Fine, call out the negativity, please keep the personal attacks to a mijmum, especially as you have no idea what you're talking about regarding my personal life. You, specifically you, make it hard for others to support or defend your beliefs. You post and act with a level of arrogance and contempt that I find disgusting, regardless if I agree with your posts or not. I've found myself agreeing with things you say but your posts and your attitude towards other posters frustrates me so much that I choose not to post my agreement in order to keep myself disassociated with you on this board. If someone confused yourself and I (like they did you and TKO) I would take it as an insult; not because you're a bad guy, but because your posts make it difficult to agree with you, or even want to converse with you.
It's not just you, I have the same complaints about CI, Drewdad, Setenta, and others.
If your not interested in making friends, then great. Just understand that your posting style and the lack of respect you show others has an impact on the quality of discussions you'll have here as well.
Fine with me; I'll own that. I will readily admit that I wrote out of frustration at seeing you post attacks on Obama for the Nth time.
And regarding Obama, if he damn guy would start doing some hints I agree with (like maybe a few of his campaign promises) I'd have a lot more positive things to say. But he hasn't.
Look, you gotta keep in mind that the stuff he is trying to do is extremely difficult. He is attempting things that the Dems have failed at over and over again. He spent quite a bit of time and political capital trying to work WITH the Republicans - because he promised he would. He is letting the Senate and House run themselves, because he promised he would. This means that every single thing he has tried to do has taken much, much longer - and been watered down more - than if he went about things in a more authoritarian, top-down way, like Bush did.
Obama's problem, with me, isn't that he isn't following his campaign promises - its' that he IS following them, and that gums up the works in Washington, when the other party is dead-set on opposing you.
A lot of people are pissed about the Stim bill, including you. They are worried about the deficit and the debt. But what the **** was Obama supposed to do? Just start off his new term with the economy spiraling downward, and say '**** it, we aren't doing anything, because hey - can't increase that debt.' The truth is that our economy would be MUCH worse today without that stimulative spending. State governments in particular would have been forced to lay off a LOT more people, including things like cops and firefighters.
Obama was boxed in by a bad situation, a mess left by the outgoing crowd, and made a choice to deal with it. Because of that choice, some have decided that everything he does is wrong. I think that's short-sighted. There were a lot of complaints that the money was going to take too long to be spent; now, it seems as if the recession will last quite some time, and that decision is looking better and better.
We are right on the cusp of major change in Health-care; if Obama passes a bill with a robust public option, it will be a victory significant enough to define his first term. Bush never passed a single Domestic policy this ambitious in 8 years. Now is not the time for continued and constant negativity towards the guy, because he's getting the job done more than any other president before him (in our lifetimes), on the issues that matter to us.
Even more than that - and this goes back to he Nobel prize, for me - is that Obama's role in politics is shifting the center, the same way that Reagan shifted the center to the Right. He defends liberal ideas as good ideas
and defends the moral basis behind them. This is important, because it not only provides a clear path forward for the implementation of many of these policies, it shapes the debate for years to come. There is little doubt that Obama is a highly inspiring person to many younger folks, here in America and around the world. The legacy that he leaves behind, if he can find success in some of his proposals, will be a lasting one.
Obama repeated over and over that things would be hard; he made the fact that change doesn't come easily, that you must struggle for it, a central tenet of his campaign. Well, he's elected now, and did you think things were just going to fall in line? I never did. This is what makes the stupid 'messiah' theme so dumb; I never believed that it would be anything other than a dogfight. Entrenched interests will fight to their death to protect what they have in Washington. Obama is not going to be successful
if the very people who voted for him go around trashing him all the time. He deserves your support and some patience.