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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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acton_caetum
Dec. 16th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Comparing Obama to FDR JFK and LBJ
I feel like those presidents' legacy was made more by the times that they lived in more then their character. Back then society was different, I don't quite know how to articulate my thesis on the matter, but I guess I'd say society at large had more of a "backbone" back then? People where more willing to get things done, whereas now we have a bunch of critics. . . and not much else, and its pretty easy to be a critic.

On the tax issue, if you compare it to the other issues being debated in congress at the moment, it's not as big of an issue as some of the monumental issues being debated in congress. Yet they choose to focus on the issue because of politics. Special interest ie those with money and high income are highly interested in the matter, so they pander to these special interest because its these interest that fund their campaigns and political commercials which in turn are used to inform the ignorant masses on what the truth really is.

So in the end its all about politics and money, and as long as the special interest are the ones calling the shots, all the serious issues will be thrown to the wayside.

I'm kind of a pessimistic person but I still have some hope. In times of conflict and struggle, people and civilizations usually find the will to change and to evolve, and right now we seem to be on the precipice of an international struggle that will involve everyone everywhere due to globalization and quality of life issues. I believe in the human condition.

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