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Goodman writes: "The president of the United States is the most powerful person on Earth. But there is a force more powerful: People organized around this country, fighting for a more just, sustainable world. Now the real work begins."

It's time for movements to hold Obama's feet to the fire. (photo:
It's time for movements to hold Obama's feet to the fire. (photo:

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+6 # barkingcarpet 2012-11-08 14:23
Ass many were celebrating on erection night, while relieved and happy, given the alternative, I found myself angry at the non choice and business as usual blind consumeropia.

There is no time to relax folks. It is up to us to demand an end to the endless wars, Nukes (fukushima is still spewing and teetering and should be global #1 PRIORITY really,) Fracking, GMO's, Legitimate rapist bankers and environmental policy, etc, etc.

We either get off our entitled partisan consumer butts and become conservers and repairers of nature, or we can kiss our and everything's childrens future so long.

What ARE we choosing? Better to go for it than the alternatives. Oops is happeng, and nature cares little for our rules and laws.
+1 # ganymede 2012-11-08 15:01
Wow - still recovering from the great victory. The repercussions have hardly sunk in. I wonder how long it's going to take before the great unwashed Romney supporters get the message. Our country is changing and changing for the better. The irrational and uninformed white men have to wake up and acknowledge that they've been brainwashed for many generations and it's time for us all to get together and push a willing Obama to bring about real reform in our once great, but soon to be resurrected country.
+2 # wantrealdemocracy 2012-11-08 16:46
What "great victory" are we celebrating? The Democrats and the Republicans offer the American people nothing but austerity, war and the destruction of democratic rights.
How it can be said that Obama is 'willing' when talking about the issues of importance to the working people of this nation? The people want the wars to end, the rich to pay higher taxes, the government to care for the people of this nation and to protect the environment. None of this issues are put forward, or supported, by Obama. I we really want "reform in our once great" nation; we the people, must not count on Obama's bipartisan effort to end the deficit. Read that as a genocidal attack on the working people of this nation. There is a new group forming, the United Front Against Austerity. They want a general strike in December (when the lame ducks are still in control of Congress) to get out on the streets in massive numbers to DEMAND a 1% sales tax on all transactions on the stock market. There it is. Simple and clear and the end of any deficit worry and we have NO CUTS in our domestic programs. Look it up on Goggle. UFAA, or Webster Tarpley who spook at the organizing meeting last week.
+3 # WolfTotem 2012-11-08 15:04
Thanks, Amy, and yes - here's what it's all about.

But a much harder task than persuading the President lies before America: persuading all those millions who belong to the Great Brainwashed; and organizing to push back against the fat corporate cuckoos that have ousted citizens' associations from the nest?

Not obvious in the land where they wash grey brain cells whiter than white and spend billions on doing so.

If they tell you
one plus one makes three
just agree
'cos one from two
is you...
+6 # beachboy 2012-11-08 15:25
Thank you, Amy! You are truly wonderful!
What a great kick-in-the-ass to go to work, and to stop the believing in 'them' to do the work...we are IT, folks! 'OCCUPY' your place on this earth...!

The better world we seek is there for the insisting, loving, struggling, and positively eveready creative person: each of us is IT. How about 'trickle-up' democracy?

Make noise, dance, sing, speak your mind, and make'em do the right thing by relentless light on the subject.

We have no excuses now, because we know what's at stake, and we know the ways of the 'enemy'. Dancing in resistance, we can have fun in this line of work!

Amy, I am sending you light energy for your work, and watching your show are an inspiration, and model - for lovingly dancing in resistance. Thank you!
+2 # noitall 2012-11-08 15:34
Now we see how far Obama has moved (and in what direction) since his "community organizing days. Now that he isn't looking for re-election, will he use his political capital (that the People have AGAIN given him) to fulfill his promises of 4 years ago to the people? or will he push forward with his oil wars and environmental rape for the profit of the private sector? The momentum is well under way for the latter. I, for one don't expect much. I see People programs being stripped to pay the bills created by the greedy haves (just as is happening in Europe) and the only welfare recipients being scrutinized being those that are poor, while the rich industrialists receive their's with honor. I see stocks in the construction of drones and weapons that they deliver being an excellent investment for the morally deprived haves and our infrastructure being improved where it suits the development of pipelines and railroad delivery systems. I hope I'm wrong but I'm wrong on these forecasts sadly never as of late.
+8 # Janice 2012-11-08 15:52
I just hope the tea party nuts get voted down by the more rational republicans. Obama is not an unreasonable man he will compromise if they will be reasonable. I just hope he holds their feet to the fire. He is now in the drivers seat. Thank God. Get that one percent to pay the same rate as we do, add single payer to our health insurance options to keep insurance cost competitive and give us a choice when insurance companies take advantage of us as they have always done.
+3 # imaginum 2012-11-08 16:00
The President is not the most powerful person on earth or even in America, not by a long shot. His biggest frustration is not being able to "press a button" and control the banks. Obama is not in charge. Everything Obama does is opposed by the GOP, until a Homeland Security, Defense, Intelligence, Surveillance, Police State bill arises and as if by magic suddenly perfect unanimous bipartisan harmony rings out in Congress and Obama signs. But he didn't ask for it. The power mad tyrants of earth are operating through "Homeland Security," which is really running things.
+4 # Peace Anonymous 2012-11-08 16:14
The President is only one man. The world expects him to deliver great change but how can he when corporations own almost every electred representative in government. Obama can only grant you your wishes if you are will to provide him and your neighbors with the necessary support.
Turn off American Idol and get involved in your country and your world. Seek the truth and the willingness to do the right thing.
+2 # cafetomo 2012-11-08 16:32
We were on food stamps. As our daughter was born, as the wife went back to school, as my minimum wage wouldn't cut it. Then food prices went stratospheric, as benefits went in the toilet. Now, it amounts to a fraction of subsistence. Still, the truly desperate find it worth the aggravation and humiliation heaped upon each supplicant. We are hand to mouth these days, but it could be worse.

