Guest post by Linfar
Okay. Look. I am not all impressed by the Obama Grand Tour. There was a movie a few years ago with Sandra Bullock who plays a grungy cop made over by Michael Caine to go undercover as a contestant in the Miss Universe Contest. One of the running jokes in that movie is that each contestant for the Biggie Prize ends her speech with “And I am for World Peace.”
So I just don’t get how this 2 continents in a handful of days with photo ops, little prayers leaked to the press and Biggie speeches on World Peace makes Obama a better candidate for President.
I mean this is supposed to be shore up his foreign policy credentials? Frankly, I was embarrassed.
I also don’t like grandiose and soaring hyperbole. I don’t trust it. I feel as if I am always screaming in my head: but what the hell are you gonna do? Jeeze, as long as I am doing this I may as well say that for me, anyway, Obama’s speeches don’t touch Jack Kennedy’s. Now that guy could give a speech.
Ok. OK. I know. I am out of sync with half the democrats in the country. And this is probably when I should say I am going to vote for the guy. But I am nervous about it. I don’t want to bring up unpleasant subjects, but FISA totally jammed up my personal little drive to get on the Bus.
Will he take out the troops in a year or won’t he? Will he pick a Republican Vice President or won’t he? Will he support gay rights and gay marriage, let alone repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or won’t he? For every person who tells you he will do all these things, there is another one with evidence who says he says he won’t.
Obama has left a trail of misdirection, half-truths and pandered positions that makes my head swim. And I don’t like it.
So maybe now you are wondering why I am going to vote for the guy. I hate John McCain. And I hate the Republican Party. I fear the election of John McCain the way some people fear snakes. And the Republican Party is the elephant in the middle of America’s living room. So I am I guess the loyal opposition. And I want to see people here hold Barack Obama’s feet to the fire on basic Democratic Party principles.
I don’t wanna hear about a Republican Veep because this creep could become President. I wanna hear about repealing the Patriot Act and FISA. I want to hear about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, so we can begin to restore the reality–as opposed to giving lip service to the ideal– of a free press. I want a President who is friendly with the press and does not manage it in the interest of image control. I want a President committed to Social Security, raising the minimum wage and universal health care. I want a doer–not a talker. I want a President who understands the value of a civil service with appointments across the board who are the best at their job. Bush has gutted this bedrock principle–a bedrock of our democracy and its ability to serve our citizens well and fairly.
Sure I want all the bells and whistles in terms of a forward looking thinker about global warming, about moving us away from fossil fuel dependence, about solutions to our shrinking water supply, about our cities built in deserts, and about our over population.
So here’s the deal. I am taking Obama on faith in the Democratic Party. Because this guy, himself, ain’t doing it for me. Will he be another Carter, as President? I dunno. Ok. I know some of you love Carter. I didn’t. Now there’s a guy who could talk you to death. I myself do not think we would have ever gotten to where we are today in the Mideast if we had acted to free our hostages in Iran Immediately. And I don’t think the party would have sunk so low with the American people.
So, the bottom line is this. Dear Barack Obama, stop with the soaring and get down here in the trenches with us little people who need healthcare and assistance with aging parents, who are losing their homes in the mortgage fiasco and money in banks that are failing, who want to drive cars with better gas mileage and who know the time for mass transit is Here. We don’t care about fancy speeches. But we do care about vision and commitment and honesty. Show us the money, Barack. OK??