Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Obama, SOTU, So What?

Just over a year ago I voted for Barack Obama, who I thought could make a genuine difference. I watched with astonishment and glee as he was elected President and the country seemed ready to crawl out of the dark ages of the Bush administration. I had great hopes he would make some changes, especially in the health care arena, as I'm a self-employed person who, due to pre-existing conditions, is unable to buy health insurance at any price.

Tonight I watched Obama give his State of the Union address. It struck me as just words, written systematically, spoken routinely -- and accomplishing nothing.

Is it just me? I don't believe Obama has any capability to get his agenda through. Maybe noone does. The Republicans are ogres who would oppose him even if he wanted to give lollipops to schoolchildren; they don't give a shit about the average American.

Even Obama seems more interested in making sure insurance companies and the unions approve of what he's doing. He's just another rubber politician -- and why did I really expect anything else? The people stopped mattering in American at least 20 yrs ago -- if they ever did. Now it's all about the bankers, the big corporations, Goldman Sachs, K-street.

And American's are now so stupid, so addled by television and Tiger Wood's sex life, that they just back while the elite screw them deep in the ass. (Crass, I know -- but there are no other words for it.)

Americans are now to dumb, so passive.... that... ah, who cares.

I honesty think it's time to leave here. I am seriously thinking about it. Frankly, I think my life literally depends on it. I can't purchase any health insurance here, which means I can't get anything beyond the elementary care offered by (bless them) community clinics -- a blood pressure check, and a prescription or two for the cheapest drugs possible. No comprehensive care. No blood tests. No annual checkups. No investigation of chronic problems. You just live with them.

I know we're all supposed to be proud and loyal Americans, but fuck that. This country is on the way down. Why stick around?


Anonymous said...

I hope he means it.

"But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. ......."


Dano said...

It is clear that if the country cannot meet your needs, then rationally you should question the reason why someone/an ideology would bludgeon you with 'patriotism' or 'loyalty'.

It is inconvenient to bring this up in the corporate media, who need more consumers to purchase their cr*p so they can meet short-term needs of shareholders. And you can learn a new language as an adult. Not a problem.



rhhardin said...

The right believes in perverse consequences.

The left believes in direct action.

Since the problems that respond well to direct action have already been solved, the right winds up being correct most of the time.

"If you're 20 and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you're 40 and not a conservative, you have no brains."

crf said...

You need to get out more, rhardin.

In Canada, we don't have many people who suffer from lack of health care due to financial barriers. I think it is the same story in most developed countries, including Massachusetts.

Of course, our population is not getting healthier (but older and fatter and more sedentary and diabetic, with more heart disease.)

Here, you are correct. It's hard for the state to solve those problems, since they involve conscious and unconscious decisions that are mostly controlled by individuals. There are still some things the state could try to do better though, in addressing them.

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