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Friday, November 2, 2012

Obama is the wiser path

President Barack Obama attends the memorial service in Tucson, Arizona for victims of the shooting there. 01/12/11. (photo: Getty Images)
President Barack Obama attends the memorial service in Tucson, Arizona for victims of the shooting there. 01/12/11. (photo: Getty Images)

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By Marc Ash
Reader Supported News
01 November 12

hat died along with Jack Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was the notion that a popularly-elected leader could effect change from the Oval Office. The remains of that day were an understanding that attempting to challenge the power structure could have consequences even for the president.

Barack Obama brings deep flaws to his perspective of the presidency. The administration's ongoing campaign of extra-judicial assassination, a cold shoulder to the systemic oppression of civil liberties, a Justice Department that stands blind and mute as corporate corruption devours the soul of the nation, an indifference to environmental suicide that borders on contempt. It's all there. Yet, somehow there is a crucial glimmer of understanding in him that will not allow hope to be extinguished.

It is difficult to know if Mitt Romney's bald-face lying is intended to convince voters or himself, or is simply symptomatic of some pathological disorder. When he says that he wants to be president without releasing his tax returns or information about his Cayman Islands bank accounts, what he is really saying is that he views the Oval Office as an acquisition, a commodity to be bought and sold to the highest bidder - at a profit of course.

What we learned in the Occupy encampments is that change does not come from the top, it comes from the bottom. The struggle to reestablish American democracy has only just begun. It's not likely that a leader of the American Pro-Democracy Movement will occupy the Oval Office any time soon. But Obama is by orders of magnitude more likely to recognize and respect change when confronted with it than Romney would ever be.

He is not the progressive lion we dreamed he would be, but he still stands. We must construct a strategy for grass-roots change around the better man. Barack Obama is clearly that.


Marc Ash was formerly the founder and Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

 READER COMMENTS 
 
+47 # Kayjay 2012-11-01 17:47
Yes President Obama has made blunders in his first term. He has not affected the change we all envisioned. He has the faults, biases, and ego of a career politician. He is not a savior as some of us hoped. But we need to voted for him again and subsequently get him to pursue oft promised change. Some may need to hold their nose while pulling the lever for Barak.... that's fine, I will supply the clothes pins! But we must keep that Rat Mittens from getting his mitts all over the White House. This election scares me..... Sandy may have been the October surprise. But I fear what Rove may wrought. And I would really like to see a follow up to news I hearrd through the grapevine, that the Romney family has ownership connections to vote tallying equipment in OHIO! Talk about a conflict of interest. If true.....Romney has NO business being on the ballot in that state. If someone knows more about this....make a stink. Vote Obama to snub Mittens.
 
+42 # WestWinds 2012-11-01 20:13
If Robmey has family connections to the ownership of the vote tallying equipment in Ohio, then Eric Holder has a duty to the nation to be all over this. Enough is enough. I think this nation is just about reaching the end of its tether where this rampant corruption is concerned.
 
-2 # aaheart 2012-11-01 23:37
If the election is again fraudulent as it has been for the past two decades, how will your vote stop Wilbur? We are faced with a two party illusion not very different from the Stalinist one party state. It's not the the voters who count, it's those who count the votes. We now have a Stalinist government under the facade of democracy. The Gulag already has people in indefinite detention and how would you know? Falling for the weak vote Obama to snub Wilbur is as weak an excuse for voting as it is possible to achieve.
 
+5 # Sacrebleu! 2012-11-02 06:04
When you don't know where you are driving to you still hold the steering wheel.
This is the same here: you may not be sure where to go on politics but if you don't vote you'll visit the ditch.
 
+4 # ritaague 2012-11-02 01:11
Yep, Kayjay, hold my nose I will, as I put in my vote for Oh Bomb Ah. Then, should he win (who the hell knows if any of our votes count or get honestly counted these days, including in such vote pretend states as Ohio, Florida, et. al.), I'll do what Michael Moore advises: vote for Obama, then push on him harder than hard to get out of either being scared off or bought off m.o..

Lots and lots of real McCoy change is soooo needed, in order to...UNDO THE COUP
 
+4 # genierae 2012-11-02 05:18
We would have a very different country now if the left hadn't turned on President Obama right after he took office. If they had stood with him, while at the same time putting serious and persistent pressure on him to move left, we would now see a much better situation. Instead, Obama was quickly deserted by progressives who turned up their collective noses at his efforts to work with Republicans, and all the responsibility for change was dumped on his shoulders alone. I can't remember ever having a perfect President, yet Obama is harshly criticized for the things he does wrong, while his many good accomplishments are damned with faint praise, or simply ignored. He is held to a much higher standard than that good old white boy, Bill Clinton, who did much to pave the way for Bush to destroy our economy yet gets a pass. I ask you progressives why this is so? I have my suspicions, but my mind is open. Please enlighten me.
 
+6 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 04:43
Kayjay: If anyone has any doubts, check out this site and see what the Romneyhoods are doing. I've been wondering why Romney was running for President. It is obvious now that he is coming after OUR taxpayer money. Everyone, please check this out and PASS it on to all you know before it is too late:

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2019582123_harropcolumntaggxml.html
 
+47 # portiz 2012-11-01 18:18
I'm with you Mr. