If we look back on American History we will find that all of the patriotic rhetoric of freedom, justice, equality for all, etc., were just that–rhetoric. In action, there was freedom and democracy for some, not for all. Yet president after president, and politicians went on and on about America’s virtues promoting justice and equality, and all the while restricting and denying the rights and liberties of other Americans. Those Americans such as people of Color and women eventually “rebelled” via civil rights movements and demanded that they too receive equal treatment under the Law, and that politicians practice what they preached; justice for all. Now the people of the LGBTQ Community are demanded their civil rights, and that once again politicians practice what they preach. In this case, President Dubya Bush, when he recently went to Russia and some of the former Soviet Republics.
Speaking in Latvia on the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, George Bush lectured Russia and Vladimir Putin, saying, “The promise of democracy is fulfilled by minority rights, and equal justice under the rule of law, and an inclusive society in which every person belongs.”
Mr. President, you support amending the U.S. and state constitutions to deprive a minority – gay people – of a right the majority takes for granted and sees as fundamental, namely marriage. You oppose giving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans equal protections under the law from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Your administration has relentlessly sought to exclude even the words ‘gay,’ ‘lesbian,’ ‘bisexual,’ and ‘transgender’ from any federal funding initiative.
So, the question is, ‘If minority rights, equal justice under the law, and inclusive society are good for the Baltics and Russia – why not here at home?'”
Well given America’s hypocritical history when it comes to promoting civil rights and liberties (ie: the Bill of Rights only applied to some people before all the political movements) it should come as no surprise that even in the year 2005, groups of people such as the LGBTQ Community are still waiting for their fair share of civil rights, freedom, and democracy. Yeah, ‘justice for all‘ my ass. We could be much better and actually practice what we preach, before we go off and lecture the rest of the world on democracy and freedom.