Race & Politics

Politics As Usual: What Does It All Really Mean?

It's gonna be a long two years, homey.

Like most people in America, I spent the majority of this evening flipping back and forth between various news stations watching as the election results came in. What most people assumed was going to happen is pretty much a certainty: the Republicans have taken back the House of Representatives and removed the supermajority that Democrats enjoyed in the Senate.

Obama’s own Senate seat that went unopposed just a few years ago was won by an Illinois Republican. Like it or not, the people have spoken. Just like they did back in 2008 when Obama was historically elected President.

A lot can change in two years.

Nobody – common man, pundit, or crackhead – is delusional enough to believe that this wasn’t largely an indictment on President Barack Hussein Obama. Obama campaigned heavily on hope and this belief that he could foster change in Washington. Most of us, much due to our own delusion, believed that it was possible for this one man to come into Washington and change a culture that has spent decades mired in political deadlock. For some reason, we all thought that despite the fact that an entire half of the country voted against him in favor of a man who can’t hi-five anybody and a woman who might actually usher in the hell promised in 2012, somehow, someway, Congress would ultimately work towards this greater goal of a unified government with a focus on the greater good.

We didn’t get that. In fact, what we got were a lot of things largely rammed through Congress using the fact that Congress was Democratic in both houses. Basically, using the majority present, Obama pushed through bills that, right or wrong, were largely opposed by huge sects of people. Health care reform, while necessary, was a beast that nearly derailed President Clinton in the early 90s. What we got was a confusing piece of legislation that even lawyers argued about where a significant portion of the provisions don’t even go into effect until 2014. It’s not to say that this was a bad thing, but it does speak to the main thing everybody wants from their government, especially during a time of recession: transparency.

Obama’s goal for transparency hasn’t necessarily been met. Most of us are very smart around here and short of the names of many of the bills and their intended goals, most of us – who don’t work directly on such things – probably couldn’t tell you the finer points of the health care reform bill, his financial reform package, or where most of the money for the two stimulus packages went.

Mind you, I’m not saying that Obama hasn’t done his job. I think he has done the best job he could with the resources and situation he was given…to a point. Communication is the corner stone of any strong relationship. Despite being the President who has to have clocked more face time than any other, when it came to the actual policies, I’d bet a lot of people really have no clue whats been going on. This is how Sarah Palin can use the words “death panel” and it becomes a hot topic in middle America. There are a lot of unsmart people in this nation. The only way to effectively get a message across is to make sure that even the slowest individual can get it.

Which leads us to where we are today. Republicans have convinced people that this Congress and President have been freewheel spending and forcing government down their throats. They are preaching an agenda that they probably can’t uphold either, but the fact is, thats what happens in politics. You sell promises and then do what you can to see your special interests through. The party in power that’s failed to live up to whatever alleged promises they made takes the hit. The Republicans went through this in 2006 after 12 years at the helm.

We are a whimsical bunch of people. We want change without really having any idea how to go about it or what that really means. Our only source of feeling like we’re affecting it is to vote for the people that represent us and craft the laws of the land. And what does that mean for the next two years? Well, a President who’s received very little help from Congress in general, or at the very least more opposition than perhaps any other President, will have a tougher job getting any of his policies implemented. But he’s still the President. And he still has two more years to attempt to right a ship that everybody agrees needs righting. And the Senate is still Democratic.

America is in an odd place right now. Obama was given a trick hand to play. However, he openly accepted that and has been doing his best to win with that hand since he took office. And he’s going to continue to have to do the same thing. I don’t feel bad for Obama. He’s the President. Part of the job description is to catch rocks being thrown at you by the people who didn’t vote for you. It’s on page four of the job description.

I was told at one point that the point of Congress is not to foster the passage of good ideas, but to hinder the progress of bad ideas. If that is true, this Congress will be living proof of it. But where do we go from here? I have no clue. I’m curious like the next man. The biggest tragedy in all of this, yet the one anomaly that make sense is this…

…Alvin Greene did not win the Senate seat. And for that we are all better off.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this election night? Anger, frustration, hope, joy, etc? Good people of VSB, what does it all really mean to you?

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka SPANKY SPANKADOCIOUS aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

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Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. He believes the children are our future and is waiting to find out if he is the 2nd most interesting man in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/naimasmanifesto TheTalentedMs.Fiasco

    Statistically speaking, midterm elections generally roll the same way. If one party controls the executive and legislative branch, the opposing party usually gets control during midterms. Happened during Clinton’s administration and Bush’s administration, so I wasn’t surprised by what happened. In the end of the day, Obama has to unite his base.

    Democrats have the problem of not having a very unified platform. Ask 10 democrats what the democrats stand for and you will get 10 different opinions. Republicans have a very solid and simple base and they get all the patriotic people with their american dream rhetoric. However, democrats are more about social welfare…without being socialist.

