Can we repeal the twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution already?
I’m half-joking, of course. As much as I’d love for there to be the potential for an effective monarchy in the absence of term limits in the United States, I understand and appreciate the need to have a Presidential expiration date.
Still, a third Clinton presidency would truly be something. I mean, did you see the man’s speech at the Democratic National Convention? Did you? It’s the sort of thing red, white, and blue dreams are made of. Clinton spoke with such conviction, such passion, and such confidence – it almost made me think he was the one seeking reelection.
Here’s a guy who really gets it: Bill Clinton may have spun some numbers in order to make Barack Obama’s job growth report card look nicer, but that’s just smart politics. What I want to talk about is the fact that Clinton made a believer out of me. At the very least, he made me believe that he really gives a damn about the country’s well being, and not just his own career.
Perhaps it’s because his run is already over, or perhaps he’s just a good speaker and showman, but Clinton presented more evidence in 48 minutes than I’ve seen out of the Republicans in years. This is coming from someone who is a big critic of the Democratic party as well, mind you. It just seems to me, especially given Clinton’s speech, that the Democrats understand that the United States’ economy lies on the backs of the middle-class.
For some reason, the Republicans seem to think that the economy is driven by the millionaires and billionaires of this country, when eight years of failed economics says otherwise. But I digress…
As it stands, I can’t in good conscience get behind Obama simply because of his horrible track record in regards to whistleblower protection, homeland security, and the war on drugs. This is a guy who smoked pot himself, and yet hasn’t made a concerted effort to change the law on minor possession infractions. This is also the guy who campaigned on whistleblower protection, and yet does nothing about Bradley Manning’s seemingly indefinite detention. And what about the TSA? He thinks they’re just swell.
So no, Barry, you don’t have my vote in November. We’ll have to just see how much steam Gary Johnson can pick up before then and now. As it stands, it’s a toss up between him and Bill Clinton.
I’m not going to sit here and kid you. All I know is that when Bill Clinton was in office, gas was $1.00/gallon and MTV still played music videos. It sure as Hell seemed like things were a lot more optimistic, too.
I guess a little jazz sax goes a long way.
(White House photo)