I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am. Democrats eat their own. Democrats find singular issues and go, “well, I didn’t get everything I wanted”. I’m a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for the people whom you’ve elected. If Obama was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this, they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-industry. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, who got Osama Bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.
- George Clooney, spotted via emotional opportunity costs
Look, I love George Clooney, both as a storyteller and as a person who speaks strongly about politics, but I believe he’s dead wrong here.
Just because I cast a vote for someone does not mean I blindly support every action they take, or something even worse, the actions they refuse to take. I’m not mad at Obama because I “didn’t get everything I wanted”.
I’m mad at Obama for stacking his entire administration with the same crooked assholes who took every opportunity to recklessly gamble with home owner’s money; I’m pissed because for 3 years he bought into the Republican debt-driven, contract-your-way-to-growth, idea of austerity; which meant while he eased the hemorrhaging of jobs in this country, he was at the same time gutting out Government jobs; a job is a job for a family, whether they work at the Post Office or Home Depot.
It wasn’t until after OWS that Obama did a 180 and announced a task force with authority to investigate the criminal actions of investment bankers. I’m pissed because he said nothing for weeks during the Wisconsin Union protest.
I’m pissed because he made into Federal Law the exact authoritarian over-reach of power that Bush just simply assumed he already had… when I casted my vote for Obama, I wasn’t giving him permission to kill an American citizen via drone strike or assassination without the slightest hint of oversight.
I’m fucking pissed because Bradley Manning sat naked in solitary confinement for over a year without being so much as charged, and Obama said nothing.
Voting is not an act of conscious - speaking out about things I find morally reprehensible isn’t “eating my own”, it’s exactly how Democrats should be acting if they want to push Obama, or anyone else for that matter, in a direction they can feel good about as human beings.
OWS forced Obama to change his mind on austerity; and we have a long road still to go before we shut down our secret and not-so-secret prisons we have stationed in places like Egypt; we have a long way to go before we stip our Presidents of the right to single-handedly sentence an American to death.
And I want to be clear, my vote in 2012 for Obama will not be an endorsement of these actions, my vote better positions me to effectively pressure my Government to act the way I believe it should act. I have no dissolutions that Newt or any of these others clowns would budge to the left on these issues.
My time is much better spent writing letters to a Democratic President about the legality of water boarding or the importance of a court system that holds fraud liable no matter who carries it out, vs spending my time angry that a republican administration is hyping up godless-baby-killers, ending PBS, or filling Government departments like FEMA with old college roommates.
I’m not pissed because I didn’t get my way, I’m pissed because I’m doing my job as an informed and involved voter / citizen.