that expressing support for things is the exact same thing as doing them?
I’m frustrated. Every day, somewhere in the blogosphere, there is something that talks about the plight of the LGBT community. Or support for energy independence, for holding BP accountable. And, dutifully, people will be mournful and sad at how poorly people are treated.
Now, how bout those Knicks?
At the same time, there is no frustration and no little apologia for people in power who have utterly no intention of doing anything about these things.
So I ask .. is it cultural? What is it about the Democratic Party mindset that makes it think that sentiment is as good as actually doing something? President Obama is famous for this.
All the while, the far right shrieks and Democrats profess bemusement at why they are “so angry”. Uh, they’re not angry — they’re CALCULATING. They’ve discovered that if they go nuts and hold a grenade and threaten to hold their breath until they turn blue, the Democrats and Obama will try to find some middle ground between what is sane and the far right’s crazy game.
Now the homophobes want to put us in prison and have us executed. The rank and file Democrats say the homophobes are crazy.
What the Democrats in power are about is splitting both ends against the middle and the far right KNOWS THIS. Why is the far right not to think that, in a similar manner to energy policy, Obama will not just seek “ideas” from the far out freaks who want to kill us?
Maybe a good middle position is that we should just be forced to apologize in public for being gay .. that’s somewhere between prison and execution and full legal rights, right? Maybe gay men and women in the military should simply apologize for the temerity of daring to try to serve their country while gay.
After all, this is a middle ground between killing us and letting dogs gnaw on our corpses, and treating us as equal human beings. Why not? When you split all ends, no matter how calculatingly nutso, against the artificial middle, there is no reason for the ends not to get even more nutso.
And maybe a middle ground between destroying the Gulf and apologizing to BP, and energy independence, would just be converting everything over to methane, eh, and giving those very same companies the pass and the profits?
It works so well for them. I truly wish, though, people wouldn’t bitch and scream and cry about that which they have enabled for decades and continue to enable.