    Personally, I wish the Dems would just drop the center-left bs and actually care about the social welfare of the people. The rent is too damn high! I find debunking Republican ideology extremely easy, but why don’t the democrats do it?

    I’m so done with the political system. No one wants to take a strong position because they don’t want to alienate the rest of the public. I’m so sick of it.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      you know who does want to take a stand? our boy in NY. our rent is too damn high and he knows it. if we had more karate experts, the world would be a better place.

      • http://twitter.com/naimasmanifesto TheTalentedMs.Fiasco

        His rent is too damn high song needs to his itunes asap!

        On the real, there need to be more no-BS folk like Jimmy McMillan. This whole battle with the media and speaking in sound-bites is really what is effing up America. >_< Jon Stewart tried to explain this at his rallies but he failed epically. lol

      • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

        if we had more karate experts, the world would be a better place.

        dead.

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

      ok, thanks to dia de los muertos, im back from the dead…

      Ask 10 democrats what the democrats stand for and you will get 10 different opinions. Republicans have a very solid and simple base and they get all the patriotic people with their american dream rhetoric.

      this is true. the dems are weak, and have been for far too long. and sadly, i dont think these mid-term elections are going to help them see any clearer.

      • http://theblackbondblog.wordpress.com BlkBond

        Co-sign this comment. I grow frustrated at the ineptitude of the democratic party. At least republicans are assertive with their ideas (despite the idiocy of most of them) and find ways to get them done.
        I’m seriously tired of the complacency in our country. I see protesters in places like France, Greece, etc. and I’m waiting for most people here to wake up and take to the streets for action, because clearly, our elected officials are not getting the job done.

        Bond.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

          you and i are >>here<<

          my mom and i had a long discussion about this very thing. its like–its cool and necessary to be ultra conservative or else you get slammed by the party for being too moderate. yet, for dems its not acceptable to be too liberal and they will do anything they can to not come off as liberal.

          • Asia

            Same ish different day. This is politics folks, I am not surprised as history has taught us this is how things go. I think we all need to take a step back and look at the people who are running for office. We honestly can’t expect the haves to do anything in the interest of the have nots. Not to mention the Democrats are no different than the Republicans, at least the Republicans own up to their ish. You have a lot of conservative Democrats who regardless of whether we are in the majority or not, will always serve as a hinderance to the party overall. The party is too divided and wears too many different faces to ever come together on an issue and actually do something about it. We knew the Republicans were going to be a problem for Obama but let’s not act like the Democratic party is completely on board with his agenda. I am not a Bush fan but people forget there was a government sitting idle as he pushed agenda after agenda and it wasn’t all Republicans supporting him either. This is why I am not shocked that Republicans are winning their seats back. I honestly don’t know where Democrats stand but I can tell you where Republicans do. They stand united with their bullish. I always felt that Obama’s idealogy was too liberal and it was going to alienate some folks, not saying he is wrong just saying we should’ve all been prepared for this to happen.

          • http://twitter.com/ManAboutIt Man About It

            The righties successfully made “liberal” a four letter word a long time ago. As a result, it’s a kryptonite that the left and more centrist Democrats want no part of.

            The far-right really think they own the country and anyone else is just hijacking it for a flight to Cuba. And they have bible thumping rural America in their pocket…whereas the corporations have the right in theirs.

            • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

              yuuup pretty much

            • Nonotthejacket

              “The far-right really think they own the country and anyone else is just hijacking it for a flight to Cuba. And they have bible thumping rural America in their pocket…whereas the corporations have the right in theirs.”

              This right here! *claps*

          • http://www.theconferencecall.net SouthernCharm

            Ironically, all of the moderate, Blue Dog Democrats were the ones who got booted out. Most of the Dems left are the really liberal ones.

            • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

              That right here tells us that Dems need to cut this “reach across the aisle” bullish. No one truly wants that. It’s all about appearances, IMO. Why do Dems have to be the one to bring everyone together? Clearly ish ain’t being brought together if Repubs/Tea Partiers are just gonna take their country back.

        • Tx10inch

          @BlkBond

          I’m seriously tired of the complacency in our country. I see protesters in places like France, Greece, etc. and I’m waiting for most people here to wake up and take to the streets for action, because clearly, our elected officials are not getting the job done.

          It’ll never happen for one reason. The primary difference between those countries and us is simple. In France the government fears their people. They’re afraid of them marching, afraid of them acting out. In France, that’s what people do. That’s how they institute change. In the U.S. we fear our government, and our government knows it.

          • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

            I cosign this statement. In Britain and many European countries, there was a major guilt from the government after WWII. These government systems decided to improve their people as a whole so they implemented policies for the people…and it worked! This is one reason why political awareness is so strong in the rest of the world. When I travel abroad, I can feel it. They question everything and are outspoken about their beliefs. It brings about change. Not us, we’re too spoiled for that. We lived such a pampered life that we turn a blind eye to issues that we think do not affect us. It wasn’t until our recession that people started to pay attention. Very sad.

            • Second Opinion

              You guys do realize that these governments (France, Greece, England, etc.) have done a right job of spending themselves into a ditch, right?

              It’s all fine and good to want to help people, but resources aren’t infinite. So whatever programs you’re supporting better be getting some amazing results or you’ll find yourself with an even bigger mess when the problems don’t get solved and you run out of money to throw at them.

              • keisha brown

                @second opinion
                You guys do realize that these governments (France, Greece, England, etc.) have done a right job of spending themselves into a ditch, right?

                yes. but so has EVERYONE. what the PEOPLE get for being in that ditch is making the difference.

                as a Cdn (that votes), I hate that our taxes are as high as they are..and that they are always trying to claw back what we get for the taxes we already pay. But at the end, there are things I wouldn’t give up for the world. (OHIP aka Ontario Health Insurance Plan).

              • heykitty72

                @Second Opinion…. co-sign. Logic and not emotion, I love it.

              • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                Hardly anyone votes off of logic anymore. We are guilty of voting off of emotion just like any other country. And saying other countries spend themselves into a ditch is like saying PEOPLE over spend because everyone/entity does it. Governments are just like business that like to see a return on their investment. Countries like Britain and France realize that if the common people are doing better…so is their economy. Basically, what’s good for the masses. This country (and many others like us I know) put greed above more important issues. Instead of putting in policies that help the general, we like the freedom of I and ME where I look out for me and you look out for you. That’s the basis of the Republican party. Governments built off of this thinking (like China) will surely run a good capital business for a while but will eventually crumble economic wise like we are right now…and many other countries in the world. Of course this is all figuratively speaking because we are far from crumbling.

                What I like about foreigners is, no matter what they are fighting for, they make sure to stay on top of their governments practices. Even if they don’t always get change, the government is so fearful of peope up-rising that they appease them in small ways. Americans are like a bunch of people on a cruise ship, you can see the land as a whole but have no idea what’s going on there.

          • Darth Paul

            Not sure if you’re aware, but hired protestors is a significant industry in the EU. Also, France is horrible political comparison. They’ve had, what, 5 constitutions or so since their revolution (which occured AFTER ours)?

            To mirror many opinions already here, I don’t know who really expected sweeping changes to occur. THe person in office makes NO difference. The bureaucratic entities behind the office(s) are what maintain the status quo no matter what. Look what happened to Kennedy if you doubt. And yeah, Americans are pretty much stupid when it comes to gov’t. Most of us (even candidates) don’t know a thing about the Constitution much less the administrative mechanics of government. Nothing will ever change except by external force in such a scenario.

            • keisha brown

              Also, France is horrible political comparison. They’ve had, what, 5 constitutions or so since their revolution (which occured AFTER ours)?

              is that such a bad thing?? your country is trying to operate under a document that was written with bias, by men, EONS ago in COMPLETELY different times.

              im not saying it should change as often as KimmyK changes men..but gotta learn and adapt..

              too much time is spent looking at what was, instead of what is and what will be…

              • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                Change is slow here in the U.S. Granted our constitution has been amended many times over, our people tend to be lead like a flock of sheep.

              • http://www.twitter.com/Stank_0 Stank-0

                As a poli sci major, I think Americans forget one of the major functions of our government is to PREVENT rapid changes. There are three branches of government, checks and balances, and a bicameral legislature for a reason. The Founders considered the Senate a cooling chamber to counteract the passions of the public.

                The Founders didn’t intend for the Constitution to change so they made the Amendment process so long and drawn out (34/50 states must ratify an amendment and that’s just a part of the process) They wanted the changes to come from compromise in Congress, which it ultimately does. What has changed is the public’s access to information. We can find a rep/Sen’s voting record on a myriad of issues or even if they show up for votes.

                If we want special interests (which are us by the way) to be removed then we need to support more public money being set aside for campaigns.

        • Jhane Sez

          “I’m seriously tired of the complacency in our country. I see protesters in places like France, Greece, etc. and I’m waiting for most people here to wake up and take to the streets for action, because clearly, our elected officials are not getting the job done.”

          Between black-lash and apathy lies our future… the thrill is gone.”

          I have been working the last few weeks with an Illinois organization that focused on improving voter turn out. The organization is non-partisan the goal is participation… you can’t win if you ain’t in the game.

