There's no better time to take the pulse of a country than on the anniversary of its birth. My hopes were sky-high when Barack Obama was elected the forty-fourth President of the United States. The country had just endured eight years of a wartime President that took more vacation time than any other to date. The American people apparently were upset as I was - for the first time in years, there was a majority of Democrats voted into the House and Senate, which meant smooth sailing for our newly elected Democratic President.
Americans were well aware of the serious problems that awaited President Obama. Two wars, a Wall St. collapse that jump-started a worldwide economic meltdown and a healthcare system that only served those that could afford it, among other niceties. Barack had my vote after I heard him respond to a question about copay costs, he made mention of all those that couldn't afford any payments, that his healthcare plan would make room for those with no money. He talked about shutting down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp and allowing those held without charge to have their due process.
Eight months later, President Obama has kept his promise to start closing Gitmo, but now is considering whether to issue an executive order to indefinitely imprison a number of Guantanamo Bay detainees. This is not acceptable - the law is applicable to one and all. President Obama stated he would govern by consensus, that despite a Democratic majority, he wasn't going to force bills down the throats of Republicans. Now, there's a problem with that, since the Republicans haven't offered to be part of any solutions, they're still walking in lockstep and doing nothing but obstructing anything that's been proposed. With insurance industry lobby money behind them, they're against any "socializing" of America's health care system. It's to the point that Obama is now offering to take the public option off the healthcare table.
Change we can believe in? You haven't done nothin' and with a majority at your back, no less. Mr. President, we don't need a consensus, We The People need help. July Fourth is the two hundred and thirty-third anniversary of the birth of the Union. We Americans have made it through the best and worst of times, we'll make it through this somehow. Happy Independence Day, peeps. Here's hoping things get better and soon.
Stevie Wonder: You Haven't Done Nothin'
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
Public Enemy: Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man!
West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast): America
The Nice: America (2nd Amendment)
Simon & Garfunkel: America (live)
Ray Charles: America The Beautiful
Soundgarden: 4th Of July
Last year's mix: it's your birthday!