I hoped that Bush's second term so fully confirmed what we were dealing with that a backlash would occur, and hope increased with Obama's election. Then, the midterm elections and Tea Party shocked me, swinging the pendulum back too far, too fast, after rewriting too much recent history too ridiculously. Obama inherited so much from Bush's 8 years, there was no way to fix it in less than six, IMO. They started shooting him down at about the one year mark, best I can recall. They even blame Obama for Bush's first installment of funds to prop up the economy.
Extremism in dominionist religiosity grew like it was on steroids, under Bush -- particularly inside the military! Want to talk scary? That's where the nukes are!
The pushback from that extremism seems to have caused an atheist awakening. (Hmmm. I like the sound of that: Atheist Awakening.)
I'm hoping that, by the same token, political pushback will give Obama a second chance and with a more reasonable Congress.
Yes, there is still time. I'd be a lot more worried if the election was THIS year.
There must be more insistence on reasonable, balanced dialogue. Rational decision-making. Not all this emotional, knee-jerk partisanship. Questioning somebody's 'patriotism' or sincere desire to fix this country's problems should come to an end. This has to stop being so 'personal'. And, like you mention, Doc, extreme ideas percolating in the tea party can be traced back to a segment within the conservative Evangelical religious movement...no doubt about it in my mind.
And here I am in total agreement as well...this could be the President's 'secret weapon': show the other side how unpatriotic their actions have been and how they don't have the monopoly on being good citizens or thinking about what's best for this nation. (They just have the monopoly $). This is simply obstructionism at its worse, in my opinion.
Demonizing the president is never a good idea but that's never stopped anybody before. I just hope it backfires on the GOP. This tactic is a low blow tactic. We're in an economic crisis and the 2 sides have to come together for the good of the country...not to score political points or to defend their rigid partisan positions. We don't have the time for these games.
Excuse me but,,,
George W. Bush never won a presidential election, the first term was given to him by his daddy's supreme court and the second was stolen with massive voter fraud in Ohio.
Not that this seems to bother enough people.
Noticed and bothered. I remember watching debates between W. and Al Gore. Gore would just wipe the damn floor with him, repeatedly. Then the news analysts would come on afterwards and say "George Bush clearly won this debate." I am still wondering if they watched a different show than I did. Al Gore would've been great Pres.
What blew my mind was public sentiment in the next election. Lots of people and the press viewed W. (Super rich AWOL Air National Guardsman) as working man-war hero. They viewed John Kerry (Real actual getting your ass shot at in a PT boat war hero) as a spoiled, rich deserter. Mind boggling.
And did they ever find W's military record? Bet you a million bucks they could find mine!