          As everyone in the country now knows Illinois lost Obama’s Senate seat to a Republican by 100,000 votes.

          Why?

          Both candidates were side eye worthy… you got Alexi Giannoulias (democrat branded the thief) and Mark Kirk (republican proven a liar)… the standard choice of political evils.

          But the public didn’t so much choose the lesser… they voted against Obama or didn’t vote.

          Personally I am a registered independent who believes that if you don’t have a voice in both parties you don’t have a a voice in either.

          So I make ninja’s work for my vote… but I’m gonna vote.

          Illinois is proof that we can’t afford to be indifferent and silent… because then we become irrelevant.

          I only hope that Illinois can serve as a cautionary tale for 2012.

          The black community REGARDLESS of economic status is suffering from a severe case of if you don’t know, you don’t know.

          My president is black is sexy and we get that… but we don’t seem to understand that the machine extends beyond the Oval Office… it starts at home… in the streets… on the corners.

          To stay winning we have to… talk, read, write, debate, expose, disagree, protest, compromise, educate, understand…

          And vote ~JS

          • atltx

            As of today…I am an Independent as well. What you just wrote was more info than I can stomach right now….truly sickening. All we can do is hope for/pursue a better frame of mind.

          • http://tdlove.wordpress.com Tonya

            I essentially wrote the same below. The problem is we are educating the wrong people. LOL

            Well at least I am hoping that everyone who is reading this are nor only voters, but responsible voters.

        • JessicaL

          I don’t see protests in the near future. America’s attention span is approx. 2 seconds. That’s why police can get away with such atrocious brutality, people are starving, losing their jobs and homes. All we need is to have one distraction and…… Hey look a squirrel!

          • keisha brown

            DEAD @ the squirrel.
            *waits for cheekie’s infamous gif. ;)

            • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

              Did someone say dramatic chipmunk? http://bit.ly/ccEjWe

              Or were you actually looking for a squirrel gif. Got that too: http://bit.ly/8YIpNm

              #takethattakethat Bad boy, baby. Ciroc Obama.

              • keisha brown

                im so mad at you right now for combining diddy and barack. in the same sentence. LOL.

              • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

                @KB,

                It ain’t my fault! No Limit game proper. I’m merely quoting Diddles with the “Circoc Obama” term. I would never claim making that up, even if I did. Which, I didn’t.

              • keisha brown

                LMAO. this is why you hot. #reggaeremix

              • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

                I’m laughing my arse off at this whole exchange! hahahahahaha

      • Awesomeness

        http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-democrats-are-doomed-or-how-a-big-tent-can-be-too-big/

        Sums up that point pretty well – Republicans pretty much only have a lock on one demographic – working-class whites. Now, that’s a huge portion of our country, which explains why they can still win. But it’s easy to be homogeneous in opinion when your base itself is so homogeneous.

    • Humble_One

      @TheTalented Ms.Fiasco

      “Personally, I wish the Dems would just drop the center-left bs and actually care about the social welfare of the people. The rent is too damn high! I find debunking Republican ideology extremely easy, but why don’t the democrats do it?”

      We are here ><. I'm tired of it too. Everything gets watered down b/c of the center-left nonsense. The POTUS wasted a lot of political capital on bipartisanship when the other side didnt want to play. Well he can have all the bipartisanhip he wants now. Debunking Republican ideology is easy but it's tough for some people to not buy into it. It appeals to the self-serving side of people and as long people feel they will one day be at the table with the elites and money fixes everything it will be an existing idea.

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “Democrats have the problem of not having a very unified platform. Ask 10 democrats what the democrats stand for and you will get 10 different opinions. Republicans have a very solid and simple base and they get all the patriotic people with their american dream rhetoric.”

      Exactly! Dems are too worried about ostracizing folks and being the “bigger man” by reaching their arm across the table, while Republicans don’t get a eff. It’s about what they believe in, and I can’t knock that even when I disagree. I guess that’s why they’re called Rethugs? Anyway. These mofos are at either end of the spectrum for a reason. Democrats just gotta accept it and stop p**syfooting around. They have no idea that while they’re over there pandering to please everyone, they’re actually pleasing no one.

      Oh, and Panda?

      This:

      “if we had more karate experts, the world would be a better place.”

      SMDH. LMAO. I wish I knew how to quit you.

    • http://www.thefriendraiser.com jenifer daniels

      your second para is truth to power.

      when i went to the Netroots Nation 10 conf this year in Vegas, I conducted a training on ‘slogans, taglines, & branding’ where i implored the left to get their communications in order. we can’t win what we can’t communicate.

