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"Transparency," "Change," and "Yes we can": I have been for almost 4 months. trying to explain away the many inappropriate decisions and choices being made by President Obama. I, along with millions of others, voted for Mr. Obama hoping he would bring transparency and change to our Country. But as with his earliest appointments (i.e.,Summers, Geithner, Gates, et al), the President has shown a great propensity to play to the Center, to play it so safe, and to maintain the status quo. This is not change. It is more of the same with a new face and demeanor.

He is allowing all the worst policies of the Bush Gang to stay in play (i.e., military tribunals, indefinite imprisonment, posse comitatus, the absence of habeas corpus: all the makings of an opaque government).

Many of us have constantly tried to rationalize his refusal to investigate Wall Street and the Banks, as well as the Bush Administration for their apparent and actual misdeeds. But the picture is becoming inescapably clear. Our President is little interested in challenging the powers that be, i.e., the Military Industrial Complex, the insurance companies, Wall Street or the Republicans.

We have a health system that is sinfully based on profit. We have become an undereducated and unemployed country where the divide between rich and poor has grown geometrically since the Reagan years. The world's population as well as our environment is about to come crashing down on us all the while we still pay attention to those who tell us that we must continue doing what we have been doing. Our media has been so deregulated that there are now only a few voices heard. While it is true that the internet has given us some democracy, there are the same old forces now trying to gain control and profit off our internet.

It seems that enemies of CHANGE have just a few priorities. They are profit, the right to own many guns, no taxes, and the defeat of Choice, immigrants, and homosexuals.

With so many things amiss and amess, why is President Obama so insistent in running from the Progressive wing of the Democrats while running to the political- status quo- corporate- nochange- Center? Why is he so insistent on not allowing light onto the Bush people and their dealings such as torture? Why is the President not shouting support for labor and its unions. Why hasn't he done away with "don't ask, don't tell"? Why has he abandoned the notion of undoing the great big Bush tax breaks for the rich? Why is he still an enabler of Israel's apartheid and savage war in the Gaza and Israel? What will he do to the Supreme Court?

It is time for President Obama to hear from all of us who are not pleased by his leadership to date. It is time to tell the Republicans as well as those iDemocrats who refuse to stop feeding their masters, to join in true change or get out of the way. For if he refuses to bring the change and transparency his campaign spoke of, we must work to make him a one term candidate, while finding someone who will help to bring change.


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