Posted by: Jason SThis could have been written by any one of my neighbors. I live just outside of Baltimore (City), MD in a small predominantly Jewish suburb, called Pikesville. Something like 70% of the vote in my district went for Mr. Obama in the last presidential election. Obama bumper stickers were everywhere...but starting last summer, they slowly began to disappear. One neighbor, who owns a small business, finally admitted that he'd voted against his best interests...having taken the time to see just what was in the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, he realized that his very good health care plan, one that his grown children (and now working in the business) thought was very good...failed the test of "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it" (it's part of the 51% that doesn't measure up to the bill) and that he was going to be kicked into the "government plan," very much against his wishes.
Jun 24, 11:32 AM Report Abuse
I wonder how someone with such thin skin would react when seeing the faded Obama bumper stickers, with slogans that seem so silly in retrospect, being removed from the vehicles of embarrassed saps who fell for this empty suit. My liberal parents, who were so eager to talk about Obama until recently, even going so far as to hang a picture of him in the office, now appear a little sheepish when the topic arises. Katrina is no longer remembered as a natural disaster exacerbated by Bush but is instead used as a gauge for the "unconscionable ineptitude" of the great experiment known as Obama. Americans were arrogant to think we could elect "anyone but Bush", without regard for qualifications, and maintain our status in the world (not perceived status by pining, disgruntled Europeans but real status, measured by influence and effectiveness). My parents are hopelessly liberal but they love their country, and I don't think they were quite ready for the postAmerican world Obama has tried to foist upon us. The logic that comes with being liberal politically but stuck in the real world without an ivy league degree or political connections, is beginning to open their eyes. They cannot seem to reconcile between the pretty words that sound so lovely being relayed from the teleprompter and the events happening in the real world. Buyer's remorse? No, it's much stronger than that. My folks, God love 'em, are actually beginning to look deep inside themselves and question their long-held beliefs. Knowing them as well as I do and how closely they have held these beliefs for so long, I sense that there are many more like them who are beginning to acknowledge, if only on a subconscious level, the disconnect between the promises of those pretty words and the dimal, real-world effects of the political philosophy behind them.
Now, many of these same people have begun to realize that the "Hope & Change" they'd voted for...has turned out to be radically higher taxes, loss of their health insurance, and a period of stagnant growth as well has near 30 year high unemployment...with little hope that this will change in the near term. Very quietly, they've started moving away from a President and a party that looks to be nothing like the moderate candidate they voted for.