Do Not Break Party Ranks
Well, +Jeff Jockisch
all I can say is that I am an American first, then a Democrat. The Republican's behavior last summer showed that they are Republicans first, Americans second. This is not a disputable fact. They were willing to let our economy (as in dire straights as it was) suffer more so that they could gain . . . What?And this is what I don't understand.
What could they gain? I will NEVER understand what they could gain because it is a pure power gain with no content. It's as if I could make you do back flips by just hitting the letter X on my computer. NO MEANING. They were willing to do this because . . . they could?????
Now, I do sort of understand that kind of behavior because it is, frankly, everywhere money abounds. I will make you bend because I can and it makes me feel good, so BEND!
But it is not at all what we are about as a country, not what we are about as individual American citizens. I'm repeating myself, I'm sorry: but we got a better President than we deserved because we elected him and then let him hang in the wind. We did not support anything he did. The Congressional elections two years later proves this. It is almost
as if we thought he could lead with a magic wand!!!!!!!!!!!!! ??
When one sees that someone has the brains, instincts and good will to lead you to a better place, and you vote for that person? You need to help him because the WORLD is not going to be in his corner. Why? Because the world enjoys a good fight, a circus, etc. And we, the citizens, did not do much to help our President even have the "normal" American honeymoon.
It is a lot like a wedding (a President and his/her people): there are always vulnerable moments at the beginning. We gave NO quarter. We did nothing to help President Obama and the fact that he fulfilled his promises? WE do not get the glory: it's all on him. He understood his situation. He carried on despite our lack of support. And he has done a simply amazing job. He kept (as so far we are counting) 165 of his promises (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/
He did not promise to save Detroit. But he did that too.
My bet is that we will discover after President Obama finishes his second term that there is something about GITMO that is not discussable with the public. (Does everyone realize that GITMO is the other side of the island of Cuba?)
In any case, I've seen a lot of Presidents come and go. President Obama has been faithful, smart and helpful to the many instead of the few. It is astonishing to me that so few seem to realize this. I do not know why.
I became a "permanent" Democrat on the day that the Republicans published the Monica Lewinsky Grand Jury testimony (a felony for you or me). It was so unabashedly and––despite my distaste for Mr. Clinton's behavior––so wrong
. I will never recover.
Then "The Selection." And that is why I am where I am on the spectrum of politics.
The Republicans had a good ride. But they have no idea of the horrific emotions they are creating with their "Just Say No" philosophy. It is making even people like me (grasshoppers) SO afraid
of them! They are not even giving me a way to understand
where they're coming from! (I usually work at that.)
Instead, they're saying, "My way, or the highway." And I'm thinking, Man, the highway.
Anyone else out there with this same Whaa????? are you thinkin'????