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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 03:56 am (UTC)
My biggest hopes for the Obama administration revolved around the rescission of the policies that were used to justify torture and abuse of power, to see those who abused the power brought to justice, and to see legislation passed that brought opportunity back to the middle class. This has not happened despite the great promise of candidate Obama. I see only a continuation of Bush's policies in sheep's clothing and the gap between the upper and middle class growing with each passing compromise.

Carter had his issues, but he was also one of the few politicians who stood up and told us to stop whining and wean ourselves from foreign goods (oil). The "Great Malaise" speech of July 1979 should have been a wake-up call. Instead, it was a nail in Carter's re-election chances as the general populace was lulled by Reagan's speeches that promised rainbows and pots of gold because we were American.
Dec. 16th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: Disappointed
Exactly and we still have the same problem. People want easy solutions and an easy life. People don't want to work hard and get things done, so they just listen to whoever promises them what they want to hear.

America is its own worst enemy. =/


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