By Karen Ocamb | WEST HOLLYWOOD – LGBTQ+ people – this is not a drill. To fear. Be very scared of what will happen if MAGA Republicans win enough congressional seats in the Nov. 8 midterm elections to not only block President Biden’s Democratic agenda, but fulfill their cruel Trump fantasies about it. what America should look like under national Christian white supremacy.
Trump’s Supreme Court justices have already indicated that overturning Roe v Wade is just the beginning. MAGA Republicans want government control over the decisions of women, transgender and non-binary people regarding their own identity and bodily autonomy and they want the recriminalization of homosexuality, starting with the removal of the fundamental right to marriage equality.
For people of color, MAGA Republicans went far beyond restricting the right to vote. Now, just walking out the door takes courage. This was published by Statista Research Department September 12: “Unfortunately, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States only appears to be increasing, with a total of 730 civilians having been shot, including 71 black people, as of September 8, 2022. In 2021, there were 1,055 fatal shootings by police, and in 2020 there were 1,020 fatal shootings. The rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans was much higher than that of any other ethnicity in September 2022.
It’s not hyperbolic to say that our democracy – the promise of the Declaration of Independence, the very freedom to live an authentic life – is on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections as MAGA Republicans seek power only for power’s sake – not to create a more perfect union.
The proof? 2022 is on track to set a record for the number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures. NBC News/NBC Out reported“State lawmakers proposed a record 238 bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQ Americans this year — more than three a day — with about half of them specifically targeting transgender people. Nearly 670 Anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced since 2018, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the American Civil Liberties Union and the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans, with nearly all of the country’s 50 state legislatures having all weighed at least one bill.”
Republican MAGA congressmen often cite state and local data to propose federal action. Consider Republican Representative Ken Calvert. According Bloomberg.com, he supported a lawsuit in Texas asking the United States Supreme Court to intervene in the 2020 election, and he opposed certification of Biden voters from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Calvert said, “Today I lent my voice to the millions of Americans and my constituents who are deeply concerned about the integrity of the election.”
However, after the redistricting, Calvert now represents Palm Springs, California, which has an all-LGBTQ city council and is considered one of the LGBTQ-ist places on earth. They’re probably more concerned that — while Calvert may not have the same violent stripes as the rioters who scaled the walls of the US Capitol on January 6 — he’s still an insurgent spreading the big lie propaganda. of Trump on a stolen election.
Walk in Will Rollina brilliant gay former national security attorney who challenges Calvert for that reclining CA-41 congressional seat.
Will Rollins is the real patriot here.
“I was a federal prosecutor for five years in the Central District of California, specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence and helped prosecute some of the people who attacked the Capitol,” Rollins Tells Me About a New Limited Mid-Run YouTube Series. “As those of us in federal law enforcement responded to this attack, my opponent Ken Calvert, voting to void the election, voted against the commission to even investigate the attack. And then, even after it became clear that five police officers had died as a result of the attack, [he] called for the charges against the Capitol rioters to be dropped. I didn’t want to look back on my life and regret not stepping up when our country needed people to challenge those who don’t believe in the rule of law and our Constitution, regardless of political party.
Rollins has a lifelong interest in national security. He started in high school watching the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001. He wanted to join the military but feared being outed under “Don’t Ask.” , Don’t tell. He wanted to join the CIA as an Arabic linguist but was bad at learning the language.
Eventually Rollins went to Dartmouth, worked in media relations in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, went to Columbia Law School, clerk for a few judgesand was hired as an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he specialized in national security, including the prosecution of a QAnon cultist who attempted to attack a hospital ship in the Port of Los Angeles.
“As these growing threats from domestic extremism have arisen over the past five years, culminating on January 6, it became clear to me that I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines,” Rollin says.
Also interviewed in “The Time is Now: Racing to the Midterms” is Mark Gonzalez, the president of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party – which lists their approved candidates, including downside candidateson their LACDP.org website. Gonzalez recounts how Trump’s census lost California a congressional seat in the Eastside of Los Angeles – undercounting 100,000 people. It also explains why it’s important for men to stand up for the rights of women who are a major target of MAGA Republicans, as well as LGBTQ people, people of color and migrants.
It’s the first time the top-down races have included town races and local proposals that are usually on the ballot in March or June. Gonzalez shows leadership by admitting LACDP messed up by endorsing LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in his first election. Villanueva recently showed a very “Trumpian” gesture by having dozens of deputies execute a questionable search warrant in the early morning with our Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
“We made a mistake,” Gonzalez said. “I think what’s crucial to that is that when we endorsed the current sheriff, it was historic for us to endorse someone who was a Democrat for a hundred years and something and we did a crucial change to put someone who was and is a Democrat and expressed those values within the Democratic Party, unlike the previous Sheriff. Unfortunately, however, this particular Sheriff – many of our members, many Democrats across the county, feel they have been duped…. [Now] he has been on Republican platforms to talk about his program.
Gonzalez says LACDP now backs Villanueva’s challenger, former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, and calls for a ballot measure that gives the LA County Board of Supervisors the power and authority to remove a sheriff for breach of public trust.
“Election day begins the first week of October,” he says. “Why is this important? This is the sixth time that every registered California voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot. This is important because advertisements will increase. People are going to start putting their ballot in the ballot box and they’re going to look at it and they have literally a month to return it. The mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day for it to be counted.
Despite the stakes, we’ve yet to see a big push from Get Out The Vote. That’s what Max Huskins and I are producing this limited YouTube series.
We’re sick of letting MAGA Republicans claim ‘patriotism’ as they carry Confederate flags through the US Capitol, seeking to ‘hang’ Vice President Mike Pence and ‘get’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi so to stop the constitutional peaceful transfer of power. and install their fake prince as president. What the hell? Even in college sports, opposing teams line up and shake hands no matter who wins or loses the game.
Max and I are regular people with regular jobs – and we’re American patriots too. That’s why we reach out to you, to stand up for you as an individual patriot who also cherishes this country and what it and you can become. We must all work hard to fight the Trumpification of America and save our democracy.
And, as an LGBTQ person, I’m sick of always being afraid of making a straight person uncomfortable with my mere existence. I’m 72 and I don’t want to die as an official second-class citizen in this country I love.
We LGBTQ people must take our own power and help Democrats win so that we, too, have a chance to secure our fundamental constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.