Frank Apisa and a few others have been gnawing over this bone for a while now. There is some spirited debate over what constitutes a “liberal” and what doesn’t, as well as why Obama has been losing the “faithful” and what that may ultimately mean.
I’m going to go out on a limb (a rather thin and shaky one, at that) and surmise that the voting population in this country isn’t always quite as stupid as we think. I’m going to blindly go on the belief that after eight years under Bush’s administration (which equates quite nicely to “Republican Rule”) people are still not in any hurry to turn back the clock and implement the very same mindset that crippled the country.
Yes, I’m taking a lot on faith. A LOT.
Now, I will readily admit to voting for Obama in 2008. For me (and apparently the majority of the voting public), it was a no-brainer. The McCain-Palin ticket meant another four years of failed policies and allowing the financial market to run roughshod over the best interests of the country as a whole (much like allowing a six-year-old to drive a Mack truck pulling a trailer of explosives – what the hell did you THINK was gonna happen, G.W.?). Obama meant – well, in all probability the antithesis of another four years of the same.
My biggest beef with the Prez is that he had TWO YEARS of a virtual Democratic majority to undo as much damage as he could. He sat on his hands and did nothing, which pissed off the voting population enough that they began replacing his much-needed congressional majority and made it virtually impossible for him to do anything worthwhile without a major battle.
Also, Obama made a bunch of promises when he campaigned. Now, I’m not the naïve little doe-eyed kid that believes the promises of a politician any more than a hooker believes the promises of a john. But I expected change, at the very least. What I got was not so much change.
He could have first and foremost jettisoned the powers that Bush took for himself that no president has a right to (such as declaring a war without actually obtaining a declaration of war from Congress; such as trampling the rights of individual states by enacting legislation such as the “Patriot Act” and allowing the torture of “enemy combatants” even though we were “at war” and those acts violated the Geneva Convention).
He didn’t. His plan for our failed economy was to go forward with paying the guys who caused it – sort of like a bonus for screwing us over. Not a single one of those corporate CEOs or financial wizards has been brought to justice, even though their acts were provably criminal. Not one.
We’re getting to the point where it is almost time for elections again. Obama is obviously going to make a re-election bid; after all, why the hell not? The Democrats aren’t even going to try and dissuade him, because they don’t have anyone warming up in the bullpen. Why they believe that another term for Obama is going to do the party any good is beyond me. To date, he has not given the Democrats anything to be proud of.
As for the Republicans, they continue to shoot themselves in the foot time and time again by promoting characters for candidates that have no real hope of winning over a majority of the voting public (most importantly those “tweeners” that might change their voting allegiance if it were in the best interests of the nation) because they are all rhetoric-spouting bigots that almost make Sarah Palin look smart.
By doing that, by promoting candidates like Michelle Bachmann (to name only one - there are many more, as you know), the Republicans are virtually guaranteeing four more years with Obama at the helm. Whether or not he becomes our generation’s albatross remains to be seen, but my expectation is that when he IS re-elected nothing much is going to change in terms of how this country is administered. Obama does not seem to be too interested in protecting our freedoms or our civil rights, nor does he seem too interested in bringing about the “change” in Washington that he loudly proclaimed in his first bid for the White House.
Maybe he can't really be blamed for that - since, in reality, he isn't really the one running the country anyway. But he must be accountable because the office is still accountable - the whole "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" thing, ya know.
So there, in a nutshell, are the two ways that Obama will retain the White House:
1) No Democratic opposition
2) No serious Republican opposition
Meet the new boss…..