By any measure, President Barack Obama's first days in office have been a huge success.  Not only has he had to immediately jump in to try and fix a financial mess of epic proportions that was inherited from Bush, but myriad other problems confront him from the last 8 years and longer.  While it is well to keep in perspective what was turned over to him from the neocons, we should move past it.  But the right-wing nutcases won't allow that to happen.  They want him to fail, and they will make every little misstep become a tragic headline.  Imagine a shady, slithery drug user like Rush Limbaugh saying, "I hope he fails."  Imagine Newt Gingrich, who fooled around with aides and other women in Washington, passing judgment on Obama.  Imagine a snake like Dick Cheney criticizing Obama.  Think of the gall of these hypocrites.

Nevertheless let us celebrate President Obama's recent trip to Europe and the Middle East.  It was monumentally amazing after the disaster for America that the past 8 years have been.  The world over, people think the U.S. has finally come to its senses with the election of Obama.  But the neocon vultures continue to circle.  They are so ignorant and envious that it would be easy to dismiss them.  But they have fooled so many Americans, that it is dangerous to underplay their role.  And they have deep pockets that will buy them more influence.  Democracy teeters as long as these right-wngers plot and circle.

The sickness that has arisen, especially since Reagan, is that privilege-wealth-race is a God-given justification for all of that group's actions.  And to question them is smeared with statements like "unpatriotic" or saying with a straight face, "I hope he fails" because he does not toe the line of the right-wing.  Yes, it is sickening, but it is ever-present, circling like vultures.  Obama is anathema because he is different, he is smart, and he is not a puppet of the military and industry.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.  It is an exercise which always involves a certain number of internal contradictions and even a few absurdities.  The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor."  -John Kenneth Galbraith

"War, like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. . .The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit."  -General Smedley Butler (twice the recipient of the Medal of Honor)

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