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  •  Kiss your future goodbye (14+ / 0-)

    I live in an area not unlike WV.  Northern Michigan is mostly rural, mostly white, mostly not well-off, and mostly Republican.  My county miraculously went for Obama in 2008, and then did an 180 and voted in the odious Republican oligarch Rick Snyder in 2010.

    A couple of weeks ago I moved my once treasured, and nicely framed "Hope" poster.  I remember my pride and excitement when it was given to me at our local campaign headquarters. I couldn't stand looking at it any longer, so it's now turned against the wall in an unused back bedroom.

    Barring a miraculous epiphany, Barack Obama is and will continue to be be a failure.  For him, apparently, power is all about getting people to "like" him. His consistent pattern of not seizing the day, of dithering, of appointing the likes of Rick Warren, Timothy Geithner, and Larry Summers to positions of influence is what it is.  He has turned away from those who first supported him, in the way of the nouveau-rich who would like to forget their working-class cousins.  He has NOT (I am most bitter about this) deigned to visit, or even talk about the struggles now unfolding in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and in other states.  His pattern has been to meet with some college kids and give them the same old empty "inspirational" BS.  Unions? -- forget about it!

    Obama's compulsive approval-seeking and drive to conciliation and perpetual compromise leaves his presidency empty.  Combine this with a corrupt and leaderless Democratic congress, and as I said kiss your future goodbye.  I'm beginning to see the best of the imagined horrible outcomes as a return to nineteenth century gilded-age style democracy (we may be there already); the worst is an outright fascist oligarchy.

    Excellent Huffington Blog on Obama's character from Sharon O'Connell

    Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

    by boatwright on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 05:37:34 AM PDT

    •  What part of the UP (1+ / 0-)
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      do you live in? Most of my cousins work in the mines around Ishpeming and vote Republican against their better interests.  I haven't talked to them since Snyder got elected but I suspect they won't be happy when all is said and done.  

      Good luck... My fear of my home state being torn apart just makes me sad and angry.

      •  Hi (1+ / 0-)
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        Fabian

        I live at Higgins Lake in northern Lower Michigan, and work with my hands every day restoring, building and maintaining wooden boats.

        Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

        by boatwright on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 06:22:17 AM PDT

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