Count me among the disillusioned

President Obama

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Change we can believe in my derriere. And that’s just because I’m in polite company.

Count me among a growing number of liberals moving from skeptical about President Obama to fed up.  This eloquent, intelligent, graceful and thoughtful man appears to lack one thing: the courage to act on his convictions — or at least the ones he espoused during the campaign. He constantly looks for the middle in a country without one, a country with a hard and disciplined right that will fight against everything he campaigned on.

And his supporters?  He disses them, time and time again. On “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” on programs to put the country back to work, on transparency in government. But most of all on war.

“Obama’s War” read a headline about Afghanistan in today’s Washingtonpost.com. Damn right it is. I’ll bet the Norwegians sure are glad now that they gave him the Nobel Peace Prize. The New York Times reports that by the time 30,000-plus new troops hit the ground in Afghanistan our presence will have tripled during the Obama presidency.

Who are we fighting for?  A corrupt president reinstalled rather than re-elected?  His brother, reportedly one of the country’s’ biggest drug lords? Who?

Can we win?  Ask the Russians — or Alexander the Great, for that matter. This is an unconquerable country with no central government.

Can we afford this?  You’ve got to be kidding.

For awhile now a lot of Democrats have been clucking. “Obama was dealt a horrible hand. He’s trying. He can’t turn around eight years of mismanagement in a matter of months.”

No one screamed bloody murder when the Department of Agriculture reported that nearly 50 million Americans are “food insecure” — their diet subpar, some missing meals.  Had that report come out when Bush was president, he would have been pilloried.

Then, on Sunday,The New York Times reported that one in four American children receive food stamps.  One in four.

Still, these were the last administration’s legacy, its travesty. Doubling down in Afghanistan is this administration’s legacy — its travesty.

Military families stretched thin already now await the fourth or fifth or sixth deployment overseas of loved ones. The rest of us will head to the mall. If we have any money left.

The cost to our overextended Treasury:  $1 million per soldier per year — that’s right, $1 million per  — to prop up an American puppet who has next to no support in his own country. John McCain thinks it’s great. So does South Carolina’s Joe “You Lie” Wilson. That’s enough for me.

Maybe, Mr. President, we should concentrate on feeding all of our children first. And yes, there IS a direct connection. What goes to war always goes away from public welfare.

The Obama administration has its priorities.  They just aren’t right.  I’m all for nation building. We need it — right here in America.

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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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