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Full Circle (Meet the New Boss)

Back in 2000, I remember going along (thoughtlessly) with the line that there wasn’t a hair’s breadth between the two American political parties, and that it didn’t matter much who you voted for.

When GWB started his campaign of crap in 2002, I thought of it as just “to be expected” from our government – no more, no less.

Then came Howard Dean, saying things that nobody in the pussy-footing left would dare say – that starting a war without any kind of coherent rationale was bad. And that as just for instance. Truth from a politician. From a politician who was gaining traction. There was hope!

Then John F’in Kerry mortgaged his wife’s houses and bought his way onto the ticket, and hope diminished. Then America decided it liked the program of national abasement begun by GWB and wanted him to continue it, and hope withered.

2006: Americans voted out a set of corrupt politicians despite threats that they would lift their benevolent protection against the terrorists if forced out of office. Americans showing courage?

Then came Barack Obama, sounding like the bastard offspring of Howard Dean and James Earl Jones. Was there hope?

Barack Obama secured the Democratic nomination. Dare I dream?

Barack Obama won the presidency! America was capable of righting itself?

And now, Barack Obama strives to prove that there isn’t a hair’s breadth of difference between the two American political parties.

Insert links to just about any news from the last two weeks (stem cell research aside). Spin the wheel… and … I … pick … this one.

Too bad the electoral system here is too tiny to accommodate a third party. Screw the Greens and the Libertarians – it’s time for a Reason and Law party.

26 comments to Full Circle (Meet the New Boss)

  • Jan

    What platform would you suggest for the Reason and Law Party?

  • You can forget Reason and Law. Reason and Law is for candidates not elected officials.

    I feel your pain. I really do. But there is nothing happening now that I did not fully expect to happen.

    If you have not read “Nixonland” you need to put it on your list of things to do. It is proof positive that the more things change the more they stay the same.

    And if Obama runs in 2012 I will vote for him and I don’t give a damn what he does or what shape the country is in.

    I owe that to the Republicans.

  • ravenshrike

    “Then came Barack Obama, sounding like the bastard offspring of Howard Dean and James Earl Jones. Was there hope?

    Barack Obama secured the Democratic nomination. Dare I dream?

    Barack Obama won the presidency! America was capable of righting itself? ”

    Why did no one who voted for him pay attention to the fact that Obama was a Chicago politician? Especially a Chicago politician with a meteoric rise which pretty much guarantees that there were a lot of greased palms? Seriously, I want to know? Were you really that blinded by your rationalizations? Were you that ignorant of Chicago politics, with the ONLY difference from New Jersey politics being that Chicago politicians are actually competent at being corrupt?

  • ravenshrike,

    #1 I was aware of the reputation of Chicago politics.
    #2 I don’t believe in painting with too broad a brush
    #3 Obama’s chief problems in these first fifty some-odd days have not been corruption. Sure he has done a terrible vetting job on a lot of his appointments, and I hold that against him. But even those appointments had problems that were pretty small beans all things considered.

    It’s as though I am walking down the street and a piano falls on my head, and you say “I told you to watch for muggers in this part of town, why didn’t you listen?”

  • RW

    I learned a while back (well, it finally dawned on me, that is…..I shoulda known all along) that most pols try to do the “right thing” but in the end always – ALWAYS – do what’s best for them & their party. Right now, Obama is doing his darndest to help the DNC, but I’m sure that he feels that he’s doing right by Americans & it’s simply the policies of the party that are right for America.

    Lord help us, we’re all about to look like Detroit, Chicago and D.C.

  • Our other choice was an old man and a beauty queen.

    I will never regret voting for Obama and I will never apologize for it either. Given the situation and the options he was the only logical choice.

    It will take me a while but someday I hope to come up with one thing that Bush did in eight years that was good for him, his party or his country.

  • bob sanders

    You better check the wording in the Omnibus spending bill that Obama signed if you think he did anything about stem cells. It explicitly denies funding for the creation and destruction of embryos in research.

  • no difference between the two parties? if republicans were still in control we’d be talking about how setting withdrawel dates precipitously is dangerous and Sarah Palin would be saying something retarded like “send them AIG execs down to gitmo” which would still be gitmo. Cmon ..the worlds a wee bit different in that parallel dimension.

  • g.e.Taylor

    Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.

  • Then again, to give the President the benefit of the doubt, hopes and dreams are easy. Governing is hard. I’m sure Obama is running into all manner of constraints upon his will that he never imagined existed when he was a candidate.

  • Max

    America was capable of righting itself?

    I suspect that the reason that you’re so consistently disappointed is that you seem to regard ‘America’ as a personality.

    People who think this way will always feel betrayed by America because the political system here is arranged to accommodate competing interests. So inevitably some policy, or ruling, or state action will be implemented which they disagree with – and then they become upset because they feel that America has failed them.

    BTW the Dickey-Wicker Amendment has been reauthorized.

  • chip

    “1 I was aware of the reputation of Chicago politics.
    #2 I don’t believe in painting with too broad a brush
    #3 Obama’s chief problems in these first fifty some-odd days have not been corruption. Sure he has done a terrible vetting job on a lot of his appointments, and I hold that against him. But even those appointments had problems that were pretty small beans all things considered.

