I've been and will remain a supporter of Barack Obama, but I don't like the way he keeps caving to the tea party and repubs. I mean, it's like he asks Crybaby Boehner permission to do anything. Last week he rescheduled his speech because they didn't like the timing. I wish he would've (and I like to think I would've) said something like "I'm the President of the United States! I call the damn meetings. You better get your ass there on time!"
He's actually a right-winger, but more the libertarian type. Some of his questional positions (in my opinion) are:
(1) Opposition to firearm regulation
(2) Opposition to membership in the UN
(3) Elimination of legal tender (National currency)
(4) Although he beleives that the decision should be state level, he is extremely pro-life (anti-choice)
(5) Opposition to the Civil Rights act of 1964 (believes that individuals should be allowed to discriminate for employment, commerce, private education, etc) but thinks the federal government shouldn't discriminate
(6) Opposition to the interpretation that fredom of religion = freedom from religion (prayer in public schools is fine, religious displays on federal property is fine)
(7) Opposition to environmental protection regulation
(8) Promotion of excise taxes rather than income taxes. (Excise taxes are regressive in nature)
Basically, he is very, very libertarian to the point of almost being an anarchist.
The points on which I agree with Ron Paul are:
(1) Withdrawal from wars in middle east
(2) Removal of the Patriot Act
(3) Opposition to NAFTA
(4) Legalization of Marijuana
(5) Opposition to Federal "Enhanced Interrogations"
Josh, if you mean Mr. Obama has some positions too extreme for you, I'd like to know which ones. I only wish he would (1) take a more extreme position on most issues, and
(2) hold to them in the face of opposition.
This came up in a conversation with some acquaintances the other day. Are you voting for one person, or is you vote against the other person. In 2010, my vote was for Obama. However, I'm having some "buyer's remorse" at this point. I just wish the guy (and the rest of the Dems in Congress) would grow a backbone and stand up for their purported principles. Every time the right wing propaganda machine spews forth their lying vomitus, e.g. death panels and killing grandma in the health care act, the Dems back down. The recent budget battle was a prime example. "We'll force the US into default unless you give us everything we want." And guess what, the right wing extremists got it.
The national tear duct from Cincinnati, Ohio (Boehner), is a prime example of a dog being wagged by the Teabagger tail. There's a prime example of party and ideology first, and what is good for the country coming in third or fourth.
Given the current crop of Republican Presidential candidates, I plan on casting my vote against whoever their nominee is, not necessarily in favor of the incumbent. Maybe, just maybe, the majority of Americans will have had enough of the Teabaggers, and give control of Congress back to more rational and educated people. Time will tell.