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Well, It's Been a Year

President Obama has been in office for one year. Yay.

During this year, we have seen the party of "NO" gain momentum with tea parties and charismatic former and current beauty queens and scary "we must stop socialism/Obama's coming for your guns" tactics.

Why has this worked? Two reasons: 1. The Republican party grabbed at anything that seemed to energize their party, no matter how radical or half-true. 2. The Democrats did nothing to counter it.

Those of us on the fringe, who advocate for less mainstream ideas like lgbt rights, were, as Michelangelo Signorile put it, "the canaries in the coal mine." He and others not assimilated into the political machine noticed the problems early on, but few paid attention to the signs.

We have a leader who waits for others to lead. Even if he couldn't get the Republicans to pull their heels out from where they had dug them in, he had the ability to speak - very eloquently and persuasively - his views on health care, the wars, the economy, and other issues that his base supported him for. Yet he did not.

He waited until the March for Equality was suddenly looking like it would be well-attended, to get in to speak at the Human Rights Campaign dinner (and ended up opening for a much more vocal lgbt advocate, Lady Gaga). It was a very eloquent speech, of course, full of the same promises he made during his campaign. But, as HRC and other so-called lgbt rights leaders are now finding out, there are NO PLANS to put these promises into action.

He waited until Ted Kennedy's supposed "logical" and shoe-in replacement was suddenly at risk, to make a last minute, too-little-too-late push to try and secure her victory. Instead, Ted Kennedy will be replaced with a man who would make him roll over in his grave. A conservative in moderate's clothing who accepted donations from the National Organization for Marriage, the main proponent of Prop 8 in California and Maine's equivalent, "Yes on Question One."

Now, liberal outlets are lamenting the loss of the "filibuster-proof" majority in the Senate. Why? They didn't use it when they had it!

The President has spent a great deal of time reaching across the aisle to a party that is just as inflexible as before, while managing to alienate his own base.

Am I sorry I voted for Obama? No. It beats the hell out of McCain/Palin. What I'm sorry about is that these two were my only real choices. It's politics as usual and the people lose no matter who's in the White House.

Paraphrasing what Larry Flick said on OutQ this morning, "Don't be too upset that Scott Brown won in Massachusetts. Sure he doesn't care about you. But the truth is, neither did Martha Cokley."


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Jan. 21st, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Hate to say it, but I really wish that President Obama had more in common with the Candidate Obama I was inspired by.

I'm not giving up on him just yet.. but.. I am slipping..

However, like you said - beats the hell outta McCain/Palin.
Jan. 21st, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
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