I have been challenged by a few people about my feelings on the administration. How could I, after pushing for this administration for so long, turn around and not support them anymore? It is simple, really. I think that everyone has “make or break” issues in their lives. In any given situation, there comes a point that you just have to say “I am done. There is nothing left for me to support.” Healthcare is my “make or break” issue.
I don’t think there is a need to explain why this is the issue on which my support hangs. I think a lot of my feelings go without saying. Suffice it to say, it is my issue. This administration came in to office on a promise that they would at least try to make things better. At every turn, they have proven themselves inept at passing what should have been, and still should be, easy legislation. Instead, they decided to kowtow to the republicans so that they could be seen as friends with the other side. Bipartisanship is not formed with a hand shake; it is formed with a bullwhip. You have to take bipartisanship, not ask for it.
However, democrat is as democrat does. Even with a majority, they have managed to lose sight of what the majority of the population wants. They were so interested in reaching out to republicans and corporations that they willfully forgot about the public. I take that back. I would go as far as to say that they are ambivalent to the public’s needs. That is why they lost in Virginia and Massachusetts, and that is also why they are going to lose a lot more in November.
I think you would have to be crazy to vote for a republican in this climate. So what do you do when the democrats turn out to be as bad as the opposition? I don’t know. I can only tell you what I am going to do. Nothing.
I will vote for progressives where I can, but I can’t vote for this absolutely weak president again. I will abstain from voting for president in 2012, unless there is a challenger to Obama that has a spine. It does not matter to me what legislation is passed after healthcare. It could all be bunnies and roses from now until 2012, but it doesn’t matter. I have principles on which I stand, and I am damn sure not going to move off of those principles for a gutless president and his corporatist colleagues.