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April 12, 2010

But we’re not quite there yet

Obama says the U.S. is still working on our democracy. One of his aides adds that Obama has taken “historic steps” (as if anything Obama does can be anything but historic) to improve our democracy.

This is our president speaking, not some wacky college professor trying to sound smarter than he is, not some songwriter trying to be edgy. Our president. As the saying goes, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

Hat-tip Allah’s twitter.

Posted by Karol at 12:28 PM |
Comments

Historic all right. I think there were no president like this in history of this country.

Posted by: Tatyana at April 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Since you’re applauding Allah’s tweet, I’m guessing that you agree with his apparent premise: specifically, the idea that the United States has work yet to do in the area of democracy is patently absurd.

This would seem a paradoxical position for a person on the Right to take.

All I’ve heard from the Right for weeks is whining about how, as far as the health care bill is concerned, our democratically-elected representatives are not “following the will of the people.”

If true, is that a sign of flawlessly functioning democracy? Or is a snide “We’ll get it right someday” a convenient opportunity to attack President Obama despite the fact that what he says essentially corresponds to the points that these attackers make?

Posted by: Doc Washboard at April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

If our representatives don’t follow the will of the people, they cease to be our representatives. Strawman arguments are fun and all “all I’ve heard from the right” but I specifically blogged that the only way to express displeasure in a manner that actually matters is at the voting booth: http://alarmingnews.com/?p=8900

So, yes, I think our democracy is in great shape, and we don’t need dear leader to fix anything on that front. And anyway, if our democracy is not doing well, doesn’t that throw Obama’s election into question?

Posted by: Karol at April 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Not a straw man at all. 552,000 Google hits for “health care +’against the will of the people’” can reasonably be construed as a hyperfocus by the Right on the idea that “our democracy is broken.”

Posted by: Doc Washboard at April 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm

And, by the way, yes: nearly any national election is questionable to some degree or another.

Posted by: Doc Washboard at April 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Again, Doc, I do think the healthcare bill is against the will of the people. But that does NOT mean our democracy is troubled. If I’m right and the people oppose this bill, they’ll show themselves at the next election. That’s how democracy works. The people elected Obama and his leftist government (maybe. According to you, maybe not) and they got what they voted for. That they changed their mind since then remains to be seen at the voting booth.

Posted by: Karol at April 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

552,000 Google hits for “health care +’against the will of the people’” can reasonably be construed as a hyperfocus by the Right on the idea that “our democracy is broken.”

No it can’t. You’re stealing about three bases there. Karol is right – in less than seven months the Democrats are going to find out just how unbroken our democracy is.

Posted by: Eric at April 14, 2010 at 3:00 am
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