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Old 07-27-2016, 11:38 PM   #441
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it was glorious.

he makes me want to be a better person.

(which is preposterous and anti-intellectual to say, but also true)
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2016 US Presidential Election Thread Part XI

What an amazing speech. The ending, along with Hillary walking out at the end, hit me hard.
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I have no doubt that 50 years down the line Obama will be remembered as the best president in a generation.
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Seriously, can we just re-elect Obama, and save everyone the headache of arguing over Hilary and Trump for the next three months?
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only Obama can walk out to COBL.

fuckin' love that guy.

I remember hearing him walk out to that song when I was 14 years old and my dad took me to a rally of his in Austin very early in his campaign. It was probably my favorite song at the time, and I was hugely inspired by Obama. Definitely an experience I won't forget.

And being 15 and 19 and watching him at two conventions, also with COBL.

Now I'm 23 and it's crazy to think that I've been following this guy's presidential ambitions for more than a decade. And COBL is still one of my favorite songs.

And, as I've expressed before, I'm going to really miss Obama.


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I have no doubt that 50 years down the line Obama will be remembered as the best president in a generation.
I mean, I hope you're wrong because I would love to see consistent improvements, but at this rate you're probably right.
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A big part of how a president will be perceived is how his legacy holds up. I imagine we need to see a term or two before we can draw a full Obama conclusion.

I'm only old enough to have witnessed three presidents, two of which I was consciously aware of. I'll hold my judgement, but I do think Obama has been good.
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I mean, I hope you're wrong because I would love to see consistent improvements, but at this rate you're probably right.

Maybe there will be presidents who will achieve more (which depends on other external factors, eg Congress), but I doubt we will see anyone with Obama's qualities as a statesman in our lifetime. It's just so rare. I am confident we will think of him in half a century like people today think of Kennedy (without the mythical aspect created by the assassination).

I'm really happy that the 7.5 years I've lived in this country have coincided with his term in office.
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Seriously, can we just re-elect Obama, and save everyone the headache of arguing over Hilary and Trump for the next three months?
Get rid of the term limit. (Or elect Michelle.)

I really don't understand the popularity of term limits. Yes, sure, there are some hangers-on and inept representatives wasting everybody's time and money, but that only means politics is a field like any other. This idea that people should not be "careerist" politicians I find to be nonsense; given the intricacies and complexities of modern politics, there is a lot to master and I would prefer it to be stocked by plenty of people familiar with the system rather than a forced revolving door. That's not to say there should not be strong participation by those who spend most of their life in the private sphere and want to temporarily hold public office - it's all about a good mixture of the two. It's just that legislation, diplomacy, negotiations, and all the other aspects of governance are not easy, and I don't know why people celebrate the idea that it should be done by inexperienced people. I certainly don't get the appeal of presidential candidates with no political experience (gee who might I mean here?). Would you hire as your lawyer, accountant, or doctor somebody who has no experience in that field? Fuck no. So why would you elect somebody utterly lacking experience to high office - or force somebody thoroughly qualified to depart just because they've done the job for an arbitrary period of time?
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I must admit Barry is 100 times the orator Bill is.

That said, the sh#t he was slinging mostly only half truths and cliches, but I saw how the masses ate it up.
This is only a detached observer watching Barry's swan song.

Just one more funny below, good night everyone:
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That was the best speech I've ever heard. He gave conservatives an out by framing Trump as he is a demagogue and a threat to democracy.

It is amazing how the Dems have taken the mantle of patriotism that the GOP used to monopolize.

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As a far left progressive, I'd say Obama is the best President since Truman and I'd give him a D+.

It could be a while for him to have any real competition. Clinton is clearly to his right politically and might even be more so once she takes office and there's always the possibility that another "centrist"-type like Cory Booker succeeds her, etc.

And as brought up in here, there will certainly be Democrats in the future that achieve far more than he could due to a more favorable Congressional environment. Clinton is probably likely to achieve even less as she'll need to score a big House win in 2020 if she ever wants to be able to pass significant left-leaning legislation. I don't see that happening.


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Obama's speech was good, it was track polling between 60 and high 80s the whole time, mostly in the 80 -85 range. Then when Hillary came out it went down to 45.
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That's hilarious. She basically can't even catch a football gently tossed to her a foot from the end zone.
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Get rid of the term limit. (Or elect Michelle.)

