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As the failed and destructive Presidency of GWB comes to an end, I am compelled to reflect upon the circumstances that allowed this mess to happen, how it continued for such a long disastrous time, and how we can prevent a recurrence. Even as GWB parachutes to riches and comfort, leaving an historical legacy of disregard for the law, financial collapse, and the brutal and willful destruction of two countries, in his wake, he tells Larry King, he has made no mistakes.

Of course, this is nothing new for a President who has not had a clue since the third grade; however, it is the latest example of how dysfunctional our citizens are when it comes to politics and the government. Most of us now know, that electing a "Gentleman C" grad student, whose only claim to fame is his great luck in selecting his parents, and having a "Good ol’ boy" personality, and then giving that President our support, at least tacitly, while he continues to act in ways that we find highly questionable, is not the best idea around.

The truth is that not only is the President clueless, but so are we.

The truth is that we are not very good at this Participatory Democracy thing, and we do not seem to have learned from our mistakes. Oh yeah, we have now elected a Great and Noble Man who will lead us all out of bondage unto the Promised Land, so we can just sit back and savor our savior.

Of course, we squirm a little, as Obama selects his Cabinet and Advisors, but we comfort ourselves with the blind faith of the zealot. Yes, these are the same people who supported war, torture, and financial deregulation, but with a new leader, that we love, they will now turn their great intellect to good. Yes, he says we will send more troops to Afghanistan, but he is just saying that to get elected and build support for what "He really wants to do". Really, I am sure of it. Is that "Change we can Believe in"? Are we doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

What we do not do is become righteously indignant. We do not call him on his shit. We blog and rant and soothe ourselves with other narcissistic and masturbatory practices, but WE DO NOT DO ANYTHING of substance.

For America to thrive, and to wrest power from the entrenched elite, we have to achieve "Critical Mass Indignation".(CMI) Indignation that is on such a massive scale, that finally, our Representatives will listen. They do not serve our best interests out of duty and honor, but I believe they will out of fear. We need righteous anger of the same scale as our righteous support for Obama during the election. Why can’t we do that? Where is our passion? Why can we not see that the Emperor has no clothes, when the dude stands naked on the public square? If we are not moved to action, and willing to move others, all of our rhetoric is just a waste of good electrons. Thank god they are recyclable.

Originally posted to optmystik on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 12:53 PM PST.

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  •  you are right to a degree (1+ / 0-)
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    Greasy Grant

    First, enough people voted for him when it was obvious that Gore would have been better.  I will not say that we "elected" him the first time because that is still in dispute. The Supreme Court "decided" it.

    Second, after it was REALLY OBVIOUS that Bush was terrible the people voted for him again, in even great numbers and a greater percentage.

    so, yes, the voters of the US bear some responsibility.

    the people also voted in bigger Repub majorities in 2002 and 2004.  Big mistakes

  •  We didn't fail. the media failed. (0+ / 0-)

    You never find yourself until you face the truth.

    by publicv on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:00:54 PM PST

    •  Sickest Information Environment in the Free World (0+ / 0-)

      Saying the media "failed" is almost crazy because the media are functioning as they must under this system.

      I've been racking my brains for years to find a way to model it such that an American person could see it from the outside and see how bad it really is.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:35:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Couragious Diary... (1+ / 0-)
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    Crabby Abbey

    at this moment, at this place ,this web site.

    The nomination of Geithner for Secretary of Treasury is an abomination.  The NY Times said as much in their editorial but if anything they understated the case.

    He was part of the Clinton "wrecking crew" of Summers, Rubin and others who started dismantling financial regulations.  And then as head of the N.Y. Fed he ignored the banking deprecations when he could have taken actions.

    And if this isn't enough he's a tax cheat...yeah people who write and monitor the tax laws don't get a pass of not understanding them.

    A few hundred billion of taxes each year are based on decent people deciding they won't try to get away with cheating, but honestly report what they owe.  How many of these people will now say, No More, not if the head of the IRS has validated this type of immorality.

    And Obama treats this like it's no problem.

     

  •  You will have to pry this hope for change .... (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love

    from my cold dead hands.

  •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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    Lynwaz

    "What we do not do is become righteously indignant"

    That's because being rational is what gets things done.

