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  •  Obama is not a boat rocker (15+ / 0-)

    For all his and his surrogates' posturing (which they made a core if not primary component of his presidential campaign), he's not about fundamentally fixing, changing and improving how things are done in DC. Rather, he's been more of a tweaker and improver at the process level. I.e. making how things are done more efficient and effective, but not changing what's actually done. Which is why many if not most Bush national security policies have carried over to the Obama administration, even if they've been made more "efficient".

    Granted, had he wanted and tried to change and fix things fundamentally he would have faced unimaginable obstacles. But I don't think he ever had any intention of even trying. Whether this was because he didn't think it worth the effort given the obstacles, because he didn't think they needed fixing and were fine as is, or because he was politically cowardly "cautious", I can't tell. But this is not the administration to place our hopes on in terms of such basic change. Obama is a technocrat, not a "visionary".

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 08:10:53 AM PDT

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    •  What you say about Obama is certainly true, (8+ / 0-)

      although often lost in the endless chatter of the current presidential campaign:

      he's not about fundamentally fixing, changing and improving how things are done in DC. Rather, he's been more of a tweaker and improver at the process level.
      The president is asking for our votes so that he can continue to do some minor tweaking here and there.

      If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

      by Valatius on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 09:16:53 AM PDT

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      •  I imagine that when he was a young man (0+ / 0-)

        he was filled with all sorts of righteous indignation about the injustice in the world and designs to fix much of it. As he got older and closer to the source of much of this injustice, and realized just how entrenched so much of it was and how difficult and dangerous it was to try to fix it, without necessarily consciously acknowledging it, he decided to forget about real systemic change, because it was so hard and risky, and focus instead on working within the system to tweak it. E.g. his going from community organizing to law school, and from being on the outside to being on the inside. But he maintained the illusion about being about real change, not just to others, but to himself as well. His shtick, I think, is as much for public consumption as it is for conscience salving. And so we have his record to date, of lots of secondary improvements, some of them substantial, but nothing really big--or even an attempt at such--systemically. And I don't think we'll ever see anything else in his second term. He's just not built for that. We can whine about it and have buyer's remorse, or we can just accept him for who and what he is, push him to try harder, and accept what we get, while focusing on putting better people in office someday. I started out as the former, and have decided to become the latter. Politics isn't for idealists.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 02:22:01 PM PDT

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