Re: First Republican Presidential Candidate for '12
Posted: 26 May 2012 12:42
Lots of good leaders have upset their admirers for caving in, or for being too accommodating to their enemies. Charles II is my favorite example: he was against the Whig party's persecution and execution of innocent Catholics for false conspiracy claims, but he had to support their anti-Papist policies so that they wouldn't have an excuse to overthrow him. He was smart enough to draw them away from London, dissolve Parliament where the Whigs were powerless without their supporters, and stopped the Earl of Shaftsbury and Titus Oates from causing any more trouble (well, it kind of continued into the reign of James II with the Monmouth Rebellion). Considering how EXTREMELY overzealous the Republicans and Conservatives (and to some extent, Liberterians, or self-proclaimed Libertarians) are against Liberals and Democrats, Obama is kind of forced to be a little bit accommodating to the Right-wingers in order to keep things from being TOO crazy. I think his mostly mild approach to the Right-wingers is the result from being overworked and overexposed, relying on advisors who think they understand which is the best way to approach issues, and him trying to make both sides happy. I suspect one of the reasons why he isn't taking advantage more of his political power to override the Right is that he's trying to repair the damage Bush Jr. and Cheney caused by giving the government too much power. Obama's trying to be pragmatic, but pragmatism usually drives impatient people crazy. However, if used effectively, pragmatism can be a pretty potent weapon. I give him credit for ending the Iraq war (although I'm afraid of a scenario occurring there akin to THE WRATH OF KHAN), and for launching the operation against Bin Laden, but I am concerned about how the war is waged in Afghanistan, and the continuation of the Patriot Act. However, I'm scared by how borderline psychotic the Right-wingers are in exterminating the Liberals and Democrats, the Constitutional rights we have accumulated for over two centuries, Gays and Lesbians, and Islam (if Islam was vanished from the face of the Earth, we won't have the Zensunni wanderers existing in our future!). I feel like the U.S. is turning into Medieval Spain, where the people are crying out against Saracen invasion, even though a majority of those who they are crying against are philosophers, doctors, poets, authors, pacifists, and diplomats. I know I'm rambling, so I'll make it quick. Obama is flawed, but I think it is wiser to choose the lesser of two evils rather than not caring at all. Yet, maybe having a overly self-satisfied rodent for President might be just the wakeup call to get Americans to stop voting for idiots out of the promise for tax cuts.