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I am sick to death of the prima donnas in the Congress.
I no longer have any interest in seeing Lincoln, the movie, if it's goal is to tell us that the niceties of stroking egos is what is necessary to getting things done.
Bush II ruled by fear, with his sidekick "Dick" as the boogeyman.
I was shocked to hear Zbigniew Brzezinski, on Morning Joe today, tell President Obama that President Bush II was a strong "leader" on foreign policy, because he deceived the country into going to war. And that Obama is weak because he "led from behind" on Libya.
Obama's ego is very much under his own control. he is not capricious or a prima donna. He is, IMO, trying to do his best with all of the remarkable gifts he has to help this country and the world get to a better place. He has been the first president, IMO, who has managed foreign policy with a deep respect for average people, with the exception of those who would practice violence against innocent people.
What is going on?
Isn't it enough to have a president whose goals recognize that the "elite" aren't better people than the people who work for a living?
I am sick and tired of having to bow and scrape in front of some clown who has pandered to lobbyists and lied their way into the Congress and being told the President has to shmooze this schmuck because the shmuck is so delusional that he/she thinks that they're more special than anyone else and that they have the right to do a transvaginal on a woman or deny her medical care.
Is this the Planet of the Apes?

I want a president who honestly seeks solutions that are realistic and take into consideration the consequences of laws that affect real people.
And I want a Congress that is composed of people who spend less time safeguarding their delusional holier than thou image and are willing to put their egos aside to work to solve the country's problems.

No one, except some of the anchors on MSNBC talk about gerrymandering districts to insure an easy march to victory for a particular party.
It's a no brainer to see that.
So, no, Republicans did not win a mandate in the House.

Apparently. 2014 is a critical election and the rest of the tea party must be swept out.
This planet is not 6000 years old.
Global warming is real.
I do not believe that soothing ruffled feathers is what our president should be graded on.
I don't want to vote for anyone who cares more about their own ego than the well being of the country.

I am sick and tired of elitists refusal to put their own egos aside and work to get the country on a sustainable path regardless of whether they keep their cushy jobs, and health care and privilege.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:40:23 AM PST

  •  I agree with what you are saying (7+ / 0-)

    in terms of how I want to see the world work.  One of the things I most like about our president is that he cares about the details - he is a policy wonk.  I don't always agree with his positions, but at least I trust that he understands the implications of what he proposes.  However, congressional egos are what they are, and he has to deal with that reality.  If more schmoozing is what it takes, then he needs to do more in that direction.  That said, I am also happy to see him reaching out to the rest of us to put pressure on our congress-critters.

    •  well said. (3+ / 0-)

      re:

      I don't always agree with his positions, but at least I trust that he understands the implications of what he proposes.
      That is so important, IMO, and why is that not recognized as a critical component of good leadership, perhaps the most critical.

      I just think of the unintended consequences of things that all the presidents in my lifetime before Obama dumped on the country.

      All the lives lost, the misery, the implosions of the financial system, the wars, the environment.
      And all because they were ignorant or buckled to the gadflies and egos and lobbyists and to their own ignorance and ideology.

      Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

      by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:54:22 AM PST

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    •  Obama's will be remembered as one of our best (3+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, eve, myboo

      presidents while Bush one of our worst. That is today but Obama still has four more years to add to this legacy. Bush can only defend his bad calls while he lives in the shadow of his wife's alma mater.

      Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

      by arealniceguy on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:52:47 AM PST

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  •  Lincoln's Team of Rivals (5+ / 0-)

    wasn't about schmoozing; it was about keeping his enemies close and leveraging their capabilities to advance an agenda.

    In the course of my 37-year career in corporate America, I've gotten a lot done by involving my detractors. First of all, it catches them off guard and puts them under a spotlight, rather than allowing them to snipe and wreak havoc from some safe place.

    Secondly, it turns out that some of these people just want someone to truly listen to them. Once someone does that, it defuses much of their anger.

    Finally, much of what passes for schmoozing is really a clever person manipulating the more witless person; backing them into a corner with the utmost of ostensible charm. You would be amazed how easy this is when you're dealing with shallow, ego-driven people who happily mistake your interest for validation.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:02:11 AM PST

    •  lol (2+ / 0-)
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      I guess that explains why for most of my life I didn't get along with most people and felt powerless.

