I know lots of liberals are gung ho about our new president. I am not so impressed. I see lots of different rhetoric.* Not a lot of different policies. I am not disappointed, however, because I never had hopes that it would be so different. Before he even ran I heard someone say something like, “You don’t get to run for president of the United States by doing things differently.” I thought that was a good point – the system is set up to keep out real, actual change makers.
I’m not saying he is a bad guy, and of course he is better than the last round of White House folks. Of course, real change would have been nice. Although I don’t like the casual tone of the article, the gist of David Michael Green’s article, “Get Obama,” was a somewhat good summary of some of the issues I’m talking about. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/10-3
Why write this blog post, you ask? Since it is not well thought out and probably will disturb a large part of my already rather meager readership? I just get sooooo tired of hearing people being so ra-ra Obama because he is so eloquent when he talks and he does lots of nice symbolic things with declarations and memos about openness and such. Not that I want everyone to be down on him – rather I just want people to expect more of a president that makes lots of claims about change change change. I want us to demand more and not be so happy that the president isn’t George Bush or John McCain that we settle for any old thing that isn’t downright dreadful (and, I must say, while he does less dreadful stuff than GWB, he still seems to have his share of dreadful).
And I think that might be my only political post for the next six months. Living with a political scientist who wakes up and falls asleep talking politics is nearly all I can take of this stuff. But I thought I would do one Obama post while the inspiration strikes. Feel free to comment but it is unlikely that I’m going to take time to respond thoughtfully. Not that your comments are unimportant but political debates just aren’t my thing these days. I am politically fatigued.
*This is not to say that different rhetoric is not important. It is. For instance, even if you are going to be a pushy super-power, I think it is much better done with nice, team-work-ish rhetoric than you-do-what-we-say-stupid-peons rhetoric.