We could be on food stamps.
+1 # mginia 2012-11-08 17:23
IIf we learned nothing more from the last few days, we learnec
1. Polling places are undemocratic and they are easily manipulated. We need to extend to all the states voting by mail. iIn the two states where it exists, far greater numbers of voters actually vote. Every registered voter receives a ballot in the mail, fills it out, and returns it by mail. No lines! N- shrinking voting hours. Best of all, more participation, made less difficult for every registered voter.
2. Climate change is terrifyingly real. We need to make every effort to limit pollution by fossil fuel, and expand the use of
wind, water, tides, geothermal heating and cooling, and every other non-carbon emitting energy source. We cannot again suffer what happened to the Eastern seaboard this week.
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-11-08 17:27
@ "noitall".
I see People programs being stripped to pay the bills created by the greedy haves (just as is happening in Europe).
Respectfully, "They are trying it in Europe" perhaps.
In Europe, the people still have some power and they are not just sitting around letting this happen -they are getting out in the streets and reminding their elected leaders who they work for and put them there. Some countries like France can bring the country to it's knees if things get out of hand on high -and they now have a Socialist P.M. who is defying the likes of Merkel and Cameron. First thing he did was crack down on the finance houses and impose "Austerity" measures on those who could well afford to pay more. The people of Spain and Greece are taking to the streets in the hundreds of thousands to protect their hard-fought for and long standing safety nets -interestingly enough, these two countries are two of the more recently liberated from dictatorships and are well aware of the consequences of robbing the poor and middle to pay the plutocrats.
Another BIG difference is that they have a lot more to fight for than here.
In the US, land of "rugged individualism", there never has been much of a safety net and since Reagan, it's been eroded so "it can be drowned in a bathtub" as "Gouger" Norquist said.
The point Ms Goodman makes is that the people have shown that they recognize this and MAY be willing to fight for it if activism can keep them engaged.
0 # John Steinsvold 2012-11-08 19:18
An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein
+1 # Scott479 2012-11-08 19:45
What Amy says here ties directly into a favorite statement by our POTUS "Make me do it".  He will NOT lead us on these important issues- it is almost entirely up to us. He gives us only the vacuum created by lack of will making the entry and success of our efforts more likely.
+1 # Smokey 2012-11-08 21:22
Amen! As I've said before, "Organize, organize, organize." These next four years will be very difficult. Obama is still in the White House and the conservatives still manage the House.

Climate change is one of my special concerns... Because of the recent "Guardian" report, the rumor has been confirmed. It was the Obama aides who convinced the big conservation groups not to push climate change concerns. Big mistake.

Result? The public's interest in climate change decreased. America was hit by droughts, floods, forest fires, and a long series of disasters... However, the big conservation groups said surprisingly little in response and Obama tried to ignore climate change during his 2012 campaign.

We need a new strategy for responding to economic and environmental problems. I'm very wary of Obama and his helpers.
0 # Big Jake 2012-11-09 08:38
Goodman is right, the pundits are right but they miss what has been the driving force all along. The tea party itself was created because people's frustration at their inability to enjoy real prosperity albeit they have huge flaws that were capitalized by the elite and created an anti-thinking, racist nutty movement that serves their masters well.

Obama and the few good democrats still do not get that therefore they cannot find solutions to the giant problem that they can not see. Coupled with a fear of alienating the top 20%, solutions will remain elusive. I urge the readers to do a little research into the period from 1929-1941, then from 1942-1952 and observe what was really done and discover that it was the war that forced the changes but was not the cause of the return to prosperity. Unless we figure this out, the wealth will continue to be transfered from those who do the work to those who gather capital. Our system cannot last under these conditions. Obama may be our last hope to alter our course.
0 # noitall 2012-11-15 13:53
"Make me do it" All your first term we've been trying to make you do it. By "Make me do it", how has the right made you do totally DO what they want?! Money? We're a bit strapped, demonstrate? you've pretty much militarized to discourage that, organize covertly? You've eliminated our rights to privacy and opened the phone lines for all your police to listen to all of us; petition? been doing that and watching you do the opposite for years. Make you? couldn't get close enough to twist your arm. So, tell us how to "make you" do what you've promised; its pretty much up to you to MAN UP and stop being a lying bastard and change your campaign lies into our new/improved reality. Make yourself show some integrity and loyalty to your oath and this constitution. Man Up Obama!

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