I always have a hard time handling how enthusiastic my friends on tumblr are about supporting Barack Obama. I understand why they are. The other option is so terrible that I feel like there’s a moral imperative to not vote 3rd part this election. This isn’t 04 Kerry-Bush. The Republican party is redefining rape and saying conception begins at 2 weeks before conception. The choice is clear
But to say Barack Obama has been anywhere close to the candidate I wanted is a joke. You know what he could have done from day 1? He could have said he was informing the Justice Department to formally view any state laws or amendment’s banning gay marriage as a violation of the 14th amendment, specifically violating the equal rights clause. He could have included Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under that. He didn’t
And I understand why he didn’t. It’s a bold political move. If he’d done it correctly it could have changed the national dialogue but meant he lost reelection. After 4 years of changing the national dialogue he could have forced the Republicans to move in that direction or appear to be incredibly dated. But the Democratic party wanted to preserve power. All I’m saying is he clearly didn’t act with the full power of the office in regards to the social issues we’re all so happy he supports. He allowed homosexual citizens to live without his full support because it was politcally advantageous to him. And there’s nothing more hypocritical than him saying “I believe it’s the state’s right to choose” when at the time of his birth the marriage of his father and mother was illegal in over 10 states
I don’t understand how you can be happy with what he did economically. I really don’t. I don’t mean because “Oh the deficit is too high and he’s the first one to do it” bullshit. I mean that he is not a Keynesian economist. Deficit spending during a recession/depression is the only option to quickly turn the economy around. We saw what happened in Japan. A lost decade of halfway measures. Bailouts that seemed to be a lot, but never quite enough. The bailout needed to be $3 trillion minimum. Your goal is not just raise GDP, but raise it in a way that both preserves the buying power of the lower 20% while building jobs for the next 10 years.
Not to steal from Breaking Bad, but the time for half way measures it past. The idea that you need to cut taxes on the “job creators” is a lie. They have more uninvested money than at any point in human history. We either tax them to blunt the effects of the deficit spending, or we say it’s now or never and spend into the deficit anyways. I don’t believe Keynesian economy to be a side or a point of view. I believe it to be the only correct way of looking at the economy.
I understand why Obama is the choice, but I just wonder why my so called liberal friends are sooo happy to be voting for him. I’m not happy with the job he’s done. I understand why he’s governed the way he has, but it’s not how I wanted him to when I voted for him, nor how he said he would