Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bette Says What We All Want To About Caitlyn's Politics

Lotsa folks got all pissy last week when news broke that Caitlyn Jenner, who, as Bruce Jenner, was a longstanding member of the GOP — not exactly the most LGBT–friendly group on the planet — announced that she had requested a ticket to the last Democratic Debate but couldn’t get into the hall so she watched it on television.

Afterwards she said she still planned on voting Republican because “they didn’t convince me.” And, at first I thought, well, that’s just dumb, but that’s her right. Maybe social issues, and civil rights issues, aren’t her greatest concern; so, like anyone else, she can choose to be a republican. I think it’s idiotic, but that’s just me.

But then … a tweet from Bette Midler seemed to say something:

And, she’s right. Caitlyn is uninformed about a lot of issues, many affecting her community and her gender.

Yet, as the If Only You News article pointed out, as a Republican, Caitlyn will likely vote against women, and women’s issues, even while accepting the Glamour Magazine ‘Woman of the Year’ award.

She will vote against the interests of PFLAG even as her mother wins their “Advocate Award”:

She will vote against the Human Rights Campaign’s interests while Tweeting how “imspired” she is by those who need the organization.

And she Tweets her support for Spirit Day, and taking a stand against bullying, and yet she’ll vote for the party that is most likely to continue bullying and denigrating the LGB community.

I’m all for celebrating Caitlyn’s journey of self-discovery, but when it comes to her politics, she hasn’t even taken the first real step.
blatantly stolen from If Only You News


Hot guys blog said...

Oh well, I'll still be watching the 2nd season of Cait. :)

the dogs' mother said...

loves the cartoon!

Michael Dodd said...

Also like the cartoon. Caitlyn, like many in this country, will vote for a party that does not have all (most?)of her best interests in mind because she thinks it supports certain values that matter to her. She is probably wrong in the case of the Republican Party because they do not represent any values at all, just interests. But she is not the only person who thinks/votes this way.

And I am sure there are people who would say this about the way I think/vote and about the political candidates (NEVER a party) that I support.

Mark in DE said...

While watching "I am Cait" it became obvious to me in several places that she's still got work to do. I am not at all defending her position to vote Republican. The physical transition from straight white male to questioning trans female may be complete, but the transition of her thinking is still in progress. Hopefully she will become better informed between now and Nov 2016.

Mitchell is Moving said...

I can't excuse Caitlyn Jenner's ability to remain so uninformed. My sense is that there's not much depth to her thinking. It's just all very narrowly about Caitlyn and nothing beyond that. I'm grateful to Bette for saying it.

Toni said...

I don't know. I think Caitlyn fits right in with the GOP party line. After all, they're the ones with the anti-abortion bumper sticker on the left side of the car, demanding gov't control over a woman's and fetus's body and the "The Gov't ain't your baby's daddy!" on the right.

Just doesn't make sense.

anne marie in philly said...

ya think she would realize...(smh)

Helen Lashbrook said...

You don't have to be brainy to be an athlete anymore than you need a brain to vote against your own interests and Caitlyn is in good company; plenty of people vote for the right, thinking that will help them. The right are only interested in one thing, helping their friends make money because money is power. The extreme right and the extreme left are more open, wanting naked power; control over us all, rich or poor, the Nazis in Germany and the Fascists in Italy (to a lesser extent) and the rich Arab states showed us that, as did the Communists in eastern Europe and China. As in most things moderation in politics is a necessity for equality for all.

Master Markus said...

I think one of the biggest issues is the two-party system in the U.S. (Well, beyond the whole "hate speech still being legal and sometimes accepted" thing).
I live in Canada, where we have at least 3 or 4 major political parties and that really helps even out everyone's interest. If you're really leaning socialist, vote NDP. If you're leaning conservative, we have a conservative party. If you're somewhere in between, Liberal would probably work for you.
It's not perfect - politics hardly can be - but it's BETTER!