Inaugural Observations – Not A Savior

I’ve heard a lot of my bloggy brethren lately saying that Bush’s departure is, “…the end of our long national nightmare.”

I only have one thing to say on this:  President Obama is not a savior and those people who think he is haven’t really experienced the ‘long national nightmare’ yet.  That will come in the next 8 years when Democrats prove unable (unwilling?) to undo much of the damage done during Bush’s presidency.

Obama has made a good start, but already his administration has demonstrated support for Bu$hCo’s “Wiretap any American anytime we want,” policy. Already congressional Democrats are bleating about how they need to reign in the presidency, something they never dared to utter when Bush was in office.

Bush was bad, but a continuation of the Democrats’ pathetic impotence, could well be worse.

9 thoughts on “Inaugural Observations – Not A Savior”

  1. Obama may be like the ensign that is suddenly asked to take the controls of the Hindenburg just after it caught fire. “C’mon son, didn’t you ever wonder if you could land one of these things? Now’s your chance, give it a go.”

    “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

    On many points, including the domestic warrantless wiretapping program, Obama seems determined to defy Einstein’s sage advice when what is needed is an ideological revolution. He ran on a platform of change but it seems that the moment he was elected he changed his tune to one of ‘continuity’ IOW, the same ol’ same old.

    That’s not to say that he isn’t doing a lot of things right, but he sure isn’t doing them nearly right enough to solve the immense problems facing the country.

  2. Fair crack of the bloody whip! Your argument suggests that the solution rests with one bloke or perhaps his team. As far as I can see, if you are not part of the recovery movement you are part of the continuing problem.
    Not for the first time I warn that things will not happen fast enough, but they will not happen at all if you decide that is the result.

  3. Cartledge… I’ll assume that you’re addressing me and not SBT…

    I did not mean to suggest that this all rests on Obama’s shoulders. Quite the contrary, he needs the Democrats in congress just as much as they need him, but it doesn’t do the ‘recovery movement’ any good if the Democratic leadership starts a bunch of bullsh*t posturing for no better reason than that they want to look tough for their constituents. Let’s face it, Obama isn’t likely to call them down the way Bush would have.

    As for things not happening fast enough or at all… It’s a fair criticism, but symbolism is important, especially here in the good ‘ol US of A, and signing on to warrantless surveillance buys the administration very little, but generates a whole heck of a lot of disillusionment on the left.

  4. SBT… Love the Hindenburg analogy! LOL. And frankly, I’ve had a hard time understanding why anyone would want the job, but to Obama’s credit, he certainly seems to have a taste for the work.

    I’m more worried about Democrats in congress going with their natural inclination to do what they do best…nothing.

  5. Kvatch, sorry I was addressing you. I figured no Canadian would listen yo me… :) I was heartened to the stage of a 120 day honeymoon when I heard there were no Macs in the WH. Jeez, how can you govern without the tools?
    As to the symbolism I’d have to say; “fair suck of the bloody sausage!” How many essential variants of symbolism can you throw up in a week?

  6. I believe “the end of our long national nightmare” was Gerald Ford talking about Nixon, or more precisely, talking about his pardoning of Nixon. I’m sure he wasn’t the first one in history to say it, though, and of course it has been revived today. But no matter who said it about whom, it is simply an expression of relief that a certain group of thugs are one rung below the top power level, that we stopped the nightmare decent for the time being. However, the nightmare is never quite over, is it? The dance continues …

  7. Cartledge… Macs are the tools of the ‘godless liberals’.

    John… The more things ‘change’ the more things stay the same, eh?

    D.K… Really? Ford, huh. I didn’t know that. My exposure to Nixon’s resigning went something like this. “He resigned? But the President can’t resign. He’s the most powerful, most honest, smartest man in the whole entire world!” So much for the politically awakening of an 8 year old boy.

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