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Danny Schechter writes: "Yet, at the same time, many of us who now know how we have been used will vote for him again, because, as he rightly calculates, there is no one else, and the alternative is even worse. Watch and weep as today's rebels become next year's rationalizers."

President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. (photo: AP)
President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. (photo: AP)

Barack's Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can't Deny

By Danny Schechter, Reader Supported News

30 August 11

Reader Supported News | Perspective


Oh, the pain of the believer.

ournalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our "biases" are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we cover them,

Even "just the facts ma'am," journos for Big Media have to decide which facts to include and which to ignore.

Our outlooks are always shaped by our worldviews, values and experience, not to mention the outlets we work for.

Which brings me to the challenge of seeking truth and recognizing it when you see it.

I have to admit that I was seduced by the idea of Barack Obama.

The idea of a black president, the idea of a young president, the idea of an articulate president, and the idea of a man married to such a stand-up woman from a working-class family was hard to resist.

Here's a guy who seemed really smart, not just because he went to Harvard, but because professors there I liked were impressed with him. (I taught at Harvard, and know very well how not so smart many students there can be!)

In the end, it doesn't mean much, but in that period he lived about a block away from the house I once shared on Dartmouth Street in Somerville.

Was that a degree of separation?

He had also been a community organizer, starting in politics at the grass roots in Chicago. I also worked at Saul Alinsky-style organizing, and even knew the iconic organizer personally.

Was that another degree?

He invoked the spirit of the civil rights movement, but was not part of it. He treated Dr. King as a monument before the new memorial was conceived, embracing him as a symbol of the past, not a guide to the future.

He took an anti-war stance on pragmatic grounds only, preferring Afghanistan to Iraq. He hasn't extricated us from either battlefield.

His strategy borrowed heavily from the Bush Doctrine. What's the difference, really, as US troops now intervene worldwide and Guantanamo remains open for business?

There was a lot I didn't know. I didn't know the backgrounds of those that groomed him and funded him. His relationship with the centrist DLC was murky, as were the details on the services he performed for a shadowy firm, Business International, said to have CIA links.

There were those who warned, but I guess I didn't want to listen.

Why? I didn't want to reinforce my own skepticism and sense of despair. I feigned at being hopeful even as I took quite a few critical whacks at his positions in my blog. His deviations from a liberal agenda and his paens to the "free market" were considered necessary for his "electability."

I was also influenced by the euphoria for him overseas that had become infectious but has since soured.

To be honest, I was so disgusted with eight years of George Bush for all the right reasons that I wanted him gone full stop, as did millions of Americans.

Hillary didn't appeal to me, not because she's a woman, but because of her slavish affinity for the Israel lobby and middle of the road Democrats. (Yes, Obama did his mea culpa to AIPAC too!)

I was denounced as a super-sexist by a few for not buying into her centrist Clintonista crusade.

She had gone from a student advocate to part of a ruling family; he went from bottom-up activism to top-down elitism.

When she joined his "team," you knew they were always in the same league.

When the right bashed him for associating with radical Bill Ayers, who I knew, it made me suspect he might even be cooler than I thought, even as he raced to distance himself. His membership in Reverend Wright's church hinted at a deeper consciousness, until he buckled in the media heat and threw the man that married him under the bus.

And yet, I wanted to believe because I needed to believe, needed to believe it was possible to change the American behemoth, to believe that, as he kept saying, "it could be different this time."

As the late writer David Foster Wallace put it, "In the day-to-day trenches of adult life ... there is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship ... else (what) you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things - if they are where you tap real meaning in life - then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough."

So, in a sense, I became a worshipper like so many, not of the man or the dance he was doing in an infected political environment, but because I convinced myself that I worshipped possibility, that there are times when the unexpected, even the unbelievable - occurs. I had seen Mandela go from prison to the presidency of South Africa.

After all, how does a progressive blast a candidate who has Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger singing the uncensored version of "This Land Is Your Land" at his inaugural?

Yet, there was always a nagging question: Was he with us, or just co-opting us?

Yes We Can?

Slowly, despite the glow and the aura, deeper truths surfaced, realities I had winked away. It's not surprising that his mantra has gone, as The Washington Post reports, from the "fierce urgency of now," to "Be patient, democracy is big and tough and messy."

Yes, I knew I may have been rationalizing a false god, who was only another, if more attractive, politician who says one thing and does another in a political system where power, not personalities prevail.

Like many of his predecessors he would be "captured" by the power structures, by the military men and contractors at the Pentagon and the money men on Wall Street.

He was in office, but never really in charge. Clearly, he didn't have the votes to enact a real change agenda. But that was because his own party was long ago bought and paid for.

