Why I Am Abandoning Obama and the Democratic Party Forever
I’ve been doing a lot of queasy soul-searching about this on the heels of Betty’s “Hippie-Punching” post, and while I wish to Christ my brutal self-interrogation had led me to a happier and more committed mental space, it did not. In fact—despite shrill protestations by the part of me that’s been bashing Conservatives since 2002 and was madly emailing Superdelegates at Denver to “ignore the PUMAs”—I am compelled to admit that, in the end, Obama and the Democratic Party have let me down, in ways that make a total Tea Party takeover of Congress and, eventually, the Executive Branch seem not merely essential and instructive, but poetically just.
My reasons are simple:
♦ Despite the fact that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity told me that Obama was my “Messiah”—a thought that never even remotely entered my head unbidden—he has been no such thing.
♦ Because Obama was a Black Democrat who had more powerfully galvanized Conservative opposition—even to the point of questioning his eligibility as a citizen to run for the office—than any other Dem candidate in history including Hillary, it never occurred to me that he would be audacious enough to recapitulate Bill Clinton’s first-term missteps on DADT and Health Care Reform, thus ensuring an electoral blowback in the midterms.
♦ Notwithstanding the fact that I knew when I voted for him that there was no way out of Iraq and Afghanistan that would not further destabilize Central Asia, enhance Iran’s influence, encourage the collapse of Pakistan, challenge the cohesion of the NATO alliance and invite predictable power-play gambits from India, China and Russia that would totally recast the definitions of “victory” and “defeat,” I am upset that Obama has not brought all the troops home.
♦ Even though constant Conservative harping on Obama’s foreign policy causes hostile governments and allies to question America’s resolve, I am chagrined by the US agreement to sell $60 billion worth of weapons to Iran’s arch-enemy Saudi Arabia, a woman-hating Muslim regime that’s not fond of Israel, and wouldn’t have to be our “friend” at all if America would simply tap the 16 million barrels/day of new oil it doesn’t have, even if you include Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and the crap that’s trapped in the Bakken Formation.
♦ Ignoring for the moment that Obama’s DOE has dedicated billions of dollars to pilot projects to develop Clean Coal Technologies, Carbon Capture and Storage, Synthetic Fuels from Coal and Biomass, Solar Energy, Wind Power and Enhanced Oil Production from depleted wells, and that half of these initiatives are vehemently opposed by Environmental Groups and Concerned Citizens, I am totally peeved that he hasn’t more aggressively challenged Japanese whaling.
♦ I wish to fuck Obama had let the Banksters and Wall Street go down in flames, since it’s not like they were propping up millions of people’s jobs, mortgages and life savings.
♦ The Stimulus Package was a joke, because the $800 billion injected into the US economy was probably entirely spent on Cheez-Whiz and lottery tickets.
♦ I can’t believe he saved the US auto industry, because nobody cares about US cars or the people who make them.
♦ Let’s get real: Government jobs are not “jobs,” because the Americans who do them aren’t really “Americans,” and the functions they perform are useless. Government workers don’t eat, spend money, own homes or pay taxes…and who the fuck really cares about weather forecasts, safe airplanes, non-toxic food, autism or getting their Social Security checks on-time?
♦ Most of all, I resent this Administration’s hard-line stance on Executive Privilege, National Security, assassinations and extra-legal actions to thwart terror because I know in my heart that President Palin and Speaker Boehner would quash that shit in a heartbeat.
♦ PS: Why would Obama not make Gay Marriage and Abortion the centerpiece of his agenda going into a November election where the Dems stand to lose the House and possibly the Senate to Extreme Social Conservatives?
God, what a fool I was. I coulda had McCain. StrangeAppar8us over and out. From now on, I’m blogging for Angle and O’Donnell.