The gay activist Fred Karger has devoted much of the past few years to Californians Against Hate, where he’s battled Prop 8’s supporters, and most recently the tax evasion shenanigans of the National Organization for Marriage. But think how much more effective he could be if he were elected to office. The highest office.
On his website FredKarger.com, he writes, “I am strongly considering becoming a candidate for President of the United States in 2012.” Big dreams, buddy! We tell little school kids they can be anything they want to be, but those are lies! What makes you think you’ve got the chops?
I would be an unconventional candidate, and if I run, I will wage an unconventional campaign. I want to help determine the direction of this country, and in the process, work to redefine the Republican Party. My thirty-five years of experience as a fighter in politics places me in a unique position to run. I have worked on nine Presidential campaigns; this would be my tenth. I have managed dozens of other campaigns all over the country, and would bring that wealth of experience to my own candidacy.
I would build a credible campaign, and would strive to engage and register new and younger voters. My campaign would be highly strategic and utilize the latest digital media technology to attract volunteers and raise the necessary funds. I would likely be the only true outsider running in either party. I would be the first openly gay candidate to seek the nomination of a major political party as its Presidential candidate. I would discuss issues important to the gay and lesbian community such as: ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pass the federal Employment Anti-Discrimination law, eliminate the federal Defense of Marriage Act, make Gay Marriage the law of the land and make finding a cure for HIV / AIDS and a vaccine to prevent HIV a new national priority.
Oh. Well. That sounds pretty nice! But running for president would also mean one other thing: Turning over all your financials, including your IRS tax returns, which the National Organization for Marriage has been bullying you to do via subpoena. But if you’re cool with that, yes, let’s get the ball started. Not because Fred Karger will win against Barack Obama in 2012, but because he will force other candidates to address their serious lacking of support for equality.