Let’s face facts, my fellow Democrats: we blew it.
We had both chambers of Congress for two years and failed to produce anything meaningful legislatively, except a bastardization of a Medical Plan. Oh, that was a compromise; one that was engineered even before negotiations had begun. The President set his expectations low offering no Public Option like most of America wanted, and what he got was really nothing but a waste of money. Sure, insurance companies will now have to carry everyone on their books, and everyone will have to buy insurance at grossly inflated prices. But it meant health care for all. Right…and I’m Derek Jeter coming out of the shower after just after banging my gorgeous girlfriend.
We had to enforce TARP, but we got tarred and feathered by the Bush Administration posthumously on that one…because we were the ones who had to do part two of that deal…and guess who got blamed. Everyone forgets about the two wars and Medicare Part D that was unpaid for and the unmitigated deregulation that allowed banks to pretty much do what they wanted with your money. Guess who got blamed for that. Guess who allowed the Tea Party a seat at the table. Guess who let the Republicans control the agenda when we had the agenda in our hands and the votes to go with it. Guess who blew if for the first two years of this Presidency: WE DID.
Then into town rides the Orange Man on the White Horse hoping to get the tone in Washington changed from jobs to social issues and the debt…avoiding the very campaign promises that got them there. And who let them? WE DID. Moreover, who allowed this to happen on his watch; who gave us Hope for Change and a new way of doing things after 8 years of the worst President this nation has ever seen? The man we voted into office. The Compromiser in Chief. If Hitler had him at Nuremberg, there would have been no Second World War; he would have just compromised the entire continent away.
In short, I have never seen a President more ineffectual at governing and managing the day to day operations of this government since Jimmy Carter…only he’s a much better orator. The next thing he’ll be talking about is “national malaise”, and then you wind up with President Bachmann. You know, the crazy lady who looks like she belongs on QVC hawking cosmetics but instead may end up President because we let her get this far.
There is a failure not to communicate, but to lead. This President does not lead…he reacts. He reacted to what was what once was a simple line of legislation; let the Republicans turn it into a crisis, sold out the core values of the Democratic Party (which thank God for Nancy Pelosi someone remembers), and we have our own Appeasement at Nuremberg
President Obama is NOT who I voted for, not this guy posing as him. He may look like him, act like him, speak like him, but he is not him. He is like some evil carbon copy from The Twilight Zone. He sold out Medicare, Social Security, and every social safety net imaginable…all because he didn’t LEAD. He FOLLOWED and allowed the Republicans to frame the debate. Nice going dude; in one single evening you destroyed the New Deal.
And we have no one to blame but ourselves. No one kept pressure on him. No one held his feet to the fire because no one listens to the Progressive Caucus anymore. We have become marginalized because we let ourselves be so…but with any luck they will listen to us tomorrow when they refuse to vote on this pile of shit that is being handed to the American People on a tarnished silver platter. At this point, I’m willing to suck up my Social Security check just to watch us all sink into the oblivion that WE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. WE allowed a few fringe lunatics control the debate and take the government hostage. We set up a dangerous prescident for all future governing in this nation: that any minority can simply run their agenda down America’s throat without even so much as open debate because they can. Because they are backed by the Political Class and Corporate interests. Because WE LET THEM TAKE CHARGE
We blew it. Three words every Democrat should take to their grave, because I hate to tell you, the bad guys have just won and the Orange Man is now riding a black horse.
“If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking” General George S. Patton