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One more day. I hope we make it.

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January 19, 2009

Enough has been written about the failures of the last eight years. Even today, media outlets around the world are taking their final shots at George W and the administration’s puppet master, Dick Cheney.

A new president was been elected, possibly for the first time in three presidential elections. We should be excited, energized, and relieved.

Sorry. It is not working.

We have slightly more than 24 hours in which the cabal still infecting the White House can pull some shenanigans. Martial law? A concocted emergency? An "event" involving Iran? A terrorist plot targeting DC? Who knows? I certainly don’t.

But what I do know is that each and every time that I was astounded by the hubris, the lies, the craven power grabs of BushCo for the last eight years, and I was firmly convinced that that was absolutely the worst behavior ever seen in a presidency, Bush and his cronies managed to surprise me yet again by pulling something even more craven and disgusting.

I suppose it is that history, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, you can’t get fooled again," which has me on edge. Until (and unless) I actually see President Obama finishing the very last words in his oath of office, I will have this nagging fear that something will go wrong, quite possibly by design. The rational part of my brain simply cannot win the argument over the emotional side (the one that worries about what additional damage Bush can do to our country) and stay convinced that this is really going to happen.

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There is another component to this worry. For eight years, our current administration took down consumer protections. The result? poisoned foods, bad drugs, poisonous animal feed, lead paint on toys, and more. For eight years, BushCo attacked the constitution. The result? Illegal renditions. Abu Grhaib. Gitmo. domestic surveillance. The arrest of thousands of innocents muslims in the US, and more. For seven years, BushCo pursued absolutely foolish policies in the Middle East.  The result? 9/11.  Israel’s use of US cluster bombs in Lebanan. A failed police action in Afghanistan. The escape of Osama bin Laden. An unconscionable invasion of Iraq, causing 4,000+ US deaths, 1,000,000 Iraqi deaths, and the forced eviction of 3,000,000 more across Iraq. With faith based initiatives, our cherished separation of church and state has been eradicated. With tax policies, our economy made the super rich richer, and the middle class an endangered species. With lax regulations, Bush’s friends Madoff like bandits, while the global economy is ready to crash and burn.

I guess the only question I have of Barack Obama is this: ARE YOU NUTS? Because, who in their right mind would ever want the unimaginable responsibility of trying to pick of the pieces after eight years of deliberate destruction? 

 

 

4 Responses to One more day. I hope we make it.

  1. Janice

    January 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The same thought has crossed my mind..

    “I guess the only question I have of Barack Obama is this: ARE YOU NUTS? Because, who in their right mind would ever want the unimaginable responsibility …”

    I have been angry for the last 7 1/2 years (I didn’t start out thinking Bush was a complete failure – that came after 9/11 and his wars), and now I have to let the anger go – if I can. I want to give Obama every possible chance with no pre-conceived opinions. I want to let the anger go. I want to have a positive outlook again. I want to feel I can stand proud about being an American once again. It will take some time, some readjustment of my attitude and learning how to let the anger go. I want things to get better so I can turn my back on the insane years since Congress was overrun by the hypocrisy of the republicans. I want to watch Obama on tv, and proudly say “He is my president”, something I never said about Bush. … I hope it works. I hope Jan. 20th, 2009 will be the new beginning we – as a nation – are all looking for.
    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  2. AustinRanter

    January 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Rob,

    Over the past couple of years I’ve pretty much exhausted my mind by both imaginative conjecture and the stress of anticipation.

    In 1929 there were just over 121 million people. The economy and financial markets crashed bringing in a terrible depression.

    At the end of Roosevelt’s presidency, the population was about 141 million people and weaning off of a wartime economy and winding down from the New Deal programs.

    Our population today is just over 300 million people. Our economy and financial base is so drastically different than during the during the great depression and the afermath of WWII.

    We face challenges unlike any ever seen by our nation…and the world. I don’t think the magnitude of our problems have yet begun to really sink in.

