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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Have you heard of the Best of the Left podcast? I recently started listening and enjoy it quite a bit.
This is the first year I've really paid attention to the midterm elections (and really wish I'd paid more attention in the past!) Republican attitudes and obstinacy lately has astounded me. All things considered, I think Obama is doing ok. Maybe not awesome, but when you consider the plate he was handed coming into office, I don't know what sort of superhero it'd take to pull us out of the mess we voted ourselves into.

As for Sarah, I really think she's in it for her$elf. If she runs, it'll be for the attention, and if she loses, she's just got more time to plug her books, tv shows, and rake in money making appearances. I still can't look away though, it's like watching a horror show through my fingers...


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