In American terms, I don’t describe myself as a “Democrat.” The Democratic* party has been a source of disappointment after disappointment, culminating in the Mother of All Disappointments, Barrack Obama. Now, to be fair, here’s a list of his accomplishments thus far.
As you can probably guess, I think this list is far too generous. TARP was already moving when he took office. He hasn’t so much advanced gay rights as he has sort of stayed out of the way. He hasn’t shut down Gitmo. Instead of ending U.S. torture, he’s outsourced it. Legislation to prevent another banking crisis has been passed…and then not funded. The watchdog department hasn’t been staffed and the one person who could have led the charge, Elizabeth Warren, was exiled.
And listing government transparency as an accomplishment is some sort of sick joke. Seriously. He’s been worse than Bush. Hell, he’s been worse than Nixon in claiming state secrets.
I’m torn on the health care reform thing. What we have now is marginally better than what we had. But, it’s not a lot better and I’m concerned that enacting crippled legislation like the ACA will create enough of a backlash that real health care reform will be pushed back by decades. If you understand math, single-payer is the way to go.
So no, I’m not a huge fan of Obama. He ran on a platform of “change” and, in my opinion, he hasn’t delivered. There’s been far too much “more of the same.” That said, I’m still glad I voted for him. As disappointing as he’s been, all you have to do is look at the Republicans to realize how much worse it could have been.
This gem from pundit Erick Erickson says it all:
The implicit nihilism is kind of stunning, don’t you think? It’s the Republican philosophy in a nutshell: Govern as badly as possible. If something works, break it. If something’s broken, ensure it doesn’t get fixed and then yell about how terrible government is.
Why on earth would anyone ever elect these people? Seriously, electing Republicans is like hiring a mechanic who hates cars. If nothing’s wrong, he’ll break it, tell you how dumb you were to buy a car, and then take your money anyway. Of course, to make this analogy work, the mechanic also happens to own every single mode of transportation other than cars, right?
* Please don’t say “the Democrat party.” It makes you sound like an eight year old who’s trying to make up annoying names and failing badly.** Don’t be that guy.
** Either that, or it makes you sound like a Freeper. You REALLY don’t want to be that guy.