Has anyone else mostly lost faith in politics? I think I may have.
I was never really into politics until the "bush years." I mostly paid attention then because... he was a fucking horrible president by any measure. I went from blissful ignorance and indifference to hatred as I watched what he did and how he ran things for 8 years. I watched with much disappointment as he, somehow, defeat John Kerry and won a second term.
So, for the first time ever, I voted, for Obama in the primaries for my state, then again for him in the general election. He won, awesome. Not because of me, obviously, but it was still great to see the country act at least half sane for a brief period of time.
Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% certain Obama is a better president than McCain ever could have been but I still can't help but be disappointed. I don't blame the poor state of the economy on him, that was handed off to him by dubya. What I DO blame him for is the fact that we're still in Iraq, that Guantanimo is still operating, the patriot act is still being enforced and the horrible "health care reform" bill.
Yeah, that was brilliant, no public option, just force everyone to buy insurance from private companies. Simply amazing.
It's not even Obama's fault, it's the Democrats in general. Almost the entire party is made up of weak, pathetic, cowards who seem absolutely terrified to exercise any power they somehow manage to stumble into from time to time. Republicans ram through ridiculous bill after bill with mostly lies, nonsense and contradictions to back them up, but they get it done. Democrats give up at the slightest hint of opposition.
I could go on, but the real question is... do I vote in the 2012 elections? I'm not sure at this point. Why bother? We'll have a republican, a democrat, a republican, a democrat etc and it'll mostly go in that order regardless of what I do. It feels useless. It's cowards vs idiots. Part of that problem is our voting system, so I'll leave you with an interesting video on that subject I stumbled across recently.