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What if the Founding Fathers Had Appeased, Compromised, and Capitulated In Time of Crisis?

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Had this nation's Founding Fathers dealt with the British occupation and suppression of colonies in the same way that President Obama has with America's most critical problems this would have been the result: The War of Independence would not have been fought, the U.S. Constitution would never have been written, and all of us would still be British subjects. The Founders would have compromised their positions, made concessions to the British occupiers, and passively caved in to their demands. But, to their eternal credit they were true patriots who risked their lives, stood up to and fought their captors, and gave birth to America.

Oh, to have those kind of leaders in America today during these very critical, uncertain times! Yes, we badly need strong leadership but it is nowhere to be found as this nation is being led in exactly the wrong direction. Look at the kind of leadership we have had; we suffered mightily under G.W. Bush, a president with the barest qualifications for the job, one who took America into two monstrous, costly wars that are bleeding this nation dry. And now, after 8 years of that bizarre experience, we are saddled with a president who also embraces war, is an overly willing compromiser, an appeaser, and one who, when faced with a fight for what is right, simply backs down.

Republicans have turned Barack Obama into a presidential punching bag. That, as we know, is how the GOP operates, but why he keeps taking their punches below the belt without fighting back is painful to watch. He has managed to lose much of the respect and support of the liberal and progressive wings of his party, together with a large portion of independent voters, because of his feckless leadership. The only part of his former constituency that still enthusiastically supports him is the center/right leaning elements of the Democratic Party.

I won't bore you again with extensive details of all his failures on critical issues; I will simply identify most of them and let you judge for yourself how he has performed on   each: Guantanamo, water boarding, renditions, Bush/Cheney legal abuses, Geithner, Summers, Wall Street manipulations, bank bailouts, mismanaged stimulus program, foreclosures, jobs creation, unemployment, health care reform, financial reform, Afghanistan and Pakistan escalations, drone attacks on civilians, tax cuts for the rich.

This is a president who has excellent communication skills but doesn't know how to communicate directly with the American people to gain their support to turn the tide on critical issues; but then again, it is becoming more and more apparent that he has no real interest in what people think. He takes his orders from the Washington Establishment, not the electorate.

Now let's turn to Obama's WAR, the issue that will eventually become the dark legacy of his presidency. His actions and decisions with regard to America's foreign policy are incomprehensible. He has, at every turn, caved in to the military and has escalated the deployment of additional troops in Afghanistan several times. He set a timetable for troop withdrawal to begin in July 2011. Without any shame whatsoever, he recently bowed down to the military yet again by resetting the timetable for withdrawal to 2014 or even beyond.

This is a president who has greatly expanded the use of the remote controlled drones over Afghanistan and Pakistan to rain missiles down on suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda enemies. There is only one big problem with this very ambitious program; it has resulted in the illegal, immoral killings of hundreds of innocent human beings. But does this president feel any remorse about what is happening to these innocent men, women and children? Not one word of concern or any kind of actions to remedy the situation; just more and more of the same from this master of military escalation.

Back on the domestic scene, Mr. Obama has once again cut a backroom deal with the GOP to extend the Bush tax cuts and has infuriated many of his many disillusioned supporters by his cowardly decision to retain current tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. To further enrich the wealthiest Americans at a time when a large part of our citizens are under extreme stress and just trying to survive is totally unconscionable and a craven act. He and his congressional majorities could have and should have acted upon this important legislation months ago to avert the last minute, frantic machinations that have produced another sell out to the GOP and their filthy rich supporters.

This latest compromise and capitulation should stamp Mr. Obama as totally unfit to lead the Democratic Party in 2012. He must not be allowed to run again; the Republicans will slaughter him in the elections as a growing part of America no longer supports his pitiful leadership; he must be replaced. If the Democratic Party does not start now to find a viable candidate to challenge him and defeat him in the primaries, then they will be guaranteeing a massive landslide for the GOP. The Obama administration gives every indication that it cannot govern. Further, this president is destroying his political base and bringing down his party, as well as his own presidency; but he cannot be allowed to bring down America.

Where the Democratic Party might find a man or woman with the courage, the vision, and the leadership skills, together with a solid base of ethics and moral values, I have no idea, not yet. But find one it must. The key point is that if the Democratic Party continues to play defense instead of offense, continues to procrastinate, vacillate and let the elections of 2012 arrive with Barack Obama as its candidate for president, then there is no hope and, certainly, there will be no positive changes forthcoming in America. And the downward spiral will continue.

While the Founding Fathers differed in matters regarding their individual political beliefs, they were united on one overriding issue; they put the interests of America and its people first and were ready to sacrifice their very lives for their country. That kind of fearless courage and determination no longer exists at the highest levels of our government.  

The Founding Fathers have been the models for those who would lead this nation into the future but their kind of patriotism is out of vogue in America. Those who lead America today could never be referred to as patriots because, by their actions and inactions, they have proven that they don't have the courage or the ethical and moral capacity to rise to such heights.

Michael Payne

 

Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)
 

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The Founding Fathers have been the models for tho... by michael payne on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 at 1:44:16 PM
not Dems and Reps position, but being an American ... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 8:05:08 AM
The Democrats will not find a really good and stro... by Guy Dwyer on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 at 9:37:31 PM
Much as it pains me to admit the founding fathers ... by liberalsrock on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 9:11:52 AM
your comments are well taken, you know your histor... by michael payne on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 11:01:34 AM
The founding fathers were good men I am sure. ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 12:14:17 PM
Haym Solomon - George Washington - 1776 "In 189... by YJ Draiman on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 12:36:21 PM
He would have been Benedict Arnold. No one's forci... by Miriam Callaghan on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 1:56:04 PM