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its axioms are based on mind reading that I don't agree with

No. My reading is based on what Obama has and hasn't done, considering what he has implied, or, at least, has allowed people to believe.  I never believed that he would do all of the things he implied, have always feared that he would turn out to be just what he now seems to me to be, but I hoped for the best as he was the best hope. Certainly better than McCain and Palin. So far I don't see that he has done much to applaud, except not be Bush. He has not led. He has held himself aloof from the fray. Where he has engaged too often it has been to preemptively cede ground to opponents, such as the insurance industry, big pharmaceutical companies, the executives of TBTF banks, etc. Such evidence as there is from his actions tends to confirm that he aligns himself with the interests of the business elite.

I will be only too glad to be proven wrong, but by now it is up to Obama and his administration to demonstrate that they understand the seriousness of the problems facing us and are serious about addressing them regardless of the consequences to their own careers or re-election prospects. Continuing to wait for him to take actions that we would like to think he supports absent any evidence that he will do so seems to me to be the way religious believers behave. In Shia Islam, The Twelvers believe that Ali, the Twelveth Imam, didn't really die but is just hiding, waiting for the right time to return---for twelve hundred years! The "Obama wants to do the right thing" crowd is not YET quite that bad.  But for myself, I will await deeds, not wondrous rhetoric.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 09:41:04 PM EST
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