The president’s critics on the right deride him as a radical socialist seething with anti-American rage. To them, he’s a frightening success who has transformed the federal government, ruined the economy, and undermined national security. To the left, Obama is a tragic failure who squandered his chance for dramatic change: no single-payer health-care plan, no heated battle against Wall Street, and endless war in Afghanistan. If the president is struggling these days, the critics say, it’s perhaps because he’s out of touch with Americans, and even at odds with his own principles.
In his article in Newsweek dated November 17, James T. Kloppenberg, defends President Obama’s presidency. As he notes, critics notwithstanding, Obama “is doing exactly what he said he would do.” He refers readers to Obama’s two books Dreams From My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) for confirmation.
The purists on the left and right accuse the President of not doing what they think he ought to be doing. They in effect want to tell him what he must do in the name of the American people (always be skeptical of anyone who says he or she is acting for the American people, or even more dangerous, acts as if they know what the American people want).
For those on the right, the main goal is to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. This means demonizing him and any policy he favors. Their idea of bipartisanship is to just say “no” to anything the President wants to do. Why? Because the American people don’t like what this President is doing.
The left’s self-defeating attitude is if the President doesn’t do exactly what he promised or, better yet, what they think he ought to do in the name of those nonrich folks, they’ll abandon him in the next election. Man, that’ll teach him and the next Democratic president a lesson. That this course of action will return the governing of the nation to the Republicans and Sarah Palin and her ick seems to have escaped them.
The right-wingers ain’t gonna change their attitude. But you on the left remember this: politics is the art of compromise.
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The Tea party now has many of its followers in the Congress, which is indeed a triumph. Congratulations are in order. You fought hard and you won.
Someone said politics is the art of compromise. I say governing is the art of politics. Smart alecky sound bites aint leadership and won’t get the job of governing this nation. You have, as it were, taken back America. From whom is still not clear.
What is your agenda? In what direction do you plan to take the nation? Saying cutting spending, making the Federal government smaller, saving the tax cuts without showing how you plan to do these things aint gonna cut it.
Reality will soon smack you in the face. And you will have to prove you can lead the nation to better economic times.
The biggest problem we have is the slow economy. How do you plan to put folks back to work?
How to you plan to improve the economy?
Do you plan to waste the tax payers money (we are, after all, paying your salaries) trying to stop the Healthcare law from becoming effective? Do you truly believe that is what the voters sent you to Washington to do?
Time for you Tea Partiers to shut up and lead.
The country is supposedly in a recession, but you the way the Republican party is able to raise money sho’ don’t look like we in a recession to me.
Several groups favoring the GOP have raised $56 million to give to GOP candidates this year to help defeat them democrats.
Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota done raised $5.4 million dollars in the last quarter.
But that woman in Nevada, Sharron Angle, who is challenging Harry Reid for the senate, did Michele one better. Angle raised $14 million in the third quarter.
Them Republicans, man, they experts at raising money. They done raised 75.4 million dollars, and that aint hay.
The government is running a humongous deficit. Well, now, why don’t them Republicans donate some of that money to the US treasury?
In the dead of night, the strykers rolled across the Iraq border into Kuwait on the first leg of bringing home the combat troops in Iraq. To be sure, 50,000 noncombat troops remain, and we now got to foot the bill for some more undetermined years. As if that aint enough, the State Department done hired private security firms to guard diplomates and embassy personnel. Maybe there aint no more combat for out troops in Iraq, but money is still being spent on the ill-conceived military adventure that began in 2003. And I’m guessing that some more young american men and women, though supposedly in noncombat units, will die.
So, I say it aint over in Iraq.
The two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan done cost the US more than a trillion dollars, and the money spigot is still open. What bothers the philosopher of common sense is the government aint doing nothin to pay for the wars with going int further debt. I sure hopes the economonee improves soon so we common sense folks can start talkin bout leaving Afghanistan.
I’ve been reading in various magazine articles claiming we old folks (I don’t like being called a senior citizen) are a current and future burden on the economy, health care, and just about anything else some young pundit can think of. We are sometimes pawns in the political game. During the debates on health care, one side tried to scare the bejesus out of us with the claim that the bill would set up “death panels.”
Now maybe some of you young bloods resent me taking up space and not being productive as I was in my younger years. Too bad.
When they were young, My mother and aunts supported my grandmothers, and I and my cousins supported our parents through taxes that paid for Social Security and Medicare. Now my kids support me and other old folks through paying taxes.
One of the duties of government is to see that we old heads are cared for in our declining years. Most of us live on pensions that sometimes are not enough to pay all of our bills, especially if we get sick.
I did my part during my productive years, and now that I’m not as productive, I don’t expect to go into the woods and lie down and provide food for the animals.
What I do expect of my government, which taxes my pension, so you see, I still pay taxes, is to help me when I can no longer help myself.
You young bloods must accept the fact that you, too, will be old one day and I wonder if you will see yourselves as a burden on society.
How’s come some folks wants the U S of A to be the police of the world? Your philosopher of common sense dont have no common sense bout this problem.
Folks right here in the U S of A wants Obama to stop the violence in Sudan and Somali. Well, U S of A did send the Somali government some guns and stuff to help fight them militants but them militants gon do like they always do, out fight and out gun the government.
Take this here nuclear weapons business. I mean Iran gon get them some nuclear bombs no matter what, unless of course Israel blows up the bomb making factories. Imagine what gon happen if they do. Man, Iran aint gon take that crap lying down, no sir, they gon go after Israel. And how come Russia aint worried bout Iran gettin some nuclear stuff, or ifn they are, they show don’t act like it. Sanctions, come on, when did sanctions work? And what bout them countries around Iran like Saudi Arabia?
Another thing, how come the Chinese dont make some real man noise bout them mad men in North Korea having missiles and bombs. Hell, ifn they start a war, China gon be in the middle of it.
I got to say somethin bout peace between them Palestinians and Israelis. The US of A can’t make no peace deal. The only folks can do that is them Palestinians and the Israelis.
Well, they say the US of A messed up the world economy and now we gots to fix it. Man, I’m damn tired of being blamed for everything that goes wrong in this crazy world.
Somebody please give the US of A some love.