If anyone is listening, this is the sound of disappointment

The New York Times today sent me spiraling. Today’s headline makes it clear to me (I mean, really pounds it into my skull) that we live in a time of disparity, fear and uncertainty. Yet what really rubs the salt in the wound and gets my blood boiling, is the fact that my candidate, the person who initially spoke of change, the one who says “Yes we can”, the fantastic speaker and motivator and persuader and uplifter — yes, Barack Obama voted FOR the bill.

Oh you poor poor long ignored Bill of Rights. What happened to you? When was the first time your only view was the sight of our retreating backs? How much abuse can you continue to take before we just declare we are no longer empowered and protected by you?

Of course I’m still voting for Obama, but I’m watching him. Watching him with a heavier heart now. Political posturing is one thing, but voting is another.

14 responses to “If anyone is listening, this is the sound of disappointment

  1. Are you suprised? Did you, like me, once believe in integrity, and politicians that actually represented the people and worked for their freedoms and a fair society.

    Are you at that point of realisation that all is not as it deems? Are you begining to see that ray of light beung emitted as the veil lifts.

    Obama, McCain, Hillary, they are the facade that covers the activities of the international banking cartels in their quest for world domination. They are practiced in the arts of deceit and the engineering of consenT.

    No matter who gets in, they will carry out the policies of a shadow elite. For instance, Brezinski has advised every democrat president since carter. No change then.

  2. Jesse Jackson, flip-flopping, and another big win for Bush. Things are ugly. And this morning I heard a guy on the radio campaigning for McCain in the Southwest. His speech to Latina women–“You wanted Hilary. Now you really going to vote for the MAN who beat her??? Vote for McCain.” Awesome. Julia come home, I am under a cloud!

  3. Well, I don’t think that vote is going to stop democrats from voting for him, but it might sway some undecided conservative minded voters.

  4. Yes, Justin, I hope that is what the motivation is. Yet I still get tired of the intrusions on privacy. It just makes me sad to think that is where we are as a nation. Someone has to shift their beliefs to persuade others and then alienate the ones that are supporting you. But I do think that too many times going to the well will only leave it dry,

  5. John McCain’s economic adviser former Sen Phil Gramm accused Americans of being “a nation of whiners” and said we were in a mental recession. Jessee Jackson said he would like to “cut off Obama’s nuts” because he talked down to blacks. It is getting interesting! Hurry home!

  6. this week has been interesting, to say the least, but for some reason, I am not bothered by Obama’s vote. At first I was disappointed, but then I got to thinking, it made sense politically for him to vote for it. First it was going to pass, and second, he gained nothing by voting against it, and perhaps he gained with those who think we have to wiretap in order to get those terrorists. Of course, I am not arguing that wiretapping should go on, but the persuasion there has already worked with the public and to try and have that debate is not a good use of his time, right now in this kairotic moment. In my mind, Obama needs to look forward and be prepared for new issues and contexts, and be prepared to argue in these new battles, ones that can still be won. imho

  7. When only a handful of people have all the money and a bloody Bolshevik–style revolution results, THEN things will change.

  8. I agree with Michelle. For the Democrats this has been a long, losing battle to which they at least in the current round won some concessions. In the end, Obama voted for what he called “a flawed and imperfect bill” (but better than it had been) after earlier opposing it . This is consistent with his pattern of trying to find some rational common ground when it comes to controversial issues. On issues he and Hillary were really pretty close, except Obama’s more conservative approach to health care. Why? I think it comes down to fighting battles that he thinks he can win, and that it’s easier to get sweeping changes accomplished in smaller steps.

  9. Also, on the very day that this lousy bill passed, the Democrats won a decisive and important victory regarding MediCare.

  10. Another interesting note is that Hillary voted against it. Why? Because, should Obama lose this election, she can use this vote in her run for the presidency in 2012. Now she can say, “I’m the real Democrat. Check out my voting record on the FISA deal. You should have picked me last time.” I hate Hillary, but that’s a slick move. You know she’d have been voting for it if she were the Democratic candidate right now.

    Ah, politics.

  11. What’s also interesting is that a Libertarian commented in the NYT that had he been presented with the same Bill, he too would have voted for it. The reason; no matter what this Bill would pass and what was waiting in the wings (the alternative bill) was much worse.

  12. I was disappointed that it passed too, and I really wish that Obama were more of a liberal than he is (recent death penalty case. QED). But it’s worth reading his statement as to why he voted for it, in which he essentially says what Kimbre did—that it wasn’t the bill he wanted, but that it was much better than previous, much worse bills which he fought hard against. It’s also worth noting that he voted *against* the amendments, including the one which added telecom immunity, even though he voted for the bill with the amendments in it. I’m trying to hold the line on optimism (unusual for me, normally the poster child for cynicism), and still think he’s got an awful lot of potential as president, especially if he chooses the right running mate (Gov. Sebelius, are you listening?)

    Legislation is compromise, though recently it does seem like we’ve been doing *a lot* more of the compromising. And that’s especially galling when it seems like we hold all the gold (majority in the House and Senate, unpopular president).

  13. Justin, don’t be such a hater.

  14. You know I’m right. 😉

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