Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Disappointed

I'm disappointed beyond words in the Obama administration for the following reasons:

  • They have continued the Bush era practice of invoking national secrecy when it comes to letting those 'enemy combatants' having a free and open trial. (For the record, I don't think any of those people we've been holding indefinitely mean me or mine any harm. They are not my enemies. My enemies are the ones who ordered the torture of others and who plunged this nation into a never ending war.)
  • They have not repealed the idiotic 'Don't ask, don't tell' rule. Despite what right wing and homophobic people and pundits say, letting homosexuals serve openly in the military will not lead to homosexual orgies in fox holes and on military bases, pedophilia, or the breakdown of our national defense. Limp wristed lisping effeminate men wearing gauzy scarves and pink leisure suits are not going to lead our nation's military if 'don't ask, don't tell' is repealed. What were going to get instead is some of the most willing men and women who have the best and brightest minds are going to be retained in our armed forces and others who thought about serving but who were afraid to do so will now serve willingly and openly. What homophobes have failed to realize is that if you sign up to join the military, duty and service comes before base bodily urges.
  • They have frozen out single payer health insurance advocates in the national health insurance debate.
  • And most egregious to me personally is the fact that President Obama's EPA has just approved over 40 permits to let mountain top coal removal mining begin again. For those of you who are unfamiliar with mountain top removal coal mining, the gist of it is this, the coal companies take pristine mountains like these:
and they blow off the tops of them with explosives and they remove all the coal. What's left is this:
This type of mining ruins not only the mountain range, it pollutes the water all around the mountain, the chemicals used in and brought up as a result of the mining infect the area in and around the mines, and it devastates the land and the people who live on it, it makes the land uninhabitable and unusable. The water that used to be absorbed by the tree and plants now runs off the barren mountains and into huge holding ponds that are filled with a toxic sludge that is made up of rock dust, coal dust, and chemicals like arsenic and mercury. And that sludge seeps into the ground water and it then flows and contaminates ground water in surrounding communities. So, unless you're an idiot, you can see why this practice of mountain top removal coal mining is short sighted, hideously wrong, and needs to be stopped.

I may be wrong but I think candidate Obama said he'd stop doing these things if we elected him President. Well sir, we did what you asked, so it's time you did what you promised you do. And if you don't, then you're driving me and others like me into the arms of real progressive candidates who will do something about these injustices. I didn't vote for you to become my President just so you could act like a god damned Republican.

11 comments:

Liberality said...

I hear ya honey and I'm sorry. I think polluting the environment, discriminating against others, and continuing the war and all it's secrets are damn good reasons to be mad. If the democrats are going to be 'republican lite" than we need a new party.

Dean Wormer said...

woot!

At the very least we're getting more Clinton era triangulation out of Obama. The last thing this country needs is more watered down right wing policy be it in the environmental, women's health or national defense arena.

I don't give a shit that the right wing is screaming bloody murder at every little thing he does. Stop listening to those lunatics. They're never going to like you anyway.

Might as well give them a real reason through true progressive policy.

Snad said...

This can only what I expected, but less so than if someone else had been elected, really. The reasons you mention are EXACTLY why we should have impeached Bush/Cheney while they were still in office - to remove the extreme powers they gave the President - not just themselves, but all Presidents to come.

Give him time, Monkey. All in all, I think he is taking a more measured and reasonable approach to things than even H. Clinton would have, and certainly more so than Old Fart and The PIce Queen would have.

This is just showing us that, party affiliation notwithstanding. we need to hold our leaders' toes to the fire, and let them know what we think. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!

brightestblue said...

Those before and after pictures made me want to cry. WTH Obama?!

mwb said...

Welcome to my world.

I was so delighted to see the end of Bush/Cheney.

Obama stop harshing my buzz.

dguzman said...

I don't feel scared to walk the streets anymore now that Chimpy's gone, but Obama is just continuing a lot of Chimpy/Cheney bullshit--so what's the difference?

The only way things might've changed is if Kucinich had been elected. Which would never happen.

Ricky Shambles said...

Ooh, that last one burns my biscuits something fierce. I recently saw a documentary called Burning The Future: Coal in America focusing on the physical and environmental harm of this practice, specifically in West Virginia. Enlightening and tragic.

Übermilf said...

Was it "Waking Ned Devine" where they had to think up something nice to say about the guy in the casket, but all they could think of was "His brother was worse"?

Lisa said...

Oh for the love of..well, I'll be......dag blast.....

I give up. Whatever business wants, business gets......

Tengrain said...

Dr. Monkey -

Hear, hear!

But I was saying these things back in the primary and everyone and his brother was piling on me for talking about third parties.

Remember this anger and use it.

You're the best,

Regards,

Tengrain

Karen Zipdrive said...

Lately Obama's been disappointing me, too.
I'm just hoping he's doing all this right-wing crap to cushion himself for when the Justice Department indicts the entire Bush administration.
He'd better.