A recent article I published in our local paper delineating my disappointments with the Obama administration got many responses, most of which missed the mark. My point was not that Obama is failing, but that the system is failing Obama. Yes, he has been a disappointment to me in some ways, but to evaluate him, one needs only compare him to his predecessor.
The system supports action by leaders like Bush/Cheney, but obstructs action by Obama/Biden.
Anyone who believes in Abe Lincoln's America of the people, by the people, and for the people, should advocate for the return of power to the representatives of the people Congress - from the hands of corporate lobbyists and the executive branch. Only Congress was authorized to declare war, but they have handed that power to the executive. The executive has handed much of that power covertly to the CIA and, through "privatization" to corporations like Blackwater.
With power in the hands of the executive, it is easy to manipulate intelligence and enter into inappropriate wars, and even easier for those behind the scenes to manipulate a weak executive into doing such things. With power in the hands of Congress, collective debate and popular input has a much better chance of cooling tempers and tempering powerful ambitions.
At present, precious little legislation protects the people, while most protects the power and wealth of the top 1% via corporate rights. With power removed from corporate lobbyists who not only advocate for, but actually write legislation - Congress would once again be charged with representing the people as well as special interests.
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