Congrats.

damian, 666
Within the universe of realistically electable politicians in the U.S. -and actually stretching it quite a bit via charisma, organization and timing-, I think Obama is a good choice for President, and I'm glad Americans chose him.

That said, and echoing The Onion: if this is how bad things have to get before Americans elect a marginally competent-looking President, then we are all still in a deep hole. Racism, religious hatred, discrimination against gay couples, political ignorance (Nb: Obama might stand to the left of McCain, but he's *far* to the right of any socialist), and, gods save us, middle names are still issues. Last night, forty-eight percent of the American population was OK with the thought of Sarah Palin as VP; I couldn't make up stuff like this if I tried. Should anything particularly bad happen during the next four years -and it's not a terribly unlikely possibility, considering the current state of the world and the mounting challenges we face-, I fear to think what could happen in 2012.

This is a good first step. Celebrate, you've earned it. Keep going. Let us know how we can help.


PS: Not that other countries are that much better at choosing leaders (when they can), mind you.

PS2: On a lighter note, loved this video from The Onion.

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damian, 666
I originally wrote this in 2006. I'm reposting it in Election Day because I still think it's true... and I think that it'll be true no matter who wins.

America will survive.Collapse )

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Rant. Skippable.

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No. Hey. Wait!

damian, 666
NCIS 3x19 - Iced.

Let me see if I got it right (without spoiling too much). Marine group in Iraq. One of its members was killed by a gang while on leave in the US. NCIS has to solve it before they bring the Marines back home, because otherwise they might go out for revenge.

Wait. What? That is so late-Republican Rome that I can barely deal. I know (assume) that's not how things are actually going, but the fact that a very rah-rah-usa-#1 show like NCIS went there... (ETA: And without nobody *batting a damn eye*, I might add.)

And then, Tony yapped about the origin of the name César, and how he was named Anthony, and I was just WAY TO GO WITH THE SUBTLE THERE.

Unless it was all a coincidence, because "We might be overmilitarizing our country to a dangerous point, cf Rome kthxbye" doesn't match the politics of the show. To say the least.

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damian, 666
Warning: American politics (pretty much "R, disturbing, sillyfic, dark, character death, AU, etc")
Spoiler Warning.


A threat is now building in the House of Representatives: some lawmakers are pushing legislation that would force all federal programs--from Head Start to Even Start; from EPA to OSHA; and from urban development to rural healthcare--to defend themselves before an unelected commission.

This one "sunset commission" would make recommendations to kill, consolidate, or "realign" all programs (with rare exception), and would have the power to force its recommendations through Congress, limiting your representatives' ability to save important programs from the chopping block.

People who rely on these services and the nonprofit organizations that provide them could be left completely in the dark, with no way of knowing whether their programs are on the chopping block and no way to save them.


Link to OMB Watch page

Caveat: I'm an old-style liberal; I like balanced budgets, international trade, and relatively little government intervention. But with discretionary non-military expenses being the small part of the US budget that they are (and, by and large, really necessary - you can't tell me women's shelters and educational aid to the poor aren't government duties), this proposed measure is not about fiscal responsibility, but about looking fiscally reponsible, preserving the pork barrels, and going on with the "only billonaires deserve government protection" neo-social-darwinian program of the crazy wing of the Republican party.

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