Wasn’t that great?!
After all we heard about how great things were going to get for the Good Old U.S.A. when Barack Obama got selected elected, you would think we would all be rolling in dough, we would have gotten caught up on our house payments, found great jobs, not be afraid we would get killed by an Islamofascist Wacko while we were out to dinner or a movie and we could actually save some money. All in at least the first year.
The World, who had grown to hate us because of the stupid and awful disgusting policies of George II and the Nasty Republicans, would suddenly love us once again because we had put a Hip, Post-Racial and Eloquent Half Black Man in the White House.
The Islamofascists and their ilk who had murdered over 3000 Americans
and who constantly called for the Death of Israel would stop dancing in the streets and would turn to embrace us, because our President lived in Indonesia when he was 7 or so and understood them well. After all, 7-year-old kids know so much about U.S. Foreign Policy 36 years before it is important.
The Oil Cartels, the Healthcare Insurance Gamers and the Financial Playboys would all be cut down to size and there would no longer be a revolving door with K-Street and the White House.
Government would be accountable to We The People and the back-room special deals would be a thing of the past. We would have the Most Transparent Administration Ever.
We were told we would get to the Promised Land.
That is what we were told.
So, fast forward 16 months, and this is what we bought…
Happy with the purchase? Oh, nevermind. It’s close.
So, lets take a look at the Promised Land, shall we? A few headlines will assure you, as a nation, we didn’t buy a new pony, but instead, a bum steer. We bought a hologram. We bought a person with no leadership qualifications, no core convictions that we are allowed to see, and no skill to finesse the difficult and dangerous places we find ourselves in as a nation. Let’s take a look at the news.
Feel Better Yet?
How About Now?
Well, neither do most Americans. Doubt me? Just use any search engine but Google and type in the words “Americans Lack Confidence”. There are just too many to cite. Healthcare, the economy, banking, insurance, housing, jobs, terrorism. The lists go on and on. Why you ask? We were Promised So Much.
I guess we didn’t understand that the promises were made, not to us, but
to those who now run the world, or think they do until we all own pitchforks and torches and gather in the streets and the polling booths and scream “Enough!”
I guess we didn’t understand that when they promised to clean out up Government, that really meant they would not leave one thin dime in the Treasury.
I guess when Obama promised to take care of the Oil Companies’ obscene profits we didn’t understand that meant giving them to him as campaign donations.
I guess when they meant they would “make sure” everyone in America had “access” to healthcare, we didn’t realize that the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service would be reaching into what is left of our bank accounts to take our money to give to the Big Insurance Companies and only THEN would we be able to learn what type of access we could have. I guess when they promised to get the cost of prescription medicines “under control” it meant Government Price Fixing so we could not negotiate these crushing costs or buy them from Canada.
When they promised they needed a $787 Billion Bail Out for the Banks Country to make sure people could stay in their homes, they meant the Bank Presidents and Hedge Fund managers could stay in THEIR homes. Not us.
As for the Islamofascists, we didn’t realize that the Promise made that they would “understand and embrace us” more would be because we would have a Justice Department who was instructed to not annoy them, and a President who was golfing when Iran was murdering their own citizens who simply wanted freedom. The “understanding” was we would do nothing, and the “Embrace” was from us, not them.
The Promise that The Two Wars would be brought to a close will be fulfilled, eventually. But I guess we misunderstood that would happen just as soon as the Military Industrial Complex lets us know when it is alright.
And the Promised Change to race relations in America would not be because we had a leader who would make us proud of the first Black President in our history, but instead would be set back thirty years because that Leader and those around him would constantly throw gasoline on every little thing and examine it in the hot sun with a magnifying glass.
Now, I understand that everything that has gone wrong since Barack was selected elected has been George Bush’s fault. That’s what we are told. Type “the previous administration” in your favorite search engine to see.
After all, Bush made a really big mess and it needs to be mopped up. I also understand that just as soon as the Really Important People are taken care of, some politicians will get back to campaigning might turn their sights on the American Middle Class. After all, weren’t we the ones we had been waiting for?
In my opinion, we are on our own gang. Really, on our own.
However, there are those who Believe. My friends who are Fans-of-Obama, they say we just need to give him more time. He really will work on jobs, affordable housing, corporate profits and the like. He really will. He is doing the best that he can. But Bush made such a horrible mess. This isn’t about him, it is about us, they say. But it’s hard. They lament to me that even though he is trying, Barack probably would not be able to accomplish much of anything at all substantial for any of US for, say, another six years. After all, Bush made a terrible mess of things, they say. After all, he is trying. And he Promised.
But that is not what they told us then.
I think we should listen to Obama’s words, and take heed, because HE fed America a line of Bullcrap.
So how long do we wait before we DEMAND REAL CHANGE?
America needs Honest Leadership. Not Lies. Not Hype. Not Promises.
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