Mr. Sensitive

June 14, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 09:26

I’ve turned against President Obama.  I’ve been coming to this point for at least two years, but it’s been in the last two weeks that I feel myself giving up on the man.  It happened when he slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon.  There’s nothing wrong with him doing that, taken in isolation; I just can’t ignore the context anymore.  It’s the kind of thing you do when you’re a relative unknown, the 2012 version of then-governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton playing his sax on Arsenio.  It’s not the kind of thing you do when you’ve already been President for more than three years and don’t have a whole lot to show for it.  At this point, you have a résumé; if nothing else, you should have established a chief-executive identity that isn’t exactly the same as your campaign identity.  Obama hasn’t done that.  He knows what we want to hear—he always has—but I don’t believe he knows how to do what we need to have done.  Bill Clinton was a great politician, but he was also a very, very good chief executive.  Obama is only one of those things—you don’t need me to tell you which one.

And don’t talk to me about the Congressional Republicans.  Yes, they are terrible.  Boehner is clueless; Ryan is evil.  But Clinton faced a Republican Congress for most of his time in office; Reagan’s Congress was Democratic.  Yet both men managed to define and advance policies they considered important.  And remember, too, that Obama had a Democratic Congress for his first two years, albeit with the filibuster-happy Republicans in opposition in the Senate.  What’s his signature initiative?  An individual health-care insurance mandate that will—and should be—ruled unconstitutional.

So that means I’m voting for Romney.  Ha ha, no.  Romney is a Republican, and a corporatist Republican at that; I wouldn’t vote Republican for local water commissioner, let alone for President.  The last Republican Administration was corrupt and callously incompetent at all levels; on top of that, its leadership was stubborn and arrogant on the scale of Woodrow Wilson, refusing to consider reality in making the decisions that would shape it.  That’s how you decide to invade Iraq despite (1) no real justification and (2) no real plan beyond removing Saddam.  All the Bushies did in Iraq was prove all their critics right at a cost of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.  Then they blew up the budget with a trillion-dollar Medicare drug program and unprecedented tax cuts for the wealthy in a post-trickle-down global economy.  Then they neutered regulators and packed government agencies with incompetent cronies, allowing 1,000 people to die in New Orleans and too-big-to-fail banks to crash the economy.  Republicans in this state just wrote discrimination into the North Carolina constitution.  The Republican Party of 2012 is the Republican Party of 1929, plus the racism and social recidivism of the 1929 Democratic Party.  I won’t be voting for them.

I’ll vote for Obama; in fact, I’ll vote straight-ticket Democrat, because the Republicans are loathsome and the two-party system we have means a vote for a party other than Democrat is a Republican vote.  But dammit, Obama, can you give me one tangible reason why I should vote for you rather than against them?  Change is not a tangible reason; hope is not a tangible reason.  Change into what?  Hope for what?  Tell me what I can expect you to do, President Obama.  And it better be something other than slow-jamming the news.  Brian Williams is better than you, anyway.


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