I'm listening to the news about the victories in Vermont and Iowa, and agreeing with Iowa Senator Gronstal's daughter that we are just one generation away from full equality.
I'm also working on my tax return and wondering whether to check married or single.
I'm thinking back to how surprised I was when the USSR imploded, seemingly without warning, and, to the rather unexpected crumbling of the Berlin wall.
I'm looking out over the ocean knowing that Cuba is about one hundred miles away, and thinking I ought to be buying property there because it will surely "open up" shortly.
I am also recalling an evening in Rome many years ago when I was walking home from a restaurant with group of seminarian friends. I announced that within our lifetime, we would see the election of a non-Italian pope. They all laughed at me. One of them stopped, turned around, shook an umbrella at me and said "That is the most ridiculous thing you have ever said."
I am convinced that within a few years, doctors will produce a pill that will restore hair and cure AIDS, and that there will be drive-through non-invasive microwave liposuction stations owned by and co-located with Dunkin Donuts. One year later, those stations will be torn down when all doughnuts will contain fat-eating enzymes that gently consume the consumer. I also believe that in my lifetime, indoor plumbing will become obsolete as newer technologies will generate or process water and waste within the confines of one's own home. Likewise, the disgusting smell of gasoline will be forgotten.
Because I have learned to suspect that that which seems permanent is not permanent, I am angry with President Obama because I want him to be more of a bold and farsighted leader. I think he is hiding behind courageous men like Senator Gronstal in the fight for gay rights. President Obama thinks it's smart strategy to use double-speak when talking about marriage equality, or DADT. I bet he thinks that once gay equality is the law of the land, he will pin a rainbow to his lapel and jump on the bandwagon just as it crosses the finish line, welcoming us all to the front of the bus.
I am still convinced that in his heart President Obama is entirely pro gay rights. He thinks he is being an astute politician by letting other men like Senator Gronstal do the road-paving dirty work. Obama does not want the taint. I think this is a mistake that he will ultimately regret. Men coming home from battle remember who was, or was not, in the trenches with them. It's not too late for him to speak up, but if he waits much longer, his opportunity for real brilliance, like cheap real estate in Havana, will have passed him by.