First of all, this week’s Dustinland is not meant for people who think Obama is some raging socialist. If you actually believe that, you seriously need to reconsider what kind of sources you’re getting your news from, because he’s far from even being considered a progressive liberal in pretty much every category, not to mention a socialist. I mean, you’ve got people accusing Obama of being in bed with Wall Street, and being a socialist at the same time. That’s like saying my pet cat is also a dog.

But anyway, as I said in the comic, I know one man can’t just come in and instantly change a system where enormously powerful groups have extremely entrenched influences. But still, I feel like his Obama’s overall performance has been very underwhelming. He seems content with many small victories that don’t achieve much but sound good on paper. He can pass these kind of things through our joke of a congress because they don’t offend the giant corporations that control our elected officials. And that is the problem. It is this very corporate influence that is causing all the problems. These powers will never support legislation that makes them weaker. We need to ram it down their throats. And it’s true, Obama can’t do that without support of a real liberal majority, not the bunch of fake Democrats in office now who care more about their poll numbers than about standing up for a cause they deem even slightly controversial. But still, it doesn’t seem like he’s even trying. And hey, he’s always been a middle of the road guy. Maybe I just hoped for too much.

I’m also concerned with Obama’s leadership style. His speeches lately feel fake and stilted. He sounds like he’s reading. I don’t care if he reads or not, I just don’t want him to sound like he’s reading. He also hasn’t been able to give much of a powerful impression. He doesn’t seem like a leader. He seems calculated. And while this doesn’t directly affect policy, it doesn’t give people confidence in him, and when his poll numbers droop, then Congress isn’t afraid to stand up to him and then we’re back to getting nothing done.

Hey, at the end of the day, I recognize the guy has a lot going against him, and has still accomplished a few nice things, but I also think we have lowered expectations these days, and that the problems before us are so great, we need major, bold solutions, not safe, tiny political gains.

9 responses to “Obameh

  1. Yeah, I think we need a real, viable, third party. But it’s going to be difficult to change things since the Supreme Court decided that corporations can make limitless political campaign contributions. Does that lead to a country for the People… or for the Corporation?

    I think the real problem is the Federal Reserve and the bankers are other huge problems, beyond the capability of one president to correct. But still, Obama does look increasingly foolish, he lost me at the “Beer Summit” and the pork-laden ineffective stimulus.

    Also, I like the new layout of the blog. Wow – over 31,000 hits! Makes me glad I write all my nonsense as Anonymous.


  2. Arghh I see you are one of these people that blames “systems” rather than admitting the truth that humanity is just fundamentally flawed. How many people have to suffer before we stop blaming systems. Communism, Capitalism, whatever, they all screw up with the wrong people. It’s so easy to blame systems, compared to admitting humanity just sucks.

  3. Everyone loved Tony Blair in the UK in 97, now everyone in the UK thinks he is a greedy, lying, war criminal. I am sure it will go the same way with Obama. What did you people want him to be Jesus and click all your problems away or something? you been watching too much Disney.

  4. I saw some pigs fly past with “liberal majority” tattoos on them.

  5. Thanks Robyn. And don’t let those 31,000 fool you – 30,000 of them are Tom.

  6. are we talking about my IQ?

    ps my mum wants a piece of you.

  7. Dustin…I just wanted to say Thank You for the wonderful cartoons you share with us for free on the web.. I think you are extremely intelligent and talented and that is reflected in your work. Every tuesday you briefly lighten up my day with your witty and funny cartoons, that either cheer me up or make me lol… thank you for doing what you do. You are an artist and I hope you achieve success and wish you good health and happiness ad infinitum… Cheers bro.

  8. Dustin, you are absolutely RIGHT ON!!!! As Usual! And I want to “ditto” everything Yoseph said in his reply . . . And TOM, I guess it hasn’t occurred to you that PEOPLE make up our “Systems.” Why don’t you give us some suggestions about where we can find the RIGHT people? I guess you don’t think there are any . . . so why don’t we give up and stop trying? Oh MY! I guess this is what happens when you get old . . . very tired, and very cynical! Nana

  9. Nana Rose brings it as usual! I say Nana/Kucinich in 2016.

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