    Soon to be “PRESIDENT” Obama to me is indeed a remarkable man. His commanding presence thus far has been impressive. I haven’t been without criticism regarding a number of issues related to Mr. Obama’s strategies, tactics, and certainly his cabinet member picks, but overall, as we approach the inauguration, I do see a sincere possibility that emanates from Mr. Obama that makes me somehow believe that he can and will be an effective president.

    My hope for our country is really simple. If there was ever a time in history that we needed to put aside all of the political propaganda, party affiliation, self-interest, and the extremely divided national visions, value, and traditions…then it is now.

    During WWII, following a terrible economic crash, we were a young and diverse nation. But, after Pearl Harbor this nation…every man, woman, and child became a well oiled machine, cohesive, cooperative, sharing common goals, values, and traditions. Americans were connected or bonded in a way not seen since the Revolutionary War. We became a “One for all and all for one” nation.

    So, I do really hope Americans can strip off their red or blue politics and become geniune allies and join in the common efforts needed for the restoration of America.

    We can start this new journey by ridding ourselves of all of the Washington deadwood and corruption and stop re-electing the many individuals who have a played a role in the demise of America’s prosperty and potential.

    It’s time that We the People take on our Constitution responsibilites and duties. We can no longer afford to turn over our general welfare to our government’s care without a whole new understanding about elected officials’ duty and accountability. Our govenorment is broke and it’s time we make sure that it’s repaired.

    Let’s all hope that our recent efforts to exercise Constitutional responsibility as electorates will bear out a positive and bright future as a result of our employing an innovative, inspirational and intelligent new leader of the free world.

    Good luck President Obama.

  3. spartacus

    January 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    You know, the same thoughts have crossed my mind as well. I wouldn’t put anything past the occupiers of the White House.

    I firmly believe, though, that we elected the anti-Bush when we elected Barack Obama: someone who will respect the rule of law and restore our country’s image abroad.

    I also think that if anyone can lift us out of the quagmire Bush and his minions placed us in, it’s Barack Obama, although I wouldn’t wish that job, particularly after the 8 years of damage done by George Bush, on anyone, particularly on someone I admire as much as I admire Barack Obama.

  4. Kibitzer

    January 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Yes, a good day coming up. A chance for something new, and empowering, to take place. And yet. And yet….

    Sorry, folks. I just don’t trust this space. Not because I think it can be Bush whacked. I think the day will happen as anticipated. But there is something waiting in the wings, to happen as well. And that is the work of more than just the Bush crowd.

    It has to do with Obama’s eligibility, foremost. Hear me out. The questions about his original birth certificate have still not been cleared up. The Supremes are due to make a ruling on this on Jan. 23, whether to allow a lawsuit to continue or not. Even if they don’t, this matter is going to continue to haunt his presidency, until he consents to the release of his vault copy bc – which for whatever reason he has failed to do. The whole matter could have been cleared up long ago, if he had just done that seemingly simple thing. He has not. Many wonder why. Or why he hasn’t authorized his applications to various educational institutions to be released.

    Something there is that doesn’t sit well, here. And since McCain is also saddled with legitimate questions about HIS bc (that he was born in a hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, NOT on a US base, and so is not a “natural born citizen” as required for the presidency), there is an interesting scenario unfolding, that could put – ta-dah – Hilary in the office. (May I remind everybody that Obama was accepted by ‘acclamation’ by his party at their convention, without allowance for a Nay vote? That was a procedural glitch. Deliberate or not.)

    I am saying that this thing isn’t over yet. And won’t be over until he produces his vault copy bc. Because there are people who will dog him every step of the way – accusing him of being potentially an illegal president, and thus any bill signed by him being null and void, legally – until he does so.

    I won’t go into the details here of the weakness of the ‘Certification of Live Birth’ that HAS been released by his camp. I’ll just say: Watch this space. The next four years may be worse than we think. For most of us.