Three Categories

My friends and I fall into three categories these days:  1) those who are pissed off at President Obama for offering up Social Security (via the chained CPI) to the hostage-taking terrorist lunatics with the teabags hanging from their hats that make up the GOP as a “pre-emptive compromise,” 2) those who are convinced that the president is playing a sly three-dimensional game of chess while the room-temperature-IQ Tea Partiers are fumbling around with their tiddlywinks, and 3) those who are dazed, worn-out and confused.

How do I categorize myself? For me, it’s “all of the above.”

 I’d (of course) have to turn in my lefty socialist union thug card if I wasn’t pissed at the president for offering up our Social Security as a “pre-emptive compromise.” Who the hell does that?! If I’m going to negotiate on the price of a must-have treasure I find at a flea market, I’m sure as hell not going to offer the seller a higher amount than what’s written on the price tag as a “pre-emptive compromise”! Hell, no. I’m going to start out with a lowball offer and work my way up to the highest price I’m willing to pay – if I wanted to pay full price, I would simply hand over my cash and walk away with my treasure clutched firmly in my hot little hands. And vice-versa, if I’m negotiating with my employer for a raise or with a new employer for my salary, I’m going to figure out what I want, keep that number in my head – and add a chunk to it so I can be bargained down to the number I want. And yes, there’s always the chance I might be offered the higher amount, and that’s all good. So yeah, I guess I belong in group 1, people who are pissed off at President Obama for offering up Social Security to the hostage-takers in the GOP.

But then again, over the last four years, I have also watched President Obama outmaneuver and literally run rings around those dumb dopes in the GOP – administering beating after beating and forcing the Republicans to do really stupid things – like demand that the rich get to keep their tax break for their private jets (really, Republicans?), attempt to tie food assistance for poor children to their grades in school, and all sorts of other shoot-yourself-in-the-foot kinds of things. So? That means I also fall into group 2, those who are convinced that the president is playing three-dimensional chess while the drooling gomers in the GOP are forming up the circular firing squad.Image

That leaves group 3:  the confused, the dazed and the exhausted. And yes, I fall squarely into this group as well. First of all, I’m on outrage overload; after more than a decade of appalling bigotry, idiocy, ignorance, the insulting invasions of my body the Republicans are trying to sign into law, their attempts to strip Americans of their rights – the right to vote, the right to form a union, etc., coupled with the war crimes of the Bush administration and the detestable antics of the most embarrassing Supreme Court in our history…? My circuits are fried, and my irony meter exploded a long time ago.

We progressives end up going through this same stress every time President Obama ladles out one of his generous dollops of booty in the form of offering cuts to Medicare, cuts to food assistance, cuts to …whatever…  in order to appease the GOP – you know, that “pre-emptive compromise” thing? I definitely give a damn, because of course, my reaction to every single one of the president’s “pre-emptive compromise” thingies is to be completely pissed off, and I invariably find myself nodding vigorously along with the always-predictable outrage of my heroes, folks like Bernie Sanders, Paul Krugman, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow (even though she’s so very nice – even when she’s outraged).

Like Forrest Gump, I’m kinda tired. So, if the president is playing that very deep game of 3-dimensional chess, I wish he’d find a way to let us know – a secret password or maybe a Barack-signal.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bethkoz on April 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I’m with you, Annie! but mostly I’s tarred, Tarred of fighting hard for what should be a given. And amazed at the chutzpah of the Tea Baggers who come back every Monday with something zanier and stupider than before — proud as if they’d given birth to a new freedom. I try to turn off everything and go without watching or listening to any news program, but I come slinking back . . hoping there’ll be good news somewhere.

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  2. Posted by katykay2010 on April 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I am in #1, going back to not supporting most democrats, since we are sold out most of the time, and we pushed back and kept many things from happening under GW Bush that we (progressives and liberals) let Obama get away with. He has had too many passes in my book. For sure, did some good (politically asture) things, like supporting equalities for all, INCLUDING LGBTQ, finally, at least superficially, but most of what he has done is apply band-aids, and not solutions to our warped system; he has not gone for the roots, and his support for Gun Safety legislation is now diluted to his statement recently, “gun control legislation ‘deserves a vote’…..WTF??? We can’t prosecute Banks/Wall Street, even if we can prove criminality because it would be a devastating blow to our unstable financial system? Give me a break….Moving forward without learning from our past, means we continue on our current path, of constantly repeating the mistakes of the past. We are not learning in a significant way from our mistakes, so we will continue to repeat them in bigger and more horrific ways.

