Ah, the days of whine and roses has started again, and another campaign season kicks off. We note with some mild interest that just like the swallows returning to Capistrano, President Carebear has returned to the campaign trail, full of unicorns and rainbows.
Yes, I’m glad to see him engaging again, and yes, few people have the ability to give such soaring speeches, but after another nearly 3 years of government by the corporations and for the corporations while more and more Americans are living in poverty and literally under bridges than at any time since the Great Depression, words are not enough.
(Can someone please hold a mirror up to Eric Holder’s nose and see if he is breathing? Why is it that no one has been indicted yet for the collapse of 2008? Isn’t this really what Occupy Wall Street wants?)
As the late and lamented Molly Ivin used to say (paraphrasing of course), don’t listen to what they say, look at what they do. This being shorthand for politicians are a bunch of lying ass-weasels. HR professionals tell us that the best indicator for future behavior is past performance, so look at the record. Obama’s record is hardly one of success.
Of course every president runs into the opposition party (except Chimpy. The Dims rolled over every time for him), so no one expects everything to go swell. But what did he do about it? Where was the use of the so-called bully pulpit to take on the forces of darkness?
Well, there was Robert Gibbs, hippie punching.
No, this has not been an inspiring presidency, and all things considered, I think it is safe to say that the Dims nominated the wrong person (not that I think Hillary would have been much better).
This is not to say that I think everyone should run away come voting day, or Gawd forbid vote for one of the GOP circus freaks.
One of the lessons I learned along the way was that the Primary is about voting for your aspirations, but the General Election is about accountability. If you want to register your dislike or disapproval for the job Obama (isn’t) doing, change your registration to a third party or to Independent (it will scare the hell out of the DNC), and vote in the primary for a candidate you believe in (after examining their record). It’s very positive and affirming. And because Obama is running unopposed, it gives you a chance to express yourself without putting Willard or Newticles in the White House.
Just do it – changing your registration will absolutely freak them out.