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RECAP: JANUARY 1 2009

[more or less what came out of my mouth January 1st, 09 at the annual St. Mark’s Poetry Project Marathon:]

19 MORE DAYS! DID YOU THINK THIS WOULD ever come?  OBAMA CAME AROUND AT THE 11 & 9/10th HOUR. THE BARACK OF TIME.  NOT A DEPARTMENT OF LIFE THAT HASN’T BEEN RANSACKED.  AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I WON!  I AM SICK OF HAVING A CONTENTIOUS ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MY COUNTRY.

BUT, people: THE GUY HASN’T EVEN TAKEN OFFICE YET AND WE’RE BACKING AWAY?  sure. A LOT OF US COULD BE DISAPPOINTED IN our man BARACK. NOT RADICAL ENOUGH. APPOINTING CONSERVATIVES TO HIS CABINET, ETC.

BUT, PEOPLE, WE WERE RIGHT THERE; WE LOVED THE GUY. the same guy.  AND he told us he was going to be talking to (PEOPLE WE HERETOFORE THOUGHT OF AS pigGUs WIGGUS).  HE TOLD US HE WAS GOING TO BE POST PARTISAN – ENCOURAGING CONTRARY VIEWS SO HE CAN FULLY EXPLORE ALL ISSUES AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS.

YOU THINK THE LEFT IS RIGHT ON EVERY ISSUE? FIDEL?  USSR?   HE DOESN’T WANT YES PEOPLE.  BUSH HAD 5 MINUTE MEETINGS CAUSE ANYONE WHO DISAGREED WITH HIM WAS FIRED.

 REV. WARREN.

SO HE’S GIVING A PRAYER.  IT’S A ONE-OFF.   HE BACKED CALIFORNIA’S PROP 8 – HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN GAY PEOPLE GETTING MARRIED. NATURALLY HOMOS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET MARRIED.

OKAY. PERSONALLY, IT IS JUST NOT MY ISSUE. ONE OF BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A lesbian ALL THESE YEARS IS I DIDN’T HAVE TO GET MARRIED.

I HEARD REVEREND WARREN SPEAK. HE WAS SAYING HE SUPPORTED GAY PEOPLE HAVING ALL THE FEDERAL LEGAL RIGHTS THAT STRAIGHT PEOPLE GET WHEN THEY’RE MARRIED.  HE’S APOLOGIZED FOR THE INCEST/BESTIALITY COMMENTS.  HE KNOWS HE WAS A JERK TO SAY THAT STUFF.

PEOPLE.  THAT’S NOT JAMES DOBSON, PAT ROBERTSON, PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY. 

I’D SAY OUR LOVELY AND HANDSOME NEW PRESIDENT THAT WE ELECTED NEUTRALIZED THE RADICAL RELIGIOUS RIGHT PRETTY DAMN CHEAP. REVEREND RICK WARREN IS MUCH CLOSER TO US THEN WE’RE THINKING.  THE RICK WARRENS EXIST AND IF WE DON’T FIND SOME COMMON GROUND AND HELP THEM OVER TO OUR SIDE, WHAT IS GOING TO GET DONE? 

 AS WE CAN SEE FROM THE MADOFF 50 BILLION DOLLAR HEIST,GUY’S EGOS MAKE THEM DO SOME VERY EXTREME STUFF.

IF YOU TREAT OPPONENTS WITH RESPECT, WHEN THE TABLE SEEMS TO BE TURNING IN YOUR FAVOR, AS OBAMA’S ELECTION CERTAINLY INDICATES, YOU HAVE A GREAT CHANCE OF DEFLATING ALL THEIR BALONEY RHETORIC.  THEY CAN SAVE FACE IF THEY AREN’T BEING BEATEN UP.

WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE BEHAVIOR OF LINCOLN’S SUCCESSORS (AND ASSASSINATORS) THAT YOU CAN’T WIPE THE LOSER’S NOSES IN YOUR VICTORY AND EXPECT THEM TO VOLUNTEER THEIR GENUINE LOVE.

DON’T YOU THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL USE THE PROMINENCE HE GAVE REVEREND WARREN TO REQUEST THAT HE publicly MODIFY HIS UGLY COMMENTS ABOUT GAY PEOPLE? AND THEN – IN TWO YEARS HE’LL BE MARRYING GAY PEOPLE IN HIS CHURCH.  YOU DON’T THINK THEY NAMED IT SADDLEBACK FOR NUTTIN, DO YA?

IT’S COMING.  IT’S INEVITABLE. 

WHAT OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE ADDED THE repeal OF “the Defense of Marriage Act” and legislatiNG that WE GET ALL THE SAME RIGHTS AS STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO THEIR STATED AGENDA? HMM?

HE SAID IT SEVENTY FIVE HUNDRED TIMES. HE WAS NOT RUNNING FOR KING. HE WAS NOT GOING TO RULE US.  THAT HE NEEDED US IN ORDER TO GET OUR PROGRESSIVE AGENDA THROUGH.

OBAMA’S STRONG POINT IS THAT HE CAN CONVINCE PEOPLE OF THE JUDICIOUSNESS OF PROGRESSIVE CHANGES.

AND THAT’S WHERE WE COME IN.  WHAT WERE WE THERE FOR?  JUST FOR THE TRIUMPH?  AND THEN GO HOME? WE CAN’T ACT LIKE WE DON’T KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GOVERN. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU’ALL, BUT I’D SOONER SIGN UP TO OVERTHROW A GOVERNMENT THAN TO ACTUALLY GOVERN.

WE ALWAYS WILL NEED RADICALS – THE ARROW PIERCING THE VEIL AT THE OUTER EDGE – NOT ONLY TO COUNTER THE RABID RADICAL REPUBS WHO ARE NOT GOING AWAY – BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY TO SUPPORT OBAMA!

WE HAVE TO KEEP PULLING SO THE FLOOR UNDER HIM REMAINS STRONG TAUT FIRM SO THAT IT KEEPS SUPPORTING HIM UNDER THE INTENSE CRITICISM HE IS LIKELY TO GET FROM THE RIGIDTARIANS.

But we should not expect to win