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The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Posted on Mar 2, 2010
White House / Lawrence Jackson

President Barack Obama meets recently with a bipartisan mix of congressional leaders on health care reform.

By Stanley Kutler

Politics are paralyzed. The minority party is motivated by a desire to have the president of the United States fail, while the squishy majority is in disarray, drawing into question its capacity to govern. Congressional leadership of both parties is inept and ineffective. The result is drift and inertia, a pathetic situation, befitting a banana republic.

Divided government need not mean gridlock, however. Political history demonstrates that despite partisan differences and jockeying for favor, the system works.

Dwight Eisenhower swept to victory in the 1952 presidential election, carrying with him a Republican Party that had been rejected for 20 years. The Republican majority proved short-lived, and for the last six years of Eisenhower’s two terms he worked with a Democratic Congress. He governed effectively, aided, no doubt, by the fact that real congressional power often belonged to the alliance between Republicans and Southern Democrats. (That alliance fell apart years later when the Republican Party, in true bipartisan fashion, overwhelmingly supported civil rights legislation in 1964-65.)

Richard Nixon, who took pride in his “firsts,” had the dubious distinction of being the first president elected twice without carrying his party to power in Congress. Still, Nixon governed effectively for the most part until his self-inflicted wound. Conflict and hostility surely existed, yet Nixon and Congress agreed on some notable legislation. The same holds for Ronald Reagan, whose party never controlled the House during his terms, and ruled the Senate only sporadically.

The notion of “divided government” apparently had popular approval then. The concept had significant appeal to students of the Constitution who saw it as a virtue for ensuring the effectiveness of the separation of powers. “Gridlock” seemed an alien, distant concept.

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Effective, inspiring leadership can prevail, even in the face of partisan or ideological opposition. Leadership in this country means presidential leadership. Given the now-prevailing gridlock and the resulting failure to implement promised changes, the focus inevitably is on President Barack Obama. What went wrong? 

Following Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, the media and political commentators invoked Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “100 Days,” that hoary, simplistic benchmark by which they intended to judge the new president. The true importance of FDR’s 100 Days was not legislative accomplishments—his early successes pale next to his later, more permanent achievements—but rather the power and force of presidential leadership.

Roosevelt came to power denouncing the “money changers in the Temple” and the “economic royalists” who had rent the economic and social fabric. FDR followed his excoriation of the “money changers” by noting “they have no vision and where there is no vision, the people perish.” Curiously, the iconoclast of 1933 stood in sharp contrast to the conservative campaigner of 1932, rooted in glittering generalities as well as the old shibboleths. He proposed a balanced budget and the Economy Act to reduce government spending by 25 percent.

But President Roosevelt embarked on bold, new paths. “Our primary task is to put people to work,” he said, and he introduced both stimulus measures and the dramatic, new concept of government as the employer of last resort. FDR became the rallying force for both restoration and change.

Barack Obama and his advisers fashioned a brilliant campaign, one that defeated the favored Democratic candidate, repudiated the policies and ideas of the incumbent president and gained the improbable election of an African-American president. Obama promised many things and set lofty goals—“change” was his leitmotif, including a new way of doing politics in Washington, a retreat from the adventurous, questionable foreign policies of George W. Bush, and, in general, a constant appeal to our better selves. Obama’s soaring message unquestionably aroused the traditional electorate and also energized a broad array of new, young voters.

The “Obama Moment” should have begun in his first 100 days, however artificial and ahistorical that time frame. FDR was many things, but what stood out clearly was his bold grasp of power and the mantle of leadership. He offered a call to arms and action to inspire the nation’s faith in its “rendezvous with destiny.”

FDR used his moment to offer hope for recovery from the dark abyss into which the United States had fallen. 2009 was not 1933 in either its scope or depth of depression. Yet Barack Obama’s history-shattering election had the mark of a mandate for fueling his oft-expressed calls for change—and hope. Bogged down in two apparently intractable wars, and burdened with staggering and soaring costs for maintaining its empire, the nation suffered its greatest economic calamity in more than 70 years. The paralysis of the credit and banking machinery bought in its wake a devastated stock market, a general economic downturn, unemployment, home foreclosures and the loss of private pensions, among other misfortunes.

The Obama Moment had come—and was gone with his inauguration. The time was ripe for meaningful action to revitalize a deeply wounded and troubled nation. It was not to be.



