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Obama, QUIT NOW!

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If this struggling country has any hope of reversing the death slide which began over three decades ago, but which has escalated dangerously during the last ten years, it will require a strong, resolute president who will fight for  all the American people.

Because Barack Obama is incapable or unwilling to take that leadership role, he owes it to the American people to step aside and let another Democrat run in 2012. That person needs to be a Democrat, because our system is set up so that only a candidate from one of the two major parties is electable. It is obvious that none of the Republican candidates comes even close to having any ideas that would benefit this country. And the prospect of a  Republican president pushing an already activist ultra-conservative Supreme Court even farther to the right for an additional generation is almost too horrible to contemplate.

President Obama needs to declare as soon as possible that he will not seek a second term. He needs to help give another Democratic candidate a chance to build a viable presidential campaign.

The United States is in serious trouble.  We need a progressive-thinking president to lead our country in the direction that so many  of us hoped Barack Obama would have taken us. Since Obama will not be the one to do it, a fiery progressive Democrat must step forward, willing to take on the corporate elite and push for laws to help the middle class, workers, and other Americans slipping behind in this harsh economy.

There are potential candidates who spring to my mind: Howard Dean, Russ Feingold, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton are established politicians who would draw followers; Van Jones, Alan Grayson and Bernie Sanders could fire up a lot of Obama's 2008 base. There are probably other potential candidates who, with the right kind of messaging and charisma, could draw a national following and mount a serious campaign.

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In no way would it be easy to break away from an incumbent president and run for the highest office in the land next year. But it would be an opportunity and a challenge that is necessary and should not be passed up.

The way things are going, and based on the results we've seen already, the enormous problems confronting this once great nation will only get increasingly worse with a weak leader like Obama remaining in office. Undoubtedly he is a good man and would be a decent president in a different era.  But as for being the leader America needs now, he is in way over his head.

It is time, and sooner rather than later, for Barack Obama to decline to run for a second term, and allow an opening for a progressive, non-corporatist candidate to step forward and mount a serious bid for the presidency and to change the course of history.

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Arlen is a writer/blogger living in Monterey, CA. His political blog is He writes a weekly quotation quiz "What's Your QQ?" (Quotation Quotient) for the Monterey Herald, as well as a website and (more...)

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Anybody have names of other strong progressive Dem... by Arlen Grossman on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 8:04:28 AM
I don't believe the Republicans can nominate a fem... by Rob Kall on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 8:08:01 AM
We need a president that will properly lead in our... by Philip Dennany on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:52:59 PM
Just allow some strong-willed progressives to argu... by Paul from Potomac on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:55:20 PM
Should the power elite feel Obama will be too diff... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 8:23:07 AM
We should get this message out far and wide. ... by Don Smith on Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:51:05 PM
To run or not to run is not Obama's decision, and ... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 6:22:36 AM
Great thesis, not so much with the alternatives as... by Lucius Sorrentino on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:39:16 AM
Your points are valid. At the very least, a progre... by Arlen Grossman on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:40:13 PM
I would never vote for Clinton.While it would be g... by Samuel Bryan on Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 1:31:19 AM