I have been following several progressives like G3, express their utter disbelief and disappointment with President Obama. I have been trying to understand their point of view and I must admit they have me totally confused at their rationale!!
In my opinion:
1: By 2008, economy was tanking like crazy, jobs were melting like ice-cream on a hot day, banks were falling like flies into an oil pot.
2: By 2008, most Americans other than some self-centred politicians, high-stake military contractors and allied resources had all lost their patriotic flavour for war.
3: By 2008, most Americans whether progressives or conservatives were ready for a change.
and that was why, USA created history in 2008 and Barack Obama stepped up to bat! And bat he did with full gusto!!
On September 8, 2009, I posted, “Are You Fired Up Yet?”? and outlined a list of all important things achieved by President Obama.
For those not keen on reading, do check out Rachel Maddow’s excellent compilation, which I posted on June 27, 2010 on what President Obama has achieved thus far here.
Just this week the historical Financial Reform has passed. Even the smuggest, hypocritical wingnut (in my opinion), Charles Krauthhammer is freaking out.
Why then do the progressives continue to eviserate President Obama? Why does G3 feel this way even as early as September 2009?
Boy, he (President Obama) doesn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the left , with some false equivalences with republicans. We are only demanding what he promised on the campaign trail. And I don’t understand why he is hell-bent on preserving those insurance industry jobs (that is his excuse for not going the sibngle payer way) while he didn’t hesitate a bit to ruthlessly cut those auto industry jobs (who were one of the few groups making “real” things). He didn’t even demand that those companies keep all the remaining jobs here (GM might even move HQ to Mexico I understand).
He is forgetting that it is the left which put him on top over Hillary. And he is due for a royal smackdown sometime. I think he gave way too much credit for the lunatic repugs. Some people refuse to learn.
.I am one of those on the left who can’t be pleased easily any more by platitudes ((Matt Taibbi ‘s phrase: “I am for Sunshine & puppy” platitudes). Bill Maher pointed out Bush was very good at gettin things done even if he had crappy ideas. And here we have someone who is so dragging his feet unable to channel the anger against insurance companies, wall street etc after coming into office similar to Reagan with people longing for change. . He bizarrely praised Reagan way back in 2008 but if there is one lesson he can take from Reagan, it is not to act like the nice girl but use the mood for change to transform. He seems pretty inept still mooning on repug support…..
Now, I am not naive to state that President Obama and his administration did not make any mistake thus far. Of course they did! And they probably will do so in the days to come too. I also understand that even President Obama’s feet should be held to fire, that is the purpose of checks and balances of a democracy!
But, I also feel that every day these progressives screech and freak at President Obama, calling him incompetent, inept or whatever is a day missed in highlighting to the public what has been achieved so far and what more can be done. If the advance public opinion-trends of the upcoming 2010 election is not reason enough for these progressives to get their act together, they may very well get their wish of seeing President Obama losing in 2012. Is that really a win-win situation for these progressives? Is that really what they want? Do they really think that they have a chance at getting any more done with someone other than President Obama? If they say yes, man they must have one hell of a hallucination south of the border!!
“Always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics”
BARACK OBAMA, MSNBC interview, Sep. 25, 2006
feel think progressives must not………..
Update: Word-police points out that the last sentence should read, “I think” and not “I feel”. Ok, boss, corrected!!