More recent tweets, expanded. You can only say so much in 140 characters, but it forces you to edit your thoughts down to their barest essence. It also encourages glibness, which doesn't come easily to me. I tend to meander when I write (much more than when I talk). So Twitter has been a good way to make sure I really know what I'm trying to say. And sometimes, frankly, I don't, but I tweet anyway, just to see if I get a reaction.
Obama doesn't know what he got himself into. Now we're going to expect him to step up on the other issues, too. This was written after the president expressed the radical view that people of the same sex should be allowed to marry. Yes, I wish he'd gone further, and that's part of what I was implying in the tweet. But I'm not going to criticize him for what he didn't do or say, after he said something that was actually quite brave for a national politician at the start of his reelection campaign. Those of us who consider ourselves progressives are encouraged that he's been pushed a little to the left (where we always thought he belonged).
Your fear is justified! You can vote for it to be 1950, but the future will overwhelm your bigotry. Better hide! This was an attempt to tweak the conscience of the 61% in North Carolina who voted to "defend" marriage by preventing a significant part of the population from enjoying its benefits (such as they are). It's vague enough, of course, that the people to whom it is directed (none of whom follow me on Twitter anyway) won't get it, or won't think it's about them. The implication that they're voting out of fear is something I feel deeply. If they want to go back a century or so, they can try, but the tide of history is not in their favor. I know, because they've tried it before and failed.
Romney is in danger of losing the bully vote if he sticks with the "hijinks and pranks" defense. Ripped from the headlines! Romney says he wasn't bullying that kid in prep school when he chased him down with scissors and cut off his hair while his buddies held him down. It was just a joke, so lighten up. When he was called on the incident, he didn't remember if he thought the kid was gay, he said, but if he hurt anyone's feelings he was sorry. Not, you'll note, sorry that he did it in the first place. I'm saying if he's not going to apologize, why bother backtracking? Owning his bullying will play well in places where he's seen as soft on social issues.