I’m not a cynical person. Once I have reason to trust someone, it takes more than a suspicion for me to give up on them. But gaging by the reaction to the President’s signing the NDAA, I expected jackbooted storm troopers were already kicking in our front doors this morning.
In what has become our fear based social discourse, public opinions live and die on style points, projection and cynicism. Declaring the motives of the President ahead of his actions has become a national pass time, fueled by political opportunists and a public whose mistrust of our government is on par with military dictatorships. Not content to wait for the consequences of policy changes (legislative substance is measured slowly over time), we rage against the future, as if we know what’s going to happen.
There are a lot of people who feel abandoned by the President from time to time, as their causes come up for consideration. Healthcare didn’t have a public option, DADT repeal took too long, Guantanamo isn’t closed yet, we haven’t converted to solar & wind, world peace is too far off, unemployment isn’t below 6%, Cheney is still a free man, the Supreme Court has a conservative bias, the War in Afghanistan isn’t over, Israel and Palestine continue to fight, Republicans aren’t cooperating, children are too fat, the polar ice is melting, wages for the middle class are stagnant, there are bigots on TV, guns are sold to anyone, Corporations have free access to the legislative process, wealth and political power is consolidated in the hands of a few, the banks rob us with immunity….
Although this is just a portion of my personal list, what it’s not is an indictment of the President. There’s a fine line between being patient and being duped, but I don’t feel cheated with my trust in President Obama. A lesser man would have caved in to the pressure long ago, but he hasn’t done that and I don’t see anyone with better character or skills on the horizon.