(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Friday, July 4, 2008

my country t'is of thee.

Okay, is anyone else out there kind of sad this fourth of July? I mean even sadder than you've been the last 6 or 7 fourth of Julys? I had been riding a wave of optimism there during the spring and early summer. But ever since Obama has been declared the pre-emptive Democratic nominee and there have been a series of weird actions on his part, I'm getting more and more discouraged. disenchanted. discombobulated.

I mean first there was the whole "FISA" backpeddle. And then there was the whole "faith-based reform" hustle. Now there's the "troops out in 16 months but that could change after I talk to the generals" electric slide.

Some other citizenship is sounding more and more appealing. I'm just tired. bone tired of the foolishness. I want Obama to grow a pair, a strong pair and stand up and fight. Or if that is what he IS doing, fighting for what HE believes in ... then we are royally screwed.

I hope I'm wrong. I'm hoping the next series of announcements and actions are more in line with what most of us Dems expected. But it seems possible that the country as a whole is just so completely different than the dialogue stream running inside my particular universe.

So this whole emigration thing is making more and more sense. I think I am meant to be a woman without a country.


Stacey said...

Yeah, I know what you mean... and the current, is there anything he won't do? Did you see he signed a moratorium on solar farms until an enviromental impact study can be done??? What enviromental impact??? We're going to deplete sunlight???


La Framéricaine said...

Hilary, Barak, whatever... When you elect a president you are basically electing a talking head who is held up by his monied constituents. All that "change" crap is so much hot air until he is actually elected and no one can take it away. Then you'll see the size of his balls, if he has any.

Same old story, different haircut...

"Don't let it get you down
It's only castles burning
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around"

I'll vote Dem but I won't be holding my breath. He'll have his Cheney around his neck, too.

Sorry to be a wet rag...

Go see my 4th post.


Utah Savage said...

Just wanted to let you know your story is GREAT! It made my day. And I've been having a really bad day. You have a writing career. Don't ever forget it. it takes such talent to make it seem that effortless.

Randal Graves said...

la framéricaine just about covered it.

Consistently voting for the lesser of two evils who, without fail, moves towards some mythical center that doesn't exist except in the minds of brainless beltway bastards is growing tiresome.

Come on, take us all with you!

Je ne regrette rien said...

Stacey-He doesn't want the sun to shine on his nefarious doings.

LF-well. I am foolish enough to desire change and want to believe in it.

U.S.-you are too, too kind.

RG-it is exhausting, isn't it. Do you have tools and are you handy? maybe we can work something out! lol.

Our Juicy Life said...

I'm so with you on this. I had high hopes that he was different, he wanted change and wanted us to be hopeful again, but now all of this. Makes me so sad...same ole bullshit. I think he's much better than McCain, but I am very disappointed.

I'm ready to start celebrating July 14th instead.
I'm not a proud american right now.

La Framéricaine said...

Right now, the only obvious things that Obama is and McCain isn't are:




--non-military cultured

--less politically-experienced


For me, each of those things is potentially significant in an individual who aspires to a role in world leadership. Nevertheless, he is a politician.

I assume that you, in no way, took my earlier comment as a denigration in any way, shape, or form, of your desire to see "change" in American government. I, too, would like to see things change.

However, I believe that that change must come from the grassroots and work its way up, rather than from choosing a pretender to the JFK mythology, annointed, no less, by the last vestiges of the realm of Camelot.

As Walter Mosley said so articulately and disgustedly at the LA Times Festival of Books in April, "The Democrats are not coming to save you. There are 40,000 paid lobbyists in DC and they are going to run the government--Obama or no Obama." I would add, "As usual."

I am holding out the tiniest of hopes that IF Obama can get elected, then we might see if, in fact, he actually has some tricks up his sleeve that he's keeping quiet about until they can take his win away with a hanging chad. In the meantime, I'll vote for him and let the chips fall where they may.

Perhaps all the armchair warriors with historical amnesia, retail debt, and bank foreclosures on their homes looming in the rear view mirrors of their financial Suicide Utility Vehicles will wake up and realize that we are all on this ratty little raft together and that you can't leave people to rot on the streets--regardless of the reason they're there--you can't make education unaffordable, and you can't keep using every square foot of land for "luxury" anything without taking it up the ass as a country in terms of lowered morale, despair, and discouragement for the common wo/man.

In parting, I will leave you with a list of things I'd like to see:

--no more homeless people

--a moratorium on "luxury" housing

--affordable lodging for the common man

--sterling public transit

--emminent domain outlawed for private development projects

--rolled back fees for all institutions of higher learning

--less competition and more cooperation, period

--public schools educating people exactly like they did when I was a child (I can read, write, and think critically)

--the defense budget redirected to a national health plan

--bankruptcy due to illness outlawed

Well, you see what I mean.


francetales.com said...

Well you'll have to live in the country here in France and not have contact with people to truly escape. See my July 4th party post. I don't know why we went. It just reminded me of all the reasons why I left. What was I thinking. Even in France you have to try to hide from Americans, you see them everywhere. No countries, no borders, no lines.

Je ne regrette rien said...

LF-great platform of ideals ... always worth striving for but doubtful it will come to pass.

FT-well, escape is probably not realistic but a lessening of the rhetoric is something to go for.