Let's get one thing totally clear: Barack Obama, unlike many politicians, is not a liar.
When he said "Yes, we can" in 2008, he totally believed he could!
And I'm proud to say I was one of the many millions of Americans who believed in him, still believe in him, and voted him President.
Unfortunately, the way American politics is structured, the doing implied in "Yes, we can" requires cooperation from Congress. And that is something President Obama has sorely lacked.
Did he waste the early days when he had a majority in both houses? To a degree. But the Republican party had already decided to become 'the party of no' even then.
Barack Obama believes in compromise. But the media has made that a negative word. It is not. Never has been. But too late to undo that now.
Here's my one observation going into what will, sadly, be 13 months wasted on campaigning instead of governing as far as the Republicans are concerned:
George Bush was, without doubt, the worst American president in living memory.
He ignored warnings that Osama bin Laden planned to attack the US using hijacked planes.
He took us to war in Afghanistan - with a degree of justification - but always ignored the blatantly obvious role that Pakistan was playing, and still plays, in international terrorism.
He took us to war in Iraq with zero justification. He did it merely to get the man who "tried to kill my daddy!" And his warmongering, truly un-American vice-president urged him on. And is still trying to rewrite history.
He sowed the seeds of what would become the financial crisis that we are still in. He gave tax-cuts of a magnitude we could not afford and did not rescind them when that money was needed to fight his two wars. He deregulated Wall Street to the point of lunacy. And Wall Street proved that there is no such thing as benevolence in business any more - just outright greed. It will take years - and many presidents - to overcome the effects of the disastrous housing bubble created during Bush's eight years in office.
He now has the gall to say in his 9/11 interview, "Why didn't we know that?" talking about bin Laden's goals. Asshole...you did!
Well, be that as it sadly may, those years are gone and the damage done. And it was all inherited by Barack Obama. And he has done his level best to correct things and get this country back on a caring, prosperity-for-all track. With the Republicans fighting him every step of the way.
Now we have Democrats publicly doubting Obama's re-election chances. Fuck! Get behind your man for pity's sake. He is the smartest, most rational leader this country has had in decades. And he's YOUR man. Support him...or face the consequences.
We all know the myth of the presdiential Black Book - it's been the subject of several movies - the book that supposedly is filled with secrets that only presidents are allowed to know. Well, I could not care less if it exists or does not exist, the important thing is this: every president learns they do not wield unrestricted power, and quite rightly. One of the things that Obama has tried very hard not to be is George Bush. And I admire him for that. Bush and Cheney pretty much rode roughshod over Congress and look where that got us. Do I wish we'd elect smarter people to Congress? Damn right I do. But the three branches of government are there for good reason. The system was devised by intelligent men. Shame it's not staffed by the same. Obama learned - if he did not know already - that he was relatively powerless against a Republican party that had decided to be against him - and I hate to say this, again - for pretty much racial reasons. They will not be happy until another podgy white guy is in the White House.
Which brings me to main reason for writing this: Rick Perry.
Good grief, does this country NEVER learn? We've had one cowboy in the White House and he pretty much fucked us all. Trust me, Perry is worse than Bush.
I was going to post this yesterday but decided that the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 was not the day for politics. But it is a time to remember. To remember that it could have been prevented...to remember that many Americans have died because our response to that day was morally wrong...to remember that George Bush's response was to take basic freedoms away from Americans, to tap our phones and read our emails...to remember that for all his denials, Bush started a war against Islam not a war against terrorism (as I've said before, a war against a tactic is impossible), just ask American muslims if you doubt me. And remember who got bin Laden and where!
Please, remember. Remember all the way to next November. I am actually pleased that the 11th anniversary of 9/11 will occur before election day...it will remind us again of what is good about this country and how bad leaders can be.
I say again, Perry is worse than Bush.
The Republican party has disowned its own history. And the only viable future for America is to have an intelligent man as leader for at least another four years. That man is Barack Obama. But he needs not only re-electing but a super majority in both houses. Then you'll see what "Yes, we can" really means. He won't waste that second chance, I promise you.
As Bush said, "Fool me once...shame on..." Oh that's right, remember, he fucked up the rest of the quote in true dumb-ass style.
In case you didn't hear me...Perry is worse than Bush.