The GLAAD Presidential Forum August 2019
An interesting thing about this forum was that when the moderators sat with the candidates, the questions asked were specific to the candidate. The questions were about something known about the candidate.
After a brief introduction by Angelica Ross, we hear from presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.
I think of Jimmy Carter. I was just a kid when Jimmy Carter became president, but I had an awareness that peanut butter doubled in price after he took office. I always blamed Jimmy Carter for that. I didn’t know they made him give up the peanut farm. Sorry, Jimmy. And I wondered if Marianne would give up her farm, the website/storefront that sells all her books and tapes. I knew people who were addicted to Marianne tapes; they copied the tapes and gave them away. I’ve listened to many, many hours of Marianne tapes. Sometimes there were meetings that consisted solely of someone playing Marianne tapes. I am glad that some people felt helped by these tapes, but I thought the talks were sometimes funny, often superficial.
“You make me president, I’ll have your back,” says Marianne. Sounds a little quid-pro-quo-ish. While Marianne’s politics are vastly different, in personality she appears to be similar to Trump: she is given to temper tantrums. Why is Marianne still running for president? Could it be a “once in a lifetime money making opportunity, greatest infomercial in political history, always a marketing opportunity”?
Marianne brought up some good ideas in the early debates, but she is not presidential. She can claim credit for founding Project Angel Heart, but its survival over the years was and is because Marianne did not manage it. Same for Marianne’s proposal for a Department of Peace, “it’s out of my hands.”
Joe Sestak is probably a nice guy. He sounded honest when he said he served along side gays in the military. His talk though sounded like he was trying out for Toastmasters. And I don’t know why military service qualifies someone for the presidency. George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight Eisenhower; those were special cases.
Bumbling Joe Biden. Everyone was asked the same question and had three minutes to respond. They all must have been advised of the format before the forum began. As you are hearing, they all wanted to talk about themselves instead. Joe Biden was different. Completely thrown off by the question. Wanted to talk about Stonewall. Etc.
Asked about his Pence “nice guy” comment, responds to the moderator, “you’re a lovely person” then off the rails on a childhood memory, which reminds him of his son, Beau.
Big hugs for the moderator, before and after his talking part. Cory Booker always wants to talk a little longer in responding to a question than he should. Kind of reminds us of that song by Diana Ross and the Supremes, You Can’t Hurry Love.1
… how long must I wait; how much more can I take, before lonliness will cause my heart, heart to break, … keeps me hanging on … how many heartaches must I take before I find the love that’ll make me live again …
Invoking the name of Martin Luther King Jr. at a LGBTQ forum was problematic, unintentionally so perhaps, because few know that MLK rejected James Baldwin’s offer to join King’s crusade for civil rights.
Aloha, but does not answer the question. Mentions HRC, but this is the GLAAD forum. Continues with “The Cost of War.” Tulsi Gabbard seemed uncomfortable at this forum.
“Hi everybody.” Mostly about her record. “The clock is ticking.” Record, “on and on.”
Another starched crystal white shirt, tie, no jacket, no hugs. End the war on trans Americans. Equality Act. No exemptions for religions to discriminate. Asked about blood giving ban, would have FDA re-examine the issue.
Amy Klobuchar does answer the question and gives a good performance. Met Matthew Shepard’s parents. Calling Orlando Pulse survivor, Brandon, to stay out on the stage while she spoke was a bit over-the-top though.
Reads the names of deceased trans women. Does not quote, but tells a convoluted version of Matthew 25. Professor/Senator Warren is rusty here. Matthew 25 is actually three parables in one chapter. I’ve included the entire chapter below with markers between stories.
Warren says, “spoiler, the goats are going to hell.” I think she wanted to say that republicans are going to hell. We can assume that Warren has not seen nor read Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Goats are not republicans. Goats are lovable. Goats make fine pets; if you have the space and the foliage, consider getting a pair2 for your backyard.
Matthew 25 can be interpreted as the ultimate capitalist manifesto. In the first story virgins who have no oil in their lamps are turned away. They are told to go to the market and buy their own oil. Later more virgins come. They are late and are told they are not welcome.
The second story in Matthew 25 is about investing. Those who have more will get more; those who have less will get less, or none.
The third story in Matthew 25 is the part Elizabeth Warren was talking about - the sheep and the goats. This story takes place about 1900 years before Disney. There were no talking sheep in Matthew 25. It is a story of reflection, a meditation telling listeners: be good to all my people and you can be like the sheep and join me in the afterlife.
“We are called on to act,” concludes Warren. You may have a different interpretation.
Another interesting point about Matthew is that before he was an apostle and scribe, he was a tax accountant and tax collector.
Asked about a youth who was told he would not find a “forever family because folks just don’t want gay kids.” Twenty-first century ideas on immigration.
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The Gospel of Matthew, King James Edition
25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.