    •  Can you give a few examples? NT (0+ / 0-)

      'Come to the edge', he said. They said, 'We are afraid' 'Come to the edge', he said. They came, He pushed them; they flew. -Apollinaire -

      by optmystik on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:15:40 PM PST

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      •  You need examples of people acting rationally?? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't even know where to begin...

        •  How about examples of how a rational approach (0+ / 0-)

          held anyone in this administration to account?  That's what this diary is about, not the general phenomenon of reason.

          When does Harriet Meyers start her testimony?  When do the prosecutions start for torture and illegal spying?

          "I'm afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have." - Barney Frank

          by Bob Love on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:30:06 PM PST

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        •  Just a couple (0+ / 0-)

          Just a couple examples of large groups of people acting rationally to effect major change. My experience is that without passion, there is no movement. Without indignation, or hope, or love, not much gets done on a national or world-wide level.
          Just my thoughts.

          'Come to the edge', he said. They said, 'We are afraid' 'Come to the edge', he said. They came, He pushed them; they flew. -Apollinaire -

          by optmystik on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:44:32 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  I agree with the Bush part but not the Obama part (1+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    I wrote in my diary yesterday about how Bush was not a failure but a success-- in his own way-- because he was able to get the support of so many Americans, and how the whole point of his presidency was to help the 1% at the expense of the 99%, which he did.

    This diarist, however, makes a common liberal fallacy.  We expect a president to be elected by an essentially dishonest, undereducated, greedy, violent country-- and then somehow be far better than that country.  Furthermore, such a president inherits a tradition of flawed leadership #1 through #43.  If you want to look to true liberal principles and totally clean hands, don't look as high as the most powerful job in the world.  It would have to start in our own neighborhoods and communities.

    So this is an incredibly unfair statement:

    Oh yeah, we have now elected a Great and Noble Man who will lead us all out of bondage unto [sic] the Promised Land, so we can just sit back and savor our savior.

    •  Still, it's only fair to note (0+ / 0-)

      that the media will adore Obama while Obama is popular, and start attacking him when his popularity wanes, and that this will happen regardless of how good, bad or indifferent a job he does.

      "I'm afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have." - Barney Frank

      by Bob Love on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:32:34 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The electorate is essentially honest (0+ / 0-)

      AMERICAN HEALTHCARE

      The National Nurses Association supports single payer:
      http://www.michaelmoore.com/...

      Eli Lilly & Co. will plead guilty to a charge of promoting its antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses and pay $1.42 billion, including the largest criminal fine ever imposed by the U.S. on an individual company.

      January 15 Bloombert  http://www.bloomberg.com/...

      As the failed and destructive Presidency of GWB comes to an end, I am compelled to reflect upon the circumstances that allowed this mess to happen, how it continued for such a long disastrous time, and how we can prevent a recurrence. Even as GWB parachutes to riches and comfort, leaving an historical legacy of disregard for the law, financial collapse, and the brutal and willful destruction of two countries, in his wake, he tells Larry King, he has made no mistakes.

      Of course, this is nothing new for a President who has not had a clue since the third grade; however, it is the latest example of how dysfunctional our citizens are when it comes to politics and the government. Most of us now know, that electing a "Gentleman C" grad student, whose only claim to fame is his great luck in selecting his parents, and having a "Good ol’ boy" personality, and then giving that President our support, at least tacitly, while he continues to act in ways that we find highly questionable, is not the best idea around.

      The truth is that not only is the President clueless, but so are we.

      The truth is that we are not very good at this Participatory Democracy thing, and we do not seem to have learned from our mistakes. Oh yeah, we have now elected a Great and Noble Man who will lead us all out of bondage unto the Promised Land, so we can just sit back and savor our savior.

      Of course, we squirm a little, as Obama selects his Cabinet and Advisors, and we comfort ourselves with the blind faith of the zealot. Yes, these are the same people who supported war, torture, and financial deregulation, but with a new leader, that we love, they will now turn their great intellect to good. Yes, he says we will send more troops to Afghanistan, but he is just saying that to get elected and build support for what "He really wants to do". Really, I am sure of it. Is that "Change we can Believe in"? Are we doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

      What we do not do is become righteously indignant. We do not call him on his shit. We blog and rant and soothe ourselves with other narcissistic and masturbatory practices, but WE DO NOT DO ANYTHING of substance.