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By Mark Crawford, April 15, 2010 at 10:15 am Link to this comment

I completely disagree with your argument.  It has no basis in reality.
Mark
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By Kathy Sullivan, March 6, 2010 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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People are scared, insecure and depressed right now; they are paralyzed by the
fact that the person they trusted to elect president of their country has
betrayed and alienated them.  I was one of those who trusted Obama; I
canvassed door to door for him for six weeks; the hardest job i ever had.  But it
is time to realize that he is a corporate person; his allegiance and money power
comes from them.  Oh sure, he raised the most internet money for any
candidate from ordinary people like us.  But he got his overwhelming money
from the corporations!  He is now top CEO of our nation.  The corporations
starting slowly betraying this nation 30 years ago with their internationalist
mind set.  I remember in the 50’s the corporate slogan back then was “the
customer is always right. . .” Not anymore!! Bottom line is, our wages have not
kept up with the cost of living; when I grew up, only my father worked and we
were able to pay all of our bills and save money too.  I had braces, ballet
lessons, piano lessons etc. and my two brothers also had theirs with only my
father’s pay check.  And that’s the way in was in every family.  If catastrophe
struck a family, there was always the wife who could get a job and pull the
family through.  Not anymore, there are no safety nets and everyone is a few
checks away from bankruptcy.  Time is ripe for a third party!

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By yours truly, March 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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However well the system may have worked in the past, right now it’s broken and irreparably so, what with time running out on account of perpetual war + global warming + economic collapse = doomsday.  So isn’t it mute, whether a more FDR-like approach by President Obama could have brought about the change we can believe in, such as troops out now, single payer, public ownership of banks and full employment?  After all he is who he is, an oratorically gifted wholly owned Wall Street functionary.  Nor should we set ourselves up for even more disappointments by rallying round some other candidate(s) in the 2010/2012 elections, since it’s the system of so-called representative democracy, not this or that individual, that has to go, be done with, needs replacement.  But if not represenative democracy, what?  Direct democracy, rendered doable and easily so by way of the Internet.  What’ll become of indirect (representative) democracy?  Relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs, along with wars, presidents/monarchs, lobbyists and privatized public services of any kind.  And best of all, with direct democracy it’ll be up to us, the what sort of world.

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By gerard, March 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment

John Ellis: Qhoting from your last comment:

“For your middleclass has as a highest priority to get my laboring class better educated, as soon as possible get us college degree qualified and PhD certified.  True is most of us slow thinkers can achieve nothing higher then a sixth grade, need above all two years of vocational training and then on to income earning.

Then if so kind, a minimum wage of $20 an hour plus healthcare would be just fine.”

Are you so sure about dividing people into rigid classes?  College degrees versus “slow thinkers?
I’ve known a lot of stupid college grads and a number of very savvy “sixth grade plus vocational” people.  Problem for all of us is that political education is not easy to get unless you “major” in political science or economics etc.  Fundamentals could be taught and understood at earlier levels but are neglected.  I wonder why?  Maybe “the government” (or the general population?) is not interested enough in educating everybody???

Anyway, education is available outside of schools, and many who attend schools for years do not get a good education.  There are many contradictions in our present “system.” 

I sense that you resent people who have what is sometimes called (but not always really) “higher” education.  Sorry to hear that, but remember—what you are is more important than what you do or what you know.  A PhD can’t make a “silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

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By gerard, March 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

John Ellis: 

“Don’t see anyone here talking out the minimum wage.”
Most people on these TD lines uphold minimum wage.

“Don’t see a though(t) being expressed about a working man’s right in forcing Wal-Mart to stop union organizer harassment.” Most people on TD seem to be pro-union.

“Don’t see the illegal alien laboring class buddies of ours being defended here.” Most people on TD appear to be more or less supportive of rights for Mexican labor.

“Don’t see any gratitude for those who do 95% of all the bleeding and dying in war, my laboring class buddies who are 95% of those forced to fight in war.”
Most people here are strongly anti-war.

Are you sure you are reading these people right?  I see them quite differently.  The failure (our failure) here is not in words but in deeds—which is certainly not our fault alone.

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By gerard, March 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Well, you’ve chewed Obama up and spit him out about 50,000 times—so now what?

Think about organizing people at the grassroots for 2010, in preparation for 2012.  It ain’t over till it’s over, and the great resource of democracy is public participation in government.  The possibilities are still there, waiting for intelligent, humane guidance from millions of people who are alive and well.

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By cathy810, March 3, 2010 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

The author is correct, but fails to point out that red flags were there for all to see during the primaries and were ignored by the press.

Mr. Kutler, did you comment then about 130+ votes of present… not exactly the hallmarks of a man with convictions…

Did you remark upon the fact that the candidate was never tested or even asked a follow-up question?

Did you have an opinion about the fact that the tightest, most controlled campaign in the history of politics allowed there online operatives to use the race card against anyone who dared to question the chosen one?

Sign me, fed up, former Liberal.

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By balkas, March 3, 2010 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Yes, the system works. Brilliantly in palestine, yemen, afgh’n, iraq, somalia.
The system worked well in slavery, lynchings,extirpation of indigenes, hiroshima,nicaragua, and elsewhere.

It worked well in ‘law’making; i.e., writing `laws` for THEM and against the other THEM. And it might work well for the former THEM for centuries.

So, amers go back to sleep and sleep over the present ideal system when a new one might come ab in afew decades or centuries.
But change willl come,I hope. tnx

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By greenuprising, March 3, 2010 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

Baloney.  The system doesn’t work.  It doesn’t always produce gridlock, that’s right.  But it always produces bad law.  Worse, it consistently produces and reproduces corporate power.  It has done so since Justice Marshall invented constitutional review and decided that corporations had the right to “immortality”.  Since the 1820’s the federal government, led by Congress, has been subsidizing big money at the expense of ordinary Americans.  And “balance of powers” has done nothing to stop it and everything to further it.  It’s time to throw out the broken Constitution of 1788 and create a democracy.

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By the worm, March 3, 2010 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

If this is what Obama meant by ?‘consensus’, Obama’s achieved it: moderates,
conservatives and liberals are united ?in their opposition.

The ‘reforms’ are variously considered a sham, trivial or an? institutionalization
of the current disastrous health care system (only with ?more public subsidies to
the insurance industry). 

The confusion and endless gyrations evident in the plan (try reading it) are the
result of trying to fit ‘reform of the system’ into the system’s current contorted,
inefficient and costly contours (in other words, the plan is not a ‘reform’, but
more pasting things on to a broken system).

Here’s what the people wanted when Obama and the Democrats started:

“A mere seven months ago (that would be around June 2009), The New York ?
Times/CBS poll found that 72% of Americans ‘supported a government-?
administered insurance plan—something like Medicare for those under 65—?
that would compete for customers with private insurers.’”

From then until now, Obama has:?

1.  Rejected single payer; ?

2.  Stiff-armed the government option; ?

3.  Mandated individuals and families pay premiums to private sector insurers; ?

4.  Assured billions in tax payer subsidies for private sector insurers; ?

5.  Stipulated actual health care service at 80 cents of every dollar, while ?
insurers can spend
20 cents of every premium dollar on lobbying, ‘sympathetic’ ?candidates, CEO
bonuses, ‘administration’, fighting claims for treatment and, ?now we can add,
participating on the new Federal ‘rate review’ Board.

The substance of the President’s proposal is the current costly, inefficient and ?
ineffective insurance system on Federal steroids.

If Obama wanted to cast himself as a leader, this was surely his last chance,
and he blew it with a plan to keep the current system in place, while
supplementing it with taxpayers’ money in the form of mandated premium
payments and Federal ‘subsidies’.  That’s no reform at all.

A Down Vote is What the Non-Reform Deserves and hopefully, for the sake of
the American people, a Down Vote is What the Obama Plan Will Get.

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By BarbieQue, March 3, 2010 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

To elisalouisa, March 2 at 11:34 pm said:

“... there is every indication that his call for “change” was a sham, then we were all fooled.”

Respectfully, some of us were *Not* fooled. Some of us knew that when Zero talked about “hope and change” and failed to provide even a few specifics the DC Machine was spinning.

But we were very unpopular. Kind of like High School. We can say “We Told You So” but most didn’t even hear the words, let alone think about the substance of what we were saying. The same thing will probably happen in 2012, only the cool kids will be the (R)‘s who will steal more of your money and liberty.

