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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. 19th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
George, I've gotta ask--
George, I've gotta ask--did you actually expect a Democratic party hack to have a backbone?

The sad fact is, the Democratic party is nothing more than the "good cop" of the Oligarchy and Empire party--and in recent history, they are even better than the Republicans at supporting and implementing conservative and neo-liberal (pro corporate) ideals. Who would have thought that it would be a Democratic administration who forced Americans to buy shitty health insurance? (no single-payer Medicare here, move along now, no room at the table for you).

Just as Clinton cut welfare, actively backed a coup in Haiti, bombed Iraq, Sudan, and the Balkans, deregulated Wall Street, etc.--Obama hands billions to Wall Street, gives the military MORE money than they ask for, allows Israel to do whatever they want, continues to abuse our civil liberties (Patriot Act, TSA, Guantanamo, etc.) expands the phony 'War on Terror', supports a fucking coup in Honduras--does this really sound any different than Bush and the neo-cons?

Shit, if any of you Republicans out there had an once of integrity or consistency (an oxymoron, I know), you'd be head over heals for Obama. After all, he's been the best Republican president since Bill Clinton!


George R.R. Martin
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