So I just read that one of the most backwards, homophobic, nasty, ugly, hate-filled conservative groups in Ohio (Citizens for Community Values) had a meeting with the nice folks over at Progress Ohio last week to discuss how they can work together to fight against bringing casinos to Ohio.

This bothers me for SO many reasons. So much so that I?ve decided to give up my self-imposed ban on posting about Issue 3 just this once.

My big pain point here is that CCV is using the same logic to fight the casinos that they used to fight the strip clubs. Namely, that it will “harm Ohio?s economy, increase crime and require increased social spending.”

In case you don?t remember, this is exactly the same reasoning they used back in 2007 to explain why strip clubs needed excessive regulations about proper attire, safe-distances between dancers and patrons, and early closing times.

And it?s exactly the same reasoning that Progress Ohio fought AGAI NST when they went head-to-head with CCV back then.

At the time, Progress Ohio mounted a great defense against CCV and the fucked up, backwards-ass, Christofascist regulations they were supporting. The Dancers for Democracy campaign was a huge win for Progress Ohio even if they eventually lost the war to those nutjobs.

And now PO is joining forces with these freaks? Flip-flopping on their original position? Adopting the same flawed logic for a different cause?

I?m not saying that it?s not plausable for PO to be against gambling ? a lot of liberal groups are taking the same stance.

But I do think it?s incredibly strange that PO didn?t think young ladies getting naked and dancing for money posed too much of a threat to our economy, crime rate or social spending yet old ladies dropping quarters into slot machines is going to bring about a Mad Max-like dystopian future to Ohio.

I really thought Eric and Tim were being too hard on Brian and Progress Ohio for selling out. But now I?m really starting to think they may be right.

 

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