No hope, and you can keep the change.
Posted by keithosaunders on January 27, 2010
This year’s State of the Union Address stands in stark contrast to last year, in which optimism reigned. Back then we were welcoming a new president who had Democratic majority in Congress and, seemingly, a mandate from the American people to effect a new course in government.
One year later Barack Obama has proven himself to be a corporatist in the Clintonian tradition. Rather then ending our two [illegal] wars in the mideast, he has escalated our forces in Afghanistan, increasing our military budget while freezing spending on necessary domestic programs. To my horror he has codified many of the civil rights abuses of the Bush-era, in particular denying prisoners their right to due process.
During the campaign Obama’s ‘hope and change’ bit felt a little contrived. I desperately wanted to believe that real change was possible so I gave him a pass on the lack of specificity in his policies. This SOTU is all the more depressing due to the fact the Democrats are in power. I expected so much more.