While I applaud Obama for taking the step, I do wonder if it was, in some ways, a mistake.
We are seeing not only our country, but much of the world shifting, not only to the right, but doing so while embracing, and bowing to, the radical far right.
And while I think Obamas statement is largely a wash in the massive middle ground of america- probably gaining, and loosing some support, with many, many more who will have put this aside by the time elections roll around and who will focus on more traditional issues (the economy, foreign policy, the environment…) I do wonder if this will push the far right to an even louder fevered pitch…. Maybe not- they are already the most active. But further antagonism, without motivating the base may prove a dangerous decision. And if it pushes Romeny further into the clutches of the right it will be disastorous, on a multitude of important issues, if Obama looses. ( of course- it may be a calculated gamble- push Romeny further to the right- and maybe, just maybe, gain more of the middle.)
While I regularly see whinging about the perceived (and false) threat of sharia law in the US, I DO see a very real rise in Christian law in the US- which is just as immoral, reprehensible, and in violation of both our constitution and our founding fathers(largely deist) beliefs.
The massive majority of America, who hovers around the center, must speak. Despite the far rights claims of obama being marxist/socialist/communist (yes, the far right who recently voted to move one of the GOPs longest serving congressman, Richard Lugar, because he was, apparently, a flaming liberal) Obama has proven to be very centrist on many core issues- infuriating the left as well as the right.
But it has been house speaker Boehner who has been most egregious in pandering to the far right wing- and taking the GOP far off its historic course. And it is Romney who has been increasingly pandering to the extremes.
I don’t think either Obama or Romeny do/would make particularly good presidents- not that we have really been presented with a better option. Though for all his failings, and there are many, I think Obama is more likely to nudge things in the right direction. Although Romney- who he has been rather then who he is increasingly pretending to be has been far better then any real republican candidate in recent memory.
sooo…maybe I have lost my train of thought, or like Obamas opinion it has “evolved”…
Regardless- the extremists on the right are on the march- trying to drag us back to a mythical point in our past that never really existed. And for their ranting about “sharia law” they are trying to do the same thing- just with a different “god”… And the answer is not the mobilization of the far left- but in the greater body of america standing up and saying enough. We have our beliefs- but we are not absolutists- and we realize that what makes america great is its diversity- of people, of beliefs, of politics. And while this is the direction we want america to move- we are not dictators, and we don’t elect kings, monarchs, or dictators…and we can, and will do what has worked for america for more then two centuries- negotiate and compromise for the good of all our citizens.
I don’t know. The huge uncertainity in this election is the extreme right. If they put Romeny in the white house- and sweep congress, America may never be the same. Of course- Romney and the sweep could still happen- and the gop grows some ***** and repudiates extremism…not great but not the disaster it could be. Or the masses stand up and speak- and with a lame duck president we move forward out of the do nothing morass we’ve been in since the midterm elections.