These are indeed both infuriating and exciting times that we are all living in…we are literally witnessing change unfold before our eyes. From the death of icons to the invention of, well, iEverything, we are witnessing our world evolve and move at rapid a pace. However, what seems slow to pick up speed are our laws and government, but this week reminded me that hope does indeed still float.
A sign of the times happened on Wednesday when President Obama held the first ever Twitter Town Hall. It was like watching a futuristic movie. There he stood at a lectern in the East Room of the White House with a laptop, conversing directly with millions via twitter! His first tweet, “In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?”
The questions that were flooding in were better and more to the point than the entire White House Press core can manage on a daily basis. Where the “Core” acts more like the political TMZ wanting to know about scandals and Dem on Rethug conflicts, in order to boost their ratings and give pundits something to volley back and forth all day, the American people were tweeting about jobs and you know, things that matter to their lives!
While watching I couldn’t help but have a vision *cue dream sequence* of Dubya at the podium saying, “Uh, what’s this in-tra-netty thing folks are talking about?” *nightmare sequence ended*
All in all it was fantastic to see a 21st Century President who is intent on moving our country forward!
Next up on the list of all things fantastically progressive this week: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. A three-judge panel ordered the Pentagon to cease their investigations of suspected gay and lesbian service members. Yes people, that means that we are one step closer to ending that archaic law known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT). Also, noted in their brief was the fact that the Obama Administration believes that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law banning gays and lesbians from Federal recognition of their marriages is unconstitutional.
Ah, do you smell that…the softest hint of happier days on the horizon? *Breaking News: Bachmann passes out at Tea Party Rally do to what reporters say is… “too much equality in the air!”*
Last on my “all things fabulous” this week was the announcement by The Black Snob that the July issue of Black Enterprise, a magazine geared to African Americans in business, will dedicate their upcoming issue to African Americans working in corporate America that happen to be gay and lesbian. This dear reader is a breakthrough of epic proportion in the African American community. For far too long the community has been used like pawns by the right wing conservative movement whose mission is to thwart progress at every turn, especially when it comes to the LGBT community being upgraded from 3rd class citizen status in this country. Opening this much needed dialogue on the existence of successful black and gay people on the cover of a magazine will help to highlight that not all African Americans operate under the same manual, vote the same, worship the same… you get my drift!
Like I always say, progress is like a bullet train…it can’t stop, won’t stop!
More Inspiration for your Friday. TGIF!