So Obama is running for re-election. But the question is, “Should I vote for him again?” The first time around I thought I was voting for an über-progressive who was going to kick some political ass. I thought I was voting for someone who would fight for the little guy. I thought I was voting for someone who would undo much of the damage done by the Bush administration. Instead, we got Kumbaya Ken. He has allowed the Republicants to set the agenda (“Mr. Boner…how much would you like me to cut Meals on Wheels? Shall I cut Head Start too?”) He stood on the sidelines while the middle class was being killed in Wisconsin. When it came to health care reform, he killed the “public option.” He gave in on tax cuts for the wealthy. There’s more that I can add to this list but…here’s the bottom line. If I vote for a Democrat, the country gets screwed over slowly. If I vote for a Republicant (or Teabag), the country gets screwed over quickly. I think I prefer “quickly.” I don’t think I can tolerate another four years of cringing each time Kumbaya Ken swerves around an issue and compromises with the Republicants. I don’t think I can tolerate another four years knowing that THE ENTIRE COUNTRY mobilized behind Obama, this relatively unknown candidate who, much like Bush did in the days shortly after 9/11, allowed all that good will, all that energy to dissipate.
When I voted for Obama I thought I was doing the right thing for my country and for my children. I thought I was voting for someone who would put this country on the right track. I was wrong. I can’t stand his halfhearted attempt at fixing health care; his half-hearted attempt at dealing with the too-big-to-fail banks; his halfhearted attempt at fixing education and R&D and manufacturing and so many other things. He sickens me and I no longer want to hear him speak. His words are pure bullsh-t. For me, Obama has destroyed what little hope I had for this country. At least if we vote for a Republicant, we know where we stand: under their boot heel. With the Democrats, we get platitudes. We get spinelessness. We get a refusal to draw a line in the sand. When it came to standing up to the banksters, when it came time to take a stand against the upper 1% of this country, Kumbaya Ken did not say “Enough is enough.” Instead he said, “Not enough? Here’s more.”
This country is broke and it is broken and we have a critical choice to make. We know that we are going to have our limbs amputated. I can’t speak for you but I prefer my anesthesia-free amputation to be short and quick. For that reason, I am voting for Michele Bachmann. She will destroy the country within months. Then, when the destruction is complete, we will adjust ourselves to the new way of living. We will not spend four more years cringing over each Obama misstep. By the end of the first term of a Bachmann presidency, we’ll have learned to adjust to this new America and, because of our short memories and our refusal to learn from history, we’ll turn our focus to more important matters, like Snooki’s breasts or which team will end up in the Superbowl. We’ll have forgotten how much that amputation had hurt.
Please…give me a good reason not to vote for Bachmann. And do not give me the “but Obama has done so much” line of horsesh-t. This is not a time when we can tolerate incremental changes. This is not a time for Kumbaya Ken. We need someone who can take decisive action. We need the Democratic equivalent of Dick Cheney, a man who commandeered the entire government apparatus and used it for his own purposes. We need a candidate of either party who can do that for the other 99% of the country. I believe this person exists. I believe this person is in Hyde Park, New York…buried under six feet of dirt.