Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 10/4/10

I Won't Be Fooled Again

By Betsy Ross  Posted by Dave Lindorff (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     (# of views)   5 comments
Author 63
Message Dave Lindorff
- Advertisement -

By Betsy Ross

The Democrats keep calling me. They're asking for money. It's understandable, I guess. Ever since voting for Dick Gregory's Freedom and Peace Party presidential campaign in 1968, I've pulled the Democratic lever and even actively campaigned for Gore, Kerry, and especially for Obama.

Not a big-time donor, I made small contributions routinely. Not a campaign organizer, I put in weekly stints at the phone bank, where I happen to be very effective. Not a media pundit, I jawboned my friends, including my highly skeptical editor, to vote for the dude.

It's paying volunteers like me who help win elections. Yet, many of us grassroots activists share a sense of mounting despair, anger, and profound disillusionment with the present administration, adding up to a far bigger threat to Democrats than the Tea Baggers can muster. Yo! We're your base. Labor, women, minorities, young people, and progressives remember us?

- Advertisement -

Look what's happening:

  • On September 20th, Bob Herbert, the African-American Op Ed columnist for The New York Times wrote of the "disenchantment among black voters, who have been hammered disproportionately by the recession and largely taken for granted by the Democratic Party."
  • On September 17th, Steven Greenhouse of The Times reported that "like other important parts of the Democratic base" union members are down on the party. Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federal Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, told Greenhouse, "They've been disappointed that the House and Senate haven't done more, especially to create jobs."

Obama's broad-based betrayal manifests in his failure to address the banks' greedy and irresponsible practices -- without which no genuine economic recovery can occur; his incredibly misguided engagement in the grotesque war in Afghanistan in alliance with the corrupt Karzai administration; his inaction on global warming and pre-BP support for offshore drilling; his suspiciously lackluster effort to promote universal healthcare; and his refusal to stand up for the Greens in Iran and human rights activists in China, Russia, and elsewhere.

The way I see it, the most sinister turn has been the Obama Administration's stance on torture and surveillance. Let's get this straight. Torture is illegal and immoral. It is cruel and baseless. It doesn't work and even if it did, it doesn't matter. Rendition -- sending someone to another country to be waterboarded and have his nails ripped out -- is just as bad as if you did it yourself. That's now on all of us. The Obama administration's decision not to prosecute or in any way hold accountable Bush and Cheney for these crimes, going even further to legitimize their practice, will surely offer comfort to those who carry on such heinous practices in other countries and serve as a threat to people everywhere who dare to challenge authority.

- Advertisement -

Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 3   Must Read 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Dave Lindorff Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper www.thiscantbehappening.net. He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Israel's Gaza Atrocities Recall America's Atrocities in Vietnam

Supreme Court Junket King Scalia Dies While Vacationing with Wealthy Patrons at Private West Texas Getaway

Looming climate catastrophe?: A Rapidly Warming Arctic Could Loose a Methane Climate Bomb Causing Extinction in 9 Years

Something's happening here: Clinton's Crumbling, Bernie's Surging and a 'Political Revolution' May Be in the Offing

The Case for Impeachment of President Barack Obama

Barack Obama: Manchurian Candidate Version 2.0