      I'm impressed :)

      Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

      by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:18:43 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely. (5+ / 0-)

      Another tactic I have sometimes used is to get other people to take the lead on an idea that I have but don't much care if I get credit for.  A few well placed discussions can go a long ways when handled appropriately.  This works best for things that are not controversial and don't require immediate action.

      •  Excellent point, Question Authority (2+ / 0-)
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        eve, OIL GUY

        I can see that this isn't your first rodeo ;-)

        The main thing is to get others to embrace the idea, and carry it forwards. If that means letting them take the credit, so be it.

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:44:32 AM PST

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      •  yes - I've tried that (4+ / 0-)

        and it has worked well!

        Many years ago I was working for a regional brokerage firm in the municipal bond institutional sales dept.

        We were asked to look over a private placement of the funding of a retirement home facility.
        well as you may know a private placement has a much bigger spread (profit) than a public offering and it is relatively rare in the total issuance of bonds.

        So I took the papers home to read and saw what I considered a huge flaw - the feasibility study for the project included an unpleasant feature.
        When an elderly person purchase their apartment home in the retirement facility, they agreed that upon their death their apartment home would br sold to another retiree and the heirs of the deceased would receive no money from the sale.

        Well that seemed to me to present a conflict of interest. The sooner the occupants bit the dust, the more money the facility made as it churned the apartments and if the occupants were long lived then the facility might not be able to meet the debt service of the bonds.

        Well I was the only woman in this department and had had to fight pretty hard to be accepted and I thought that my critique might not be well received.

        So, what I did was to simply ask the question:
        "Is it correct that the feasibility study relies on resales of the apartments in order to make the deal work financially?"

        I must have been the only one who had read the financials on the deal because a hush spread over the room as the sales manager acknowledged that, yes, that was the case.

        People picked up the document with a picture of an old person on the cover and a nurse close by holding a hair dryer and one salesman called out - they're shooting the old person with a taser. Another cried out - they won't have elevators and the dining room will be on the 10th floor. Another called out - this thing should be called  "stairway to the stars". Another one said - the lake in the picture is where they'll deep six 'em. The sales manager was at first very dismayed, but since the room was in chaos with nervous hysterical laughter from the grisly comments flying about, he joined in.

        Needless to say the deal was never done, at least by the company I worked for.

        So, I had been inclined to get on my high horse and repudiate this thing but simply asked a question and everyone else ran with it.

        Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

        by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:11:32 AM PST

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  •  I hope you get well & feel better, soon! :-) (2+ / 0-)
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    I am sick to death of the prima donnas...
    I am sick and tired of having to bow...
    I am sick and tired of elitists...
    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had...
  •  Politics and social butterflies (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, eve

    Politics is largely about influence and power. One way of gaining influence is by being a social butterfly. Unfortunately, reason is not a way of gaining influence. I wish it was; but, it is not. Reason tends to be a away of justifying emotion.

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:00:22 AM PST

  •  Eve, I agree with you completely, (2+ / 0-)
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    eve, cassandracarolina

    but you really should see Lincoln. It's a great movie about a great man trying to accomplish the almost impossible task of passing the 13th Amendment. He needs to get help from both his right and his left to pull it off. He relies on every form of persuasion short of outright bribery.

    What comes across is how in touch he is with people. He opened the White House to petitioners two days a week and ordinary people brought their complaints to him.

    His humble upbringing served him well, a quality I also see in President Obama. Like Obama, Lincoln also read the letters people sent him.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:28:26 AM PST

    •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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      I loved Close Encounters of the Third Kind when I saw it years ago and then I saw another Spielberg film or two and just didn't want to see any others.
      I came to view the films as - ooh this makes me sound like some kind of elitist, but I found them superficial or fairy dust like.

      I was going to see it after the rave reviews but then got disgusted with the posturing and didn't want to see a film that's okay with that.

      But I'll cool it and go see it, as you suggest.
      I'll go see the Lincoln film.
      Thanks :)

      Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

      by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:51:04 AM PST

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      •  I hope you like it. (2+ / 0-)
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        eve, cassandracarolina

        I really think you will. The acting is superb and Spielberg uses a gentle touch, which he can do, though he frequently relies on bombast.

        Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

        by OIL GUY on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:03:01 AM PST

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        •  yeah…maybe that's been what I've been (1+ / 0-)
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          turned off by in the past - the bombast.
          glad he refrains from it.

          Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

          by eve on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:10:45 PM PST

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