In some ways we are no better than Republicans. In the short period of time between re-election and now, we have already started down the same path we have traveled before. The path of Obama may not give me everything I want, in the way I want it, so therefore I will pollute the waters until either I get what I want, or nobody gets what they want.
Is that an over statement on my part? maybe? maybe not. Only time will tell. As a community we HAVE traveled that path before. The path to 2010. We, as a community, have to realize something now, and it may be a tough realization for some people. The president will disappoint you in some ways. Not because he is evil or nefarious, not because he has a secret agenda, but for one simple reason. It is literally impossible for him not to. This community is not some single purpose, like minded entity, with clarity of purpose and singular desire. We all to some extent have disparate agendas.
The President is not the perfect progressive rubber stamp. He never has been and he didnt run as one. The perfect progressive rubber stamp couldn't get elected, and would never be able to accomplish very much as President. We elected our President to represent us. To use his best judgement to decide how much he can accomplish, what fashion he accomplish it in, and within what time frame.
In my opinion, we are already seeing the disillusionment of some, based on nothing more than rumor and conjecture. Its been reported this or reported that, and I am already pissed off and ready to call the President a turn coat. It's silly and counter productive and to some extent hypocritical. Look at all the diaries of the "GOP civil war" type. Tell me you cant see the see the seeds of the same type of atmosphere brewing here already. Understand this, you will be disappointed in some ways. Like every other facet of our lives, you will not got everything you want, and there will be things you vehemently disagree with. There will be many more that will a massive improvement over what we would have had with a President Romney. By many many standard deviations.
I am NOT saying that we, as a community cant voice disagreement and that we cant have difference of opinions. I am NOT saying we cant or shouldnt try to hold those people's feet that we have elected to the collective fire. We can, and we should. I suppose that what I am arguing for is a matter of perspective. Perspective in terms of what could have been, what is, and what will be. That perhaps that sense of perspective will allow us to not repeat some (2010) of our more serious and escapable mistakes.