I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because, like Travis Smiley, I believed Barack Obama was the right person in the right place, at the right time to lead America, but it didn't take long for me to realize that Barack Obama was just another spineless pragmatic politician lacking the backbone to take on the special interest, like Wall Street, that came close to taking America down the drain in 2008.
I voted for Barack Obama again in 2012 not because I believed he would reach his potential of being a great leader, but only because I felt he was a better choice than Mitt Romney.
In his attempt to sway Republicans to reach some "grand bargain" the President has made a few mistakes. First, you cannot compromise with the unwilling and Republicans have shown no matter what the President does to "reach out" to them they are going to hate him nonetheless. Also, no matter what "compromise" is offered one thing Republicans will never do willingly. Allow themselves or those they truly represent to sacrifice one red cent towards the problems they caused with their own idiocy and greed.
President Obama just will not learn. The more he tries to "reach out" to the modern Republican Party the worse he looks. These folks are simply never going to accept anything that includes any sacrifice from themselves or their selfish ilk to cure the ills their policies of greed and trickle-down have caused this country. They simply do not care how many people suffer as long as they do not contribute one red cent to anything. In fact, they take his need for a "grand bargain" as nothing but a weakness for them to exploit to steal more from the very folks who have already made all the sacrifices.
For a long time we have been telling the President and all Democrats one thing. There is no need to try and compromise or "reach out" to the modern Republican Party led by such "people" as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Indeed reaching out to these folks only leads to one thing. Pulling back a bloody nub. And now for a President that seems all to willing to sell his base and his beliefs down the river for some "grand bargain" to create some sort of legacy to be "proud" of we can only ask this. Ready to fight yet?
President Obama is at it again. In "reaching out" to Republicans he is simply giving them too much power and too much say in deficit negotiations. These are after all the same Republicans who have lost the last two elections on their "ideals" and offer nothing of substance to millions of working Americans. Their only solution is to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, veterans, the working poor, and children. Their goal is to destroy our social safety net and take billions of dollars out of our pockets. Now, not only is President Obama helping them do it he is actually trying to convince Democrats who oppose such measures to back him up.
For a long time in America one thing for Progressives has rung true. In elections and the public discourse it seems to always be heads they win and tails we lose. I mean, what else must happen before Progressive vision is enacted to deal with the problems that have beset our nation? That is the one thing that is needed and never tried. True Progressive vision.
It is probably the best thing that has happened in the whole "fiscal cliff" fiasco. The Prince of Orange John Boehner suffered a humiliating defeat to his own radical caucus and left Washington without doing his job in disgrace. And while the Republican "Plan B" was shot down in flames the President and his post re-election ideas are just about as bad. And of course since its best for America that both Boehner and Obama's latest "compromises" are rejected the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell is calling for something he hasn't wanted for four years. For the Senate to pass a bill.
The news today if true about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations is not only quite disturbing, but equally as much perplexing. I guess it should not be. The modern Democratic Party with a few exceptions has long been very good at this. Through cowardice or complicity or whatever reason you might believe the Democratic Party always seems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No wonder they can never keep power for too long and can never enact an agenda to stop decades of trickle-down economics. Americans believe they talk a good game but are too cowardly to do anything about it. And you know something? They are for the most part spot on.
No matter what party controls the White House or Congress one thing is ringing true time and time again. The politicians in Washington care little about the will of the American people and instead hope to impose their own elitist will upon the rest of us. These "fiscal cliff" negotiations are becoming the latest example of the "screw you" attitudes of politicians in both parties. Because although the American people have spoken, and continue to speak loud and clear on this issue Washington politicians simply refuse to listen.
Across America a funny thing appears to be happening. Far-Right wing zealots who for decades have been telling us all how much they love their country and have constantly lectured us about their own patriotism are having their true feelings and hypocrisy shown to all. Was it some Pulitzer winning expose' that did this? Did Geraldo Rivera open a vault of knowledge that had something in it this time? No, it was the words and actions of these un-American zealots that exposed them.
Mitch McConnell is doing what he does best. Around here, we call him the Senator for Communist China for a reason. That is because he thinks America should be much more like the oppressive Communist regime in China. That way, no matter what people think or what Americans want McConnell can feel justified in destroying Democracy. Now, after this election Mitch McConnell is planning to do just that again.
It seems as if as much as any President ever, Barack Obama has had plenty of myths swirling around him and his rise to prominence. While right-wing loonies are always going to hate anyone that does not agree with their stone-age vision of the world Barack Obama seems to have his fair share of folks that just simply hate him no matter what. Since this is America, these folks are entitled to their own opinion. However, as I have stated before they are not entitled to their own truth, or myths about the President and what he has and hasn't done in the White House.
Before Americans step into the voting booth on election day they need to bear one thing in mind. While Republicans are certainly entitled to their own opinions and vote, they are not entitled to their own truth. And while I realize that both sides engage in untruths and misinformation in campaigns it seems as if Barack Obama has faced more than his share of untruths directed at him. We all know that the collapse that crippled this economy ocurred before he was elected and that as soon as he took office he was faced with a huge mess to clean up. The big lie is that his policies were enacted to do so and failed.
Tonight we watched a Republican candidate get schooled in a debate by an incumbent President. So much to the point that he started just mostly agreeing with that President to milk the clock out. However, when Mitt Romney wasn't learning about nuclear submarines and that the Army does not have Calvary anymore he tried to resort to what he has used this whole campaign. Lies. However, one lie regurgitated from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity just does not stand up to scrutiny.
One trend of the last few decades completely perplexes me. How Southerners, and rural Americans in general insist on voting against the interests of themselves and their families by voting for the Republican Party. You see, most rural and small-town voters are hard-working people. The very folks who have seen their livelihoods decimated by the trickle-down idiocy Republican policies create. Never before has the effect of an election been more important to them.
The battle is heating up once again on extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the very wealthy. This time it appears as if the President might actually fight on this issue. The facts bear out that the very wealthy just have not been paying their fair share. They speak of patriotism, but refuse to sacrifice one thing for the betterment of our country as a whole. Now today, the argument between President Obama and Mitt Romney is heating up again.
In a videotaped message to the fourth Netroots Nation conference of his administration President Obama had a simple message to Progressive activists that had hoped his election would signal a change in the direction of our country. His message? "Change is hard". Indeed, for a man elected with such soaring "hopes" for "change" by a country that was starved for a leader that would simply fight for the interests of our country as a whole and not the selfish very few, change has been coming very "hard". In fact, we have seen little change at all.