He never had a chance, even if as I wanted to believe, he wanted one. He said he wanted to be a transformational figure, but the system transformed him - and quickly.

Everyone runs "against Washington," even a Senator who was part of it.

And so I held my nose and voted, hoping against my wiser instincts. I even made a positive film about the campaign that showed how he used social media and texting to mobilize new voters. When I tried to get a copy to the White House through an insider there, I found they couldn't be less interested.

By then he had gone from playing the "outside game" to opting into the "inside game" built around compromise in the name of "pragmatism," or "getting it done," in his words. In the end he was a rookie who may have outsmarted himself, or just served the interests who put him there.

He couldn't dump his most passionate and issue-oriented followers fast enough.

While his backers were still hot to trot, he became cooler toward them, and in effect, repudiated them with few progressive appointments. He put on his flag pin and relished the symbolism of the "office." He became the master of the uplifting speech disguising a quite different policy agenda.

He spoke for the people but served the power. His wanted the other side to love him too, even as his stabs at "bi-partisanship" proved non-starters.

When you lie down with those "lambs" (or is it snakes?), you betray not only supporters, but their hopes. FDR was soon spinning in his grave.

I am not surprised that knowledgeable critics of his economic policies not only consider him bull-headed and wrong, but actually, corrupt, aligned and complicit, with the banksters who are still ripping us off. No wonder he's "bundled" more donations from the greedsters and financiers this year than in 2008! No wonder he turned his back on consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren and is trying to kill prosecutions of bank fraud in high places.

Christopher Whalen, who writes for Reuters, say there will be a cost for his doing nothing, "The path of least resistance politically has been to temporize and talk. But by following the advice of Rubin and Summers, and avoiding tough decisions about banks and solvency, President Obama has only made the crisis more serious and steadily eroded public confidence. In political terms, Obama is morphing into Herbert Hoover."

Yet, at the same time, many of us who now know how we have been used will vote for him again, because, as he rightly calculates, there is no one else, and the alternative is even worse. Watch and weep as today's rebels become next year's rationalizers.

It reminds me of when activists were asked to vote for Lyndon Johnson in 1964 with the slogan "Part of the Way with LBJ." That way ended with an endless escalation of war in Vietnam and guns trumping butter. Sound familiar?

The search for truth and reality has hit a wall but has to continue. The lessons need to be learned. We have to say we were wrong when we were, not in our beliefs, but in pinning our hopes on a shrewd, ambitious and double-faced political performance artist.

While people who still back him dismiss the accusation that he's a hidden socialist, Kenyan or space alien, all too many suspect he may be a secret Republican. He is who he is, aloof, cautious, and a man in the middle. He's staying there.

Let's give David Foster the last word.

"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconscioussness ...

... It is about simple awareness - awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over ..."

Filmmaker and News Dissector Danny Schechter edits the blog. He directed "Barack Obama: People's President" (2009) for a South African media company. You may contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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+33 # Phoenix Rising 2011-08-30 11:17
On education, Obama sold us out the moment he appointed Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education -- a man with no education credentials, much less any managerial wisdom, as was telling in his work as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, where among other things he kept a student list of the privileged for their access into the top five public schools in Chicago. Also, what he did have was a personal bond with Obama as a childhood friend. Can anyone say cronyism? And Arne's push for Race to the Bottom is just another instrumental piece in privatizing education and creating a two-tier system (one for us, none for you) much like the failed NCLB policies...In any case, we now have Obama and Duncan pals like Cheryl Colston at the Chicago Public Schools (Director of Labor Relations) partly masterminding the termination of good teachers which a recent news article has begun looking into. ("DO NOT HIRE Hearing Canceled by CPS"/Aug. 22/Substance News) With Democrat Machine "friends" like these, who needs Republican bogey men or bogey women?
+65 # Edward Morris 2011-08-30 11:53
I will not vote for Obama again, nor will I succumb to the "lesser of two evils" argument. I say let the Republicans win and visit their theological nightmare upon our incredibly stupid populace. Then maybe liberals will wake up to the fact that they need to be radicals.
+24 # Maureen Bureson 2011-08-30 13:13
I agree with you, Edward. Sometimes good people keep a bad thing going.

Like the author, I kept rationalizing support for Obama until I learned that his administration is pressuring the NY Attorney General to accept a slap on the wrist for the banksters and immunize them from the consequences of their decisions. That did it. We may as well have the Republican agenda from the Republicans. Maybe then people will insist on removing the money that is corrupting our government with publicly financed elections and overturning Citizens United. Dylan Ratigan will be proposing a constitutional amendment to do just that.

