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Why I Don't Like Barack Obama

Barack Obama talks about "change" but the only change he seems to mean is the name of the president.

Back in the day, Ronald Reagan made a whole career out of telling people what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to know. Obama follows in this tradition. What is required is change in Washington. It's all Washington's fault. Or Mexico's. Or Pakistan's. Somebody else's. Not yours anyway. You don't need to change.

In hitting at "Washington", Obama follows in the anti-intellectual footsteps of the George W. Bush. What we need are outsiders - people who don't know what they are doing. Experts are a blight on the system - they know too much. Appoint a lot of cronies and they'll do a heck of a job.

Obama calls for change, not reform. Reform is change in the face of opposition. Reform is hard. Don't want that. Everything is okay. Bring everybody together. America leads the world. Only in America could someone like Obama run for president.

Obama, they say, may not be the best person for the job, but he is electable. Like John Kerry, a virtual clone of George W. Bush. He was more electable than those other candidates that Republicans didn't like. Obama can take on John McCain, the champion of campaign reform, who has made a career out of telling unpleasant and unpalatable truths. It'll be just like Carter versus Reagan.

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partly_bouncy
5th Mar, 2008 21:20 (UTC)
Thanks for this. I'm not fond of Obama myself and his major change qualification is NOT Bush and that he's African American. It doesn't work for me. I just. Gah. Yeah. :/ I didn't like his office when they couldn't get my name and address when I called in with constituent concerns back in 2006 and considered it just internal polling. And they never followed up EVER. Doesn't signal some one that really cares about issues. :/
glaurung_quena
6th Mar, 2008 00:09 (UTC)
Obama's rhetoric doesn't inspire me and I really hope he doesn't believe all the BS he's spouting about getting along with the opposition, because the opposition has demonstrated time and again that they don't want to get along with the Democrats, they want to destroy them.

But, I really, really don't want Clinton to win the nomination, because she's demonstrated a complete willingness to utterly abandon all principles in her grab for power (on the one hand), and (on the other) because, as bellatrys sort of points out, Clinton's circle of advisors and friends who will become the administration if she wins are a bunch of conservative establishment pro-business Republicans-in-all-but-name dickheads.
mistraltoes
6th Mar, 2008 01:19 (UTC)
That is a fascinating perspective, and one I'd never heard. Thanks.
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