in concert with belligerent, lying Republicans? Obviously.
I have over the last 30 of my 65 years on this "fun house ride" become a a keen observer of human behavior, including body language, eye movement and vocal inflection.
On the night of his election President Obama walked out on the stage to address the guests and the skewed news? media. That was almost immediately following his initial "intelligence" briefing, a session which appeared to have noticeably subdued his presence. I allowed for fatigue but his walk and his posture seemed that of someone who had just lost their enthusiasm for what they thought would be an opportunity to correct some of the very obvious mistakes of his predecessor.
The President did "piss 'em off" when he saved the jobs of thousands of autoworkers and prevented the lay offs of thousands of teachers(both represented by unions which have long been in the sights of our privatized corporate congress persons.) Now after a trillion dollar bailout of WALL STREET'S FRAUDULENT REAL ESTATE SCHEME (made Madoff's ponzi program look like peanuts.) they are howling about HIS lack of fiscal responsibility.
I was ready to criticize Obama because some of his decisions seemed so inept or even corrupt but after further observation and closer consideration of recent events it occurred to me that I was beginning to include some of the lies and distortions, a.k.a.propaganda, being spread all over by all forms of "news" media, in my thought processes.
Given the political and economic scope of the war being waged against the middle class and those less economically evolved I would not be at all surprised to find out that some serious threats were issued at some point after the Democrats victory including a few to Democratic congressmen. Not necessarily threats of violence but character assassination can be terminal to a political career and it is becoming a more widely employed tactic in each successive campaign.
I don't know if health care reform was initially an issue but, given the pathetic result of all the posturing and pronouncements I would, if I had to, guess that there was some "backstage pressure" exerted to prevent the public option and to insure mandatory participation. Creeping Fascism is the only phrase I feel adequately defines that inclusion. CREEPING is a term indicative of my denial that, since the supremely corrupt court decision to remove limits on corporate campaign bribes, this is RAPIDLY becoming a fascist state. A nation and it's economy being RUN (into the ground) by Big Brother- I mean Business.
That fact when combined with the flagrant disenfranchisement of millions of voters in the two fraudulent installations of bush and his boss, dick haliburton-I mean...cheney, leaves no doubt in what's left (or right) of my mind, that we are on final for touchdown at the airport in totalitariland.
Have your papers ready and prepare to salute our glorious new flag $...long may it wave 'oer the United Incorporated States of NAFTA!
I hope my attempts to find some humor in some of the criminally corrupt behavior I am witnessing doesn't offend the more dignified intellectual readers of MY opinions regarding the dismantling of our attempt at Democracy.
Arrogance + Greed = Disaster...EVERY TIME!