I’m really upset with my country, America. I just don’t know how else to say it. I watched parts of the DNC (as much as I could stand), I listened to Obama’s speech. All of it was the same rehashed dish of lies and slander about Republicans, replete with the usual strawman construction and demolition, of previous Obama engagements. Here he was, lying to all of us about what he did, and pandering to us as to what he will do if given another four years. And (if the polls of late are any measure), you believed him. Really?
Let’s be crystal clear about a few things. Bin Laden is dead thanks not only to the heroic actions of our men and women in uniform, but to the War on Terror and the associated policies heralded by Bush. I pretty clearly remember Obama actively running against these very policies in 2008, which means if Obama had had his way back then, it’s quite possible Osama would still be alive today. Agreeing, after 16 hours of deliberation mind you, to take down a terrorist who killed 3000 Americans is hardly courageous, unless your name happens to be William Jefferson Clinton. And while I’m glad Obama did give the order, for him to continue to lie about whether Romney would or wouldn’t have done the same just goes to show how stupid he really does think you are.
GM is alive thanks only to the largesse of the taxpayer, and at the expense of former GM stock holders (though the unions, predictably, came out ok). And let’s be clear, while GM has been “saved,” it hasn’t been cured. It’s still a losing proposition financially and the problems that existed before the bailout still exist now, and if anything, are worse; not to mention the fact that the choice here wasn’t between what Obama did, and the end of the US automobile industry. But seemingly, Obama can make such statements, and you lap it up like a kitty to warm milk. Awww, there, there, little kitty
And, while stock market indexes are doing fine, that’s hardly meaningful in terms of whether we are enjoying a healthy economy. This is an argument akin to saying that when the price of orange juice goes up, it’s proof that people who drink orange juice can afford the higher prices. The small sampling of stock prices which make up our major indexes may be doing better because they’ve factored in this new and terrible reality we all face, they’ve adjusted to working in this quasi-nationalized Obama economy, or they’ve moved operations overseas.
What Deval Patrick forgot to mention while cherry-picking facts in his zeal to support Obama, is that real economic indicators paint a bleak picture of our situation. Our GDP is in the toilet, and our economic system is losing ground to our competitors who have now become our creditors, like China. And of course, unemployment figures are downright depressing. But I’m sure Obama thinks you’re smart enough to know all that too. Which is why Mr. Patrick didn’t mention any of those details in his major convention speech, right?
Obama loves to mention how 4.5 million jobs have been created since he took office. Or that we’ve “enjoyed” 30 straight months of job “creation.” And I love when he trots out the one about how he’s created more jobs than Bush did. Of course, not said are the missing variables in these algebraic statements, namely that our workforce is actually smaller than it was four years ago, and as a percentage, smaller than it was 4 decades ago. Or that fewer men are in the workforce today than since just after WWII. Or that middle class income has dropped $4,000 on average. And that one about creating more jobs than Bush, well it’s true. After all, during most of George W Bush’s 8 years in office, more people already had jobs and unemployment was in the 5-6% area, so job creation wasn’t as important then as it is now. I guess Obama feels he can simply skip over those less comfortable facts and present you with a half picture, in order to make his case seem more compelling. Because he has you and your ignorance pegged.
This is a man who thinks he can stand up in front of you, and say that this election is a choice between clean air and water and what the Republicans are offering. Because you give him license to do so. He can one day acknowledge the constitutional limits of his presidency on illegal immigration, only to decide a year later (an election year incidentally) that he has near kingly, unilateral powers to turn these same illegals into legitimate residents of this country. Because you reward him for it.
“We don’t think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think the government is the source of all of our problems (cheers, applause) any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles (cheers, applause) because, because America, we understand that this democracy is ours.”
See all the cheers and applause? That’s you, dear uninformed voter, telling Obama, “yes, please give me more lies. I like being lied to. And take away more of my rights while you’re at it.” Think I’m being an asshole for saying this? Too bad. I’m merely stating the obvious. No Republican alive has ever suggested anything like what’s mentioned in the above Obama quote, but last week he said it anyway, and to the entire nation no less. Because he knows his supporters, and perhaps even a majority of Americans, are fools. After all, we did vote for him once already.
You can’t see the danger to your rights as a citizen in all of this, you don’t seem to care that your freedom is slipping away at the hands of an arrogant partisan who thinks he knows what is best for you. You obsess over issues like contraception and gay marriage, issues that aren’t even on the table this election cycle, while your ability to earn a living, not to mention the opportunity to perhaps one day be successful, are being dashed before your eyes. To quote Obama, “you are the change.”
My mom recently said to me that years ago, when people acted foolishly, you could laugh at them. Today, it’s much harder to laugh because their foolish behavior hurts the rest of us. She was talking about Obama voters and she’s right. Please, don’t take my word for it. Read up on the issues, the facts. Read both sides. There is a reason why the GOP convention talked about freedom and the DNC convention talked about government. We can’t afford another four years of this, and anyone with even a basic understanding of America, and even a tenuous grasp of common sense, should be able to see that.