A possible alternative for us may be Americans Elect. Google it if you aren't familiar with it. I'd be interested in hearing what people thing of that.
+20 # Saberoff 2011-08-30 14:37
Edward Morris,
Quoting here:

"....let the Republicans win and visit their theological nightmare upon our incredibly stupid populace."

Yes, but the Republicans did visit their nightmare on us, with W! That's why we voted (although I personally did not) for O Bomba. This is HOW it keeps going, back and forth, Repub, Demo. What's to keep us from voting Demo after your scenario above is realized, yet again? The audacity of hope? O Bomba simply lied to all of us. Are we to keep believing pretty faces, slick voices?

I agree with you. I will not vote either, for either mainstream party, unless for a candidate we are familiar with: Kucinich, Feingold, Grayson (those that TOOK A BULLET already for their insolence). As Nader said, “There’s not a dime's worth of difference between them." So, that leaves us with a Third Party Candidate. Now WHO shall that be?

I'm going to get a moment at least with Bernie Sanders in a couple of weeks. I'm going to tell him that I insist he runs for POTUS, to SAVE HIS OWN COUNTRY!

Now is the time, if ever it was.

What are we to do?
+33 # magnumpo 2011-08-30 14:41
i will not vote for obama again either. i'll write in sen. bernie sanders before giving my support to to such a turn-coat.
he has proven himself a republican wolf in democratic sheep's clothing.
0 # Virginia 2011-08-31 02:44
+4 # Virginia 2011-08-31 02:51
Eric Schneiderman - the new Superman and Beau Biden, Bernie Sanders, Martha Coakley look pretty good right now... We need some superheroes on the ballot. We should draft Schneiderman before the primaries and vote Obama off the page.... And tell him to take Geithner and Bernanke with him.
+24 # AML 2011-08-30 15:18
Please don't not vote. Don't stay home come election day. There are so many down-ticket votes that can counteract the lameness displayed in this administration. Maybe skip the Obama box, or write in someone else, even Alfred E Newman, but vote down-ticket for the most progressive candidates and issues. Apathy will never get us anywhere. Anger at least can be directed.
+9 # Bob Griffin 2011-08-30 16:15
Yeah, and in 2024 or 2028 or 2032 maybe Progressives can recover enough to elect another president and perhaps a majority in Congress.
The Religious Right was empowered with the election of Ronald Reagan, and the most extreme of its members will be re-empowered with a new right-wing Republican president.
+3 # Virginia 2011-08-31 02:43
I agree and if the Dems want to keep ALL OF THEIR SEATS then they better find somebody acceptable to run - because the majority of people are so disgusted they will sit home and the Republicans will win by default. And for the elites - it doesn't matter because money can buy their obedience... Not matter who moves into the White House. And if riots haven't broken out before the election they will afterwards just from total anger. America is tired of the bullshit. It doesn't matter if you are Dem or GOP - chances are you are pissed. 

You know your pension funds are gone, your equity is history and your savings ran out last year. Regulate the damn derivatives and get Wall Street out of the While House.
+49 # Ryan Langemeyer 2011-08-30 11:33
I'm sorry (NO, actually I am NOT sorry), but I will never vote for either of the two oligarch controlled parties ever again. There are people and parties that desperately need support to fight these old paradigm behemoths, and to help bury them forever. Support the Greens, and the Socialists, and the Communists, and the other progressive groups. But, PLEASE, do NOT support the Dems. or Repubs. Do NOT send them your money. Do NOT work for them, ever!!!!!
+3 # OpenMind 2011-08-31 10:44
I agree, Ryan. Yesterday some poor woman had the misfortune of calling me at home asking for donations for Obama's reelection campaign. Boy did she get an earfull! But I'm third party all the way now. Democrats and Republicans are all courting big businesses and don't give a hoot about us "serfs".
+28 # minmouse 2011-08-30 11:41
How can we the people be so trusting? I know I have learned a valuable lesson, I know I should vote for him rather than the Repubs. but I pray that some one else will run also for the Democrats. Probably will be another president like him but should teach him a lesson. I hate him for what he did to the people that loved and trusted him.
+31 # Glenda GG 2011-08-30 11:52
No- wrong. I will never vote for that man again. Better to let the right make fools of us all and we will win the next round. I refuse to vote for that traitor, weak, near financial idiot. No- count me out.
-3 # Regina 2011-08-30 15:57
The problem with Glenda's position is the stark fact that the opposition will make victims of us, not mere fools. If they capture the executive as well as legislative power (and judicial power is already sunk!), the TP-type extremists will slam this country back to the 19th century in terms of living standards, intellectual, social and political freedom, and educational attainment. If Obama runs unopposed in the 2012 Democratic primary, then no matter which rear-facing cowboy Republican runs against him, we must reelect Obama just to hold onto what's left, and then find a competent candidate in 2016. I keep hoping that when he no longer has to grovel for re-election, he will finally find his spine and stop crawling for the mirage of "bipartisanship ."
+16 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 16:39
When it turns out that you are wrong about Obama's second term, that he is equally atrocious, and in 2016 you fall for the next con-man or woman, which will again be the lesser... electable... , and the next time you are wrong, and the next...