Peace

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By miniwoodnz, March 3, 2010 at 2:16 am Link to this comment
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What on earth is wrong with the lot of you.Its time you got some guts and refused to put up with the absolute rubish thrown by the so called republicans and democrats.Maybe you deserve what you get, the trouble being that you stuff the rest of the world

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By jack kane, March 3, 2010 at 2:14 am Link to this comment
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The system only works to protect the rich and rob the poor, which was its purpose from inception. Whenever someone starts blabbering to you about the founding fathers, slap him across the mouth and tell him about black slavery, redskin genocide, women rights, poll taxes, property rights, oil monopolies, war profits, etc. In the past century, in the 30s and 60s there were brief windows of opportunity to achieve good, and some good was done, but not enough, and recently it was undone. Now America is outright fascist, though in a vein different from Adolf’s and Benito’s. Class warfare rages but only one side fights!

The worst is, the losers, those undereducated by schools determined on promoting conformity and stupidity, those raped by corporations bound on totalitarian control of every aspect of society, those sold out by their leaders, the owned, the slaves, don’t even know what’s happening to them. These poor people are so brainwashed they think Obama is a socialist (if only he were!). They blindly go from Republican to Democrat, idiotically expecting change. Correction - repeating the same action over and over expecting different results is not imbecility, but insanity. And we live in insane times. The author of this headlines certainly must be nuts.

Soon all hell will open up and leak on us like urine from a broken toilet, and then all the unhappy, oppressed nuts will shoot their guns, demanding ‘change’, i.e. regression back to the good old times of the 1950s when the US elite was robbing merely the rest of the world and not its own peons, at least not as vigorously, or to the ideals of the founding fathers - power for the landed white elite, and slavery for the rest, especially the for the coloreds (sound familiar?). Armed revolution will only lead to disaster and tragedy. We may also have nuclear fun, depending on how a dissolving empire armed with enough bombs to wipe out the whole Solar system, and enough hubris to try to demolish the galaxy, will react to its disintegration.

What’s there to do? The most important thing is to realize what’s really going on, and then try to connect with others. Tell them about the two branches of the business party, about Monsanto, about the vileness of the wars, about the thievery of Wall Street, about the vacuity that lurks behind Oblahma’s sparkling image. If scream ‘you’re crazy!’, tell them to read Joseph Heller. Tell people to smash their TVs with sledgehammers. Tell people immigrants are in the same camp as them, screwed by the real enemy, the greedy corporations.

Only through collective increased awareness can we get anywhere. Yeah, the system works. But not for us.

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By ofersince72, March 3, 2010 at 12:34 am Link to this comment

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By P. T., March 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment

I agree Obama’s troubles began with bad appointments.

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By elisalouisa, March 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

Stan Kutler is correct about the President being wounded. Did he really intend to govern as the man we elected? If not, and there is every indication that his call for “change” was a sham, then we were all fooled.
You are correct marcus medler. The power elite now control most of Washington
through think tanks, opinion and lobby groups and other means to influence and
control our Congress and President. The middle/working class has no power, their
jobs are “no longer available” because our government allowed our factories to
relocate out of the country. We all know that is why the job situation is poor. Our
main stream media rarely mentions this or what our wars are going to our
country.

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By marcus medler, March 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

Aloha Stan   Nice summary, but Washington is
faced with some very destructive ” think tanks”
that were not around when F>D>R> was
working. Yes, the regressive elements have
always been in the mix, but I contend that the
Cato institute, Heritage foundation, and other
centers of putrid thought have more money and
influence than before the war. In fact, all the
influence seekers, opinion and lobby groups
are more persuasive today and more effective.
Historians need to look at these(american
institutions) and how they contribute to
governance. A new book by Gary Wills, “The
Bomb” does just that. He exposes, the weapon
industries and security interests ability to
corrupt the constitution and create an executive
branch unchained from legal constructs
inhibiting actions.(down your alley)

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By liecatcher, March 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

The System Works, Even if These Bozos Don’t
Posted on Mar 2, 2010 By Stanley Kutler

bozo definitions:
A dunce; a fool
noun: a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

