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January 21, 2009

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No question. It is like waking up from a nightmare. A friend and I were talking about the change today, and "It's like waking up from a nightmare" was the first sentiment he expressed. I instantly agreed.

What I have to keep remembering is that, unlike other vivid nightmares I've had, this one was real.

If it was a nightmare, it was a collective one.

your first sentence hit home -- i feel like this is one of those times that deserves some grand writing on an epic scale or something. but it's just hard to get it out or articulate it.

it really is relief for me -- i get choked up from time to time. but it's less the overwhelming joy i imagined. more like someone who has returned home from a long hostage situation or something.

Congratulations on surviving the Bush era.

The trouble is, we've woken up from a nightmare only to find a lot of what happened in it still plagues the waking world. It's like the Bush Administration was the world's Freddy Krueger. Which is depressing in that it implies there will be five sequels to Chimpy that will be even more crappy, but does at least open up the possibility of Dick Cheney having to face off against Jason Voorhees.

Yes. I'm an expat who has been living in the UK since just after Clinton's second inauguration, and yesterday, I felt like I could hold my head high for the first time in, well, eight years.

The sense of overhanging dread is gone. Or at least much weakened. No more having to expect the worst of our government, and have them do something even worse. I'm sure there will be times Obama and (especially) Congress lets us down, but now when our President talks about things like freedom, it's not just some sick joke.

The sense of overhanging dread is gone. Or at least much weakened. No more having to expect the worst of our government, and have them do something even worse. I'm sure there will be times Obama and (especially) Congress lets us down, but now when our President talks about things like freedom, it's not just some sick joke.

The sense of overhanging dread is gone. Or at least much weakened. No more having to expect the worst of our government, and have them do something even worse. I'm sure there will be times Obama and (especially) Congress lets us down, but now when our President talks about things like freedom, it's not just some sick joke.

What I tell you three times is true... ;-)

Erf, sorry about the triple post. I don't know how that happened, I clicked okay once.

The dementors hve left town.

Now we have to reprogram our brains for the new circumstances. I'm so used to being cynical and outraged and offended that I don't know what to feel today.

I had tears in my eyes as Obama took the oath, not merely because the long nightmare really was over, but because we as a nation have said, "No more." We still have a long ways to go, and who knows how many fits and starts, detours and wrong turns will be made, but, "The man who moves a mountain, starts with a single stone."

If only "Our long national nightmare is finally over" were not already used...

I don't feel like the nightmare is over at all. The Bush years taught me a sharp lesson about how little most Americans care about their own liberty and our conduct towards other nations. Let's face it, warrantless surveillance, torture, Gitmo, and war would have continued indefinitely if gas prices hadn't gone up and home prices, jobs, and real wages hadn't gone down. Yes, Obama's wedge issue was the war, but once the American casualty rate dropped and counterinsurgency picked up, he would have lost the general election if not for the economy. History should have taught me this, but there's nothing quite like seeing it happen around you.

The other sharp lesson is, my cranky old Commie grandpa and my hippie friends were right all along: the Establishment really DOES want to set up a dictatorship and oppress the working class. The Bush years showed the agenda:

End Social Security
End Medicare
End employer-funded health insurance
End market regulation & supervision
Shift the tax burden to the middle class
End the minimum wage
End unions
End effective tort remedies
End access to the courts in tort
End Congressional oversight of the executive
End environmental enforcement
End abortion for ANY reason
End birth control
Wage wars of choice
Torture prisoners (Don't even try to pretend it would stop at foreign 'terrorists.' We're already holding citizen and resident 'terrorist supporters' unlawfully, and prosecutors are already using anti-terrorism laws against street gangs. Norms spread.)
End habeas corpus
End warrant requirements (if you can wiretap now and get a warrant a week later, you can do the same with breaking down a door.)

I don't feel like the nightmare is over at all. The Bush years taught me a sharp lesson about how little most Americans care about their own liberty and our conduct towards other nations. Let's face it, warrantless surveillance, torture, Gitmo, and war would have continued indefinitely if gas prices hadn't gone up and home prices, jobs, and real wages hadn't gone down. Yes, Obama's wedge issue was the war, but once the American casualty rate dropped and counterinsurgency picked up, he would have lost the general election if not for the economy. History should have taught me this, but there's nothing quite like seeing it happen around you.

The other sharp lesson is, my cranky old Commie grandpa and my hippie friends were right all along: the Establishment really DOES want to set up a dictatorship and oppress the working class. The Bush years showed the agenda:

End Social Security
End Medicare
End employer-funded health insurance
End market regulation & supervision
Shift the tax burden to the middle class
End the minimum wage
End unions
End effective tort remedies
End access to the courts in tort
End Congressional oversight of the executive
End environmental enforcement
End abortion for ANY reason
End birth control
Wage wars of choice
Torture prisoners (Don't even try to pretend it would stop at foreign 'terrorists.' We're already holding citizen and resident 'terrorist supporters' unlawfully, and prosecutors are already using anti-terrorism laws against street gangs. Norms spread.)
End habeas corpus
End warrant requirements (if you can wiretap now and get a warrant a week later, you can do the same with breaking down a door.)

Hmm, typepad keeps telling me it posted but my comment doesn't show up. If it shows up 3 times, sorry for the bother. I'm going to try posting on the similar topic thread by publius.

"Hmm, typepad keeps telling me it posted but my comment doesn't show up."

Make sure to separately refresh the page after posting.

Did, both times. Then I closed the browser and re-opened it.

Sigh.

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