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.
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.