Of course the “system” works. It’s no coincidence
that the U.S.
is beyond bankrupt & we the people are enslaved in a
debtor’s
abyss. The cataclysmic economic collapse we are
experiencing
was carefully crafted by Government Sachs, whose
henchmen Bush3
quickly installed to maintain the fascist momentum
created by
“the boldness and cunning of his more effective
predecessors.”
The “system” has always worked to benefit the elite
1% at the
expense & detriment of the 99%.
Mr. Kutler may see Bush3 as he described:
” The president is perceived as timid, floundering
and reluctant to act.
He is wounded. Can he recover? Can he hold on to
congressional majorities
and can he govern as the man we elected?” 
We the people see him as an aggressive war mongering
lying fascist who
acts quickly to further the NEW WORLD ORDER / ONE
WORLD GOVERNMENT agenda,
but slowly & disingenuously playing good cop while
ensuring that any program
to benefit the populace is defeated. Even some
hardcore “progressives”, who
until now, have been blinded by hope & paralyzed by
the futility of trying
to turn predators into humanitarians and make the
“system” work for the
people, have finally seen the light.
And finally, lest we forget, in Washington,D.C., home
of the most expensive
brothel in the world, MAMMON is King.

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By TomSemioli, March 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

Politics is NOT paralyzed: this is government business as usual.

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By prole, March 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

??? WTF ??? ….is this the first draft for a chapter in a high school civics textbook circa 2025? …duhhhhh….in case you missed it, class…..this news flash just in from Scoop Kutler… everything you need to know about the last two years in politics in one easy lesson…But hark! ”The president is perceived as timid, floundering and reluctant to act. He is wounded. Can he recover? Can he hold on to congressional majorities and can he govern as the man we elected?”…tune in right here again two years from now for the answers to these riveting questions from our on-the-spot, real-time reporter Rip Van Kutler! After all, “Timing is everything.” And until the next sophmoric pep talk, don’t forget to keep reminding yourself Bozo, the System works! (Even if you aren’t).

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By felicity, March 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

What Obama doesn’t seem to get is that when one is elected to, or appointed to, a position in the American federal government, one has joined a loose body conprised of crime syndicates competing for power.

To ‘make’ it in that world one must think like, act like and become a criminal.  That’s the set-up President Obama, and if you don’t get with the program, you’re going to be offed.

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By Korky Day, March 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps the author did not write the headline.
Anyway, the system fails.  A mere change in personnel will change little unless we are led by someone like Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio), who pledged to overhaul the system itself.  He supports ballot reform (instant run-off; proportional representation).  Support him, my Green Party, or other anti-duopoly parties.  http://www.korky.ca

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By SoTexGuy, March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

I am an Obama supporter. I still am liking him so very much more than Bush or what we could have had with the Rethuglican alternative.

That being said I totally agree with the author.. our President Obama is very much less than what I expected listening to candidate Obama… and ultimately, just being better than the criminals that occupied the White House before him is not nearly enough.

Obama, come out swinging right now on the issues and values that got you into office or face the wrath of your supporters.. and the contempt of history.

Adios.

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By Anarcissie, March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

As an example of the restoration of the Bill of Rights, I’d like to see the Fourth Amendment restored.  The amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  As most of you know we are constantly under surveillance by governments and corporations, and can be raided any time in the names of the War on Terror and the War on Drugs.  The Supreme Court will not willingly change this, and neither will Congress, the President, or any other high officials or legislators.  For that, we will need either the threat of a Third Party, or widespread civil disobedience.

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By bonito, March 2, 2010 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

The system works alright, but certainly not for the
workers, poor, and middle class. In retrospect when
it seemed to work as during FDR’s reign, was because
the poor which comprised an overwhelming majority at
the time, became actively engaged in near Revolution,
and the owners of the country were so afraid that the
population would turn Communist, allowed the
Democrats to throw a few pennies on the ground for
the masses to fight over.  Now that the rich have
taken complete control of the country, there is
little incentive in the congress to do anything to
aleviate the suffering of the less fortunate, after
all, our’s is not to wonder why, our’s is but to do
or die.

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By Anarcissie, March 2, 2010 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

The system set up in the Constitution was designed so that the well-off White males who set it up could continue to live in comparative freedom and expand their domains while maintaining control of their women, children, employees and slaves.

It is not surprising that it gradually evolved into a unitary, imperial state in which everyone is under surveillance, a huge number are in jail, and a few very well-off people and high-placed managers form a ruling class.  The system “works” in the sense that it serves the interests of these people, who are fairly psychopathic.

