Nothing constructive is ever built with negativity. Period. So
instead of blowing up at the first President in my lifetime to openly
advocate for gay rights, why don’t you do something constructive? Why
don’t you embrace his message? How about an ad campaign that has Obama
speaking from theHRC declaring support for
your goals, and asking Congress whether they want to join you and the
President in achieving those goals? How about going to Harry Reid, who
is in a tight election as it is, and asking him whether or not he will
join with the President and the gay community to endDADT andDOMA? How about stating that you stand in unison with the President, that you intend to work with him to achieve those goals.
understand that may not be as cathartic as knee-capping your own guy
while chanting “just words,” but it might be more productive. And it
isn’t settling. It isn’t telling you to shut up or relax or be patient.
It is telling you that working to change the status quo is more
productive than hurting your own team, even though throwing eggs and
making farty sounds with your armpit is more fun.
Part of working to change the status quo, though, is throwing eggs. I don’t understand the polar attitude that you can either criticize or be productive. It does not have to be “Obama sucks! We iz BETRAYED by Librul Jeezus! FINISH HIM!” or “Obama is great! He’s doing very well! Just give him time! And shut the fuck up!” It is entirely possible to hold in one’s mind the idea that Obama is the best president we’ve had in a long time, and that he’s not doing enough on X, Y or Z to move things along.