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      I agree with you. I am completely dissapointed in my party and their lack of risk taking. However, I’m not going to support the GOP officials because they take a greater stance. It’s not about who’s more assertive but action that will benefit me most at the end of the day. The republican party has made it clear where they stand and I disagree with many of their principles of individualism. I agree we need to stop spending and Obama has done too much spending but like I said below, it’s the lesser of two evils. And if you ask 10 diff Republicans about their stance, you will get 10 diff answers just the same.

  • Newbie

    Thanks for reminding me of what I already knew. No really. No sarcasm. After watching Boehner cry on tv, I was so pissed that I couldn’t sleep. Then I came here hoping you guys had a new post and I was reminded of why I can’t let this ish get to me. Love you guys for being able to give readage to my pms-infused logic (as in, this is how i really feel. my anger is my woman’s work. ugh). I’m gonna go back to creeping now :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/EksAmplified EksM

    the fact that Alvin Greene received approximately 260,000 votes is just… as a South Carolinian in DC i’m very often embarrassed at the mention of SC & politics… but this is definitely going to be a trying time for Americans (no matter the party) and Obama both…

    • http://www.twitter.com/sonofthehorizon stlunatic

      It’s already been a trying time. We have now entered the age of the cluster f*ck.

      and P, I’m not sure if today’s topic was already in the mix, or this was actually a fulfillment of my request on Twitter, but either way, I am very appreciative. I take back all those things I said about your mother. All she needs is some good electrolysis, and that moustache will clear right up. She fancy. #OneLuv

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        i feel sorry for your mother. do you know why? bc your moms got a peg leg with a kick stand.

        and i was informed of your tweet whilst writing this post. so we’ll call it a draw.

        • Deviant

          “your moms got a peg leg with a kick stand.”

          Classic.

    • tgtaggie

      From a SC voter who didn’t vote for Alvin Greene: The majority if not all of those votes are from straight party ticket voting. As a South Carolinian, I got a bigger problem than Alvin Greene….our new governor-elect (Nicki Haley) otherwise known as Gov. Mark Sanford 2.0.

      • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu, just Wu.

        Darlin’ Nikki’s election is vexing me a bit too. I still wan’t Lindsey Graham to shank Jim Demintt in the Senate showers.

    • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu, just Wu.

      Don’t feel bad. We’ll SCers will be okay. Every state get’s its turn as the class screw up and this is ours. Sooner or later another member of the until will take our spot. Hey we still have Mississippi!

      Hold your head.

      • DG

        Hey we still have Mississippi!

        This needs to be incorporated into all tourist billboards, flyers, etc.: “Come to S. Carolina…We’re NOT Mississippi (We’re Easier to Spell, too)”

        • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu, just Wu.

          My name is Wu F. Young and I support this message.

        • Caballeroso

          Back up off of Mississippi!

  • It Figures!

    Big, sigh. Voters have very short memories. There are still too many people not registered to vote or registered but not voting. It is a sad day for the country because this time it is fueled by a lot of HATE, DISRESPECT and BLATANT RACISM. I am almost sad to be American. I will pray and have faith in God to work a miracle for our country and its people. We really need to call on Jesus.

    • http://twitter.com/naimasmanifesto TheTalentedMs.Fiasco

      Fall and Decline of the US Empire! I went to a lecture by Johann Galtung in April and he made a lot of points about the United States losing its influence in the world. Some Chinese official made a quip about capitalism failing after the recession hit. Its true, capitalism fails and needs to be saved, but I think this time people are really rethink our economic system.

      I think the US should just reinvent itself with a democratic socialist society. It would be great! This whole neoliberal BS is what is causing all our problems.

      • http://theblackbondblog.wordpress.com BlkBond

        Very poignant point. We are losing our influence in the world, which has been our social capital for decades. Most Americans do not understand–I’m trying to persuade my friends & family to start learning secondary languages (Arabic, Mandarin, Farsi, Punjabi, etc.) because of the effect this will have on future ability for work, school, etc.

        We’re truly in a state of emergency. Only a certain segment understand this because of the massive propaganda that the US does to brainwash people into believing that our country is “Number 1″, when (a) every country does that to it’s citizens and (b) it’s just not true.

        Our education system is horrible. We are in so much debt to China, that may have to change the statue of Liberty to a statue of Mao. I’m frustrated and very disappointed. Trying to stay 2 steps ahead of the economic downfall that’s eliminating the middle class w/ every day that passes…

        Bond.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

          *nodding head*sad but so true

        • http://www.twitter.com/SoulaPowa Soula Powa

          Co-sign your commment and will try to pick up a 2nd language in the next decade.

          I read a story in the Washington Post about the Chinese gaining influence in the world and it talked about a new Top Gun or Wargames remake that has China as the main aggressor. It isn’t getting made because MGM is going bankrupt. The Chinese message boards are giggling their a$$e$ off about it.

