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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.

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cygmund
Dec. 16th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
he's alright
I'm with some other posters in that I don't think Obama is getting a fair shake. So much for the liberal dominated media, eh? I personally think the tax deal makes the Republicans look worse. They held the jobless benefits hostage because of some lame, supposedly noble notion that the deficit must be cut to account for the jobless benefits, which to me makes perfect sense. So how do they ultimately account for paying for the benefits? Cut taxes! Of course!

I can see how Obama appears to be the next Jimmy Carter, but I personally think he is, or is at least surrounded by, much tougher folk (well minus one now that Rahm is gone). This is, honestly, why there is so much partisan bickering nowadays - we criticize relentlessly those that make deals and work together, when personally that's what I want my politicians to do!

I'm not a huge fan of the conservatives (I really don't know why Palin is still lingering...I mean, she knows there are two Koreas now, right?), but they are on the upswing, and a great many Americans believe in them.
sevgiinsani
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: he's alright
"I really don't know why Palin is still lingering...I mean, she knows there are two Koreas now, right?"

Maybe because of the the pre-eminent totalitarian threat of shariah in Oklahoma:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/opinion/07iht-edcohen.html?ref=rogercohen

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