All our lives, we are told to proceed with caution.
“Watch your step.”
Even the boldest of people take a moment to summarize things before going in a new direction. This is typical. As human beings, we are survivors above all else. We don’t want to do anything that puts us in jeopardy.
But when that sense of caution subsides, and we feel comfortable proceeding on our chosen paths, we should proceed with confidence.
This has not been the norm in this country as of late.
“Look both ways before crossing the street.”
Lately, I get the impression that the only thing our country does is look both ways. We’re doing it so much it’s bordering on an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nobody is willing to actually step out into the street, for fear of being hit by a speeding car that they didn’t see the fiftieth time they looked to the right.
We’re one year into the new administration, and nothing has been done. We are still waiting for health care reform. We are still waiting for LGBT rights. We are still waiting for the war to end in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re still waiting for all the promises we were given in 2008 to come true… if not all, at least SOME of them.
And now, after what happened in Massachusetts, it’s becoming obvious that people are tired of waiting.
I’m a Democrat, and I’m not apologizing for it. I was born this way, just as much as I was born male, gay, and half-Italian. Nothing will change my beliefs, and nothing will sway me to the other side. But this inactivity is getting tiresome. Waiting for people to agree with your ideas and your policies is not working. It’s time to get tough. It’s time to get dirty. That’s just how things roll in these United States.
If Obama and his administration can’t make that happen, we’re in for 3 more years of ridicule from the neo-cons and the far right.
And then, heaven help us in 2012.