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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 08:46 am (UTC)
Have to say I really disagree with you on this one Martin. For one it's hard to get this country in the right direction when all anyone wants right now is fighting. Here's a question how is that supposed to solve anything? Isn't a better solution to compromise rather than fight or have some form of needless conflict that will never be resolved.

I also think its very unfair to call Obama Carter II. Not working with the other side is what got us in this mess in the first place. AKA George W. Bush, its funny how so many complained about him but want someone that is very much like him such as someone who refuses to budge on anything. Doesn't work with the other side ever as a matter of principle. Need I go on?


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