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Barack Obama Has Severely Crippled His Presidency and the Democratic Party

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The stage was set, the expectations high; he entered office with a clear mandate from the people of America who also gave him control of both houses of the U.S. Congress. Millions of Americans were in a state of euphoria, eagerly awaiting the birth of a new era in this nation; anticipating the start of a massive cleansing process that would erase the previous eight years of deceit and lies.

America eagerly waited for that cleansing process to begin and then nothing happened, there has been no cleansing process, and the dark days that this nation had experienced during the years when Bush/Cheney ruled were not swept away by a creative, visionary agenda that would begin the transformation of America.

Watching President Obama's way of going about the job of leading this nation brings to mind several well-known phrases; "talk is cheap", "actions speak louder than words", "speak softly and carry a big stick". If oratorical skills were the only requirement for the job, then William Jennings Bryan, one of the greatest orators in American history, who ran and was defeated in 1896, 1900 and 1908, would have easily been elected president.

Mr. Obama clearly can "talk the talk", that we witness almost on a daily basis, but, unfortunately, he cannot seem to "walk the walk"; i.e., providing strong leadership, taking charge, and finding ways to get the job done. Those are not his strong points as he has so clearly proven. The millions who elected him were looking for some combination of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR; but what we got instead was a mixture of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover.

The Republicans insult him, poke fun at him, dispute his citizenship, call him a Socialist and have not the slightest intention of voting for any meaningful legislation that he and his fellow Democrats initiate. And after each time they deliver a blow to his never-ending attempts to establish bipartisanship, he comes back with, "Thank you sirs, may I have another?" Mr. Obama apparently is a glutton for punishment and the GOP takes delight in delivering it.

Health care reform is on the ropes, going down for the count. Mr. Obama took single-payer off the table early in the process and then walked away from a strong public option. He and his Senate cohorts have a tool at their disposal that has been used numerous times to pass critical legislation, namely, the reconciliation process. Even though there are limitations on what can be enacted through reconciliation, there is not a doubt that a major part of health care reform, including the public option, can be enacted. And yet they continue to vacillate.

Right now it is generally accepted that this reform, if put through the usual legislative process, has no chance of passage because the GOP, together with the traitorous Blue Dog Democrats, will invoke the deadly filibuster. Obama knows that he will never defeat this coalition of democracy-killers but he continues to beat the drums of bipartisanship. He is not only wasting valuable time and letting the GOP make an utter fool of him, but he may completely blow the greatest opportunity for health reform in many decades; that would be a disaster.

What about effective regulatory reform of the banking industry, the lack of which allowed the egregious abuses and manipulations that caused America's economic crisis? Even though our economic system has been badly damaged, there is still time to pass legislation that will put in the proper curbs so that this tragedy will never be repeated. But what is Obama doing? He continues to merely watch as the banksters restart the entire process of cheating the American people. Do we see him sitting down with his economic team and congressional leaders to outline a clear and effective plan for regulatory reform? The answer is absolutely not and it is making a lot of people wonder if his ties to the banking industry are far deeper than we had thought.

His escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the current dangerous extension into Pakistan is the most significant failure of his presidency. It has taken our nation into a huge quagmire from which we will find it most difficult or even possible to extract ourselves with any sense of honor or dignity. His decisions, which will significantly increase the suffering and death of our troops and innocent civilians, will assure his historical legacy as a War President.

Mr. Obama and his military advisers, together with the constant chorus of war hawks in America and in Israel, our client state, continue rattling their sabers at Iran. Apparently our current wars are not enough and Iran is the next tempting target. What in the world ever happened to this president's statements about using diplomacy and face to face talks to cool down the tensions? Are the U.S. generals and the Israeli leadership once again dictating the path to war?

If he thinks that the American people are totally asleep and can't see how miserably that he and his fellow Democrats are performing then he is the one who needs to wake up. He should realize that his actions and performance have dealt a potential irreversible blow to his presidency and the entire Democratic Party.

"They have no vision and where there is no vision, the people perish." That's a quote from a speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933 that he had taken from the Book of Proverbs. And as we watch with disbelief and great trepidation the actions of our president and the Democratic Party, that quote seems to fit perfectly.

Michael Payne

Title changed from Democrat party to democratic party by editor. The original article DID refer correctly to the democratic party in the body copy.

