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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. 17th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: What else Obama did....
First of all, those scans are from a courthouse, not an airport. Has nothing to do with TSA.

Second... whats the big deal? Those body scanners reveal less about your body than the clothes you are wearing.

Flying is NOT a right. If you have to pass through a scanner that does not hurt your privacy but could save thousands of lives what is the big deal and where is the crime against our civil rights?
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: What else Obama did....
1. Yes, from a courthouse but these images were never to see the light of day either. Just like what the TSA promises us.

2. Those images from the courthouse were fuzzy but have you seen the airport ones?

3. No, flying is not a right. Neither is talking on the telephone but people don't want the NSA listening in...unless you are alright with that...you know, to keep us safe.

How about all the reports of abuse?

The woman who was denied a flight because she didn't want her breast milk scanned. The Indian Ambassador to the U.S. having an enhanced pat down. The women being pulled out of line and having a pat down because of their large chests. Kids having to take their shirts off. etc etc etc

You might be OK with this but most Americans are not and see this for what it really is.

Anyways, everything that people hated about Bush when it came to our civil liberties is still in play and Obama is just adding more to the mess.
Dec. 19th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Re: What else Obama did....
And what is the TSA going to do when a terrorist puts the bomb inside his body? They are already trying to do this with dogs and load them on commercial flights. Maybe you should consider what one of founding fathers had to say on the matter,
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Ben Franklin


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