Thursday, March 1, 2012

Back to the Future

Yesterday's  blog post by Jayne Martin struck a chord.  She reprised a 2 year old post about the  continuing dominance of "tired old white men" in our political system and the not-so-hidden prejudices of the political and emotional landscape.   
I watched PBS' airing of the two part "Clinton" series last week.  It was interesting to go back in time and realize how similarly their presidencies began and the hatred directed towards President Clinton and, worse, towards Hillary.  In most respects, she turned out to be the more politically prescient of the two.  But the nation wanted her head.  They obviously overcame some of the derision only to become mired in the Whitewater and Monica-gate scandals.  Clinton was his own worst enemy as those who worked for and admired him note in the program.  But even he has come out on the other side.

My husband and I are convinced people hate Obama because of his color more than his policies.  In the spirit of bi-partisanship, he's attempted to appease those who do not deserve to be appeased, i.e. McConnell, Ryan, Cantor, Boehner.  They've done all but spit on him.    
 ttaken from the The Schiller Institute newsletter of Lyndon LaRouche  Note remark re: Constitution
We have journalists like Mark Halperin calling him a "dick".  This is our president!  I may have thought G.W. was all those things & more but I don't believe I put it in print, let alone say such a thing on national television.
We can only hope President Obama, if re-elected, has the opportunity to achieve his goals in the second term, unencumbered by the need to seek re-election and please an old white bread male dominated Congress of politicos indebted to PACS, lobbyists and corporate America.



DJan Stewart said...

You have summed up all the things I've been thinking about Obama, too. I will work for his reelection and hope he ends up showing all those guys, as Clinton has done. I also think it's the fact that he's black and they are all racists without even acknowledging it to themselves.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

duking it out in the Repub primary has taken the emphasis off Obama.  once the GOP picks a candidate, all the dirty tricks will focus on the President, hopefully too late.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

That is a salient observation.  Hadn't made the correlation.

Abeerfortheshower said...

But remember, Obama hasn't fixed the past 20-30 years worth of problems in 4 years, so he's a "terrible" president.

I can't even believe there are people out there who think he really just sits behind his desk all day doing nothing to help our country.

lisleman said...

Probably the nature of the primaries but these games of who can be the best right-wing nut are funny at times.  However then I realize these fools are running for a very powerful office and it's sickening.  I'm no political pundit (what a suck-up job that would be) but I believe long term problems are solved by compromise not attention-seeking stands for some niche ideal.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

Another blog I read, Field Negro, commented about the "political pundits" who criticize one another then go out & have drinks.  He referred to Lawrence O'Donnell having drinks or dinner with Ann Coulter.

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I agree, and I believe that racism is fueling the extreme negative climate in Washington. It's no accident that as an African American reached the White House, the richest of the rich escalated their war on the poor and middle-class, who clearly had amassed too much power and gotten too uppity. 

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

I think she should have a child with Rush Limbaugh.  They have the same over-the-top "let's whip up the masses with incendiary remarks because it sells books and increases ratings" approach.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

Grover Norquist was on "Morning Joe".  That was fun.  Norquist went on & on about Obama ruining the country, not creating jobs, fiddling while Rome burns.  He invoked Almighty Reagan as the saviour, again.  The only person at the table who took him on was Steve Rattner & he went toe to toe with Grover.

lisleman said...

 funny they should have child together - it would be moderate.


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