Don’t ask (me to support you). Don’t tell (me you don’t understand why).

15
Oct
2010

Dear President Obama,

What the hell is wrong with you? Why is your administration defending a ban (DADT) that you admit is discriminatory? During the campaign (and since) you have repeatedly vowed to end the ban, while doing very little to actually accomplish that. Of all the promises you have broken, this one makes the least sense of all. As vast majorities support ending the ban, you (as commander in chief) could have ended it with the stroke of a pen. At the very least you could have put in place a moratorium on enforcement while you awaited action in congress.  Your actions had all the political cover you would have needed. You would have been keeping a promise. A promise to people like me, who believed in you and fought very hard for your election, only to now feel (repeatedly) thrown under the bus by you and your administration. You mention that ending the ban in this way (or stopping its enforcement) would endanger the military, but you offer no rationale for continuing this bigotry other than an unspecified fear of change. What happened to “the fierce urgency of now”? What happened to “hope”? Remember how you played us all with your empty promises about your so called “bedrock principles”? The last two years have not been easy to swallow as you and your administration repeatedly let us all down in the following ways:

1. Refused to fight with vigor for the things promised during the campaign (bargaining away a public option, DADT, reduced stimulus, Guantanamo)

2. Actively went back on promises or compromised your supposed principles (expansion of executive power, continuation of police state favored by Bush)

3. Failed to change “politics as usual” by appointing the fox to guard the henhouse (your entire economic team) which favored wall street over main street, the stock market over job creation.

I dont blame you entirely for the failures brought on by the clear obstructions of the Republicans in congress, and I do feel that in a number of cases your heart was in the right place. I also clearly feel that we are far better off as a country than if McCain had been elected. But it is a bitter disappointment to once again have to return to the polls not with “hope”, but rather with an unenthusiastic commitment to “the lesser of two evils”.

You wonder why there is no enthusiasm leading into this election? It is abundantly clear. You don’t seem to understand who elected you and why. Your craven run to the center right is not at all what your supporters expected of you, and they are not pleased. Your decision yesterday to defend a law you know to be discriminatory is just another nail in your coffin, and we will all suffer for it. You had an opportunity to stand up for what is right, and you again took a pass, insulting all of us in the process.

Very sincerely,

Stephen Disappointed Suess

Wrong Diagnosis

19
Jan
2010

Brown may win in Massachusetts. Coakley is a shitty candidate. And this may be a bit of a referendum on health care, but not the way you think. I maintain AGAIN that if people are upset with the health care bill, it is not because it is some sort of socialist/communist takeover. They are upset, nay pissed off that it is such a win for the vested interests of insurance companies and drug makers at the expense of the people it is supposed to help. Lawmakers do deserve to be punished for this. I am sick to death of hearing that this “backlash” has anything to do with some leftward lurch of the country when it is so demonstrably false. The problem is that the people got shafted, again. The way large industries control the policy making in Washington, we might as well just pay our taxes directly to them. As it is there is only the thinnest veneer of paying them to the government, so quickly does it pass to those who need it the least. Unfortunately, electing Brown will just make a bad situation even worse.

In the long run, we will all be dead.

4
Nov
2009

I am disheartened by the results in Maine. And although happy about the (seeming) victory in Washington, for me Maine was the more important battle. Here’s why: Maine was about treating people equally in the eyes of the law, whereas Washington is still about letting you lesser folks have your own, separate drinking fountain. Sure, a drinking fountain when you are thirsty is better than no water at all. But it still says you are something different and most definitely not equal in all ways before the law. That people are so willing, still, in this day and age to discriminate against others is a kick in the gut. I know (and even the crazy right wing knows) that despite our fits and starts, one day our legal equality will happen. This is a foregone conclusion at this point. But the last gasps of the haters and their twisted logic is truly an ugly thing to behold. In the long run, I believe we will eventually have equal rights in this country. Of course, in the long run, we will all be dead.