Best president of my lifetime, ctd.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm | Barack Obama, teh gay

Another milestone:

New regulations regarding hospital visitation rights went into effect Tuesday, paving the way for members of the LGBT community to have further control over their own medical decisions.

Under the new protocol, initiated last April and developed over the following months, hospitals partaking in Medicare and Medicaid must now allow all patients to decide visitation rights, as well as who to entrust with making medical decisions on their behalf, regardless of sexual or gender identity.

“This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years,” White House deputy director of public engagement Brian Bond wrote on the White House blog.

Actual family values. Isn’t that something?

-hw

7 Responses to “Best president of my lifetime, ctd.”

  1. cbmc Says:

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/01/18/cheney/

    genuinely glad that for you the glass is half-full.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Well, half-full ain’t full. I don’t know entirely what to do about it, but I sure as hell know sitting out 2012 ain’t the answer.

  3. cbmc Says:

    It’s not “the answer,” but it’s a perfectly reasonable response – if you can stomach pulling the lever for a guy who signs off on the torture of children being held without charge in secret prisons, it’s all good, I don’t try to dissuade anybody from voting

  4. Henry Whistler Says:

    It’s a reasonable response if you can edit the existence of Republicans out of your mind’s eye.

    I long for a world where you and I represent two ends of a spectrum. It doesn’t exist.

  5. cbmc Says:

    Look — if one guy tortures a prisoner while saying “I have the right to torture a prisoner” and the other guy tortures a prisoner while saying “we need to do better than this,” there is no difference to the prisoner. Refusing to support people who openly and willfully perpetrate genuine human evil is a sane, reasonable moral response to that evil, especially when these people will read your vote as “you told me you liked what I was doing.” It’s also a sane response to focus on the positive — who wants to dwell long on the evils of not only this admin but all of them? Staying home on the grounds that you don’t want to condone ongoing violations of human rights is utterly sensible. I’m sorry if the many people who feel that way end up getting an even worse president in, but it would be easy-peasy to get all of them to the polls: stop torturing prisoners. We all went to the polls in 2008, and held our noses and voted for the guy who was going to bring moral seriousness back to the White House, and now he signs off on torture & unlawful detention. One guy who signs off on torture is the same as the next one, as far as a lot of people are concerned, and that can’t really be surprising to anybody.

    The number of people who feel as I do about this will increase every election cycle until Democrats get serious about this. It’s not some pet concern. It’s fundamental human rights and basic human decency, and when neither party has it, neither is worth supporting.

  6. Henry Whistler Says:

    I wish moral clarity on one issue solved all other issues- it doesn’t.

  7. cbmc Says:

    On this point, we agree!