Monday, February 6, 2012

Let's Sack the Sandbagging Obama


(I'm bloodlessly and painlessly beating my head against a brick wall which is some poor, deluded bastard on Facebook who still insists that Obama is the only alternative and perhaps the greatest thing since sliced bread. He keeps screaming about right wing death squads and concentration camps and has actually accused me, if you can believe this, of being an unwitting tool of the Koch brothers. He keeps accusing me of being too hard on poor Obama and insisting on ideological purity. I think I'm a little more politically pragmatic than that. Even Kennedy and FDR weren't perfect. But to say that there's potential for a shitload of improvement in the Obama administration is the understatement of the century. What follows below is my last contribution to the thread. Keep in mind, also, that this list of indictments is far from exhaustive.)

OK, I'm only going to contribute to this thread one more time then I'm out of here. Obviously, in your hoarse bloviating about right wing death squads and detention and concentration camps, you're completely losing sight of what I'm saying. #1, I am not an unwitting tool of the Koch brothers. If more people like me were concerned about what they were trying to pull through SuperPACs and ALEC, they'd have a much bigger headache than they think they do. Obviously, I am diametrically opposed to what those bloated world-eating fucksticks are doing to our nation and our world. #2, I am not insisting on ideological purity. I'm well aware that FDR was not perfect and overreached on occasion (Manzanar, certain unconstitutional parts of the New Deal struck down by the Supreme Court, etc.). Yet when you compare FDR's record with Obama's, that still leaves enough room for improvement to march the entire DoD and its contractor Doppelgangers through. I do not know why you keep insisting that Obama is the answer to the alternative when it's screamingly obvious to me that Obama IS the alternative, he IS the dreaded Bush 3rd term. He kept us in Iraq for 3 more years for no apparent reason, is keeping us in Afghanistan and even did his own little surge and there's no end in sight. His last two Chiefs of Staff are bloated refugees from Wall Street and his first one was a nasty little ambitious dick-twisting prick who helped cut that $80b Medicare drug reimbursement deal. Goldman Sachs and other banksters are allowed to rotate in and out, with them getting jobs in Treasury so they can soften up regulations for their buddies back home and to get even richer when they slide back into their old offices. His economic recovery team was rotten with some of the biggest fuckups from Clinton's administration (Summers, Rubin, et al). His jobs czar is Jeff Immeldt, a job-killing, tax-dodging creep who's also coincidentally the CEO of GE. Every significant promise Obama ever made on the campaign trail 4 years ago was broken: Getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan in a timely fashion. Releasing the torture photos and videos. Closing Gitmo. Getting a public option to a health care reform bill on the table. Going after the tax-free status of corporations HQ'd overseas and outsourcing US jobs. None of these things ever materialized. What has he done instead? Took the public option off the table. Gave himself the latitude to designate us as terrorists, including detention and prosecution behind closed doors. Gave himself the power to assassinate US citizens w/o due process. Kept Gitmo open. It took him 3 years to get rid of DADT. DOMA still in place. USA PATRIOT Act still in place. NAFTA still in place. Homeland Security still in place. Kyoto Protocol: Still unsigned by us and he has made no move to lower greenhouse gases (if Copenhagen was any indication). Continued extraordinary rendition. Surged in Afghanistan. Without consulting Congress, needlessly invaded Libya while standing behind a cardboard cutout of Great Britain and NATO. Violated the terms of the SOFA agreement by simply redrawing the city lines in Baghdad. Murdering thousands of innocent civilians with unmanned drone strikes in central Asia and the Middle East. Undermined unions. Sniped at his base for criticizing his policies. Kowtowing to AIPAC and to the Israelis. Froze pay for federal workers for two years while simultaneously giving more tax breaks to the least deserving. Bailed out the auto industry without first setting preconditions. Signed into law a watery "regulatory" bill in Dodd-Frank. Signed into law a laughingstock of a health care reform bill designed solely to keep the HMOs on the playing field and forcing us to buy insurance at prices they get to arbitrarily set.

