Archive for October, 2010


Vote! Please!

If you know me, you know I’m a die-hard progressive.  I encourage all of my like-minded friends and acquaintances to remember that on November 2nd, their voices and votes can counter the extremist wave we’re seeing from the right.  Please vote – I hope you vote progressive, but at least get out there and make your views known.

Thanks to Steve Benen for this ad.

Yes. Still.

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With some sorrow, I finally removed the faded, curling “OBAMA 2008” bumper sticker I’d taped inside the back window of my car. 

I really resisted.  I liked looking in my rear view mirror and seeing it; I liked being one of many drivers still sporting their campaign sticker.  And in taking it off, I didn’t want to feed into any anti-Obama feeling – not that anyone was going to know that where there is now empty window space was once a bumper sticker in support of our President – but still… somehow… I didn’t really want to take it off the window.  It felt like some kind of betrayal.

When one whole edge finally pulled completely away from the glass, however, I was compelled to complete the job.

I found myself wanting to replace it.  With something. Something Obama-ish.  So I created this:

ObamaYesStill

Because I do still support Obama.  I was never head-over-heels wild about him, but I was extremely pleased when he won the election.  I perceive him as a center-left hybrid of progressive and bureaucrat, and he has more or less done about as I expected:  he has moved the ball farther down the field.  He’s not moved it as far as I would like, and pretty much in line with my expectations, he’s been more conservative than I might like. 

But still, consider the accomplishments.  It turns out, he’s done pretty well, despite the griping coming from left, right and the media.

And I do still support what he’s doing.  I’ll let Steve Benen sum it up for me:

As unsatisfying as it seems to grade on a curve, it’s worth noting that while Obama took office with sky-high expectations, he was also against the backdrop of a country that was practically in free fall. Arguably no president in American history started his first day with a list like this: the Great Recession, two deadly wars, a jobs crisis, a massive deficit and budget mess, crushing debt, a health care system in shambles, a climate crisis, an ineffective energy policy, an equally ineffective immigration policy, a housing crisis, the U.S. auto industry on the verge of collapse, a mess at Gitmo, a severely tarnished global reputation, an executive branch damaged by corruption, incompetence, and mismanagement, and an angry, deeply divided electorate.

The president was told to clean all of this up, quickly, without the benefit of a minority party willing to play a constructive role. And just to make things really interesting, Obama was also told that for the first time in the history of the United States, every initiative he came up with would need mandatory supermajorities just to pass the Senate.

And despite all of this, what have seen? The Affordable Care Act, the Recovery Act, Wall Street reform, student loan reform, Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, new regulation of the credit card industry, new regulation of the tobacco industry, a national service bill, expanded stem-cell research, nuclear arms deal with Russia, a new global nonproliferation initiative, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the most sweeping land-protection act in 15 years.

So.

Yes. Still.

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