Ungagged!

A couple of weeks back I was laid off from Blue State Digital.

I have nothing but admiration for them and gratitude for three great years during which I helped re-elect the first African-American president, helped fight for equal marriage, and make the world a better place by doing my usual job pushing bits around.  How cool is that?

One upshot of this is that I’m no longer bound by the company’s social media policy.  I understand why it exists and even agree with it as far as that goes.  When you’re working for the president of the united states, it’s probably not so good if your minions start shooting their mouths off about him.

The good news for me is that now I can say whatever I want :) Not that I plan to go off half cocked and unleash raging venom on the world – I’m a huge fan of the Obama administration and believe in a lot of what they stand for.

But nobody’s perfect, and neither is he or his administration. I will write more about this as I collect my thoughts, but just off the top of my head:

  • I would love to see his administration take a hard-line stance on decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.
  • I think there’s a tremendous amount of tension in our society right now around spending and fiscal reform.  While I am in no way shape or form suggesting that Obama should become a shill for the Tea Party (god forbid!) I think he should take advantage of his second term presidency to make some hard decisions that will make hard liners on both sides cringe but are for the good of the country.
  • I think we need to take a long hard look at the war on terror and the erosion of our civil rights that’s been happening in its name.  America is one of the greatest nations in the world and I would hate to see us lose such an important facet of our national identity in exchange for perceived safety.
  • He has made a big deal about support for equal marriage during this most recent campaign – let’s see him put his money where his mouth is and enact reforms that would allow same-sex couples to travel to other states without fear (This is very tricky with regards to states rights, but I think it’s important to get this right.)

That’s all for now.  Pardon the slightly rambling nature of these bullets, I feel like each one could be a post in its own right.

 

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2 Responses to Ungagged!

  1. David Riley says:

    Largely, I agree with you. However, I have a quibble. The issue of allowing couples to travel among the various states without fear of their marriage being dissolved is, in fact, settled Constitutional law and has been since the adoption of the Constitution. The issue of state’s rights does not enter into the issue. It is a matter of each state giving full faith and credit to the acts of the various state (Article IV, Section 1). This clause is why you can drive in New Hampshire using your Massachusetts driver’s license or why the marriages of straight people in New York must be recognized in California. States have no right to disregard such acts even why they would apply a different standard to such matters. For example, driver’s tests for licensing vary greatly among the several states and yet each must honor the others’ issuance of the same. It is simple, clear law. It just needs to be enforced with a judgement of the Supreme Court at which point marriage equality will be the de facto law of the land — even if not every state will permit same-sex marriages.

  2. feoh says:

    As usual David you have cut to the root of the issue and in the process expressed what I wanted to say far more elegantly than I ever could.

    Yes, this is exactly what I meant.

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