    It’s as though I am walking down the street and a piano falls on my head, and you say “I told you to watch for muggers in this part of town, why didn’t you listen?” ”

    Actually, it’s not so much a point about corruption as one of accommodation. In Chicago, you accommodate to get ahead. It’s where principles go to die.

    So the initial point is valid. Obama has a long history of accommodating people of influence, from the whacky Jim Wright to the crook Rezko, and now he’s doing what he needs to do get ahead in DC.

    Of course, none of this even touches on his lack of executive experience which has produced one long run of amateur hour ever since he gained office.

  • Clueless but well intentioned. It’s not so much that “there isn’t a hair’s breadth of difference between the two American political parties.” Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Study a little history, and you may notice there’s nothing new under the sun. It’s that inconvenient truth Utopianists can’t bear to acknowledge, human nature.

  • On stem cell research, Obama’s pronouncement didn’t change a damn thing on the ground, because there’s still a law prohibiting research, he just lifted a redundant executive order;
    except to prove that he hasn’t a clue about the difference between science and morality, which is a pretty big gap, plenty of stuff is good science but immoral or moral but bad science, his speech simply confounded the concepts, pissing off, among others, the liberal science community.

  • RW

    Buck, when you refer to the governor of Alaska as simply a “beauty queen” it’s no different than my simply referring to the President as a “coke-head community organizer”.

    Both true, but both also representing little other than an affinity for attempting to smear the character of those we disagree with.

    -

    Also, something to consider (a general statement): the messiah is going to be criticized. Simply saying “well, he was better than X” is akin to my saying that any criticism of the last 4 years (which truly sucked) could be thwarted by reminding that the other choices were a gold-digger-veteran-basher and a guy who later impregnated his campaign worker while his wife was being treated for cancer. I have no qualms with your vote for Obama and fully expect 40 to 45 million to vote for him again NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES or what happens….but, I’m still going to level critiques, no matter how much Republicans stink. I’m still going to note disagreements, no matter if the powers-that-be send out the word to converge “my side” with Rush Limbaugh that week.

    I’m going to give the guy a chance, though, as he was voted into office & gets to do what he wishes, but at the same time I’m not going to treat him as the second-coming of Jesus and give him free reign. Or, in short, I’m going to try to be consistent and treat him as I did the previous occupant. Being human, I’ll fail miserably at times, but that is my goal.

    He is “the man”. The Democrats are now “the machine”. Whether or not Republicans are scum really doesn’t matter much, since they’re basically powerless.

  • During the campaign BHO was obviously a disaster waiting to happen. Now – he’s happening!

  • Nelson

    “Barack Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

    And yet doesn’t look a thing like Lawrence Harvey.

  • Paul in NJ

    Ravenshrike asks: “Why did no one who voted for him pay attention to the fact that Obama was a Chicago politician?”

    We would have, but the left and the media (apologies for any redundancy) weren’t interested in his Chicago past. By waving their hands at Joe the Plumber and trying to dredge up Palin scandals (the tanning bed! The wolf hunt! Her unmarried daughter!) the media and the left (there I go again) could studiously ignore the past of, you know, the *Democratic presidential candiate.*

    Now you find that Hopenchange is an empty suit? It’s a little late for buyers’ remorse, fellows.

  • JorgXMcKie

    “It’s a little late for buyers’ remorse, fellows.” Not what’s happening where I am. What Obama voters *are* doing, however, is bashing anyone bold enough to point the Emperor’s obvious lack of clothes.

    Mostly they appear angry that Bush, Rove, Cheney, haters, hate-mongers, racists, and generic non-Democrats are busy preventing Teh Won from achieving the wonderfulness he promised. It’s all someone else’s fault, you know.

    I am beginning to wonder when Obama will show up for the job he was hired for.

  • Buyer’s remorse? With a choice between Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, I probably picked right. I’m having remorse over the political realities that bring us such unavoidable cravenness in our politicos.

  • Recently reported that a Mexican bus driver, drunk, crashed and killed seven Americans and three Canadians. Observers of his errant driving were last heard saying, “Let’s give him a chance to prove he can drive.”

  • bud

    You’re right and you’re wrong.

    There is and there isn’t a hairsbreath of difference between the two parties.

    The “no difference”: you’re gonna get screwed.

    The “difference”: who benefits from your screwing – Repugs: Big Corporate interests. Dumbs: Big Labor and Big Government

  • DamnWalker

    In all honesty, anyone with a smidgen of knowledge concerning American electoral history and politics knows that Obama’s run was par for the course pandering. Its been going on since Jefferson v Adams. If you know history, you know there has only been 1 savior and His kingdom was not of this world. Anybody who bought into the Obama hype was either historically stupid or willfully ignorant. Those who believe in political saviors are bound for disappointment. Try sucking your head out of your blinkered asses and read some history and join the world where the rest of live. It was easy to see coming. And yes, McCain & the hot guv would have been MUCH better than this.

  • No buyers remorse here. Sarah prefers marijuana to coke but I personally have no qualms with either.

    There is much more to being President than cutting the capital gains tax.

    I checked my closet this morning and I still have my gun. My check on Friday is the same so those taxes have not changed.

    I am paying more for cigarettes but I ought to have my ass kicked for smoking anyway.

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