Listen up: We didn't elect Obama to sandbag until 2013 before we get to see the good stuff. We elected him to do the good stuff NOW and with few minor exceptions, he simply has not done that. There is no change whatsoever and the only hope to be had is from deluded idiots like you who insist on looking at Obama through navy blue-tinted glasses. Obama is the worst president on record. We can do better. Much better.

6 Comments:

At February 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'W/o due Process ASSASSINATIONS'; if this is Granted, ALL ELSE FOLLOWS!

 
At February 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM, Blogger Ed Crotty said...

Ralph Nader made all of these same noises about Al Gore, how there was no difference between him and Bush. I think Ralph was shown to be very, very wrong.

We all wish Obama was better than he is, but all that matters is if he is better than Romney. That is the choice we have, and I am absolutely certain that Obama is better than Romney.

 
At February 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

See? Right there. That's the mistake all you people make. We were fooled into thinking that Clinton would've been better than Dole. We were fooled into thinking that Obama would've been better than McCain. Now you're saying that Obama would still be better than Romney. Ordinarily, it would be tough to imagine anyone being as pro-corporate as Romney unless you look at Obama's record. Even after having read this list of indictments you still think that Obama would be a vast improvement on Romney, whose melanin level and bottom is the only difference from Obama, then there's no hope for you and everyone who's watched Overton's window slide ever so imperceptibly to the center these past few decades.

We used to think that Nixon was as right wing as a politician could get. But when you look at Nixon's record then Obama's, there's hardly any ideological daylight. Hell, Nixon even started the EPA. And both men needlessly extended wars, killed innocents, empowered HMOs and cut taxes during recessions.

I'm saying it here again and I'll keep saying it to my dying day: Obama is the alternative. Wake the fuck up, people. We should've started drafting a suitable, real Democrat 3-4 years ago.

 
At February 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM, Blogger Bukko Canukko said...

Deluded Democrats like the one you riposted are as bad as the ideologically blinded Repiglickins during the Cheney Administration, JP. And I thought the liberal side was supposed to be smarter.

Lots of 'em are, like "Firebagger" bloggers and people who comment there. But there are still willing dupes like Ed Crotty. I guess if you're stuck in the United States, you'd want to be self-deluded. Because if you see the truth about Obama, you have to realize there's no hope. I realized that a long time ago, and I was lucky enough to have the means to get out. When the Ed Crottys finally get it, they'll have to either kill themselves or start burning shit down.

I predict that in the coming Obamney vs. Rombama election, the base of both parties is going to sit it out. This will be an election with 40-something percent turnout. Why should either side give a shit who wins? The 1% is victorious either way.

 
At February 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM, Blogger Fran said...

'We all wish Obama was better than he is, but all that matters is if he is better than Romney."

And that's how this dance of mediocrity goes.
I'm sick of" less worse" candidate choices. But let's be real...

ol·i·gar·chy   
1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
2. a state or organization so ruled.
3. the persons or class so ruling.

Today, the Obama camp announced they will use Super PAC $.

In an October 2010, Obama said (regarding Super PAC’s), “You don’t know, it could be the oil industry, it could be the insurance industry, it could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose. Now that’s not just a threat to Democrats, that’s a threat to our democracy.”

Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington watchdog.
The median net worth of a U.S. senator was $2.63 million in 2010, the most recent year for which financial data are available. That was up 11% from the year before, says CRP.
The median estimated net worth for House members was $756,765.
The median net worth of House members almost tripled from 1984 and 2009, while the net worth of Americans declined slightly during the same time, according to the Washington Post and the University of Michigan.

The elite oober wealthy, aka the dominant class are running the show.

The Obama campaign may as well pass out clothespins-- so we can hold our noses to vote.
Sure Romney & Newt suck more, but Obama has proven he's a right of the middle conservative too. If anything his hands off, play it safe routine has become tiresome. Why didn't he make a statement when the non violent Occupy movement were being abused by jack booted thug cops? What about equal rights for same sex marriage? Hell why does he blow obvious Constitutional rights issues, as an alleged constitutional scholar? NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT-
A draconian piece of legislature making U.S.
citizens vulnerable to legal abuse.

Let's not pretend we have a winner.


I rest my case.

 
At February 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Hear, hear, Fran.

 

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