We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Barack Obama will be remembered not so much for being the nation’s first African-American president, or even the man who ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden, or even for his Obamacare, but as the president who grew government the largest, ran up the largest deficits during any presidential tenure, and laid out most candidly and confidently the argument of why the United States is an intrinsically unfair society and how that must be remedied by government.
Governments are bad at compassion, in part because it is a candle to power-seeking moths. The heavy lifting of compassion belongs in the private sector, where it is divorced from the impulse to impose continually greater levels of control.
Obama's naivete also extended to his desperation to be photographed and listened to endlessly, which led him at times to foolish actions. When the Gulf oil spill happened and he made his way down here to offer faux sympathy, he was silly enough to get coaxed by photographers into squatting on the beach picking up little tarballs with a bewildered expression. Not, definitely not the way the leader of one of the world's most powerful countries wants to appear in the world. No other world leader would do something so foolish and un-leaderlike. Not even Hugo Chavez. Dictators don't squat. Or if they do, they make sure there are no photographers about. It diminishes a person. They say that Jolly Joe Biden needs a handler. But even Joe is too smart to be photographed like that.
Stand up, Obama. At least try to look like you're in charge.