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The Decline and Fall of ´Hope and Change´
The Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf

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Posted By:crusconnec, 1/31/2014 8:05:39 AM

There are significant promises that Barack Obama has fulfilled in the White House: He has stood against torture, ended the Iraq War, and killed Osama bin Laden. He signed a healthcare-reform bill into law and helped to extend gay rights. Love or hate these policies, they are due in large part to his efforts as president. But as another State of the Union address recedes into memory, it is equally clear that the Obama Administration won´t ever fulfill one of its core selling points: the chance to pass reforms that address the most worrisome flaws in our democratic system. To

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/31/2014 8:26:03 AM     (No. 9712884)

How weak can you get. When someone is the polar opposite of what they claimed they would be, it´s more that a simple failure to deliver on a promise. It´s about an entirely disingenuous campaign and nature. And I must say I was lost from the get go with the assertion that Obama "has stood against torture." The underlying assumption was that there was torture to stand against and if that were the case that his "standing against" which requires only words, made a substantive difference. When you have to throw him a bone because he said something you are reaching pretty darned deep to make up a positive angle.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NYBruin, 1/31/2014 8:26:59 AM     (No. 9712887)

"Hope and change" never meant anything. It was a slogan (like "Tastes great, less filling") meant to sell an inferior product to a gullible public.

Obama´s actions as a candidiate and as President are simply political calculations aimed at advancing his hold on the office.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/31/2014 8:33:21 AM     (No. 9712901)

I could not find any specific item in this article that clearly states what constitutes the "worrisome flaws" mentioned in the first paragraph, except possibly the vague reference to corrupt banks.

This appears to be the wailing of a leftist that realizes Obama got pretty much everything he wanted (usually through regulation and executive order), and we still are not at Utopia. He just can´t understand why, and is searching for something else The Messiah could have done to get us there.

Waa waa waa

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/31/2014 8:37:57 AM     (No. 9712909)

Disagree with #2. The "Change" has somewhat been implemented. Dictatorial powers for obama, he is halfway there with his tsumani of Edicts. The Legislative Branch is there for the photo ops, barely.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 1/31/2014 8:57:13 AM     (No. 9712942)

He failed to fix the corruption in the system?

Not on,y has he failed to fix the corruption, he has enhanced it by 100%.

What an idiot this guy is!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: suedotsue, 1/31/2014 9:06:09 AM     (No. 9712954)

This author is comparing Obama´s actions to his words. Like there should be a connection. Why do that with any politician or any person for that matter when you have a whole slew of actions to go by?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 1/31/2014 10:54:42 AM     (No. 9713115)

Stood against torture? Everything he says and does is torture!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/31/2014 11:58:29 AM     (No. 9713206)

I couldn´t get past, "He has. . . killed Osama bin Laden."

From his Wikipedia bio: "Friedersdorf stated that he has right-leaning views but that he does not consider himself to be a doctrinal conservative or a member of the conservative movement."

I don´t know what exactly might be his "right-leaning views." All that comes to mind is an image of him standing to the left of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kar120c, 1/31/2014 12:09:36 PM     (No. 9713228)

This is how mainstream media elitists (like Conor Friedersdorf) will have to proceed. Th must go the "Third Way". They can´t say Mr. Obama is a success - if they do that, they risk total irrelevance (see: CNN). And they can´t say Mr. Obama is a failure - sort of like Fonzie trying to tell Richie "I was wr... I was wruhhh... and Richie replying: "You were wrong, Fonz?" And Fonzie saying "uh-huh". So they come up with a third way. Mr. Obama´s greatest problem is... he could not change the way things work in Washington DC - the "most worrisome flaws in our democratic system".

And coming soon to an article in the Atlantic - the system is unworkable. This was the road liberals took in New York City in 1990. Mayor David Dinkins - another "historic" politician - was trying to run a city that could not be run, by anyone. Businesses (and taxpaying citizens) fleeing the city, due to high taxes? Well, what can anyone do about that? Lower taxes? Don´t be ridiculous. Businesses (and taxpaying citizens) fleeing the city, due to high taxes? Well, what can anyone do about that? Lower taxes? Don´t be ridiculous.
Rampant violent crime destroying the city? Well, what can anyone do about that? Lock up criminals? Don´t be ridiculous. There is nothing that anyone can do about it. So be quiet, get to work, and pay your taxes. Then we elected Rudy Giuliani, and all that good advice we were given during the Dinkins years was shown for what it really was - hogwash.

It shall be the same with Mr. Obama. it is just a matter of will, and when.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: tipover, 1/31/2014 11:59:08 PM     (No. 9714057)

Note that he claims Obama ended the war in Iraq. Claiming Bush´s win for Obama. And Obama even scr**ed that up as well when he left the Iraqi´s with no adult supervision. So many injured and killed for Obama to throw it away. And he´s doing a repeat in Afghanistan.

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