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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 04:28 am (UTC)
I tried to skim over most of the comments above before writing this, but I apologize if I repeat too much.

Sarah Palin walked away from the only experience she really had. Even if enough people were dumb enough to nominate her, she would get absolutely destroyed in the general election.

I used to consider myself a Republican, but in the last few years I've realized what party politics are. I still tend "conservative" on most topics, but I try as hard as possible to avoid generalized opinions on anything. Despite what the politicians and pundits will tell you, there is never an easy solution to just about every problem we face nowadays, and as a result there can be no simple opinions.

That said, this compromise bothers me, but not for the same reasons as most people. If Obama didn't compromise, really bad things would have happened. However, it scares me that people (voters and politicians) think that keeping the tax rate on the top two percent of the population at 36% instead of 39% is best for the whole country.

Though at this point, I wonder if he should have let all the Bush cuts go. They didn't help the economy in the first place, and we could really use the money.

In the end, I think we as a voting public really needs to start keeping track of the blowhards in Congress who think that because they were elected, they have a "mandate" to make everything the way they see fit.

Or we just elect Jon Stewart.


George R.R. Martin
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