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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 12:32 pm (UTC)
Health Care reform was incremental at best, financial reform was a joke that didn't address the real issues (derivatives etc.), a senseless war is prolonged until at least 2014, many civil rights are not worth the paper they've been written on, the legality of torture is merely a matter of opinion, rendition is still going on, etc. etc.
Also take a look at the results of that deficit commission. They're going to cut your social security to pay for further tax breaks for higher incomes.
Wake up, guys. We thought Obama would be a real progressive because of his background, slogans and, yes, maybe the color of his skin. Think about it, had he been some white senator, we would have long given up on him. Well you can't predict someone's approach by his background. He's a corporatist. Hillary is too, but she would have fought the right wing. This guy is caving in before any fight begins. He's pathetic as a leader, and the worst thing is that we have to defend him against the likes of Sarah Palin, who are worse. It's sickening.


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