Mar 10, 2011

I saw this chart over at Jack and Jill Politics and I knew I had to share it with my readers.  This chart really puts things in prospective if I say so myself.
A very progressive, libreral friend and I were having a conversation about how pissed off he is at the President.  He could not understand why the President felt the need to move towards the center and why he was compromising on so much that he said he believed in.  He basically said, "This is not the Hope that I voted for."  I patiently listened to what he had to say.  I agreed with him on most of his points, but never one to pass up on a debate, I had to come up with a counter argument.
The first thing I came up with is the fact that the President is a politician whether we want to accept that or not.  We did not elect MLK Jr. or Gandhi.  Politicians compromise and none moreso than Democratic Presidents.  I mean take Bill Clinton for instance.  Everything that the current President is doing is coming out of the Clinton Handbook.  Democratic Presidents feel they have to move to the center in order to be re-elected and remain in office.  I'm not saying it's right but it is the reality of the situation.  You see people on the Right actually vote.  They can be counted on to vote.  When they are pissed off at their leaders they demonstrate their frustration by going to the polls and voting people out i.e. the Tea Party.  But do you know what liberals do when their pissed off at their leaders?  They protest by not voting.  Yeah, that's right.  They take their ball and go home.  So when you hear people in mainstream media referring to this country as being 'Right of Center' their referring to people who actually vote.
Look, I don't like it either, but it is what it is.  One of the main reasons why the stuff in Wisconsin is happening is because the governor up there has no fear of repercussions.  Although the people are angry now, he knows all he has to do is throw some wedge issue out during the next election and he'll be right back in.  We, as a people, are easily distracted  i.e. gay marriage, abortion, healthcare, and the death penalty.  These distractions keep us from seeing the bigger picture and what's really going on behind the curtain i.e. the union busting that is taking place in Wisconsin which will soon spread across the country. 
But hey this is just my one and half cents, tell me what you think.


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