At which point should you have been listening to others who were, and are, right about Obama, best-case options and strategies, etc... instead of acting like you know what's best, when your ideas or strategies are the ones that got us here, and in 2016 -- if the Country is unfortunate enough to accommodate your plan -- at what point to you stop expressing inept strategy advice and listen to those who were, and are, right.

About the only sensible thing you wrote, is about the 2012 Democratic Primaries, which granted, is something.

And the implication that you recognize Obama's failings.

And I will give you the nod of well reasoned distaste for Republican politics and politicians.

However, until you begin the push for, first of all, a true progressive, or second, any Democratic Primary challenger, and absent that, anyone but Obama, you are the foolish one in Fantasyland.

Re-electing Obama guarantees a long, long, long, long, long time before Democrats find a "competent candidate."

If Obama's calculated betrayel is vindicated with re-election... forget about it.
+24 # alan17b0 2011-08-30 12:08
The answer, for most of us, is very simple:
keep careful track of the polling as Nov
12 creeps closer. And if you don't live in
a "battleground state" -- most of us don't
and won't -- then vote in some kind of way
that your vote will be noticed. Vote Green,
preferably, but you can also write in
Michael Moore, or Cindy Sheehan.

People in Mass, NY, New Jersey, Maryland,
Oregon, Calif, will have a "free vote",as
will people in TX, Utah, etc. Use it!

Best wishes,

Alan McConnell, in Silver Spring MD
-6 # Michell 2011-08-30 12:16
As my daughter pointed out to me as we were having this discussion last night, "What did people think? That Obama was the second coming or something?" I too, am very disappointed at the perception of his failings, but given the alternative, I WILL work for his re-election. He has been against a very strong confluence of corporate media and "C" street Democrats from the very beginning, but has still accomplished much. Yes, we all have to work to remember the list, but what if McCain/Palin had been elected. And how about a "President Perry?" I think progressives and all other leftists need to lay out a clear agenda, state it loudly and clearly, and demand that he work on our behalf too.
+27 # Bill Clements 2011-08-30 13:08
With all due respect, Michell, I seriously don't see Obama ceding anything to progressives and leftists no matter how loud we are or how vociferously we protest.

You can not chalk all his "failings" up to the power of opposing forces. This man was elected to lead, to take a stand when necessary, to fight for his values and he has, for the most part, not. He has frankly squandered a very rare opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of ordinary American people.
+27 # Citizen Mike 2011-08-30 12:18
+6 # w 2011-08-30 12:47
Sorry Mike, but not voting for our disappointing President gets us an even more conservative SCOTUS (it'll take your 50 years to unwind the damage THAT would cause) ...and for that reason alone, I'll hold my nose and vote for Obama again.
+9 # cadan 2011-08-30 12:48
In fact this is a test of democracy if we can do what Citizen Mike recommends (see also Ryan, and Glenda, and minmouse, and Alan and others).

We just have to see that this struggle will not turn on one election (2012) when most likely the top two candidates (Democrat and Republican) will both be pro-war.

To pull the plug on the wars, which is a precondition for every other kind of advance, i think we may have to just say "If you continue fighting wars i will vote against you" to every one who gets elected. Maybe a string of one-term presidencies will do the trick.
+6 # futhark 2011-08-31 05:36
Stopping the wars is an ethical, financial, and ecological imperative we cannot ignore or set at a lower priority. As long as we are assaulting people on the other side of the planet, we have no moral standing for advancing the causes of truth, justice, or social equity. America will then be absolutely finished as a beacon of liberty and hope for the world.
+4 # Regina 2011-08-30 16:01
Mike: You're assuming we could recover from "openly evil" rule? Cheney and his stooge W weren't enough evil for you?
+17 # propsguy 2011-08-30 12:46
a vote should be deserved and earned, not merely cast away on the "lesser of two evils" or the "devil you know."
i cast the first and only vote of my life for that man. i won't do it again
+13 # Aliazer 2011-08-30 12:50
Voting for either Democrats or Republicans is an exercise in futility and a charade that has been going on far too long.

