Last weekend America had the chance to be in the driver's seat, in a position of power. Instead, American media, and officials, chose the victim route focusing on our vulnerability rather than our resilience.
Because the members of Stryper were devoutly religious and refused to separate their beliefs from their music, they were relentlessly mocked by a rock press that couldn't mentally process the four boys from La Mirada.
Dan Choi's poignant point fell on deaf ears at his hearing and while he is still an active soldier, he has been recommended for discharge under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, something the Commander in Chief could halt.
Like anyone, I enjoy a lot of the pop music dispensed from Simon Cowell's empire, but it's just exciting to see this netroots campaign unseat the winner of Britain's American Idol-like X-Factor with a 15 year-old song about revolution.
Let's hope Barack does more than award Harvey Milk: Let's hope he takes the spirit and lessons Milk taught and actually begins changing things for members of his country still oppressed by institutionalized bigotry and religious dogma.