Reelected: President Obama may be the first president whose
election was decided by society's now-former outcasts. Could
this be the beginning of a trend in global leadership?
and Queers' Determine U.S. Election (El Espectador,
"Having a progressive,
mixed race U.S. president is the least one can expect in a globalized world,
where the real minority is White, heterosexual, Anglo Saxon and Protestant, and
who when in power, have throughout history, marginalized women, substance
users, and the LGBT community seeking to defend their
legitimate rights, by calling them whores, junkies, and queers. Today it turns
out that united - whores, junkies, and queers are a powerful electoral force
that has stood up to elect a new kind of Western leader. Colombian politicians
should take note."
Obama’s victory is a victory for women, ethnic diversity,
the LGBT community, consumers of psychoactive
substances and the countries that produce them, and for young people and and
elderly, who all demonstrated that although a minority, they can be a majority that
carries political influence.
This is probably the first time that these groups installed
a president in the most powerful position in the world - and they did it by
supporting a sensible line of reasoning that in this election, faced the
fanatical and extremist superstitions of Republicans. So Obama’s victory is,
above all, a victory for reason.
Already, one of the great gains of Obama’s second term is
the legalization of gay marriage, which within just hours became a reality in
several states, and little by little it will be accepted worldwide, as it is obvious
that there is no valid reason to prohibit a community the option of formalizing
love and forming a family. The only arguments to ban it belong to a religious
tradition that must not be imposed on those who don't believe in it. This was
achieved though a strategic and coordinated effort by LGBT
groups and activists, along with the help of researchers and academics who
one-by-one dismantled the myths behind this ban: that the gay marriage is
unnatural, as if the institution of marriage were somehow natural, and that the
members of the gay community are immoral and irresponsible, when ethical
behavior has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
Meanwhile, Obama’s presidency comes with an atmosphere of legalization
(or better yet, fishing for legalization) - a necessary measure to be able to
control and reduce drug abuse, which has been proven to be historically and
culturally inevitable, and a prohibition which has been the teat that has nourished
drug trafficking to the point that it has became an unstoppable monster that
has claimed millions of lives - particularly Latin-American lives. Since Wednesday,
for example, marijuana legalization is a fact in the State of Colorado. This is
the first step to ending the stigmatization of its users and understanding that
insisting on prohibition is like repeatedly slamming your head against a wall
expecting that next time, your head will be stronger than stone.
The women of the United States, although a political minority,
are a numerical majority, proved that their well-being, particularly with
regard to sexual and reproductive rights, are crucial to the agenda of any politician
who wishes to be elected from now on. A candidate cannot hope to reach the
presidency by disrespecting the dignity of more than half the population with an
agenda that judges women for using contraceptive; forces some to have babies as
a result of rape; and stops others who want to become mothers through in vitro
Finally, having a progressive, mixed race U.S. president is
the least one can expect in a globalized world, where the real minority is White,
heterosexual, Anglo Saxon and Protestant, who when in power, have throughout
history, marginalized women, substance users, and the LGBT
community seeking to defend their legitimate rights, by calling them whores,
junkies, and queers. Today it turns out that united - whores, junkies, and
queers are a powerful electoral force that has stood up to elect a new kind of Western
leader. Colombian politicians should take note.
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