      For America to thrive, and to wrest power from the entrenched elite, we have to achieve "critical indignation". Indignation that is on such a massive scale, that finally, our Representatives will listen. They do not serve our best interests out of duty and honor, but I believe they will out of fear. We need righteous anger of the same scale as our righteous support for Obama during the election. Why can’t we do that? Where is our passion? Why can we not see that the Emperor has no clothes, when the dude stands naked on the public square? If we are not moved to action, and willing to move others, all of our rhetoric is just a waste of good electrons. Thank goodness, electrons are recyclable.

      Samantha,
      Thanks for your analysis. I read your diary on a regular basis and like many of your ideas.

      As a progressive, I believe that generally, people try to do the right thing. But because they do not pay attention, they seldom know the issues or the proposed solutions. They allow themselves to be manipulated by powerful imagery and misinformation. Sure self-interest is an issue, but in this election, many people participated at a level unseen in my lifetime. They participated, not by just voting, the bare minimum, but by meeting with others, participating in phone banks, fundraising, jawboning, and just plain politicking.

      These people were not undereducated, dishonest, self-serving, greedy, or violent. Just Americans, many who had voted for Bush twice. They voted mainly out of hope and fear. Hope that there could be something different, and fear of more of the same. Since the election, many have done nothing, and many have let Obama slide on his core promise of change. This is the part where we get screwed. We lose focus, and the politicians count on us to do just that.

      I am not looking for a politician with totally clean hands and impeccable morals, I am looking for a populace that will pay attention and speak out to support their ideals, their hopes, and their dreams.

      Oh yeah, "unto the Promised Land" was my choice of words.

      'Come to the edge', he said. They said, 'We are afraid' 'Come to the edge', he said. They came, He pushed them; they flew. -Apollinaire -

      by optmystik on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 02:04:59 PM PST

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      •  I'm sorry for the "[sic]" (0+ / 0-)

        I thought it was used more for "I say unto thee" but I was wrong.  

        I guess you can call me "pessmystik" because I think generally people don't try to do the right thing.  For instance, without Palin and "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" we might be inaugurating a Bush third term on Tuesday.  In most elections, the poor are ignored and the voting rights of blacks are overlooked.

        But I'm actually engaging in self-congratulation for liberals.  We got it right.  We didn't vote for Bush, either time.  We opposed the Iraq war.  We were upset with Democratic politicians who went along with so many of Bush's mistakes.

        You and I have an honest disagreement here.  But to restate my opinion: there is much to celebrate about Obama becoming the first African American president, as a relatively decent and very intelligent man with extraordinarily inspirational gifts.  However, I can't expect him to be much different from the 43 who preceded him-- the system wouldn't allow it, and they (yes, that mysterious they) would make sure the mob was so worked up against Obama, he'd be out on his ear by the Tuesday after next.

  •  I knew going into Iraq was going to be a disaster (0+ / 0-)

    ...and I'm still kicking myself for not doing anything except grumbling about it to my family.

    I think one legacy of the Bush presidency will be a much less complacent electorate for the foreseeable future.

  •  As they say "All Politics is Local" (1+ / 0-)
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    samantha in oregon

    That translates to a grassroots effort to change. A grassroots need to see that things must improve.

    Case in point:  How does Ohio return John Boehner to the congress?  The man is an embarrassment and now is trying to stop the stimulus the economy needs. Ohio has practically run out of jobs for their people.  How does this man get re-elected?

    When we figure out the answer to that we will be on our way to a true participatory democracy.

  •  I look at it this way: (0+ / 0-)

    On the one hand, you're right - and we all should be put in jail for our transgressions.

    Or it was Bush's fault, and he should be in the slammer.

    Either way there's the wall of a jail between us and him.  And the space on the planet that he occupies will be proportionately smaller than that which we occupy by a ratio of about 325 million to one.

    That would be a distinction without a difference, no?

    It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

    by Jaime Frontero on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 01:34:10 PM PST

  •  has a point (0+ / 0-)
    The author has a point. I personally will wait until he is sworn in to proclaim him just the "same old same old".
    It's perfectly normal to be jaded to the point where fear rules us before any act is committed.
    After 8 years of Bush, I expect it.

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