Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:59 PM
While I think the magnitude of our deficit is far more directly traceable to our decade of overseas conflicts than the more recent economic recovery measures, and I don't necessarily feel that Obama's policies are as responsible as many Republican policies (which they themselves might not have pushed as stridently had they been in power/responsible), I hold Obama completely responsible for playing softball -- nay, downright pre-conceding issues before they were very contentious. Some argue that those policies weren't "his", but that's a difference that makes no difference. I don't care if he was almost criminally negligent/weak, or if his administration eagerly sold out to corporate interests. I won't argue whether "he" sold out, knowingly or unwittingly; he's a President with a record so shameful (even outside of economics, where his control may be limited because we don;t understand the subject enough, and there's a substantial component of public psychology) that I'd only re-elect him if forced -- as it seems we may be.
Perhaps more germane to the original topic, I think we need to acknowledge and explore the varying degrees and kinds of racism (which I'm not prepared to do here) to appreciate how pervasive it may be *without* driving political views in any given direction, or affecting political evaluation of any regime. Actual racism aside: there are many personal reasons why Birthers, Vince-Fosterites, grassy-knollists, and Roswellians cling to a favored conspiracy theory.
I'm not excusing any racism, but I know a lot of people who feel somehow superior (esp. when in a prevailing clade) down inside, but are quite capable of keeping that out of their decisions/evaluations. I see it all the time: quite a few US docs feel somehow superior to immigrants, but I don't see it affecting their evaluations; I hear a lot of pride and resistance to change because "the US has the best medical system in the world" from physicians who should know better and, when confronted, can't justify it by any broad metric (our overall outcomes aren't necessarily the best)
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