Originally Posted by Loki Odinson
What if Obama, on his first day, ordered an immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq/Afghanistan, flushed out the Bushies in the DOJ and had Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice/Wolfowitz/Gonzales/Yoo etc... arrested for War Crimes/War Profiteering/Treason, appointed a special DOJ taskforce to investigate and try those on Wall Street who engineered the financial collapse, announced his support for gay marriage, reinstated the regulations that were removed which lead to the 08 crash, held everyone who fucked up with Katrina/New Orleans, pushed for a single payer healthcare, announced cuts in the military budget which were then going to be used for education, infrastructure and healthcare...etc....".
I'm going to be polite here, because I want to believe the best of you, which would be that you're maybe on the fresher side of 19 and will calm down once you get a bit older and/or they iron out your meds dosage. But in answer to your "what if?" question:
There have been tens of thousands more deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan due to the rush of factions looking to fill the power vacuum left by our sudden withdrawal. Maybe a bit of Kurdish genocide in Iraq, probably a Taliban or Taliban-lite regime reestablishing itself in Afghanistan, making all of the effort and violence there over the last decade utterly pointless.
Bin Laden is still alive and plotting against the West, only with more resources and recruits at his disposal than ever. Because he's a folk hero now, like Che Guevara, only bigger and more sucessful; the man who went toe-to-toe with both the biggest superpowers in living memory and turned them back.
Single payer healthcare doesn't even reach the proposed bill stage, and his proposed budget cuts to the military budget are not even considered by a Congress stampeding to get away from the most unpopular president in American history. He's the most unpopular president in American history because:
a) All the centrists he courted in the 08 election by swearing over and over that he was a centrist who would make bipartisanship his guiding star hate him, not just because they disagree with his radical new policies, but because he made fools of them by openly lying to them to nab their votes
b) The people who hated him anyway have seen all their worst fears about what would happen if we put a lying, conniving, radical (insert racial slur here) into the White House, and are even more incensed, leading to the worst racial violence we've seen in a lifetime
c) There are 100,000+ military personnel returning home, bitter in defeat and angry at the president who wouldn't let them finish the job, and also they can't find jobs because
d) with no popular or political support, there was no auto bailout and no stimulus, and unemployment levels are beating those at the height of the Great Depression.
All of these angry, out of work people combine to make the Tea Party protests 5x larger and way more violent than what we actually experienced. There are riots in most major American cities.
Meanwhile, Obama is being impeached for politicizing the DoJ and turning it into his own personal hit squad. No one much cares if he actually broke the law because he has an 85% disapproval rating anyway. None of the investigations against Bush Admin or banking industry figures ever make it to the indictment phase, but the nation's first black president is bounced out of office less than halfway through his first term, with no legislative accomplishments and carrying the distinction of ushering in a 2nd Great Depression.
Also, Don't Ask Don't Tell is still on the books and gay marriage is more illegal than ever with all Obama has done to fire up the right-wing base and make the center suspicious of anything that vaguely wafts of progressivism.
Edited by Schwartz - 5/11/12 at 8:07am