Regular readers know I’ve been exceptionally disenchanted with President Obama for the past year or so. Whether it’s been extending the “Patriot” Act, the Bush Tax Cuts or refusing to prosecute the torturers of the last administration, there’s been a lot of legitimate disappointment for me.
I never regretted voting for Obama over McCain and no one on the Republican side impressed me after Gov. Gary Johnson left the race to no one’s notice. Still my plan was to provide zero support for the President aside from voting for him on Election Day after heaving a heavy sigh.
But yesterday President Obama took a couragous stand on marriage equality. If we elected our President by popular vote, it might have made political sense. Instead I think it is likely to deny him the electoral votes needed for a second term. I hope that I’m wrong. But his announcement made me feel proud to have him as President for the first time in a few years.
I think courage should be rewarded so I did the following:
- I donated $50 to his campaign.
- I wrote a thank you message on the White House web page.
- I wrote this blog entry.
If you like this historic support for marriage equality, I encourage you to donate what you can, thank the President for taking a stand and blog about your experience.
Does this mean I’ll volunteer or give more money? I don’t know. Actions speak louder than words and President Obama’s support for marriage equality is about the only major positive I can point to over the past two years in my priority areas of civil liberties and access to information. But now at least I will listen respectfully to pleas for assistance instead of laughing/shouting them off.