Thursday, July 28, 2011


This is not my usual type of entry but bear with me … I am so fed up and frustrated that I just have to get this off my chest.

So many of us voted for change in 2008 and we were thrilled to have Obama elected. The first two years were a challenge but, little by little we could see progress. Maybe…just maybe… the powers that be would listen to the middle class … maybe we’d have a chance for survival.

And then came the mid-term elections and we, who had elected Obama, COMPLETELY LET HIM DOWN. We failed to come out in droves, like we did when he ran in 2008, and the result is what we have today … a completely divided Washington and a bunch of fanatical right wingers who tell us lies and are determined to undermine every single proposal put forth by the Democrats… or even their own more moderate party members.

Whatever happened to Statesmanship? When did compromise become a dirty word? We are now being held hostage by a completely self-absorbed bunch of Tea Party Republicans and we have NOONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES !

I have no idea how this fiasco will unfold but I hope that we’ve learned a powerful lesson...and I pray it's not too late.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

One tweet that I came across today: "Does the USA have an obsession with catastrophicly crushing the world's economy every 3 years?"

6:15 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

I feel so powerless over what is happening. And so many people are just oblivious. It truly is like the Bob Dylan song:"I'm only a pawn in their game." The President is trying as hard as he can but the Speaker and others will not effect a compromise. I think that they would rather see everything go down the drain first. Very sad and very scary. A house divided cannot stand.

8:27 PM  
Blogger possum said...

I could not agree with your post more... and ACs comment. The name of the game is power, and it is obvious the elite have the power and really were shocked that the People would elect someone like Obama. Never believed it would happen. I know locally they POURED tons of money into getting idiots elected that would do their bidding. We lost our first year BlueDog to a Republican, but Nye was almost one of them anyway...
It is all so sad and really embarrassing. And yes, "we" seem to have to do this every few years to keep the World under the control of those few beyond wealthy elite. And there are plenty of fools willing to believe the lies "we" are being fed to keep us enslaved. And we are.
We are the toys of the rich, and if we get lost in one of their games, so what? God made lots of common men.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Freda said...

Thanks for helping me understand what is happening - at least a bit better.

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Big John said...

"Whatever happened to Statesmanship?" ... Good question Ginnie. It's the same here in the UK, although not on such a grand scale as in the USA.

7:31 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Good points. I get so angry every time I hear anyone say, "If they are incumbent then vote them out." As a result, our State Senate and House both have Republican majorities. They want to get government off our backs? So the first thing they do is make it much harder for a woman to make the most painful choice of her life.

I also think people totally forgot that there was a census in 2010 and the party in power would re-draw the district lines.

Now I've got to get a glass of wine and try not to think about the lessons we are learning.

4:08 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Ginnie--In part I agree with you--except I did not vote for "them." In Pennsylvania, where I live, we had a choice in the Senate race between a tea party type, and a decent former congressman. Well, the guy I didn't vote for won. Yes, the tea party guy won. It was a tight race, but he won.
Maybe I just made your point, because the former Obama supporters did not turn out in sufficiently high numbers--but the other side sure did.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Exactly what Freda said. Thankyou. We are hearing alot of things on the radio here, in the news, and it is frightening me for my friends abroad, but also for people globally too.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I disagree with you. Obama's supporters did not abandon Obama, Obama abandoned his supporters.

Politicians need to keep their political base happy.

Obama has been a fraud. He portrayed himself as a progressive when in fact he is a right of center politician. He supports the corporate world, increases military adventures, fails to support political and social rights which were taken away by Bush and has tried to satisfy the Republicans to gain their support even though it soon became apparent the Republicans would not support anything he put forward even when it is one of their own programs. They are ideologically committed to bring down Obama.

I lost faith in him after he failed to have enough power to close Guantanamo as he promised as the most powerful person in the World and the head of the military.
He then did not do away with the Patriot Act and the illegal surveillance of Americans. When he made a deal to not even consider a Single Payer public health plan with the Pharma and Corporate Medical groups. What he got was a plan to increase the profits of these parasitic industries. Etc, etc! Here is an article that points some of this out.

What only Obama has going for him now is the dreadful options of the Republican alternative.

He is such a disappointment. It is sad to see Republicans humiliating him. My admiration for Lyndon Johnson has increased. He knew how to use power to get social programs implemented at a time of war.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I think "Tossing Pebbles" has, actually, supported my thesis. There is no way one man can do it all by himself. We put unreasonable hopes on him and then lacked to help him get there.

Will there ever be a time when the politicians let go of their egos and care for us, the people? I doubt it.

6:11 AM  

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