Both parties are bought by and beholden to special interests who have no longer any concerns for this country or the American people but themselves and their kleptocratic system that continues delivering for them economic as well as political power.

Better than vote is nonvoting which will demonstrate the contempt that many of us have for a corrupt process that claims to be "democratic" but is not.
+8 # btraven 2011-08-30 12:54
From the comments above one can see that Obama and the Dems will have a hard time in 012. Like many who feel betrayed I think that a healthy and vigorous resistance will come with the idiots in office rather than the betrayers.We don't need more rhetorical bromides for another four years.It's time to get down and dirty.
+21 # Helen 2011-08-30 13:06
Let's all write in Bernie Sanders! He would make a fine president. I know this is a long shot, but what have we got to lose? Whether the Republicans win or not, we (and Mother Earth) will be the victims. With the Republicans, our demise will just come sooner.
+4 # giraffee2012 2011-08-30 13:06
I cannot bear to let the GOP/TP in - we can't ever recover from Reagonomics and the Bush/Cheney/Rov e madness -- So I will vote OUT the GOP/TP bc I don't think we will ever get another chance.

My logic is simple: If Dems have control of the Congress/W.H. -- we can stay afloat and hope Bernie Sanders (or the like) will run in 2016.

I don't give up on Obama as did this writer (who knows more than me) simply bc I think this President COULD and was filling his campaign promises - except when he got got filibustered and after 2010 - he got "NO" 100% from the crazies.

What idiots are we Americans to consider that any President has the POWER we expected of this president. He is not a dictator in USA

As for funding from the bankers -- WE HAVE THAT KIND OF SYSTEM NOW - thanks to the 2010 Supremes Decision of "personhood" to give us the "best government money can buy"

The TP who were elected in 2010 are poor white folks who were bought and paid for by Koch, bankers, etc.

This writer is not wrong but he omitted ALL that Obama "could" do (and that he accomplished). (Eliz Warren was rejected "rudely" by the GOP - Obama was forced to pick another)


In a GOP governed state - get mail-in ballot or re-register as Repubnut to get your vote for a Dem counted.
+16 # Susan W 2011-08-30 13:10
I wll not vote for that corporate shill no matter what the Rs run against him. I have had enough of the lesser of two evils, both of which are evil. The fear of someone worse has run its course and when O is reelected by the smallest voter turnout in history maybe the Ds will wake up and figure out why, but I doubt it.
+20 # Tom Miller 2011-08-30 13:14
If only we were as brave as the young people in the Middle East
+3 # Bill Clements 2011-08-30 13:18
Everyone who is sitting on the fence about Obama, and even those who got off some time ago (or were never on the fence in the first place) should read Tariq Ali's The Obama Syndrome Surrender at Home, War Abroad. A very enlightening essay well argued and full of facts.

I imagine a number of fence-sitters will have enough information to make a decision about which side of the fence they wish to be on.
+17 # nategold 2011-08-30 13:28
Danny Schecter has good analysis but wrong conclusion:

"Yet, at the same time, many of us who now know how we have been used will vote for him again, because, as he rightly calculates, there is no one else, and the alternative is even worse. Watch and weep as today's rebels become next year's rationalizers."

Wrong. The answer is resistance

Never again will I vote for the War Party - both corporate controlled, with its right and left wings. Neither will give us what we need which is nonviolent revolution.
+5 # Blast Dorrough 2011-08-30 13:39
We must at least draft an egalitarian presidential candidate who will bring true meaning to the letter and spirit of the clear purpose of the Preamble to the Constitution. I had yet to work and vote for either a Democrat or Republican until marking a ballot for the disappointing BHO, no doubt a Corporate communist capitalist as in Chinese communist capitalist of cheap labor. I voted for Perot twice although quitting and getting back in that race for residency in the White House. I stuck with Perot although he caved over the slander tactics of the hirelings of the Corporatecrafte rs. I, too, will never ever vote for hirelings of the Corporatecrafte rs----Public Cabal/Enemy No.1 of the United States.
+7 # Blast Dorrough 2011-08-30 14:09
President Obama has yet to take an unwavering stand on true American principles mandated by the Preamble to the Constitution. The Preamble mandates egalitarian and economic justice for the U.S. working class, small business owners and the retired Seniors of those classes. He should have set the political agenda and taken a principled stand against any GOP position that was out of tune with American principles. After being sworn in BHO should have used the emergency power of the presidency to create jobs for repair of US. infrastructure. Recovery of the economy would have recovered already. Instead he did not lead but caved-in to the unprincipled positions of the evil GOP hirelings of the Corporatecrafte rs. Had he stood on principle he'd be enjoying a 90% approval rating starting with his base, Independents and even "Republican" voters. BHO chose his own fate that should deservedly make him a one term president.
+8 # giraffee2012 2011-08-30 14:22
Bernie Sanders ---- Please consider running or let us know you will consider running in 2016.

