It’s me. I’m here in the Democratic base. It’s been a little testy between your people and my people lately, and I’m concerned that things might get out of hand. Worse, I worry that you don’t understand why.
It’s not that we don’t understand how government works, or that democracy runs on compromise. And it’s not that we thought you were some kind of messiah, who could turn the country around just by pointing in a new direction. (That slam on us was originally a Republican talking point, remember?)
Let me try to explain how it looks from our point of view.
This is absolutely brilliant, well-written, and perfectly explains why I’m so disappointed with President Obama. I hope that his advisers and reelection team somehow see it, internalize it, and act on it.
“A music fan that doesn’t have it in them to find new music anymore is like absolute death to me. I fucking hate when I hear people in their 50s say, ‘I’m too old to change.’ Fuck you, you’re lucky to be alive, asshole. Why don’t you try to grow? It’s a gift to get to be born and not suddenly die of cancer or get hit by a car. One day, you’re gonna be a rotting body in the ground and you’re gonna be like, ‘Wow, I kinda wish I listened to new music from ages 30 to 70.’”——Okkervil River leader Will Sheff (via pitchfork)
YES, the Government CAN do things, and do them well. If you like clean drinking water you will know what I am talking about. In 2012 President Obama is sure to face a Republican opponent who will argue that it is NOT the job of the Government to regulate big business, just gay lifestyles and a woman’s right to choose. That Republican Presidential contender, whoever he/she is, will be selling a dour message of how bad things are and how the government made it worse and only less government is the only answer. Of course, whenever they are in power Republicans do everything they can to make sure that every part of the government that isn’t related to the military is underfunded, inefficient and catering to the special interests they are supposed to be overseeing, and then when they are out of power they point to their own malfeasance as proof that the government doesn’t work, never mind the fact that they were the ones to fuck it up in the first place. Amnesia.
If I didn’t know from experience that they’ll find a way to fuck it all up, I’d hope the Democrats and the president would internalize this, and use it in the 2012 campaign.