Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
My opinion is that politicians should be able to empathize with everyone, not just their friends, business associates and family, as a requirement for the job. The inability to empathize with others causes many political problems and unnecessary disputes.
His change of heart shows the value of coming out to the people around you, since many people can't empathize well with outsiders. To oppose discrimination and oppression, other wrongly demonized people should also "come out," including unpopular religions, responsible recreational drug users and alternative sex practioners.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 03-16-13 at 02:33 PM.
Some people, more than others, have learned to see other people as they would see their friends, family and associates...as human beings worthy of basic respect with differing ways of expressing the same basic needs and desires. Those people should be our political leaders.
Based on the polls showing changed views on gay marriage within the last couple of years, this quality is lacking amongst the public also. It took a critical mass of out gay people and their friends and families to convince the majority of the public that gays are actually people also.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 03-16-13 at 02:46 PM.