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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. 18th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Usually I agree with you politically, but I think we have to have more faith that Obama knows what he's doing, here. I mean, after all, we can't see the whole picture the way he is able to by being in the Whitehouse. Carter was a smart man, but his reputation for not being able to get along and compromise with others is well established. Now Obama is being criticized for being too willing to make compromises and try to work with everyone. I know the tax system is absurd and needs to be changed, but if he changes it now instead of in two years what all will he lose? Possibly the health care reform he was able to get passed for one thing. If he could make all the changes that are reasonable in a politically expedient way, why on earth wouldn't he do it? He must stand more to gain for the country by putting it off. And Obama for six more years of running the country more efficiently is far preferable to any Republican alternative. If he is only able to serve for one term, he still will have made changes that are more lasting than Carter and under harsher conditions.


George R.R. Martin
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