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Sour Grapes??Less that 60 days in office and Republicans wishing President to Fail March 2, 2009

Posted by bhbeverlyho in American politics.
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I’m about to pull my hair out. Even after the 2000 election, when W. Bush won in his brother’s jurisdiction of Florida, under gross mismanagement and perhaps even questionable miscounting of votes, the country respected George Bush as the president. No one called him a Stalin wannabe, even though the state that clinched his election had his brother as governor. President Obama, who won over McCann with a very comfortable margin, has not even been in office for 60 days and the radicalized element of the Republican party is already screeching “socialism” at every turn and wishing for our new president to fail. I could understand that reaction after a couple of years, but the man has barely stepped over the threshold of the White House! I think this divisiveness is unprecedented, and if the USA fails, it won’t be due to a decent man attempting to lead this country into the 21st century, leaving the old Industrial Age behind for the Information Age. It will be because fear-mongers are throwing out words that cause a knee jerk reaction in the American psyche.

Believing that huge banking institutions may need to be partially nationalized for a time is a far cry from Stalin and Soviet-style communism. By the way, who are the morons who are equating Mr. Obama with Stalin?? Why are Rush Limbaugh, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and House Minority Leader, Rep. John Boehner throwing around the denigrated word of “socialism'” before the Stimulus Plan has even had time to be tested, to prove a miracle or a bust?? This profound bashing of our new president is horribly, viciously unfair. What are they so afraid of? Perhaps that it may take a huge investment in new technologies, that aren’t cheap to construct and prime, to replace low-paying jobs or jobs being weaned out by the Information Age? That this new thinking president may be on the right track? I hope he leaves all of these witch-hunting fools not only with rotten egg all over their faces, but face-down in the dust as well.

It seems to me that the Republican Party is already courting Bobby Jindal as their alternative to President Obama. So be it. The man’s state is still one of the poorest in the Union, with one of the worst percentiles of high school or higher education graduates. He’s as progressive as a Happy Days clone, but if the American voters elected him president, I’d give him the respect he deserves, especially in his first 60 days in office. I wouldn’t call him a “Stalin” or friend of “socialism” until he had been in office for at least one year. Everyone deserves that amount of time to prove him- or herself.

On the TV show “This Week”, on March 1, Karl Rove was already complaining about all the taxes raised by President Obama’s plan. I agree with Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of “The Nation”. Tax hikes will not be felt by the vast majority of Americans, only by the very wealthiest industries and conglomerates. Why are Republicans always defending these amoral businesses, the very greedy ones who have led our economy to the present state it is in? I’m not a Democrat, and sometimes I agree that the government spends a lot of money on the most ridiculous ideas, but Republicans are as guilty as Democrats. Democrats overspend on American soil and the Republicans overspend on all the wars they get us into. The government, Democratic or Republican, spends a lot of money, but I admire President Obama for not trying to sweep that truth under the carpet, and for his honor he is getting called a harbinger of communism and a failure. Well, at least he is in good company, with Dr. Martin Luther King,  Bobby Kennedy, and other progressives who faced adversity to move the nation forward. If these crazy, railing ultra-conservative Republicans had their way, most Americans would be working in sweat shops, shoveling coal, and living in a racial apartheid state. As they hone their intent to undercut President Obama and his commitment to progression, China is building herself into the new superpower. And that is a country that is certifiably communist.  Conservative, “born-again” Republicans had their man in power for the last eight years. President Obama hasn’t even been in office 40 days, and they are crucifying him. I have an idea. Why doesn’t the country do the generous thing and give these fanatics what they want, part of the country, to do their thing with? They can have South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Let’s see what they do for the lifestyle and economy of those six states. I think the US can do without most of the Old Confederacy. My prediction? After less than 50 years under the theocracy of the confederate resurgence, most of their population will be clamoring to smuggle into the USA, the newest wave of illegal immigrants. OK, that was nasty of me, but I’m tired of their undercutting of anyone who doesn’t agree with them. We have a term for it where I come from, sour grapes or being a poor sport when you don’t get what you want, namely John McCann, another old white man, as president of the US.

I also agree with Vanden Heuvel that now is the time for investing in new infrastructure of the USA. Most jobs that are now going overseas won’t even be missed if a new, technologically skilled workforce has new technologies to work in, for a very good  living wage. The US may have a huge deficit budget for the next generation, but once again, Americans will have the prosperity my parents had when America led the world in the newest technologies. Our problem is that we are a first-world country lagging behind in education and skilled workers. Developing  the newest technologies and the best trained workforce is going to take, like it or not, a lot of spending by which ever political party has the guts to stare down the naysayers.

I conclude with God bless the United States of America and God bless President Obama. Give him a chance.