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Should progressives demand Obama's resignation?

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Should progressives demand Obama's resignation?

     President Obama has betrayed his progressive political base.

He promised change but instead continued many of the policies of the Bush Administration, on issues such as the bailouts (which reward the parasitic criminal class), the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform, financial regulation, executive power, accountability, and ending the influence of money on Congress.

He's sending more troops to Afghanistan. He's dragging his feet about withdrawal from Iraq and about closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

He's allowing Israel to build and hold onto settlements.

He failed to lead on health care reform, striking shady backroom deals with Big Pharma and Big Insurance. He compromised on important principles early on. He allowed the House to pass a bill containing anti-choice provisions that violate fundamental Democratic principles.

He failed to hold Bush Administration officials accountable for criminal acts, and has even refused to fire some Justice Department personnel associated with the crimes.

Meanwhile, homeowners are losing their homes, states are broke and are having to slash programs, tuition is rising at schools, the unemployment rate is over 10%, and inaction on global climate change threatens the earth.

The conservative plan to achieve perpetual war and drown government in a sea of red ink is coming to fruition. What's more: conservatives are going to blame the Democrats, who seem all too willing to let themselves get kicked in the face again.

Obama was given a great chance to set things straight. So far he's blown it big time.

It's tempting to say: "Obama and the Dems deserve to lose. Let's teach them a lesson. Sure, the Republicans may be worse, but unless we stand up to the Dems, we'll continue to be dumped upon in the future. We've been ignored and betrayed too many times."

Hence my poll question: Should progressives demand Obama's resignation?

Yes, Obama (and the Democratic leadership) should resign.
       49% from 52 votes  
No, the Republican opposition is even worse, and the plan would backfire.
       12% from 13 votes  
No, Obama is doing the best he can, under difficult circumstances.
       19% from 20 votes  
No, progressives allowed themselves to be cheated. It's their own fault.
       12% from 13 votes  
Other, or the question is ill-formed. (Please explain in the comments.)
       8% from 8 votes  

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The majority so far are voting the same way that a... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:26:08 PM
is an absolutist, is an absolutist.... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 5:38:55 PM
Let peace begin with US and let Israel be the firs... by Herstory on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:43:19 PM
yesyesyes. every criminal, dangerous or treasonous... by peggyn on Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:49:12 PM
This issue is a distraction. Obama is not going to... by Bill Samuel on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:48:24 AM
If you followed the Obama campaign which you obvio... by liberalsrock on Friday, Jan 1, 2010 at 12:00:38 PM
Obama shows the olive branch to the world, but he ... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:50:36 AM
so much fist waving and it doesn't even fan the ai... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 1:11:00 PM
Of all your comments I have read that is the best,... by Maxwell on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:29:10 AM
Conservative or liberal doesn't matter as the term... by arlen custer on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:58:25 PM
It's too early to shout for Obama and the other De... by Carol Tvaroh on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 9:49:33 PM
I and many progressives were hoping Obama said thi... by crispy on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 1:52:11 AM
Asking him to resign is a purely symbolic gesture ... by Maxwell on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:07:13 AM
2012 will be an ideal time to run a progressive ag... by Bryan Emmel on Friday, Dec 4, 2009 at 3:17:30 AM
less than 20% - Progressives, whatever they are, a... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 at 6:08:25 AM
Obama must resign. by AXJ on Sunday, Jan 3, 2010 at 7:29:12 PM
In the words of an old French proverb, Paris ne s'... by Walter Barton on Monday, Jan 4, 2010 at 9:55:18 AM
Caving in on the health care bill to theRepublican... by John Murphy on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 12:43:23 AM
that Lieberman is a Republican in Independent's cl... by John Murphy on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 12:48:25 AM
And I just changed my vote, to Other, from Progres... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 3:11:12 PM

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