I really don't understand the popularity of term limits. Yes, sure, there are some hangers-on and inept representatives wasting everybody's time and money, but that only means politics is a field like any other. This idea that people should not be "careerist" politicians I find to be nonsense; given the intricacies and complexities of modern politics, there is a lot to master and I would prefer it to be stocked by plenty of people familiar with the system rather than a forced revolving door. That's not to say there should not be strong participation by those who spend most of their life in the private sphere and want to temporarily hold public office - it's all about a good mixture of the two. It's just that legislation, diplomacy, negotiations, and all the other aspects of governance are not easy, and I don't know why people celebrate the idea that it should be done by inexperienced people. I certainly don't get the appeal of presidential candidates with no political experience (gee who might I mean here?). Would you hire as your lawyer, accountant, or doctor somebody who has no experience in that field? Fuck no. So why would you elect somebody utterly lacking experience to high office - or force somebody thoroughly qualified to depart just because they've done the job for an arbitrary period of time?
Two things. As it pertains to presidential politics, I support term limits simply because, while they make a third Obama term - which I would love - impossible, they also made a third GWB term impossible. As awful as it was when GWB was re-elected in 2004, there was a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that he was constitutionally required to leave the office on January 20, 2009. What if he had been able to run a third time and potentially win(not that I think he could've in 2008)? Term limits for presidents limit the good but they also limit the bad.

The other thing is the bigger thing though, which is how the lack of term limits affect things on the congressional level. In our system, senators and congresspeople don't really ever stop running. It is said that senators and congresspeople spend half their time fundraising, asking people for money. It's literally on their schedule, they go to places designed for this purpose and just spend x hours making phone calls asking for money for their campaigns. They don't even like doing this, but they have to. It's half the job. And then in the other half of their job, the part where they actually legislate, so much of what they do is determined by how it will affect their campaigns, which really never end. So the reason a lot of people want term limits in congress is so that more senators and congresspeople can, at some point, stop running and just legislate.

There's a reason the legislative branch is the most broken, most dysfunctional, most ineffective branch of government(and subsequently a reason why there's been so much done recently via executive action and judicial decisions), and this is part of it.
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As a far left progressive, I'd say Obama is the best President since Truman and I'd give him a D+.

It could be a while for him to have any real competition. Clinton is clearly to his right politically and might even be more so once she takes office and there's always the possibility that another "centrist"-type like Cory Booker succeeds her, etc.

And as brought up in here, there will certainly be Democrats in the future that achieve far more than he could due to a more favorable Congressional environment. Clinton is probably likely to achieve even less as she'll need to score a big House win in 2020 if she ever wants to be able to pass significant left-leaning legislation. I don't see that happening.


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Truman: Can't rate. Continued FDR's policies but also dropped nukes, so, maybe a C?

Eisenhower: D

Kennedy: D-

Johnson: D (Best domestic policy improvements since FDR, but that foreign policy...oy.)

Nixon: F

Ford: F

Carter: D

Reagan: F

Bush: D-

Clinton: D-

Bush: F-

So in summary, since World War 2, we've had nothing the absolutely worst group of leaders.

Strange how we've been so successful.

Also, we get it, nobody is as progressive as you. What is a "far left progressive" anyways?
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That's hilarious. She basically can't even catch a football gently tossed to her a foot from the end zone.
It almost seems like you'll be disappointed if Hillary does win the election.
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So in summary, since World War 2, we've had nothing the absolutely worst group of leaders.

Strange how we've been so successful.

Also, we get it, nobody is as progressive as you. What is a "far left progressive" anyways?

It's a general rule of thumb that most on the far left consider our historical leaders to be far removed from progressive values and also look extra awful given the progress we've made, especially on social issues, over the decades and even centuries. Obviously, I get that the environment thirty or more years ago was never going to give a chance to someone on the far left to lead this country. But when you're judging things through our lens, there's nothing but mediocrity.

I just added "far left" to progressive since Clinton and her supporters have essentially neutered the term. I mean, Tim Kaine is "a progressive who gets things done"? Really? Certainly nobody writing for CounterPunch or The Nation or even most mainstream publications would believe that for a second.

I also think there seems to be this myth permeating the current discussion that Sanders arrives on the national scene and suddenly people are being big cry-babies and demanding too much from their Presidential candidates when the reality is that the sort of left wing society he wants is what those on the far left have been arguing for for decades (including Sanders as an elected official for nearly forty years now). Sanders ran outside the party vacuum precisely because it wasn't sufficiently liberal enough by a wide margin. Certainly, we've seen a leftward shift nationally and in the party over the ensuing decades, but to argue that everyone is just whining about one candidate is disingenuous when really it's millions of people making the same argument they've been making for decades upon decades.

To me, it is a huge slap in the face when someone like Clinton suddenly decides to take up the progressive mantle (after even labeling herself a moderate a month or two prior) and gets to try and co-opt a far left movement in this county that has existed outside the bubble for years. You aren't automatically entitled to those votes and you certainly don't get to define yourself as somebody that should be "acceptable" to us when we've existed politically outside your structure for decades.
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