I am very sorry about the mess Irene caused your state last weekend.
+7 # fredboy 2011-08-30 14:25
I saw three-time loser Donna Brazille on TV scolding us, telling us we WILL vote for Obama, the case was settled, there is no alternative. I did before, and can't again. I think it is a perfect time for an independent president.
-4 # rosamaria 2011-08-30 14:38
Of course I'll vote for Obama. For those who say they won't vote for the lesser of two evils, you plan to vote for the greater of two evils?? Waste your vote? Shame on you.
Where were all of us when the Repubs swept into the House in 2010? Home whining because the Dem leadership couldn't bring forth miracles in two years? Just know that you will be thrilling many people, Karl Rove and the Koch Bros will dance their hearts out, if you don't vote Democratic.
+2 # Edward Morris 2011-08-30 21:57
I don't see it as wasting my vote. The Republicans are all but erecting posters that they plan to screw the working class. And the Democrats, especially Obama doesn't even have the guts to call them out for what they are. So let the Republicans win. Let them so enrage and disappoint working people that they will take to the streets and do something really effective about improving their quality of life. In World War II, some Japanese soldiers cannibalized prisoners and kept their "meat supply" from spoiling by hacking off bits of flesh until the victim finally died. That's what Obama and his timid, gutless, visionless party is doing to us now. Begging them to keep us alive just so we can endure another day of pain is no way to live. Better fight to the death than allow our supposed friends nibble us to death.
0 # S.P.Q.R. 2011-08-31 01:04
Of course, you are correct in not wanting to waste your vote, nor will I if a better Democrat cannot be drafted but, when are we Democrats going to have OUR 2010 freshman revolution? There is something macabre about the inertness of the Liberal cause in America. It's as if we we're a still breathing wildebeest, in the claws of a hungry lion, simply going limp as we are eaten from the haunches up.
+8 # davidhp 2011-08-30 15:20
I only voted for Obama because Palin was on the Republlican ticket, in 2012 I will be voting for the socialist Alexander no matter who runs on either party. Never again will I vote for someone as the lesser of two evils. How many G.I.s, Iraqi, Afghan, and Pakistani civilians have died under Obama's leadership in the war machine?
+7 # erogers 2011-08-30 15:25
Fol me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I will not vote for Obama again. I will not vote for Hillary if she dares run. She is owned by Wall Street. I will never vote republican. If this country cannot give its citizens an intelligent, honest and open Progressive candidate with a true chance of competing within our electoral system then America deserves to continue down the road to a theocratic oligarchy.
-6 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 15:31
What a waste of time.

This guy has the nerve to insult his "not so smart" brethren at Harvard.

You can keep your miserable company, and you don't need to explain why they are not so smart. The must have gotten A's in your class.

Are you kidding me with this crap?

I guess this is a case of do-unto-others, ... but what did I do to you?

Where is the strength? The insight? The Harvard standard?

Or is this it? Just suck up the reality. Mope and bear it?

I thought, for a moment, that at least the professors get it.

But alas, no.

This to you, Einstein.


The only elections with choice.

My God.

BRB. Have to vomit.
-2 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 15:33
What a waste of time.

This guy has the nerve to insult his "not so smart" brethren at Harvard.

You can keep your miserable company, and you don't need to explain why they are not so smart. They must have gotten A's in your class.

Are you kidding me with this crap?

I guess this is a case of do-unto-others, ... but what did I do to you?

Where is the strength? The insight? The Harvard standard?

Or is this it? Just suck up the reality. Mope and bear it?

I thought, for a moment, that at least the professors get it.

But alas, no.

This to you, Einstein.


The only elections with choice.

My God.

BRB. Have to vomit.
-2 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 15:34
Fixed a typo, if you would be so kind.

Thank you.
-4 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 16:13
Wanted the first one deleted, and this one too. If possible. Thank you.
-4 # nice2blucky 2011-08-30 16:52
Hi again, ... don't mind if you delete this string, and the first of the two, virtually identical others, above.

Not a big deal, but certainly unnecessary and superfluous.

