[guest post by Dana]
It is common knowledge, again confirmed during this commencement season of student protests, that there is a segment of the population that firmly rejects those who do not think and believe the way they do. No individuals allowed. In other words, groupthink- …the desire for conformity in the group… results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints… As a result of this narrow-minded bigotry, the conversation is shut down before it even begins.
Here is what happens when someone breaks rank: Anne Marie Schubert is running for District Attorney in Sacramento. Schubert is a lesbian, a mother and a Republican. And, ironically, her brother just happens to be one of the leading figures behind Proposition 8. As such, gay and lesbian activist groups are working overtime to defeat her because she did not speak out against Proposition 8, as was expected of her. (She’s gay, she must be against it!)
However, according to her political consultant, Anne Marie Schubert did not speak out against Prop. 8 as she has never been involved with that area of activism. Also,
[S]he was running for judge, and California discourages judges from expressing political opinions.
Did this make a difference to the gay activists? Absolutely not.
They believe she should have “held a news conference with her then-partner and their two children denouncing the [Prop 8] initiative,” according to the AP’s Don Thompson. They have also “wanted an opportunity to punish Frank Schubert [Anne’s brother] for a long time,” gay legal activist Kathleen Finnerty told Thompson–even though Prop 8 was long since struck down by the courts.
Reading further, it’s interesting to note that,
Financial reports filed with Sacramento County show Anne Marie Schubert accepted at least $2,600 in campaign contributions from her brother.
Aha! It all comes together now.
According to the gay community, Prop. 8 is not the only reason they are opposing Schubert,
Members of the gay community say their backing of Schubert’s main opponent has to do with more than Proposition 8. They say she never engaged with them before she began running for office.
That shouldn’t matter to voters, Schubert’s supporters say.
“She’s been very clear on her orientation, but also that it has nothing to do with her job,” said Gilliard, Schubert’s political consultant.
At the end of the day, equality and tolerance are no longer enough.
Schubert’s struggles reflect an increasing political radicalization of the gay community, which has moved far beyond arguing for tolerance and equality, and now increasingly backs efforts to enforce conformity.