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And, So, The Love Affair Ends. President Obama's Political Base Eroding

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The issue of "banks too big to fail" fell by the wayside, a most important element needed to prevent another economic meltdown. The legislation should have guaranteed that the U.S. taxpayer would never again have to bail out those deceitful, manipulative financial giants. When this provision failed to be included what did our president do? Once again, he backed down. He took the easy way out and he failed the American people yet again.

How about our endless foreign wars? When he came into office he could have been proactive and accelerated the plan to exit Iraq, and then set up a concrete plan to leave Afghanistan. Had he followed that course, he would have addressed the biggest problem facing America, the massive costs of war that are a major contributor to our economic crisis; he had the opportunity to completely reverse the grievous actions of Bush & Co. but, instead, he passively submitted to the dictates of the military establishment.

Millions of Americans do not like the weakness that they see in this president. He has allowed the GOP Congress to make a fool out of him as they stall everything on his agenda. He has allowed members of his own party, those such as Senators Ben Nelson, Max Baucus, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln and others to openly defy him and side with the GOP on critical issues.

What President Obama does not seem to understand, and I cannot fathom why he doesn't, is that the way that he is conducting his presidency is putting this nation in great peril for the future. America currently, with the wars and our continuing economic crisis, is in a weakened state and conditions are worsening. He does not give the impression that he has the courage and conviction to cope with these problems as we hoped he would.

Many of his decisions and actions aren't very popular with the majority of Americans. Of course, the Republicans hate him and everything he does and they are intent upon destroying his presidency. But, the danger to America lies in the fact that he is alienating those who worked so hard to elect him. By alienating his supporters he is, inadvertently, opening the door for the GOP to increase its own base, largely by attracting disenchanted independent voters.

If the GOP gains control of the House and the Senate, the stage will be set for a potential disaster in America. It will make Barack Obama wish that he was still a constitutional professor in Chicago as they try to ruin his presidency and build the case for electing a Republican president in 2012. If the Republicans gain total control, this democracy will be torn apart by dissension; and the currently faltering American dream will turn into a nightmare.

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All he had to do was to follow through on the promises that he had made, no more, no less and he and America would not be in this current predicament. In any event, there is still time for Mr. Obama to stand up and be his own man; to do the things that he promised, to reject the Washington Establishment, to make it clear to the military that he is in charge, that they are not, and to become the president we thought he could be.

But time is rapidly running out for both him and the American people. Mr. Obama must come to the realization that his actions are driving supporters out of his base and that, unless he can significantly alter his approach to governing, the American people will suffer the terrible consequences of his failed presidency.

Michael Payne

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Some will, undoubtedly, ask why are you being so c... by michael payne on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 11:47:16 AM
Mr. Obama needs to believe in his own inherent goo... by Vijayaraghavan Padmanabhan on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 10:48:29 AM
Those are the two words that really sum this debac... by Ed Encho on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 7:36:07 PM
I agree with you to this extent; when I first hear... by michael payne on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 8:53:59 PM
Hopefully Obama and the rest that think like him a... by Jon Ross on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 8:31:33 PM
It appears you and I are among those millions in h... by michael payne on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 9:04:25 PM
No offense intended to you or others, please let m... by Jon Ross on Saturday, Aug 7, 2010 at 11:43:02 PM
you see how relentless the riche-wing is? we try t... by hourglass on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 12:52:50 AM
Wish I could give you five thumbs up. Ayers and W... by WML on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 5:26:52 AM
Why do some people insist on personal attacks when... by Jon Ross on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 5:12:17 PM
If it wasn't basically an inventory of every Repub... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 2:19:18 PM
What did I say that was false?I will then pass the... by Jon Ross on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 5:58:20 PM
While I couldn't vote for Obama (I couldn't vote f... by 50texanthinker on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 2:50:26 PM
I could not have said it better Thanks... by Jon Ross on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 9:32:32 PM
My "theory of Obama" is that he is a right-wing gu... by Perry Logan on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 6:06:09 AM
see subject line... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:47:13 AM
The Obama Administration has failed, not by 'doing... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 6:55:48 AM
that was primarily arrived at by a survey of those... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:31:02 AM
You have the exact right phrase to describe the pe... by ssg13565 on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 10:27:49 AM
You said, "Why don't you direct that energy to inv... by michael payne on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 11:07:54 AM
I didn't realize that the provision of "real chang... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 2:02:48 PM
John, you said, "A signal without meaning is calle... by michael payne on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 3:10:00 PM
Unfortunately, very little of it is Barack Obama's... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 9:15:00 PM
Your on the right track! Just add some real transp... by 50texanthinker on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 5:35:18 PM
When are we gonna learn it doesn't matter who you... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:43:58 AM
Disillusioned Democrat? Boycott the corporate frie... by on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 8:11:48 AM
Yes - I agree. "president" Oh Bummer has definitel... by mrk * on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 10:48:43 AM
I hear they pander to their base instead of spitti... by Miriam Callaghan on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 11:03:40 AM
Obama's and by extension, the U.S.'s gooses are co... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 at 10:52:58 AM
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Anyone notice his consistent use of Neuro Linguist... by Cosh on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 12:00:03 AM
The Black Commentator observed Obama was far right... by charles stegiel on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:12:57 AM
America is a nightmare already, so how could it be... by Debbie S on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:59:33 PM
If you think that it cannot get worse then just wa... by michael payne on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 5:30:57 PM
Obama made the choices, and we believe in nothing ... by Debbie S on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 6:54:47 PM