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  •  I'll predict that there will be nothing done (2+ / 0-)
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    kovie, Eikyu Saha

    on this issue. There'll be many more shootings to happen in the future because our political leadership and the current makeup of Congress do not have the political will to lead on this issue.

    •  I fear that Obama will end his presidency (3+ / 0-)
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      slinkerwink, Eikyu Saha, wonmug

      with a legacy of refusing to meaningfully stand up to the sort of extreme RW ideology that has been so toxic to our political system and country, out of fear and, I'm sensing, indifference. He has either resigned himself to a country dominated by this ideology, or else simply lacks the toughness to fight it.

      Every time he does or says something progressive (and he clearly has), he undermines it by doing it in a way that enables the right's underlying ideological opposition to it, e.g. claiming that we have a deficit and spending problem (other than on defense and corporate subsidies), calling for a "grand bargain", praising Reagan and other leading figures on the right.

      A president's accomplishments go beyond policy, and entend into ideology. If you can't get the country to support the thinking that a given set of policies stem from, and to reject the thinking that leads to the sorts of policies that you're supposedly against, then you've failed at a big part of your job as president.

      By refusing to say that we have a gun and gun violence problem in the US that we absolutely need to address, he is tacitly conceding this point to the right.

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

      by kovie on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:16:26 AM PST

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