Sunday, August 07, 2011

Obama: What is the Alternative?

There is a beautifully written piece in the New York Times, What Happened to Obama? . I don't disagree with a single line of it. In fact, I've said all along Obama has been running for office since the day he took office. it is the nature of politics in America. Not one day, not one single day, without fundraising, without a careful eye on the next election.

My question is this: What is the alternative? Hillary Clinton won't run against Obama. that deal has been cut. And I'm fairly certain the country's obsession with Bill Clinton's penis would have made her presidency riddled with questions of less than important issues. Whitewater would look small in comparison. (Pardon the pun.)

Start another party? The Green party is already rife with corruption. It takes decades to make one that sticks and can compete on any real level against the Dems and Repubs.

We can't change to a parliamentary system. Could you even imagine? Anyone suggesting it would be tarred and feathered just like the British governors in colonial days.

Not vote for Obama? Okay, so I stay home. I say, I cannot do this. Bachman is too extreme, but Romney sure knows how to walk the "moderate" walk. Then what?

No one riots in America. Greece passes an austerity plan and people riot in the streets. here? They'll turn the channel. Tt's not that no one cares- I believe people are incredibly anxious and worried about the future, for themselves, for their kids- but people have been so stripped of any feeling that they could actually create any kind of change on their own, they roll over, and wait for the next kick.

The Presidency is about more than just one thing. And that's what I'm trying to hold onto. the fact that we have hate crimes, the end of DADT, the START treaty (to disarm Russia and us from cold war nuclear warheads once and for all), at least a stab at health care reform, TARP (no, not perfect but something), TWO SUCCESSFUL US SUPREME COURT NOMINATIONS (because for me? that was the biggest crisis we were facing), thousands of changes in political appointments to rid the world of Bush appointees... the list actually goes on.

And every word of the New York Times piece is true.

My question again: What is the alternative?


Blogger Denita said...

The alternative? That's what we have here in Wisconsin. Democrats were not satisfied with the choices they had in the midterms and the Governors race, so they stayed home. Take a look at what we ended up with. Obama may not be perfect. Hell, he makes me think he's a Republican sometimes. But the alternative, on a nationwide scale, is too much for me to fathom.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous lez zorba said...

Here's to hoping that he'll lead with wild abandon in his second term rather than this centrist consensus building approach that we are seeing. I think Obama wants to be a really great president for everybody, not just the Dems. But when you try to build consensus with the craziness of the tea party puppets, this is what we get. He can't be everybody's president. He has to be our president. He was elected by the progressive vote and he needs to lead with a progressive voice and that is that!

11:16 PM  
Blogger mkimberly said...

Sara -
Pls help us spread the word! If we get 100,000 "likes" by Sept 1st, NOH8 will receive $10,000! "Like" the site, spread the word (and the love)!

Thank you!

1:45 AM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

The most telling comment in the article is that during his time as a law school adjunct professor the only thing he published was an autobiography.

We're stuck with anticonservatism. Considering that conservatism is anti-life, that's the best we can do.

Fingers crossed that Elizabeth Warren runs.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think a modest change would be shortening the amount of time all parties can campaign and then tightening up how much can be spent on campaigns. Canada has much shorter time limits on campaigning. It works.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Michelle Bachman...Let's see how bat shit crazy it can really get.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

fitflop clearance
true religion outlet
cheap uggs
michael kors outlet
nike free run
coach outlet clearance
beats by dre
chicago blackhawks
ugg sale
polo pas cher

4:39 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home