If there is a solution to this bad situation is seems very doubtful that it lies in reforming this same system according to its own rules.  Fairly revolutionary change is required, beginning with a a fundamental change in public culture and requiring local activism.  We need to get people to stop looking for magical payoffs and start demanding freedom.

However, I think one large-scale policy effort can be made right now, and that is a demand that the wars be stopped, the empire dismantled, and the Bill of Rights restored to the people.

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By zeroinfinity, March 2, 2010 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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President Obama really needs to stop the koombaya stuff.  It’s really getting old.  Not only that, it is obvious that it is not working - and naturally so!  It’s about time our President starts showing some teeth too.  It’s time for our President to figure who is part of the problem and who is part of the solution. 

    He can’t expect Republicans to go along with he wants.  I was hoping that the President was made clear about this already, but evidently not.  Would George W. Bush Jr. bring the “opposition to the table”?  What makes our President believe that Republicans are even WORTHY of being at the table anyhow?!  After all, they call him names every chance they have, not to mention that GOP members are greedy people who lack intelligence.  Wake up Mr. President.  Please! 

Say something like, “You either agree with me and pass _______ or you are an unpatriotic American.”  George did, and it worked for him too.  Do what McCarthy did decades ago and turn it against the GOP.  Do a witchhunt against them, perhaps haul GOP members to a secret prison - make them disappear. Republicans done precisely this action before.  Give them a taste of their own medicine!  After all, Mr. President, GOP members do deserve to have this happen to them.  I am sure you agree, since they are unable to accurately define what a “socialist” is and call you names every chance they have.  Hell conservatives accuse you of not even being an American.  Why are you not punishing them for this and instead, “bringing them to the table”?  This makes no sense to me, Mr. President.

Mr. President, you have the power to give the impression that conservatism is an un-American ideology that needs to be outlawed.  It’s ok..  It’s not politically dangerous to do this.  Conservatives done this to liberals before, several times in USA history.  Again, Mr. President, it is about time the GOP have a taste of their own medicine.  The GOP not only put the USA trillions of dollars in debt, they do not care for the working class.  Obviously, conservative ideology, in and of itself, does not benefit the majority of the population.

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By Vic Anderson, March 2, 2010 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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We don’t need NO faux Rusevelt, Franklin; particularly one perpetuating,
escalating and widening Aggressive, CRIMINAL Bush Wars, while abjectly
BREAKING his promise of single-payer health care when We the People (did)
deliver DEM a majority in both Congressional and (HIS) presidency! What a
Constitutional traitor.

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By Hank Van den Berg, March 2, 2010 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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The cave-in by Obama is so complete that one can only conclude that it is intentional.  Obama is a compelte fraud who only intended to put the dissatisfied left to sleep while giving the usual corporate interests, who funded his campaign, time to recover from their disastrous past actions.  His fraud is still working.  Why does anyone still think Obama can turn things around when he has no intention of doing so? 
Wake up people!  We’ve been had.
We need to start over, but given what Obama has done to us, it is not clear where we start.  Is there enough anger left to overcome the media silence and Obama’s renewed Patriot Act?

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By Commune115, March 2, 2010 at 3:47 am Link to this comment

Another article from the crop of the blind, dumb and timid.

What we need is social REVOLUTION. We need to bring back the guillotine for these clowns and establish popular power, no more catering to the interests of the oligarchy!

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By ardee, March 2, 2010 at 3:17 am Link to this comment

I would offer that the author suffers a sort of political blindness that is far from uncommon in todays political arena. I ,too, admire that which the Founders created, yet I , unlike this author apparently, understand that times have changed and so must our government.

The system has been co-opted by money. I think that is rather obvious, and, in fairness, Mr. Kutler does touch upon this in his reference to the amounts of money showered on Max Baucus by the Insurance and Pharma Industries in order to buy his allegiance. I would add that, despite the flowery rhetoric of the Obama campaign those who noted the amounts of money he received from our corporate masters already understood that, speeches aside, change was not in the offing.

I am not advocating dramatic change here, but I think we all are aware, all excepting our diehard democratic loyalists here, that our two party system is a sham and a fraud. It is past time to loosen the stranglehold the two parties have on our electoral process, it is time to make electioneering free of the vast sums of money necessary to compete for office thus returning the allegiance of our legislators where it belongs, to the voter.

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By ofersince72, March 2, 2010 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

Oh my Gosh,  did I really read what I just
read?

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