How is it that Obama isn’t even the President yet, and I’m already so disappointed in his decisions? I suppose it was inevitable, when you actually believe in, and put faith in, a politician. Every politician is an opportunist, first and foremost, and expecting them to always have your own best interests at heart is, I agree, ridiculous, and a set-up for heartbreak and disappointment.
Much flap is being made over Rick Warren giving the invocation at Obama’s inauguration. This is a man who equates gay relationships with incest, thinks legal abortions amount to a holocaust, and is an evolution denier. And yeah, I know Rev. Lowry, who is pro-gay, will also be on the stage, but this all just reeks of so much political pandering, theater, and cynicism, it makes me want to barf. Why is it always the gays that are asked to be the “tolerant” ones (I find that word abhorent, frankly, but I guess it works here)? I don’t believe the wingnuts in this country deserve to be pandered to at all, and I think it’s a national mental illness that these people are even given any voice whatsoever, since they’re all clearly insane. But such is the United States of America. I don’t think picking Warren is the worst thing in the world, but I think there are better choices out there, and by going with one of the most divisive figures in the country, Obama is not, I’m afraid, engaging in unity (if that is his idiotic excuse for pulling such a stunt), but rather alienating almost everyone that helped elect him (I’m talking liberals here, people with brains, not just gay folks).
But even before that, Obama’s choice of John Brennan to head the CIA, which, thank God, has been derailed, should have been the first sign that Obama might be, just a little bit, full of shit. When all you’ve done for 2 years is yammer on and on about “change” and what a horrible mistake the Iraq war is, how can you pick the man to head the CIA who was one of the leading architects of the mess in the first place? And not only that, he supports torture!
Thirdly, and this will go under the radar, because about 5 people in this country actually care about this, but yesterday it was announced that Obama has picked former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to be the new Seceratary of Agriculture. This is not a man who is serious about weening America off of a deadly diet of corn and corn-based products. He was named Biotech Gov. of the Year by the Biotech Industry, and supported the expansion of CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) in Iowa, at the expense of local farmers and local agriculture, during his governorship. This man is now going to be in charge of regulating America’s diet. Hopefully his small amount of lip service to a meaningful limit on subsidies will actually go somewhere, but I’m not holding my breath. If Obama really wants to reduce healthcare costs in this country, perhaps he should have made a little bit wiser of a choice for Sec. of Agriculture than someone who has consistently supported policies that have further contributed to America being of the fattest and least healthy countries on the planet.
I still think Obama is the best person to lead our country, and I don’t regre voting for him. I also still believe that despite these things, a lot of things will change for the better. At least he’s bringing science back to the White House! I am convinced more than ever, though, that this man not be given a free pass, and that the American people become as vigilant as ever about keeping his feet to the fire in delivering what he has claimed he will deliver. I’m more nervous about him than I was before, but the fact of the matter is, he’s still a politician.
As my good friend likes to say about Austin, it’s a very liberal city, but it’s still a city in Texas. The same goes for Obama: he may be liberal and smart, but he’s still a creepy politician.