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  •  "Yes, we can ..." (22+ / 0-)

    "but that doesn't necessarily mean we're going to."

    Overall, I have been pleased and often thrilled with the Obama administration. Many of the things they have said and done I have waited eight years (or longer) to hear and see.

    That said ...

    On civil rights, on detainee rights, on habeas corpus, on torture, they have been an almost universal disappointment. I keep reading others on this site say "just wait -- it's part of a larger plan." After reading yet another story where the US is obviously in the wrong, and yet this administration fails to act, I echo and reword the question:

    "How much longer, Mr. President, will you fail to act?"

    Bruce in Louisville
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    by bmaples on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 09:51:52 PM PDT

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    •  I understand-Sometimes its not as the crow flies (4+ / 0-)

      Talk about mixed emotions everytime I hear the news. Hell, I'm wondering what my own Sen. Conrad is up to with this coop health thing. Is big money and reelection that important to most in congress?

      Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore

      by Horsehead on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 11:25:16 PM PDT

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    •  That's the thing that gets me (1+ / 0-)
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      I can understand why we would need to kick up a fuss to get bills passed.  Even with a Democratic president and a Democratic majority congress, we're in a nation that has slipped to the center right over decades, our representatives face re-election challenges and try to please as many people as possible, and for that matter are a pack of spineless wimps who may be ethically compromised by under-the-table dealings with big money interests in any case.

      But even given that, it is so terribly demoralizing to find that our president is apparently on a completely different moral wavelength than we are.  This is not a case where he is making good decisions and simply lacks the political capitol to fulfill them.  He just isn't making good decisions.  Or perhaps, I should say that the decisions he is making are not coming from a good place.  They are pre-compromised, cunning and calculated in a way that is pragmatically dismissive of liberal mores.

      I feel used and lied to.

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