I wonder if we'll ever again have a president without a lot of childhood baggage that plays out in the lives of the people he purports to lead. Bill Clinton's father was killed in a car accident before he ever met him and his stepfather beat him, his brother and his mother -- so he needs to be loved by everyone (including young female acolytes). Designated Family Shithead George W. Bush had to prove he had a bigger penis than Daddy's, so he sent this country's young people to war in a country that had done nothing to us. And now there's Barack Obama -- a mixed-race child raised variously by a bohemian mother and white-bread white grandparents from Kansas, straddling two worlds and spending his life trying to show that he's not one of those threatening black men and wanting desperately to be liked by the flyover states crowd that lived in his grandparents' neighborhood.
It's not that it would have been any better under Willard Rmoney -- another guy with a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk full of Daddy Baggage. The question is which is worse -- the guy who screams that he's gonna beat you till you beg for mercy so you know what's coming, or the one who takes you out for a nice dinner before turning into Mr. Hyde at home.
I don't know why people thought that the Secret Liberal they always knew Obama was would come out in his second term. I took a great deal of crap from people I care about back in 2008 when I pointed out the ways in which Obama wasn't the liberal dreamboat they thought he was. Yes, I voted for him -- twice. I voted because in ways not all pertaining to domestic policy Rmoney would have been worse. It's hard to imagine, given drone strikes and license to kill Americans and now his plan to starve old ladies and disabled people and deny people like my father the care they need to continue to have good quality of life, that Rmoney would have been worse. But yeah, he would have been. So it all comes down to would you rather have known you were going to have the crap beaten out of you or have it be a semi-surprise because while you know he's done it to you before, hope springs eternal? I don't have an answer to that.
Labels: corporatism, Democratic sellouts, Medicare, President Barack Obama, Social Security