Don’t Give Up, Sir.

I voted for Barack Obama for President. I say that to get my bias up front and out in the open right away.

At the same time, I do not always agree with him. No president is always right, or always wrong–although to read some commentators you’d never know it.

Still, I admire the man a lot. I like the way he keeps trying. I like the way he keeps showing up and saying stuff that needs to be said.

I disagree with those who think he gives in to the Republicans too easily. Sure, I often wish he wouldn’t do it, but still I know he is the guy who has to make sure something gets done. I am glad he takes governing seriously enough not to simply recite old mantras, and instead tries to make the best deal he can to keep things moving.

Actually, I think the man has guts.

What brought me to this today? I admire his willingness to continue to wade into the mucky waters of the Israeli-Palestinian dysfunctionality. I admire him for being willing to state the obvious, and tell both sides they have to give some ground.

I admire his willingness to call the bluff of Prime Minister Netanyahu. I have never admired that Israeli leader, even as I have admired many others, right and left. Unlike them, he has always seemed uninterested in peace. Unlike them, he has always seemed more self-righteous than real.

So, President Obama, thank you for trying yet again.

Don’t give up, sir. We can do it. Yes, we can.

Let Us Not Praise Some Famous Men

What is it with famous men? Why do so many of them seem to have a gene that causes them to humiliate their wives?

former Nevada Senator John Ensign
former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Now its former Senator Ensign and former Governor Schwarzenegger . . . but last year it was some ball player or another politician or an actor or a clergyman or evangelist. In a few months, or next week, it will be another one. And during this political campaign we’re going to have to endure a lot of speculation about former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

And lest you think this is limited to Republicans . . . think again. Men who are led around by their penises are found in all groups.

I’m gay so I tend not to run after women . . . but then I don’t run after men either. I love my husband too much, and I love myself too much, too.

There is something pathetic about a grown man acting like a teenager.

Fame or importance don’t excuse them. In fact, I think they are supposed to set an example. I am old-fashioned that way.

If you accept the mantle of leader, then part of the deal is to act like one. And a leader is a leader all the time, or he/she is not a leader any of the time.

Of course, if they admit wrong, God forgives them. I guess I do, too.

But I don’t forget.