I hear echoes of Pete Seeger in admonitions and exhortations from our leaders on the issues of our time:
“Sergeant, don’t be a Nervous Nellie,”
The Captain said to him.
“All we need is a little determination;
Men, follow me, I’ll lead on.”
We were — neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the big fool said to push on.
2009 draws to a close and Obama has done a few good things. But in the biggest-ticket items – war, economic reform, jobs-creation, health care reform – he has grandly disappointed IMHO. And no matter how crappy the policy, our leaders use fear or machismo to keep the people in line:
If the health care package fails, warned Senator Paul Kirk, Democrat of Massachusetts, the Democrats will appear weak and ineffective and are likely to have great trouble passing any more significant legislation. Such a development could ruin Obama’s presidency, Kirk said.
It is also not outlandish to assume that defeat in Afghanistan to the Taliban would leave the United States looking soft and undependable with both allies and enemies, having a negative effect on American interests across the globe.
Iraq? Afghanistan? Health care reform? Bailouts for Wall Street? Don’t be a Nervous Nellie! Follow me, I’ll lead on. All we need is a little determination!