Happy 2010, everyone. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, lets get down to brass tacks, shall we?
To say I'm disappointed by the Obama presidency thus far would be an understatement. Now don't get me wrong here. I'm not part of the nutcase nation of "birthers," "tea-baggers," or anyone else who believes Obama's plans for health care and the like will lead America down a slippery slope towards Big Brother, a socialist state, or worse.
Quite the opposite, actually.
What, and who, I am is an unemployed slob who is merely taking up the space the rest of you freely breathe in. Never mind the circumstances, because to the far right they matter naught. I'm good at what I do, I've been been out of work for a year now, and nobody seems to give a shit except for maybe Bruce Springsteen. God bless ya, Boss. Now can I become your employee?
I am in fact part of the millions of Americans who enthusiastically supported Obama's historic presidential campaign in 2008. Because we believed what the man said in all those "yes, we can" speeches. My one question is, where are all those reassuring speeches now?
For those of us old enough to remember, Obama reminded us of all the hope and change embodied by the real agents of change we grew up on — the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, and the like. For those of you much younger, I figure he represented a new hope for the future of those most invested in it.
So far, about a year or so and counting in, it hasn't happened.
Not even close. In fact, things seem to me to be more the same then they ever were.
But before you include me in the rightie-talker types looking to explode their hopes for a return to the neo-Con Bush years, you'd best think again. Still, much as it pains me to say it, the Obama presidency so far, for all the hopes it represented, looks a hell of a lot like more of the same from where I sit.
Rush Limbaugh and his friends can rest reassured. Obama may in fact be the black man you most feared as a challenge to the status quo. But he ain't about to challenge the way your corporate, money-grubbing pals do their business. Far from it.