Going It Alone

Jane Hamsher has pictures of Obama’s signing of a half dozen pieces of legislation. He is surrounded in each picture by a group of Serious Persons in our government. Every picture, that is, except one: his signing of the Budget Control Act of 2011 yesterday. On that bill, there is no one behind the desk, no one taking a souvenir pen, no one to share the historic blame.

Wassamatter, Congress-members, aren’t you proud of what you’ve done?

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  • MandT  On Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Whats that old saying, ” The suck stops there.”

    • Steve  On Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      MandT, old Harry Truman might not have recognized the change in the consonant in your version, but I am sure he would have recognized the phenomenon. Let’s hope that the suck, indeed, stops there. (Then again, we already have the FAA held hostage, so I guess it didn’t stop there…)

  • echoesofspring  On Thursday August 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

    At the very beginning of this presidency, I was shocked to hear some right-wing friends of mine that I’ve known since high school say that they “could not stand to see Obama’s face.” I didn’t have great expectations for the presidency, but this latest about-face on all that Obama stood for just weeks ago–or so it seemed–makes me now share that sentiment. The reasons are not the same, but this is just brutal. And of course it’s not only Obama. Look at the hordes of Democrats who lined up to embrace Republicanism. At least there’s still a Bernie Sanders out there to say an honest word and not to cower.

    That said, hope all is well, Steve!

    • Steve  On Thursday August 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Welcome, echoesofspring, old friend of many names, to my latest blog.

      If right-wingers of my considerably older generation had said they “could not stand to see Obama’s face,” one could be fairly certain they were using that language as code for racial bigotry. But times have changed over the ~25 years between our ages, and it’s just possible that your friends’ hatred of Obama is personal rather than racial.

      What doesn’t make sense to me is how their hatred can be political. A week or two ago, Paul Krugman remarked that Obama stands slightly to the right of Richard Nixon; since then, various people have pointed out that he is actually slightly to the right of Ronald Reagan. So whatever the distaste, it can’t really be about Obama’s politics, unless by “politics” one means only “what party he nominally belongs to.” Obama is as conservative as all but the nut-cases out there.

      My own distaste for Obama is quite specific: I cannot tolerate his disdain for civil liberties. A man who puts out “hit” contracts on American citizens, with no warrant and no criminal charges, does not believe in due process. A man who arranges to collect international phone calls (and presumably emails) of all Americans, again with no warrant, does not believe in the Fourth Amendment.

      I can’t imagine that I will vote for Obama in 2012. Yes, I realize all the implications of that, and I still can’t contemplate voting for him.

      I hope all is well with you, too, echoes!

  • echoesofspring  On Thursday August 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Excellent points. If I don’t end up quoting you somewhere, I’ll end up paraphrasing. It’s truly a spectacle to watch this right-wing Democrat and sweet-tongued slayer of the left catch hell from “conservatives.” Calling him a socialist is just one shade off insanity.

    The presidential election has had all its meaning fairly shaken out of it by this point. Where’s a good Tahrir Square when Americans need one?

    (Did not mean to appear coy. The “gravatar” identity that I set up and forgot about took over and I forgot to identify myself.)

    Phil in Japan

    • Steve  On Friday August 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Phil, we really could use an “American Spring” about now, couldn’t we!

      I don’t know which prospect scares me most regarding 2012: Obama’s failure to be re-elected, or Obama’s being re-elected. In most respects, Hopey-Changey hasn’t been different from GeeDubya; indeed, on civil liberties, especially due process and government openness, he has been significantly worse.

      But I have to remember my other signature issue, women’s rights. (I did some contract work for Planned Parenthood two decades ago; I’m as proud of that work as of any I’ve ever done.) And any GOPer in the White House automatically rips to shreds a woman’s right to control her own body. So I don’t know what to hope.

      In any case, I can’t vote for him. Executive orders to assassinate American citizens are completely unacceptable.

  • echoesofspring  On Saturday August 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It seems the president has become the Master of World Terrorism or Terrorist Par Excellence. I live abroad, but that fact hardly protects me from the reach of his paralegal killing mandate, which he has exercised in Yemen and other places. And you know how these things work. Whoever is killed is necessarily guilty and deserving of death because why would a nation that is so good use violence for any reason other than to further the good? OUR violence is always good violence. If scores of innocents are shown to have been cut down through error or simply the splendid power of our machines, well, that will never have been any president’s intention, so let’s not split hairs.

    We should have known that there was something deeply creepy and insidious about Obama’s praising Reagan back on the campaign trail. That was not just a passing attempt at currying favor with the opposition.


    • Steve  On Saturday August 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Phil, you sound as if you are as bitter about this as I am. I feel betrayed by Obama. Today I turn 63. I have spent much of my life pursuing issues of rights and liberties in America (specifically in America only because that’s where an American citizen at least in theory has some leverage). I have witnessed considerable progress in that domain. And now that I am old, two consecutive presidents, one unelected, another whom I’m sad to say I voted for, have undone most of the advances in civil liberties and civil rights since the days of our nation’s founders. The irony that the nation’s first African American president should be one of the destroyers of our rights is not lost on me.

      I have often said that O’s slogan should be “the oh-dash-it-all of hope.” He certainly has dashed mine.

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