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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hope for Obama

Today is history unveiled before us and I have great optimism for the direction we are all headed, together. Remembering that (to use Bishop Gene Robinson's words) Obama is "human and not a messiah", what are your hopes for the beginning of Obama presidency?


  1. To quote from the inaugural speech:

    "On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

    On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

    We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

    If we can start with that this then we'll all be in good shape!

  2. Thanks for that quote, Rick. I'll try to pass it along.

    I believe this is the best hope we've had since the unfulfilled hope of the Clinton years for the advancement of equality for glbt people. But we will have to push for it. "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." (MLK)
    We must hold him and our representatives responsible for the promises they have made to get rid of DADT, as it not only mandates but teaches discrimination. And then there is DOMA. And on and on.