Polls for November are looking bleaker and bleaker-- could be a worst rout than 1993. Who to blame? I blame the White House and congressional leaders-- Obama, Emanuel, Reid, Pelosi... they failed to embrace the power they were given, sold out to corporations and proved the further lefts claims that there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans.
Sure, they wrap the package differently, but Obama, Reid, Pelosi-- more Reid than Pelosi-- brought legislation to the floor that was hollow, promising reform but so full of loopholes and so eviscerated of real strong reforms, they were more dressing the substance.
I grit my teeth thinking about the profound levels of incompetence, failed leadership and betrayal that we the American People who elected Obama and the house and senate majority for the Democrats have been victim to.
Obama's experiment in "a team of rivals" inspired by his readings of Abe Lincoln's bi-partisan appointees, has proven to be a suicidal, massively destructive political disaster that WE are the innocent victims of.
Obama's appointment of a team almost totally comprised of DLC Clinton White House veterans was an outrageous betrayal of his promise of change. I'd have voted for Hillary and enjoyed seeing the first woman president elected if I'd known he was going to engage in appointments that did the opposite of move towards change.
Obama could still pull out the November elections. He could appoint Elizabeth Warren to the Consumer Protection Agency and tell corpo whore Chris Dodd to go f*ck himself.
Obama could fire-- not accept resignations from-- fire the Rober Rubin economic disaster team-- Summers, Geithner, etc. Replace them with Krugman, Stieglitz-- economists who have seen the problems not caused them.
Obama could demote Rahm Emanuel to Afghan ambassador and put him in Kandahar or some other hell hole. Replace him with someone who actually respects Progressives and all the parts of the Democratic party-- Howard Dean, maybe.
Obama could appoint strong environmental defenders to key posts. He could appoint strong consumer and public advocates to a score of regulatory agencies, so the American people would at least see that he is taking strong action to protect them from corporations and the corporate insiders who Bush and even Clinton placed in positions where the foxes have been guarding the henhouse.
These are things the president can do. But he won't. He's a failure-- a failed president, a failed leader of the Democratic party. Like George Bush, he's a likeable nice guy. In one of the Diehard movies, Bruce Willis is told, "You're an a**hole, but OUR kind of a**hole." Well, Obama's not our kind of president. He could have been. He still has the potential to wake up and to wake us up from our shared nightmare. But so far, he's no-one's kind of a**hole-- not Democrats or Republicans-- he's just an a**hole with bad ideas and weak leadership who let not only the US but the whole world down.
For Obama apologists who always argue that he's passed health care and finance reform and we should be satisfied with what he did, I have to laugh. Health care stocks went up after the gift to the health industry was passed. And finance stocks went up after the "tough reforms" of the finance industry were passed. Investors showed that Obama and the Congress sold the US people, the middle class, out to banksters and health care CEOs and left us with empty shell legislation that was not the real deal. But it was enough to fool some Democrats.
I don't know if the US or the middle class can survive two or more years of Republican rule. My hope is that after two years with the Republicans running the House, getting minus zero done, Obama will be rejected as the 2012 candidate and Elizabeth Warren will be recruited to run. We need someone who has a track record of looking out for the American people. We also need to change the election finance laws. One small thing you can do is go tofixcongressfirst.org and act.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019
He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.