 

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I just read in the Washington Post that "Administr... by Bob F on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:05:15 AM
The proper name of the party is "Democratic Party"... by jf on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:09:02 AM
from click hereSo there we are...a party by its ve... by karmacounselor on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:20:45 AM
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(... by jf on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:59:43 AM
I am one of those sickies who is totally addicted ... by Nick van Nes on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:01:51 AM
That's Democratical Party to you, pal. ;)... by Perry Logan on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 4:09:40 PM
No such thing as "Democrat" party.... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:48:28 AM
My mistake, sorry. But I hope the real message get... by michael payne on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:20:43 AM
Or maybe it was an alert editor.In any case, good,... by jf on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:53:58 PM
And neither the Democrats or Repugs respresent Dem... by Philip Dennany on Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 6:17:09 PM
along the lines of.....He surrounded himself with ... by sommers on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:49:29 AM
Keep it up.... by Nick van Nes on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:09:24 AM
With all due respect to Obama, who I think means w... by Nick van Nes on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:42:19 AM
...to stand up to the military. He is a corporate ... by Papawhale on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 3:19:11 AM
Holder is a good man like everyone in Washington; ... by Samuel Lipari on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:40:57 AM
Holder is a good man like everyone in Washington; ... by Samuel Lipari on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 10:42:57 AM
There's nothin' in the middle of the road except a... by Douglas Smyth on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:39:39 AM
Or too sold out. There is all that money being wa... by Marika on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 3:01:27 AM
Yet another post portraying Obama as a victim. He ... by Miriam Callaghan on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:52:44 AM
I saw through Obushbama long before the election. ... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:17:05 PM
FISA told any voter or corporatist all they needed... by hourglass on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 8:05:55 PM
Yes! Obama's FISA vote was a bell weather of what ... by Bryan Emmel on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:44:55 AM
Surprise! Surprise! Obama is NOT working for WE TH... by Susan Rapp on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:26:20 PM
While Obama has failed to govern as promised, we a... by Gustav Wynn on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:43:41 PM
than a slower ride to hell. Not that we haven't be... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 1:02:02 PM
If we the Sheeples (oops I mean People) had elevat... by Susan Rapp on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 11:17:08 AM
Obama chooseshis being lead by the very agencies t... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 1:24:14 PM
It's like the Perfect Storm, where these guys figh... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 1:36:28 PM
I agree witht he teno of the article that Obama ha... by luckydjw on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 2:10:07 PM
Some very good points in this article, but, the t... by MentalMagic on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 2:21:13 PM
Without a doubt, the GOP has been determined to ru... by michael payne on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:39:07 PM
Points well taken. Have the American history books... by MentalMagic on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 5:31:31 PM
All of us who have signed petitions, written unlim... by weslen1 on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 2:32:19 PM
I think they don't "feel" anything. They have thei... by Marika on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 3:44:15 AM
Obviously this guy is not a democrat and never has... by Cynthia Yellowbird on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 2:41:14 PM
...and read his apology.... by jf on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:46:41 PM
Please! that was a typo, not a slur of the GOP typ... by michael payne on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:50:18 PM
Visceral and counterproductive reactions are typic... by Jon Ross on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:37:13 AM
When will it be acknowledged that the corrupt, spi... by Ed Encho on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 7:56:18 AM
And the Democrats, themselves, are the ones who un... by weslen1 on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:24:21 PM
It keeps getting better and better......Click Here... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 4:24:55 PM
DO not most of you think that the ppl behind the P... by shirley reese on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:11:50 PM
Not to be picky, but communism has nothing to do w... by WML on Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 7:20:16 PM
Marx was either a fool that did not really underst... by greg4constitution on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:15:21 AM
The global corporatists actually seem to be busy p... by Bryan Emmel on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:57:53 AM
Unfortunately President Obama crippled the US Gove... by Hamma Mirwaisi on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:16:51 PM
It's easy enough to yak it up, but it's more diffi... by Starla Immak on Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 7:15:34 PM
Progressives complain that Obama is ruining the co... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 6:47:53 AM
It is obvious to me that both the major parties st... by Philip Pease on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 9:05:19 AM
You hit the nail on the head: This guy is headed f... by Herbert Calhoun on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 9:47:12 AM
Obama is as he is and for a valid reason. He is on... by Marty Didier on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 2:02:32 PM
Presidents incredible flexibility has cost him his... by doubleaseven on Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 at 5:52:22 PM
Well Michael, It looks like you hit a nerve! - L... by Jon Ross on Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 8:04:55 PM
Sorry - But Great Job no matter what!... by Jon Ross on Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 8:07:27 PM
Anyone who has read his book, Audacity of Hope, or... by Danny Li on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:25:16 AM