What Wikileaks Confirms for Us Outsiders and What We Can Do About It

While we should doubt the authenticity of some of John Podesta’s emails that were stolen by the Russian government and leaked by Wikileaks, we have learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in Clinton-world from them. This week’s story about Clinton insider Doug Band and “Bill Clinton Inc” confirmed for political outsiders something that we have always known. The political and economic elite work to enrich themselves and their friends.

I’ve never met Doug Band, but I suspect he’s like most insiders who have made it in the establishment system. I’m sure he’s never had an original thought or idea, but he knows the right people. He’s an inside the box thinker who plays by all the rules, and kisses all the right asses. He’s the embodiment of what most Americans hate about the political and economic system.

The Doug Band story will hurt the Clintons politically because all politics is personal, and the story really hits home of a lot of us outsiders. It’s personal for us because we know that well-connected people like Band rake in millions, while the rest of us struggle for survival. The story reminds us of the barriers that slam us every day in our quest for the American Dream. We are reminded of all the unreturned phone calls and emails, and all the job applications that aren’t even acknowledged. It reminds us of our desperate search for a break that seems like it will never come. The story reinforces our belief that only those in “the club” will ever succeed in this country.  Continue reading “What Wikileaks Confirms for Us Outsiders and What We Can Do About It”

I Voted for Gary Johnson in 2012, But I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton This Year

I wrote in my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too), that I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012. I did that because I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Mitt Romney. I know a lot of people are thinking of voting for Johnson this year because they can’t vote for Trump.

For many of those voters, they don’t see Hillary Clinton as an option because she’s always been their political enemy and they don’t think they can trust her. I wrote this piece about my journey to seeing that she is the best candidate for president, and I trust her. Here’s how I came to see I could trust her by trying to put myself in her shoes:

The final part of my Clinton evolution was more personal. It was when I realized that she’s a good person with honorable intentions. I did that by trying to put myself in her shoes. It wasn’t very hard to do because, like Clinton but on a much smaller scale, I’ve been attacked by political enemies during most of my career. As an openly gay former Republican activist, I’ve been attacked by the anti-gay segment of the right who aren’t tolerant of gays, and by some LGBT people on the left who have called me a traitor to the cause.

Political attacks are part of the business and I let most of them roll off my back, but the ones that actually hurt my feelings are the ones that question my motives or intentions. Those attacks often times allege that I do certain things or take a particular position in order to gain money or attention, or that I have a secret hidden agenda. The truth is, in everything I do, I just want to help people and make our country better.

That’s what motivates Hillary Clinton, too. By reflecting on my experience, I came to see that most of the attacks Hillary Clinton over the years have created a false narrative about her motives. That’s when I concluded that I could trust her. While there will be times when I disagree with her on specific policies, or question her strategies or tactics, I trust her because I know that she’ll do what she believes will help people and make our country better.

Please read my entire essay here. I hope that my perspective will help you in your presidential candidate decision making process this year.

 

 

Together for America

Many of you know that I have decided to support a Democrat for president for the first time in my life. (My endorsement of Hillary Clinton.) I’m not the only one! There are a lot of us. I have added my name to a list of prominent Republicans and independents who are supporting Hillary Clinton this year.

You can join the growing number of us here. -> togetherforamerica.com

We are presented with two very different visions of America, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. This election is fundamentally about who we are as a country, and it’s so important to speak out and do whatever we can to elect Hillary Clinton president. Staying on the sidelines isn’t an option. That’s why so many of us are standing with her Together for America. I hope you’ll join us.

***UPDATE*** The Wall Street Journal has this post. -> Clinton Campaign Releases List of GOP Backers

Recent Press Links

I’ve been quoted in a number of recent national politics news stories. Here are the links to a few of those stories:

Log Cabin, Former GOProud Leader Differ on Mike Pence, The Advocate, July 15

An Openly Gay Speaker Will Address The GOP Convention For The First Time In 16 Years, Huffington Post, July 14

Donald Trump Picked His Running Mate And You’ll Never Guess Who It Is, Elite Daily, July 14

Here’s everything gay advocates think is wrong with the Republican Party’s platform, Rare, July 13

Trump’s LGBT support after Orlando excites some, angers others, Newsday, June 23

Obama visits Orlando as Trump tries to get gay support, Bay Area Reporter, June 23