There is a certain grim satisfaction to seeing worst expectations realized. Listening with morbid curiosity to the media wrap of Pres. O’s first year quite naturally produces no surprises. I suspect that out here in the land of TV audiences that provides enough market to keep shelves upon shelves of sugar-coated cereal moving, the idiocy must meet with a lot of belief.

It rather capped my evening, then, to hear Charlie Rose’s roundtable on the end of year One. Who but Joe Scarborough (yes, I gritted my teeth and bore him just for the occasion) could bald-facedly proclaim that the President had failed to live up to his promise of … bipartisanship. Yes, the Scar solemnly announced that those right wing opponents – enemies of everything that could possibly benefit this country – would have worked with the President on a stimulus that then would have given everyone jobs, if only he’d let them formulate it. Pass the Fruit Loops, folks. The influence of even obviously false advertising astounds me still, especially when the results are so obvious in our desperate situation.

How’s your memory? Do we recall that Congress that has endlessly deplored a lack of bipartisan negotiation in doing one single thing that advanced the interests of this country? Please, name one thing. This extended period of analyzing the President’s long fought out first year will produce lots of this insistence by the right that they’re just waiting to do the right thing now, even knowing that through eight years of do-nothing legislating, the "right thing" was the last thing on their agenda.

As some one who often watches the dog and pony show that Congress put on this past year, I have heard a lot of palaver about the lack of bipartisanship. It came almost entirely from the side that refused to join in any negotiations, and uniformly supported the negative side of anything approaching public interest. The progressive leaders of the country have had nothing besides hostility approaching that of our recognized foreign enemies, say, President Ahmadinejad, and have as little success promoting public interests in Congress as with Iran.

Time to recognize that success was achieved by the previous administration because it made foreign wars its backdrop. With a coup against sovereign nations abroad, the worst administration ever effectively silenced its critics by the demand of loyalty in time of war. The Democrats didn’t have the numbers anyway, but were essentially brought on board by the exigencies of supporting the troops. Of course, those were the same troops the right shamelessly threw into an illegal and counterproductive couple of wars. But the tactic was perfect to use as cover for the immense damage to our nation. Without it, there would have been serious rebellion against financing a war with debt while gifting the captains of industry, who did not share the burden of those wars, with the wealth of the country. We’re struggling out of the overwhelming debt right wing policies inflicted on us, all while that same element declares an emergency that they happily attribute to the same leaders who told them that their failure to finance their extravagances would be fatal to the country’s economy. Amazing that the wars would take a toll on the country that brought them on, another surprise the wingnuts manage to ignore now as they did when perpetrating them.

There will probably not be one discussion group or panel of news pundits brought together to blow away the smoke. The roundly pronounced verdict on President O’s first year is of his failure to ward off the damage to the country done by wingers seeking to keep him from achieving any successes.

The country voted in a president seeking to solve its major problems. The opposition has warded off much of the good we all looked for. Economic disaster has been averted, we are winding down one war and trying to finish off another, the world is showing respect for this country again, total dependence on fossil fuels is being brought under control as our environment is being given the tentative beginnings of rescue, but not to worry. The enemy is diligently working to keep this all from occurring. The country is under the protection of the right wing, firmly working against our best interests.

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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