Tuesday, 20 January 2009
|0850 - The Obamessiah ascends his throne|
Well, today's the day so many have been waiting for: the day the Obamessiah ascends his throne to rule us all, and the day George W. Bush returns to private life. That certainly includes the media:
No, I'm not going to watch, or listen to, any of the coverage of the
coronation inauguration. Today is not an occasion to celebrate, unless you really want to celebrate the destruction of our economic system, the capitulation of our foreign policy to European terrorist lovers, and the elimination of the civil rights of American citizens. (No, that does not mean that I agree with everything done by the Bush administration, so don't bother accusing me of supporting the latter.)
I'm going to go flying. I wish I could say "wake me up when the national nightmare is over", but, as much as I'd love to, I can't just ignore the next four years.
current mood: disgusted
Have you failed to notice that our economic system already imploded, our foreign policy has pretty much sucked in general for decades, and civil rights have been in decline for numerous years? Or do you believe that Obama's superpowers are retroactive?
We only think our economic system has imploded. You ain't seen nothing yet, especially if Obama pursues the "tax the rich, feed the poor, till there are no rich no more" policies he promised during his campaign.
Out foreign policy under George W. Bush was just fine, and handing Europe a veto as the Left would have us do is just plain wrong.
As for civil rights, I'll believe they're no longer in decline when they start repealing the stupid anti-gun laws that have been inflicted on us. How likely I consider that is reflected in the fact that I've bought more guns and ammunition since the election than I did in the decade before.
"Tax the rich" with a 5% increase. I've paid more than that (rate), on a lot lower income in the past.
I don't think our foreign policy was "just fine". Not even close.
At least you admit that civil rights have already been in decline. Why are only a few of them worthy of consideration? If "papers please" becomes less common (e.g. trains and buses stop requiring government ID, people can visit Canada without passports, etc.) is that not a reversal on the decline in civil rights?
Property tax in New York doubled last year and crippled my family. We're trying to sell the house, and we'll be lucky to get anything.
It has a lot to do with property value, along with property and school tax increases across the board. Our school tax is $6,000. What I should be paying, and what I'm paying are entirely different. We got slammed with thousands in tax increases. Everytime our house is assessed, they assess it for more than it was previously, when every property in the surrounding area is going down in value.
Can you show that your house is over-assessed, or was it previously under-assessed and is catching up? How does its assessment compare with similar nearby properties?
You can appeal the assessment, you know.
We have, and I plan to do so again. Property in the surrounding area is assessed for much lower. There is a timetable you have to abide by to field an appeal to the assessment. We're also trying to get into the STAR program, to lower our school tax.
George W. Bush had to make tough choices. People didn't always agree with him on them, but he made them. He defended them, and he dealt with the consequences of them. I expect no less of Barack Obama. I don't think he is going to drive this country into the ground, but I do believe he is high on glitz and glamour and short on experience.
I wish him the best, because we're all going to have to live with the choices me makes. And at the end of the day, it does not matter if you voted for the other guy. Barack Obama is our president.
The Left took great glee in saying "he's not MY president" after the 2000 election. They expect us to not do the same. Why is it only reconciliation if we give up on our beliefs, but they don't have to give an inch on theirs?
I'd like to think that we're better than the Left.
Me too, but pointing out the discrepancy is well within the bounds of propriety.
Ah, their call for buy-partisanship: Buy into our partisanship!
What if he does well?
He'll still complain about it.
Wrong. If he does well, I'll cheer - but he can only do that by so thoroughly going against the promises he made that my cheering will be drowned out by the screaming from the Left.
What would you consider "well"?
Suppose in 4 or 8 years the country is back to roughly the way it was in 2000, without the Internet bubble or housing bubble (but maybe some other bubble, or more likely a whole lot of little bubbles); personal freedom restored to pre-9/11/2001 levels (probably with more information gathering, but less of it illegally intrusive), etc. Would you consider that a gain?
Sure I would. I also consider that impossible if Obama and the Democrats pursue the route they've promised.
When was the last time any politician or party did as promised?
That this will hold true for the Obamessiah is the only hope I have to sustain me.
Could you explain what you mean with "European terrorist lovers"?
I'm trying hard to think of any government supporting terrorist, but the only instance that comes to mind is the American support for that Irish social club called the IRA...
A number of years ago, some European countries gave the PLO $15 million supposedly for "humanitarian supplies". Shortly thereafter, Israel stopped a ship on the way to Gaza and found $15 million worth of arms and munitions. The European countries refused to audit where their money went.
This kind of thing is what I'm referring to. In general, the Europeans support the Palestinians, and all Palestinian organizations, and turn a blind eye to their terrorism; when they deign to comment at all, they excuse it as somehow justified.
Dear Mr. Maynard,
I generally enjoys reading your journal. It combines a strong personal loyalty to one's political roots along with a vocabulary that tells me you scored at least a 750 on the written section of your SATs. I admire both qualities and for those reasons felt you were worthy of a bookmark in my "real news" folder.
Today I come out of lurking to write as I feel you have let me down somewhat. I see that you chose an emotion of disgusted on this particular day. To me that shows you have accepted defeat and are sitting back letting the liberals win. I'd rather see you be "pissed off" or "busy" or "awake".
Today is the day to awake, it actually happened. I must admit I also thought Obama was some mythical media creation from the left, but yesterday was a real slap in the face as to how real it is. He actually -is- our President. Today is the day to be pissed off, to get busy, and awaken those that are drunk on the Obama kool-aid.
I feel like we must do something, and a nation of readers turns it's lonely eyes to you. So I ask of you good Sir, what the hell are we gonna do?