My favorite YouTube vlogger pointed something out that I really want to mirror, because honestly, this is how I view things too. He did a Q&A video, where people would send video responses to one video, to which he would reply. It was only to video questions, but it was still interesting. Anyway, in it, he was asked what he thought the major flaw in the Obama presidency was. The Republican narrative is that he is a Kenyan Muslim, socialist, communist, anything that the dumbass Glenn Beck spews, so we don’t care about that. His response was that there are three kinds of liberal narratives about Obama. I want to give them, and give my own perspective on the issue. Here are what he believes are the three narratives –
1. That Obama has been a President who wanted to get things done and continues to want to get stuff done, but “those damn obstructionist Republicans won’t let it happen!”
Like TJ, I discard that narrative. Obama had a plethora of opportunities to make some really major change. He did, but the liberal community doesn’t seem to agree in a lot of sects. The fact is that he could have stood his ground on the Bush Tax Cuts expiring, because he said he would. He could have stood his ground on the Debt Ceiling debate, calling out the Republicans bluff. He immediately capitulated on single-payer in the health care reform debate. He also backed off about the Public Option. Without a public option, health care reform was a birthday present to the private insurance companies.
2. That Obama never believed any of what he promised, but once he got into the White House, he was there to further the Bush agenda.
Now, TJ said he hasn’t fully embraced this. Myself, I am…unsure. I think back on the speech he made when he got the Nobel Peace Prize. This speech was interesting because he said basically that America can be as imperial as it wants, and there is NOTHING that the rest of the world can do about it. Obama has continued the Bush doctrine on almost every front. A lot of people credit him with leaving Iraq, but that wasn’t his plan. That was Bush’s plan. Bush planned to be out of Iraq by 2012. I’m not defending him, I’m just pointing out a fact. What’s more, Obama has been an articulate defender of the Bush Doctrine. TJ is on the fence, but myself…I am more leaning to this option. I have just seen little evidence that he wanted to be somebody else. But I am not completely convinced.
3. Obama really does believe what he said when he wanted to get elected, but he is just too weak to see any of it through. That he would prefer compromise to discourse.
Again, here is where TJ and I agree. I also believe that it is one of the last two options. The first is just completely non-sensical. I have no data to back this one up. This is just an idea. TJ pointed out that if it was either the second or third option, than the major flaw with Obama is –
That he’s a complete phony or a complete pussy.
My thoughts about President Obama really is leaning toward the second option. There are a couple of big reasons why. The first is what is happening with the Occupy movement. There was a quote that Obama said during the protests that were going on in Egypt.
I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.
Okay, then my question is to Obama – where the hell were you during the Occupy movement? He once said that if the people in this country weren’t satisfied, and chose to protest, he would put on a pair of walking shoes, and march with them. Not only did he not do it, but he hasn’t said a word about the police brutality that plagues all the Occupy movements. He has been completely silent. He made a press conference where he said that he understood our problem, but that we shouldn’t villify the banking industry.
The next big reason is the fact that he hasn’t done anyting about our wars in the Middle East. In fact, he went into office with two wars, we are now up to five. About to be down to four, but we are still gaining wars, not losing them. If Obama is serious about what he wants, then why would he not only choose to go with all of what Bush was going with, including extending the Patriot Act, and championing that extension, then I really am inclined to believe that this guy is either too weak to have his own balls, or he is in the pocket of somebody else. The pocket of somebody else seems more likely.
I was a big supporter of Obama in 2008. I wanted to believe that this guy was the real deal. But very quickly, we all learned that he isn’t the real deal. that is just just another politician, or a complete coward. It is part of the tragedy of what has happened in this country in recent years. Part of the reason that I am so in-support of the Occupy movement is that it is getting the discussion back to the things that matter – the unbelievable wealth inequality, the corporate and banking corruption, and the lack of jobs. For the last 11 years, the narrative we have been hearing is how greed is good, god is good, and we all need to just go with it.
I am not standing with Obama in 2012. A lot of people talk about all the clowns in the GOP who are potentially running against him. I’m not worried about that. None of those idiots will be elected. They are all jokes. One of the problems that the few moderate Republican candidates are having is that they know that all of these guys and gal are crazed. So I’m not worried about him not getting reelected. The problem here is that this man is either the greatest con artist in the history of this country, or too weak. Both of which are totally unacceptable to me.
Until next time, a quote,
“I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like a local litter ordinance should take a back-seat to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Maybe I’m crazy. Should protestors be able to get away with more than the private citizen? Yes!” -TJ Kincaid, American Flaw