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  •  As the days count down to the end (6+ / 0-)

    of the Bush administration, I have found myself more despairing than hopeful for the future of our country.  Not so much because of the mess that has been made of our economy--we are somehow going to muddle our way through that mess eventually--but because our elected leaders who have been, as you say, passive enablers now appear poised to become active conspirators, leaving accountability off the table in their rush to "look toward the future."    

    To counter the despair, I've kept a countdown calendar of sorts in my front yard since the first of the year.  This Wednesday morning I will hang the number 6 on the branch of a magnolia tree.  The tree is bare of leaves, but the flower buds are swelling, a promise of blossoms to come.  I want to see such a sign of promise for our country,  a sign that we and our soon-to-be-president will do as much to restore the rule of law as to restore the economy, as much to rebuild our shattered national credibility as to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

    I have numbers 5 through 1 ready for the rest of the countdown.  Next Tuesday, instead of a zero, there will be an Obama sunrise circle.  Here's hoping that sunrise is more than a logo.

    "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

    by CKendall on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 01:08:45 AM PST

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    •  I, too, am more despairing (2+ / 0-)
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      By the words Obama has uttered about his "inclination to move forward," I have no reason to be optimistic.  I think he's either too egotistical (and wishes to be the center of attention for the next 4-8 years) or too much of a coward to do anything about the crimes of the Idjit who currently still occupies the office he was given in 2000.  If Obama maintains the status quo and does nothing about the lies and war crimes of Bush, Cheney, et alia, history will judge him to be an average president, or even a failure, if he chooses not to live up to his potential as a constitutional scholar.

      The first position I checked on for each candidate as s/he declared was their position on impeachment.  I knew over a year and a half ago that Obama didn't favor impeachment (which was my #1 issue).  The only one who did, the only one who actually put his money where his mouth is and tried to do something was Dennis Kucinich, and he filed three impeachment resolutions (and his not-for-profit health CARE plan was also better - all of the others are only offering "choices" in health INSURANCE plans which does nothing about the actual health CARE, and gives medical, insurance, and pharmaceutical corporations outlandish profits off of the health and misfortune of sick people).  Originally I planned to write in Dennis' name.  Then McSame nominated Palin.  Once again I was in the trap of voting for anyone but the Repuke.  I couldn't take a chance on anyone as stupid as Palin getting a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, so I voted for Obama.  If, however, he keeps on the path he is now with not holding Bush, Cheney, et al., accountable, I'll leave the ovals next to the prez choices in the next election blank in 2012. I'll never vote for a Repuke, but if I leave the ovals blank, it's my way of voting 'present' and making no choice instead of being forced into voting for the lesser of two evils, which still leaves the choice to voting for evil, no matter what.

      I very much fear that without strong leaders of the fire-breathing dragon kind who demand strict adherence to constitutional principles - for themselves as well as others - we are witnessing the end of the grand experiment of a democratic republic.  Without some drastic changes - kicking both reichwingnut fundies and ALL corporations OUT of government is the FIRST necessary step - we will become a footnote in history.

      The edge of the abyss is right there on the horizon, just within sight....  Bush-Cheney started us on the road to outright fascism.  Will it continue with a D president?  Or will a D president (a constitutional scholar, no less) give up the illegal and unconstitutional powers his predecessors claimed...?


      by NonnyO on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 02:33:41 AM PST

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      •  I, too, found more agreement on issues with (0+ / 0-)

        Kucinich than with any other candidate.  In 2004 and 2008.  My number one issue was single payer, followed by action on climate change and restoring the Constitution.  I don't think we have much time to pull ourselves back from the edge of the abyss.  As you say, we can see it from here.

        Your signature line has steadily pointed to the right course to take--from IMPEACH to PROSECUTE.  

        "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

        by CKendall on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 10:49:34 PM PST

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