Thursday, April 14, 2011

Talkin' To The Man II

Only 2500 characters allowed, so I had to drop most adjectives, and big chunks of the first and second paragraphs. And, obviously, the video.
Dear President Obama,

Interesting speech this week. You made some very good points, and you're going back to one of your strengths - oration. (To be honest, I didn't actually watch it live, but I've seen clips, and I read the transcript. But hey, what do you want out of me? I don't have that kind of attention span. I have publicly admitted to listening to pop music, so it's probably something of a miracle that I know how to read, much less write.)

On top of which, there are only so many hours in the day, after all, and Cartoon Network is replaying episodes of Robot Chicken that I was too drunk to remember the first time.

I'm not going to go into all the points in your speech: I'll admit, however, that it's somewhat refreshing to hear someone in power point out that the Defense budget could use some trimming. You're going to take some hits from the GOP on that, but stand firm. It's got to happen.

Now, here's the thing, though. I voted for you - hell, I even volunteered for your campaign. But I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. Although you came out and told people you were a centrist, you made a lot of promises, and, while you've come through on a lot of them, there's also a bunch of things you haven't done.

Does "Guantanamo" ring a bell?

And, frankly, you've already said that you'd stand firm on not renewing the Bush tax cuts. That was about three months before you renewed them again.

Well, it's only been five months since the last switch, and here you are, saying "I refuse to renew them again."

So, you know, funny thing: it's kind of difficult to believe you, when you've already lied about something once.

But I'll tell you what. Let's set up a plan now, for what to do at some unnamed point in the future when you decide to cave in compromise again (as, admittedly, you have on a lot of things that are fairly important to those of us on the left side of the aisle: single-payer health care or the Public Option; war-crimes charges for... well, anybody who committed war-crimes, really; and - not to keep harping on this - Guantanamo).

Let's put it up to a vote. Not Congress, but the American people. If you decide that some subject is too much of a hot potato politically, even if the majority of the American people are for it, how about if, instead of just abandoning those liberal, all-American principles that give Rupert Murdoch heart palpitations, how about if you just put it up to the American voter? Stick a simple, unslanted question onto the ballot: "Should the Bush-era tax cuts be extended?" See what the answer is. I think you'll be surprised.

And maybe you can lead up to this with a few more speeches like this last one. Let's be real - you're never going to be popular with Republicans. They don't like you for a number of reasons (and the fact that you're black may not even be at the top of the list). Point out simple logic, like "if tax breaks for the rich created jobs, shouldn't George W. Bush have left office with no unemployment in the country at all?"

You can't make everybody happy. In fact, you can't make the GOP happy at all. Can you please just ignore Limbaugh and Hannity shrieking, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, that you're the "most liberal president ever!" for just a minute, and do what's right? Please?


Charlene said...

I didn't watch the speech live either. It was during the time I usually nap and I was actually reading when a friend called to tell me something and said, "I know you're listening to the President's speech but..." So when they hung up I watched.

I also earlier watched Paul Ryan's speech.

Of the two, I certainly trust that our President is going to do the better thing. That fact alone continues to keep me as an Obama supporter.

Plus, some of the weight here is ours as citizens. The definition of citizen is not critic. I think my job as citizen is to stay informed, ask questions, hold the liars over the spit and vote as well as encourage others to vote.

Nameless Cynic said...

Absolutely. Like I said, I voted for him before. I probably will again. (What, I should vote for Ralph Nader? Even if he hadn't devolved into an attention whore, there's that loud flushing sound when you pull the lever in the voting booth...)

But unlike the GOP, I don't think that everything a Democratic president does is right. It's one of those "shades of gray" things that they hate.

(Plus, you see that second word in my nom de blog?

Nance said...

I did watch the speech live and had actually opened up a Blogger window to live-blog it...but wound up entranced by the Orator In Chief yet again. He is so good at that part of the job, isn't he? And at being the Adult In The Room In Chief.

But, like you, I'm leery of the promises now, especially on the tough subjects. And, although it boggles the mind of most, here's another military family for DoD cuts and the obvious changes they imply.

Now, where exactly is that ballot you refer to?