    I am not sorry I voted for him twice, for my main goal was to put my own band-aid on a wound that has been festering since I was 10 years old and has crushed my soul sometimes it feels like, beyond repair…….Jim Crow, lived and breathed every day of my young life way too far into adulthood and still is alive and well today, though more subtle sometimes. And of course, some really believe that because we elected a black man to President, we are “beyond racism”…..WTF? What planet would that be? For me, with the Obamas in the White House, I smile every day when I think that little black boys and girls now see their image in a place never before seen as President and family, in a place built by and on the backs of black slaves. And, I do think that he astutely knew he must play it on the safer side, to have any chance of a 2nd term, my pragmatic/band-aid side showing.

    I was disappointed & disgusted early on in his first term, but gave him a pass, given politics, playing along, hoping he would have a second term, and then act like Bernie Sanders (and a rare few others), and actually go after the important things, strongly, passionately, like Climate Control, Election Reform, Gun Control, Income Inequality, Racism, Sexism, Militarism, and some others, high on my list of priorities…..Even if he failed at every turn, he would not have been a disappointment to me, because he would have put his body and soul out on the front lines, but instead, he has been the most passive of warriors, hardly a warrior at all, except in spreading hate and war around the world; he has strengthened the hideous drone wars, has let his biggest supporters, Wall Street and “Too Big To Fail, Too Big to Jail” banks run free. And, so little chance of peace anywhere, still the dialogue on the Israel/Palestine issue is skewed always to suffering of Israelis, protecting our ally, saying little or nothing of the Palestinians whose land and lives have been stolen – their need for our assistance/protection.

    I am not in #2 or #3, definitely knew what he probably was (a pragmatist eloquent politician) when I voted for him, but I did hold out hope that the 2nd term, would introduce us to another side,and so that is my disappointment. My delusion…..Looking for a Cornel West or Malcolm X not a possibility within our current system.

    I’m not convinced of him “running rings” around them, when “some 70 percent of the $2.3 trillion in policy savings that the President and Congress have enacted over the past few years — which will produce $2.75 trillion in total deficit reduction when interest savings are included — have come through program cuts rather than revenue increases.” (“Off The Charts Blog”, April 8, 2013 Center for Budget and Policy Priorities). And the cuts don’t include ending any corporate welfare, subsidies to oil, pharmaceutical, etc, and god forbid, from closing loopholes for highest taxpayers and corporations, penalizing the “job creators” for off-shoring their money and jobs, no tax breaks for energy industries for research and development of wind, solar and other sustainable energy sources, sustainable organic farming……the list goes on forever.

    It is so sad to me that his legacy though it will have some great rhetoric and some advances in some few human rights, it is riddled with holes of pain, hunger, poverty, deprivation, and death, from the things he didn’t even try to do with any real zeal, for the majority of us who are not in the privileged realm of money and power in our current system, and continuing on our current path, who never will progress under administrations like his.

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    • Posted by leftsideannie on April 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Hi, Katy – I agree with most of what you’ve said. I guess I’m factoring in the fact that President Obama has won some pretty big victories – even considering the solid wall of obstructionism and hatred direct at him by the wingnuts.

      I’ve been unhappy with Obama’s non-action on certain things, and I too hoped that he would be a stronger progressive in his second term. But hey, the term is nowhere near over, the 2014 midterms are coming, and with the self-immolation of the Republican Party, we stand a decent chance of gaining seats in the House. So I think our job as progressives is to keep pushing, pushing, pushing – and never let the president forget who the hell put him in that office.

      Thanks for reading, and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      • Posted by katykay2010 on May 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        Thanks for reply, and I agree totally with your statement: “I’ve been unhappy with Obama’s non-action on certain things, and I too hoped that he would be a stronger progressive in his second term. But hey, the term is nowhere near over, the 2014 midterms are coming, and with the self-immolation of the Republican Party, we stand a decent chance of gaining seats in the House. So I think our job as progressives is to keep pushing, pushing, pushing – and never let the president forget who the hell put him in that office.”

        And, this term I am not repeating my mistake of his first term, whre I like millions of other progressives and liberals, gave up, stopped pushing, except ocassionally. I am not stopping “pushing, pushing and will not ever let him or any of my elected officials forget who the hell put…him (them)…in that office.”

        Still loving this site, keep on keeping on. kk

  3. Posted by leftsideannie on May 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks, Katy. I consider it to be my job to keep pushing – and I take my job very seriously…with the occasional dose of humor.

    Kate

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