseudonym of a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, long-time Takoma Park resident who maintains the granolapark blog. Gilbert and William L. Brown — Granola Park's mild-mannered chief of staff, researcher, and drink pourer — have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

1 Comment on "Back Talk"

  1. On 8/17/06, Matt of Silver Spring wrote:
    First of all, I take offense to Ms. Manning’s claim that Delegate Murray is anything less than a staunch advocate for equal rights. I have met Delegate Murray, and find him one of the hardest working advocates for equal rights in our county.
    I encourage readers to inspect what Delegate Murray actually said in his interview in the Blade (in the article Ms. Manning posted)–legitimate and thoughtful concerns, especially when considering the “down low brother” culture. Further, Murray’s concerns about the religious vote have been constantly misunderstood: he supports full and equal rights for gay couples— civil unions (legal unions, full-right unions, whatever you want to call them) as he has said publicly, but notes marriage is a religious ceremony, and conveys no rights. Herein, Murray brings up a relevant point— semantics have really gotten in the way of the core issue of equal rights; enough, unfortunately, to cause backlash across our nation [by far more than stereotypically ‘religious’ voters] via broad state referendums banning any same-sex unions. It doesn’t hurt for Marylander’s to push for marriage, but let’s make sure we get our footing first.
    It is clear that Delegate Murray supports equal rights, and as an African American growing up in the turbulent civil rights movement, he ostensibly has extra incentive to propose public policy that will actually achieve these rights. It is true, Murray did not vote for the medical decision making act in committee in 2004, but it was only after he saw the majority of HGO had passed the bill. His vote was an act of protest over how the bill was crafted, not over the concept of the bill. Delegate Murray certainly did not try to “derail” the medical decision-making act in 2005. In fact, he proposed his own version of the bill, the Basic Human Rights Act, partially out of fear that Governor Ehrlich would veto anything establishing a state-run registry for domestic partners. Shelving this worry, Murray melded the fundamental idea of the Basic Human Rights Act– improving privacy to prevent unauthorized access of information about domestic partners– into a successful amendment to the Medical Decision Making Act– which he voted for in 2005, by the way. In fact, Murray gave a speech on the House floor supporting the Medical Decision Making Act!
    Although happy with the Medical Decision Making Act’s passage, Murray’s initial worry with the Ehlrich proved all too poignant. It is an often overlooked fact that the Medical Decision Making Act (of 2006) was vetoed by Governor Ehrlich, as Murray predicted, and Equality Maryland was forced to make back channel negotiations with Ehrlich. This produced a less satisfying bill, likened to advanced directive legislation.
    I’d have to agree with Ms. Manning’s conclusion that Delegate Murray is distinguishable on the issue of basic human rights for the community. I’d add, of course, that along with Heather Mizer, he is probably one the best representatives for equal rights that we could elect. Dan Furmansky, Executive Director of Equality Maryland, our areas biggest GLBT group, would agree as well, as Equality Maryland has endorsed Murray for the 2006 election! Despite past disagreements notable in old press, Furmansky has recognized Murray’s true intentions, and I quote Furmansky from the Washington Blade, in a far more recent article (compared to Ms. Manning’s post):
    “It’s a very competitive race,” he says. “The incumbents are all really great. Delegate [Gareth] Murray has really emerged as a strong advocate for issues of fairness and justice in GLBT constituents.”

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