During President Obama's tenure, the LGBT community has seen an unprecedented recognition of our basic rights at the national level. Almost every victory, however, is because President Obama, not Congress, took action.
It's tempting for Democrats to dismiss the post-mortem of the post-mortem as nothing short of celebrating abject failure. But before we get to that, it is worth examining the structural changes happening in the Republican Party, because Democrats really can't afford to ignore such things.
With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.
This Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, millions of voters will head to the polls and stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. Although it's not a presidential election year, hitting the polls and participating in our democracy remains as crucial as ever.
It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.
The efforts of Curry, Sharpton and others in Florida during the Operation Lemonade effort illustrate the power and potential of what a diverse and committed coalition can do in the face of significant man-made barriers.
Take that apathetic voter forthwith to the nearest voting booth! There are 90 million eligible voters who won't vote because they can't be bothered. Ninety million people who will choose to stay home, even after all this nation has been through, and all this president has done.
When I was 12-years-old, I went door to door in my Lincoln, NE neighborhood for George McGovern. It didn't work, as Nixon won Nebraska that year with about 75 percent of the vote. But I was hooked and have been doing it in elections ever since.
Think of voting as learning how to drive. You wouldn't speed off in your first car without learning how to drive first (I would hope). Why are young voters expected to get in the driver's seat without an instruction manual on how to get started?