Friday, March 27, 2009

New Waffler in Town

What do we make of president Obama's insistence on trying to please every side by being too by-partisan? They have the majority in both houses and yet they cannot even get their own party together on anything. For instance, one week he says we should legalize marijuana or at least DE-criminalize it, then Mexico gets all upset because they are trying to fight the cartels, so he shifts his view now saying he doesn't think it is in our best interests to help the economy?
Christ! what's up with that??? When is he going to take on some leadership capabilities and to hell with what the opposition thinks. As Ricky Nelson once wrote "If you can't please them all, then you have to please yourself" Now I know a president can't do anything to please himself, but come on, show that your not a wimp and take control of the office you won! We certainly did not see any fear or regret coming out the Bush administration as they were running amok screwing everything up for generations beyond comprehension. The Republicans will always do what they do with such success and that is to block any progress while never coming up with any substantial alternative solution themselves, so why allow them to suck us in? Obama needs to remember why he was elected and to whom he owes his convictions to, otherwise we will all be right back in the mess we've had to endure for the last eight years.
I would recommend reading George Lakoff''s "Don't think of an elephant. Why you can't understand 21st. politics with an 18Th. century brain" He does a great job of explaining why 
the Republicans are so successful at convincing the lower classes to vote against their own self-interests in support of the rich upper two percent leaders better than any. I've often wondered how that could happen and after reading his book, now I understand. They really do this without even being aware of it because it is en grained in their unconscious memory.
There is much at stake for getting this economy turned around and we really need to stop listening to the opposition, the media, those guys on wall street who contributed greatly to the mess we are in now, and get back on track with some progressive thinking and policies.

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