I have had it! My liberal friends accuse me of being a turncoat. I am passionately warned that if I continue to criticize this President, I could put his re-election in jeopardy. Hell, I might even be responsible for causing our country to elect a Rick Perry, or a Michelle Bachmann, people who don't believe evolution occured (in their case, this actually may be true) . Rick and Michelle proudly reject climate change as an intellectual anti-business hoax. Wouldn't if be fun to set them adrift on a shrinking ice flow?
Well folks, I accept NO responsibility. If Obama gets whompped, and we get real change; change we can't live with, it ain't my fault. Blame someone else. I am innocent. Why should I be less demanding than the Koch Brothers, the United States Chamber of Commerce or Philip Morris? These guys don't pussy foot around when they send their bucks to a candidate. They want a return on their investment. " RETURN ON INVESTMENT" - what a beautiful phrase! It is the American capitalist mantra. It is at the heart of all those cost-benefit analyses corporate and government economists are always doing. If the Koch Brothers support a candidate, unless he or she yearns to be cast to the winds, that candidate will not be casting his or her votes to protect spotted owls or unionized humans. Koch and Company want results; they demand results; they get results. Republican legislators demonstrate that they understand these simple quid pro quo rules, and they produce. If not, they go the way of the spotted owl.
Many of us, contributed worked, and voted for a President that promised Change. He was so good at promising that the Nobel Committee awarded him the Peace Prize on the come. No one really thought that Barak was going to bring peace to the world in four years. Most of my fellow disgruntled progessives did not think Obama would turn our country green, solve the health care problem, end growing economic inequality, fix the bridges and turn around our educational system. But we did think he would consistently and steadfastly act as a leader. Leaders inspire us; they pull at our heart strings, and when they reach across the table, it is sometimes to reach compromise, but at other times it is to ring the neck of the opposition.So maybe I was stupid and expected something other than what I got. I keep witnessing my critics puff up and say with pride, " I voted for the man, and I expected what I got." Well goodie for you! Ya see, I think there are lots of us who expected something different, and yes, we may have been naive, but Obama played on that naivety. Shame on him, shame on us.
I have been told and have read in print that as a man of color, President Obama is impeded in being aggressive and assertive. And to those people I say, Mr. Obama got elected by the majority of American voters; he overcame the hurdles of bigotry. If my critics have lower expectations of what can be accomplished due to the pigment of his skin, I don't call you a racist because the vast majority of you are not, but if this is your hypothesis, I wish you did not vote for Mr. Obama in the primaries. The world is just too dangerous to have a limited President.
Now the question will be, whether I have the courage and conviction of the The US Chamber of Commerce, or whether I will whimp out and vote for a man who does not do what I expect a good President to do. As to my friends who say my expectations are too high: I respond, "No yours are too low; stop making excuses for this man, and do what you can to drag him to excellence.