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Is OpEdNews Too Tough on Obama and the Democrats?

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Is OpEdNews Too Tough on Obama and the Democrats?

    OEN is tough on Obama, tough on Dems.

We don't "commission" articles. We get what comes in and publish most of the articles that are well written and thoughtful.
We reject articles from right wingers that appear to be pasted in or close-to-pasted-in collections of right wing talking points.
We have published a lot of articles which criticize Obama or some Democrats or the Democratic party in general.
Once he was elected, OEN took the policy that we would hold his feet to the fire. We're doing it with a hot fire.
Personally, ever since I learned that Obama had a hand in sabotaging the inclusion of the public option in the health care bill, to the extent that he cut a deal with hospitals and big pharma, I have been very disappointed in him and no longer trust him. I've called for primarying him.
Some people say we are being too tough on Obama and on the Democrats. Some say we have been inflexible. They allude to OEN as among the progressives who are hurting the Democrats because we have not been willing to settle for what the Democrats have accomplished.
My take is that Obama is a massive disappointment, not only in terms of his horrible appointees, with the exceptions of less than a handful, but also because he has proven to be an ineffective leader.
The purpose of this poll is to ask our readers whether we're being too hard on Obama, and on the Democrats but to also get a conversation going on this. Are we being so tough that we've lost you or could lose you as a reader or active part of the community?
Are we straying from our roots, from our history?
Are we staying true to the vision and mission that started us on this journey?
I get emails from people saying that what we're doing, criticizing Obama, is hurting him, hurting the chances for the Democrats in November.
Do you think so?

OEN is too hard on Obama and the Democrats and will help Republicans
OEN is doing a great job holding Obama's and the Democrats' feet to the fire
OEN needs to back off a bit, at least until the November Elections are Over
Not sure
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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'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. 

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