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The Masterpiece of Masterpiece Theater

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Democrats and Republicans are wealthy people who put on an act called politics.  If one's gotten far enough in politics to be well known on a national level, one's probably got some fessin' up to do.   One surely is financially endowed.

Barack Obama has been exposed as a corporatist; a member in good standing of The Corporatocracy.

Yet, there is still prejudice in the vomitus excrement oozing from the mouths of so many people.  People are hanging on The President's every breath with impeach forks in their hands.  The ones that are referred to as Republicans only need the noose to complete the picture. 

Democrats were and still are spineless.  The fact that they voted with a Republican president almost in lock step with congressional Republicans isn't surprising.

Thus far, it is nearly impossible to find a Republican who will lend a helping hand to Obama.  He's beginning to look like a kid at the grown-up's table.

It's all theater and the lower and middle classes have never been the targets of any political philanthropy.  Nonetheless, no sane human being can like how the present theater is playing out.  It looks like junior high school or high school.  The cool kids aren't even paying attention to the new kid.  They're doing all they can to make him look ridiculous. 

What's the new kid doing?  He's saying, "Can't we all play nicely with one another?"

If there was any legitimacy at all to what we perceive as governance, the facts that Obama is six foot fifteen and stronger than superman, his party, supposed allies, controlled the Senate and the House and even the governorships and he's the president should have manifested themselves with facts that look like successful progressive legislation.  During the campaign and at the very beginning of his presidency, we heard Obama say that change has to be quick.  He said then and actually still insists that we don't have time to screw around with politics

Who could have been making meaningful progress happen since January of 2008?   Barack Obama!  If things have to happen quickly, he should have morphed into President "No More Mister Nice Guy" a long time ago.  There's been nothing holding him from stomping on every Republican in Congress.  

When it came to getting what he wanted, George W. Bush just did it.  With the obvious unwillingness of Republicans to agree to pass anything upon which he based his campaign, Obama could have just done it; that's not a reference to Nike, either.

Barack Obama proved that he doesn't want to abuse his presidential standing a long time ago.   There can be no person who doesn't know that, no matter what pundits are paid to say.

He's even admitted to having made mistakes, a human flaw to which one would never see Cheney or Bush admit. 

However, if he ever wants to be better than politics, he has to stop participating in political theater.

Many on the right complain about having to be politically correct.   Barack Obama has spoken like most other presidents about bipartisanship.   He's used many of the same words and phrases.   He's certainly an expert in political correctness.

"Our objective in the world is peace. Our country has joined with others in the task of achieving peace. We know now that this is not an easy task, or a short one. But we are determined to see it through. Both of our great political parties are committed to working together--and I am sure they will continue to work together--to achieve this end. We are prepared to devote our energy and our resources to this task, because we know that our own security and the future of mankind are at stake." - Harry S. Truman, 1950

"Our foreign policy must be clear, consistent, and confident. This means that it must be the product of genuine, continuous cooperation between the executive and the legislative branches of this Government. It must be developed and directed in the spirit of true bipartisanship." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

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