      • Mr. Gundam

        “Some Chinese official made a quip about capitalism failing after the recession hit. Its true, capitalism fails and needs to be saved, but I think this time people are really rethink our economic system.”

        Yup, the US dollar is falling faster than Brett Favre right now. Last I heard the Canadian dollar is starting to pass US by. But, I don’t think USA can give up its capitalism love affair. Actually, it would be easier to teach kids the metric system than admit as a nation that we would have to re-evaluate our economic system.

        • keisha brown

          @mr gundam
          cdn dollar closed yesterday at 99.16.
          even at par, it doesn’t do our country any good – NAFTA doesn’t change, prices dont change, but US tourists drops.

      • WIP

        I dont think socialsm is the answer. Capitalism can work in a society where people genuinely care about each others well being and don’t depend on the government to do all the caring.

        • Deviant

          Umm… But that’s not these United States of America.

          So, in essence, capitalism doesn’t work.

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

      @It Figures!

      wow, you’ve said just about EVERYTHING that i wanted to say!!!!!! i ditto, second, co-sign, high-5, amen and YASSSS this entire comment.

      if this comment were a hot chocolate (the drink or a man) i would snuggle up with it in front of a fire place while wearing my favorite pajamas.

    • http://twitter.com/ManAboutIt Man About It

      God helps those who help themselves. It’s not on Jesus, it’s on us.

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “There are still too many people not registered to vote or registered but not voting.”

      Yeah these statistics are alarming, at best. I’ve seen 4.7% African-American voted, then later in the night saw 10% (from here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20021551-503544.html) I’m not sure if in this statistic, they’re just counting Blacks who are legally ABLE to vote (I’m hoping so), but either way the fact remains. The young vote, the Black vote, those that were hot points in the 2008 election have cooled off dinna mug. I’m not sure where this “midterm elections ain’t as important” idea came from, but it needs to effing disappear. WTF, America?

      In particular my state, Illinois where a Republican (even though he is a self-proclaimed moderate…some say his voting record says otherwise…) takes President Obama’s Senate seat in a state has a history of “GOP, what?! We Democrat here.” In addition to the obvious voter apathy during midterm, I’m still left to wonder how Giannoulias (someone Obama reportedly wasn’t too enthused with but at the end of the day had to support and someone voters viewed as the “lesser of two evils” [um, John Kerry anyone?]) even got to the point of being the Democratic representative running for arguably one of the most coveted Senate seats in the country. Something is wrong here…

      • http://thatdamnafrican.wordpress.com/ That Damn African

        I don’t even want to walk outside today out of embarrassment at those numbers.

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      @It Figures
      I cosign. I’m just sick of reading statistics on my people from voting, to HIV to child abuse, etc. WE NEED HELP. It’s almost a joke. It has to be. We are literally going backwards from when we were actually fighting to have rights in this country. We care more about Lil Wayne getting out of jail. I can’t even put my usual “not all but many” disclaimer to be politically correct because numbers show it is majority. I asked some of my Black co-workers if they voted and no one answered my email. One said she had to meet her trainer because she paid for her session. Really????? This whole system is set up for us to fail if we don’t have money. We can see the blatant discrimination we face and we STILL don’t care. I’m impressed with everyone’s knowledge of our governmental affairs on here (how many of us actually voted?) but VSB is not the real world and many of our people are playing the ignorant card right now.

      • JessicaL

        I co-sign your whole statement. I always wonder why we care so much about the stuff that has no actual effect on our lives but the things that actually matter gain no recognition. I heard so many people saying “well my vote doesn’t count so why should even vote?”. If you took all of those people and sent them to the polls there would probably be a massive shut down of the precincts. They probably wouldn’t be able to accommodate all those people.

        • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          Exactly. I think the fear of failure in black people. We’ve been kicked so much, that we are afraid to push ourselves. Blacks in the 40′s-60′s weren’t distracted by the media as much and had many leaders to focus on a common enemy. Now, our racism is more subliminal so we are very distracted. We got much of what we were fighting for so there’s this “non-urgency” among many of us. The numbers are showing us how we are failing and think it’s mostly do to fear of failure, lack of leadership and role models (few father presence), and the media distractions we have. I’m really not sure if I can blame slavery anymore.

          • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

            I change my mind on my last statement. Slavery definitely put us at a disadvantage but when I think of how we revolutionized our status in this country during the 40′s-70′s and then I look at our ignorance now, I can only think it’s more us than them. Part cycle, part the reasons I listed above.

          • WIP

            “We got much of what we were fighting for so there’s this “non-urgency” among many of us.”

            This is really it. Sh*t just ain’t that bad. (And it really isn’t in comparison to many other people in the world.) We can do whatever we want whenever we want to and now that we have a black president, we can be whatever we want to be. We’ll soon see uprisings similar to the civil rights movement from illegal immigrants that come to work. They are now the group facing the most discrimination.

            • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

              YES! lol That’s why I say we’re so spoiled. A bunch of spoiled children with short attention spans.

          • DG

            Good points. I would comment further on your points, but it’s after 4pm and I’m lazy…
            There are actually a few scholars who argue that integration that occurred during this time was actually somewhat harmful for the Blk community, as it resulted in many blk professionals (i.e., doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, etc) leaving the very communities that needed them most. As they left, their absence manifested in a lack of positive role models within the community, less circulation of the Blk dollar within the community, and fewer Blk-owned businesses therein.

            • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

              That makes sense.

            • Brainybabe

              I love this site. I usually just lurk, but I agree with those scholars you cite. Segregation was plain wrong and had to go. But Black folks should never have given up the capital they had amassed in creating a viable world of Black business under the guise of full participation in an integrated society. The U.S, is a capitalist nation, and only those with capital can truly be heard at the table. We Black folks need to decide to move back to/stay in our communities and do the work to improve our schools, reduce crime, and create businesses to employ ourselves and our people. Politics is a pay to play game. If we’re going to play to win, we need the dollars to do so.

  • Wenzel Dashington

    How can we do anything when the rent is too damn high?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      at the end of the day, thats all that really matters. lol

      • caballeroso

        As a karate expert, I approve this message.

        • http://www.http://iamyourpeople.com/ I Am Your People

          I can’t hear you over the sound of that child’s empty stomach rumbling…

          • JessicaL

            Ok I am done with all of you lmao!

    • keisha brown

      can i say that my rent actually isnt that high..it’s my paychek that needs to be higher?
      *ruins fun. ;)

      • CNotes

        @keisha brown

        “it’s my paychek that needs to be higher?”

        (making a note to say this during my year-end review)
        : )

        • keisha brown

          @cnotes

          yes. tell em i sent you. then thank me later. lol.

  • poet10456

    President Obama spent/wasted too much time early in his term being too bipartisan. He tried to welcome the Republicans into his kingdome and they stayed the party of ‘no’.

    So then The House and Senate pushed through the agenda at a rushed pace: HealthCare, stimulus, Auto Bailout, Credit-Card Reform, Student Loan Reform, Close Gitmo/Can’t Close Gitmo/Don’t Close Gitmo, Cash for Clunkers, Remove Troops from Iraq/not all of them/Send’em to Afganistan. All of this like an Italian mother woh can’t stop effing feeding you.

    It became too much, and it made Pres. Obeezy [(c)Riley Freeman] look like a muddled puppet for the ‘Socialist’ Democratic Party.

    Personally I wished he didn’t even bother with the GOP initially. 8 years of bad policy shoved down our throats and you ask ‘them’ for assistance in fixing it? We needed less Barack Obama and more Brian Pumper 2 years ago. He should’ve just rammed his legislation through from jump.

    Right now we see some signs of improvment from policies implemented 6-8 months ago. More service projects, infrastructure repairs, etc. thanks to the stimulus. Unemployment has stayed bad recently, but hasn’t dropped. Some say its projected to improve in 6months time. If his programs were rubber stamped earlier, those improvements would’ve been relevent come mid-term time.

    Sorry for the rant, just really disappointed right now…

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

      Personally I wished he didn’t even bother with the GOP initially. 8 years of bad policy shoved down our throats and you ask ‘them’ for assistance in fixing it?

      this is true and i mostly agree… but why’d you have to go and do me in with this…

      We needed less Barack Obama and more Brian Pumper 2 years ago. He should’ve just rammed his legislation through from jump.

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        Yeah, that Pumper quote kilt me. I thought I’d never see the day where those two would be in the same sentence or worse yet, compared. I love my people. As Panda would say, “f**kery enthusiasts FTW!”

    • Yeah*yeah*Yeah

      “President Obama spent/wasted too much time early in his term being too bipartisan. He tried to welcome the Republicans into his kingdome and they stayed the party of ‘no’.”

      I understand what you’re saying on some level I agree…to me the portrayal of the President and his wife on the cover of the New Yorker (July 2008) magazine spoke volumes. I don’t think President Obama could have started off telling folk- look this is how it is, and this is what we’re gonna do. He really would have strummed their fear and more chaos could have ensued- The Tea Party + m i l i t i a movement…

      At any rate, I’m scared to think of what even 4 years of a republican president would do to this country at this point. Unregulated capitalism is what it is. Capitalism balanced by morals is one thing, capitalism influenced by an immoral society = a country full of reproach.

