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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 07:19 am (UTC)
Funny, I was just thinking about that Yeats poem yesterday. I'm really not very inclined to doom and gloom, however. Things look bad for Obama right now, but both Reagan and Clinton were in similar difficulties, two years into their presidencies.

As a moderate, I think the tax package is probably the best deal that can be gotten right now. It's not going to fix everything, but it's not a huge disaster, either.

I'm not an Obama fan (I hope for his success, for the sake of the country), but whenever I get frustrated with him, I remember the unmitigated disaster that was the Bush presidency and feel we have moved at least a little bit in the right direction.

I can't believe all of those people already pinning "worst President ever" on Obama have forgotten Bush. Or maybe his war-mongering liberty-stealing was A-Okay with them.


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