We are living in “happening” times. Back in the Sixties, there were random, spontaneous events they called happenings. They seemed, usually, to involve drugs, nudity and massive quantities of mud. But they were, as recalled in the parlance of the era, “far out.” Today, the old-timers lament, we need more of them.
Last Sunday in Phoenix, there was a happening of epic proportions in the gay conservative and libertarian world. I had the chance to meet North Dallas Thirty at a coffee house uptown. There were no drugs, nudity or mud. But (perhaps partially because of that) we had a very nice visit.
We buried the hatchet on our ridiculous Gay Patriot flame war of a few months ago. We talked about our families, friends and romantic histories. We even spotted a very young man (at a coffee house!) with an Ayn Rand book! Thus did we find another reason to hope that the next generation won’t be lost.
North Dallas is a very nice, funny, smart and generous man. We may have our differences, but they aren’t worth battling over. He’s a conservative and I’m a libertarian, but we agree on all the most important matters. And the gay Right in this country needs to stick together now more than ever before.
Our Leftist counterparts are in the throes of Obama-gasm because The One has come out in favor of gay marriage. He has clearly done this only out of political expediency. The social reactionaries seem determined to weigh Ken-Doll Romney down with obligations on issues the government should stay out of, and if he doesn’t grow a pair and stop pandering to this crowd very soon, he’ll lose the election to Obama big-time.
That is my opinion – I’m not at all sure North Dallas would agree – but what is clear to practically all on our side is that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans who don’t want Obama’s reelection need to stand up now and be counted. We can’t let the Lefties go on presuming to speak for all of us.
We speak with at least a somewhat more united voice since last Sunday. We’re here, we’re queer and we are not a herd of sheep the statist Left can take for granted. We don’t trip out on drugs, we remain fully-clothed in public and we don’t wallow in the mud. We also, most certainly, never have Obama-gasms.