I try to stay out of politics, because it is often Idiots fighting the Ineffective, and it all seems so futile. I am typically a left leaning thinker because the ideals embraced by that camp are usually to the betterment and interest of the 'other 98%'. In theory, I stand for the ideals and goals of the Obama Administration, and reject the bulk of the Right Wing perpetrations for many reasons, but mostly because of their interest in combining Church and State, General Misogyny, Lack of Gun Control. Corporate Greed, and their Rejection of Individuals' Freedom of choice on so many levels. Times have changed- towards the more desperate in many ways- but regardless of 'what was then', there needs to be effective and egalitarian solution to 'what is now'.
However, I am prompted to mount the soapbox for a minute or two. There are some good points to this post below (although a little misguided) that make me question Obama's ability to deal effectively with Congress/House (especially in light of sequestering), and how he is perceived in the world and to the US as a country. Sure, one can 'play nice' and 'bond' with the rest of the world, but now is not the time to be perceived as a wimp when it comes to taking a firm (but not overly congenial) stance in the world arena, and showing some solidarity to the good ol' US of A.
Yes, the Right is often very self serving, short sighted, and counter productive when it comes to law and reform, and makes unholy/unfair/unbelievable lawmaker payraises hard to quash, but just get in there and throw your weight around, O! The Right/ Big Business is a ruthless machine, so unless you get your ballsack strapped in, you will not get a chance to see your long term goals (which most good people believe to be worthwhile) EVER implemented- not just because of an Administration change, but because of a kneejerk, vicious backlash that will certainly undo everything noble that you have strived for.
The other side of that coin is a danger zone unto itself, so there must be the correct middle ground staked out by all!
I do not suggest you pass this on unless you see The Middleground as the goal we need to achieve- but this can be a call to action for smart, proactive people. Just use your common sense to get a grip on the battle that may end with no winners, especially so for the general population. Knee jerk reactions to challenges don't help, they hinder. Can't we all (I am talking mostly about lawmakers and politicians) take into consideration some much needed level of fairness and brotherhood, and just 'Do The Right Thing?' I have not gone from Blue to Red... just aiming for a RICH purple.... GMH