      • WIP

        “Capitalism balance by morals” is the exact way I would define the ideal America. I think we’ve teetered this ideal for a while. Most people can pay their bills, go to a doctor if they get sick (even if it is an emergency room) and get help if they lose their job. But right now we need money to support our morals. I think Obama was just trying to do too much too fast and it threw some for a loop. I want Obama in office; I plan on reelecting him in 2012 (if the world doesn’t end). I hope the results of this election will be a good balance of ideas.

        • Deviant

          “I don’t think President Obama could have started off telling folk- look this is how it is, and this is what we’re gonna do. ”

          But that is exactly what he NEEDED to do. It’s what Republicans STAY doing. He is the “Leader of the Free World”. It’s what people expect. USAmericans do not respond well to diplomacy and reasoning.

          And please stop believing that capitalism will work in this country. The US is a the Country of ME. We screw over the least in our country for the slightest inkling of a profit. Being moral isn’t good for business.

          • WIP

            Well whether is has “worked” remains to be seen. I’m not sure how long to test a society to determine whether it has worked. Most people are doing OK, (honestly I’m really not sure how much more one can ask for) but we know that a lot of BS is happening which means things could be better. Whether we screw each other over or not has more to do with the human condition than the system of government.

            • Deviant

              But why subscribe to a system of government that exploits that particular condition?

              • WIP

                1- Well I agree, capitalism does exploit that condition because individuals must compete, but competition helps to breed innovation (amongst other things)
                2- Because it allows for individual accountability where other systems may not
                3- That particular condition is not an absolute; beyond the scope of business people can take care of each other. We do it everyday. No system is perfect.

          • keisha brown

            Being moral isn’t good for business
            TRUTH. sad truth.

        • http://dodreamaisha.wordpress.com dodreamaisha

          Why do you have so much interest in capitalism?

  • CT2DC2Brazil

    wait, did you just refer to McCain as “the man who can’t hi-five anybody” ?!?!? LOL #iseriouslycantwithyou *off to read the rest of the post…*

  • Kijuana

    In a world of instant gratification, this should come as no surprise. We (as Americans) expected this man to walk in and wave some kind of magical change wand and fix all of our problems instantly. Real life doesn’t work that way so why in the world did we expect this to? The optimist in me wants to believe that everyone will come together and try to fix what’s broken through compromise and effective planning but when we have a bunch of adults that bicker and fight worse than pre-schoolers, I’m sadly doubtful.

    Let’s hope they can agree on something…

    • http://www.thefriendraiser.com jenifer daniels

      yep – microwave society!

  • Molou99

    Although I read this everyday I never comment on your articles….BUT, I have to agree with you that Alvin Greene not winning in S.C. is a silent win for Democrats, Black people, the inventors of SoulGlo and the afro pick with the fist!!! But that crazy a** mofo still got votes!! I’m from Ohio and live in S.C. now, and I think that S.C. is the most backwards place on the face of this earth!! There were still crazy a** mofo’s that voted for him. I wanted to unplug the machine at the ballots this morning just looking at his damn name!! SMDH!!

  • http://twitter.com/naimasmanifesto TheTalentedMs.Fiasco

    “It became too much, and it made Pres. Obeezy [(c)Riley Freeman] look like a muddled puppet for the ‘Socialist’ Democratic Party.”

    We don’t have much of a left at all! The left is too busy pandering to the neo-conservatives in the heartland. I don’t know why they got punked into dropping the public option. That was an failure of epic proportions.

    With unemployment, if you think about the late 1970s, unemployment was very high, but they didn’t do so much about it because it would balance itself out later on. The problem is that if you try to fix unemployment, inflation will go up. So there is a trade-off between the two and inflation would be a bigger problem.

    Anyway, I feel your frustration. I think I pissed off my politics and mass media class, but calling them sheep on the low. Seriously, I expect a lot from college students, but everyone is just acting plain stupid everything. >_<

    • B. Brown

      Oh, we have a left. They’ve just been overshadowed by two things: the Tea Party and the fact that the left is/was in control. Progressives were all the rage two years ago, but after the election the story quickly – and quietly – became centered on how they were pushed to the side when the president dragged his feet on issues such as DADT. His playing [s]Crist[/s] centrist turned them off and they were upset about it…but they kept getting swept under the rug thanks to other big stories (Sotomayor, stimulus, health care, Gates/Crowley, etc).

    • iRocsox91

      “I don’t know why they got punked into dropping the public option.”

      This is the one thing that seriously made Obama lose points with me. I’m still riding with the dude, but I didn’t even see him attempt to implement the PO(something he promised on his campaign trail). He had plenty opportunity to make a case for it and the House could of passed a separate bill for it, but in the end they didn’t even try. Without the PO I really feel as though Obama turned his back on us for corporate interest. This is probably the biggest upset many people on the left had with him and allowed support to be lost among independents.