Thank you, again.
+11 # hbro 2011-08-30 16:04
As a still living New Deal Democrat, it pains me to disagree with the conclusion that Obama would be the lesser of two evils.
A pragmatic president who will give the
radical reactionaries everything they want and offer more is not a better alternative.
Quite the opposite
When Obama, for an example, establishes that all the crimes of the previous administration are not crimes, but merely a misunderstandin g of the limits of power, the American people have no one to blame.
If a Tea party favorite had done the same, the people would could have focused and we would have a common movement with a common positive purpose.
I believe democracy is in greater danger from an internal enemy than from the worst reactionary enemy to morals, ethics, and democracy who declares his/her beliefs in the open.
After 83 years as a Liberal Democrat, and party official, I will stay home before I will vote to re-elect Obama.
-2 # OrlandoDFree 2011-08-31 00:34
The most curious line in the article was the one that claimed FDR is rolling in his grave. Progressives said the same thing about FDR in his day.

President Obama doesn't have the power to rule as a progressive. Congress still holds the purse strings, and the voters handed the reins of the House to the Republicans. The tea party is being funded (and co-opted) by enormously wealthy oil tycoons, and much of the news media is controlled by hard-right Republicans. In spite of this incredibly hostile environment, Obama managed to sign a decent health-care reform, a repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't -Tell, and managed to get a stimulus passed (by a single vote), so I'll say he's doing a fine job. To those who want more, so do I, brother. But please stop blaming Obama, and start working to elect more Democrats. There's not much Obama can do without a progressive Congress. It's the co-opted tea party, with their oil-soaked dollars, that we should be fighting against, not our beleaguered President. Wake up, Blue America. Obama is not the enemy! He's not the one selling us out. He's doesn't have the power of a dictator.
+3 # S.P.Q.R. 2011-08-31 00:58
As usual un unvetted, people's choice "betrays" us again. And, of course as was the case with John McCain, we face the dilemma of Rick Perry or other like. Obama is a Chicago politician who survived to be the POTUS which should tell us books about the man. But, when are Americans actually going to choose THEIR man/woman? Ever? I'm in my mid sixties and have watched this stupid drama unfold for my entire life. I'm not optimistic about the future.
+1 # S.P.Q.R. 2011-08-31 02:21
I've re-read some of the angry posts above and have thought about the concept of "the wasted vote". I agree with @hbro that the invisible enemy can do infinitely more damage than the visible one. Simply not voting becomes a strong message without adding weight to a Tea Party win...the very thought pains me. Americans are simply going to have to take democracy by the horns and come up with something better. It's still not too late.
+8 # Liberal Disco 2011-08-31 03:51
I hear the anger and frustration, but I'm not hear answers other than allowing the Republicans to take office again. Is that really what you want?? The power lays in our hands, its time to get off our collective asses and start fighting instead of complaining. To hell with the Tea Baggers, but damn it they have all the political attention focused on them. Why aren't Progressives out fighting, raising hell at town halls, marching in the streets? This President is a failure, and we can not overlook his capitulations, and his lies, and we all deserve better. So quite moaning and start taking action in your own communities. There are several organizations that are trying to organize to have our voices heard. Stand up, Join up, fight back.

One option is an organized base which demands accountability, to labor and to the people. A strong organized PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS or PROGRESSIVE PARTY, or coalition just as FDR assembled in the 1930's.

These Corporate Democrats have sold us out and will continue until there is nothing left of the middle class. We need to re-establish out Progressive principals and demand accountability from out elected leaders.
0 # bloggerken 2011-08-31 04:14
I volunteered on Obama's campaign and voted for him. But to Mr. Morris' point, I am working on a whitepaper that promotes ELECTORAL BOYCOTTING as the only viable means of reasserting a serious Liberal agenda within the Democratic Party. The paper looks critically at the failures of Obama.

This is an excellent piece. I encourage the readers to take a look at my paper that places Obama in the context of a Democratic Party that abandoned its people-first ethos after Mondale's lost to Reagan; a trend followed us through Clinton and now into the Obama administration. It is a worth the read. Visit:

Also, I have authored an extensive paper on the our fiscal challenges, and demonstrates that it IS by-and-large a revenue (tax) problem. Namely, a Bush Tax Cut problem. Visit:
0 # Dale 2011-08-31 09:09
The Democratic Party has always been the most fit defender of the System. Truman started the cold war, Kennedy was the first to really unleash the CIA and instigate torture of prisoners and start the Vietnam War, Johnson escalated that War, Carter played the Imperial Game, Clinton put the bankers firmly in the saddle. So we are going to keep on hoping the smooth Rhetoric will evenually mean some good transformative deeds? Not a chance. So a U.S. version of the Arab Spring and the revolts of Spain, Greece, and Portugal are the way to go. JUST SAY NO! NO MORE OBAMAS!!!
-2 # ray songtree 2011-08-31 14:43
This article incredibly does not talk about Libya, where US led NATO broke the UN no fly zone resolution 1973 and became an air force for 'rebels', who end up being CIA and NATO proxies.

Why vote for Obama when the entire Banking-Militar y Industrial Complex can be challenged by Ron Paul? This article is another "Ron Paul doesn't exist" pieces.

To understand who Obama really is see these articles,166741
+1 # Cabbagehead 2011-08-31 21:54
It is clear that Obama's empty campaign rhetoric heard daily confirms that he is unaware of the depth and breath of dissatisfaction among those who voted for him. Nor are there more than a handful of Representatives or Senators who deserve our presence at the polls. I will now vote for the lesser of two evils. I propose a General Strike on Election Day 2012. Pull the plugs, no TV, no Internet, no auto/vehicle use, no consumerism. Passive resistance followed by invalidating the election itself. Then a Constitutional Convention to clear away the detrius of the last 30 years. You think that is impossibly idealstic? Do you suppose anyone will seriously consider taking to the streets? In today's hollow state? There will be no Arab Spring or democracy spring in the former USA. General Strike is the only option.
+5 # Islander52 2011-09-01 12:26
Ah, yes, I remember this strategy so well from 1980: "Carter is a main-stream sell-out, so I'll sit this one out. Once people see how appalling Reagan is they'll swing back to vote for truly liberal policies." Yes, that worked really well.
Thirty years later, the wealthy have captured an obscene share of our wealth, unions are hanging on by a thread, and the right wing has built a huge media machine that convinces millions to vote against their own interests.
In 2000, we weren't excited enough by that "mainstream sell-out" Al Gore, so we got an administration that ignored a terrorist plot, a treasury emptied by cynical tax cuts, needless wars, and a wrecked economy, not to mention a Supreme Court that has made it impossible to prevent wholesale buying of elections. Yes, I know, the money men have captured both parties, and it's not clear what strategy will reclaim the country, but history makes it crystal clear that it isn't the one that shrugs off unpleasant choices and allows the greater of two evils to win. Sure, let's just hand the country to another Neanderthal from Texas; that'll make our point. Maybe he can wreck things badly enough to spark a real revolution. We're all deeply disappointed, so why not express that disgust and pretend that greater of evils isn't that bad? After all, we know there isn't a dime's worth of diffence between Hindenburg and Hitler.
0 # S.P.Q.R. 2011-09-01 14:32
Today, Obama got backed into a corner yet again by Boehner and has to reschedule his "Jobs Speech" to the next day. Either he's dumb as a fox or, he really doesn't know what he's doing. After loosing so many stand offs, what are we to think?
+1 # OrlandoDFree 2011-09-02 18:34
What are we to think? Well, you're thinking exactly what Boehner wants you to think. The President can't enter Congress without an invitation. Obama is acting like an adult. You are falling into Boehner's trap.
0 # jayjay 2011-09-02 08:33
My, my, my. All these comments and not a single mention of the Green Party. Are the chooped liver?
+2 # Annalois 2011-09-02 12:36
Cant you see that the right wing Republicans want Obama to fail. American be damned!
+1 # OrlandoDFree 2011-09-02 18:19
I get so sick of seeing comments like "Obama got backed into a corner yet again..." because Boehner changed the date of his speech. Don't you know how our government works? Obama can't address, or even set foot in the floors of Congress without an invitation. (It's called Separation of Powers.) Boehner was being rude to the President, so the President acted like an adult and chose not to make an issue out of it. If you think this was Obama's weakness, you've fallen into Boehner's trap, and you're one who's the sucker, not Obama.

Wake up America! We need to fight the Republicans, not Obama. If you want progressive change, stop complaining and organize. Obama is not the problem.

(I have to wonder how many of these comments are written by closet Republicans.)
-1 # tibetan_mom 2011-09-02 20:30
Maybe we should all vote for Huntsman in the Republican primary, if he lasts that long. It would be the first time i voted for a Republican for national office, but he seems to be more authentic than just about anybody in the race, in either party.
+3 # mkyankee 2011-09-03 06:37
Lament as you may your disappointment with President Obama. Many of the assertions are reasonable. Others are flawed and reveal naivete.

However, those who argue we should allow the conservatives to take the presidency are putting our country and all that has been achieved this century at risk.

The result of a far-right president along with a conservative government and a Court that has revealed itself to be highly partisan will be an undoing of America that only the super-wealthy and super-powerful will survive.

Do not cut off your noses to spite your face. Not voting for Obama will be a colossal mistake that will negatively impact generations to come.

You may not vote for Obama with your heart. You may not vote for him with your mind. But you damn well better vote for him with your ballot.

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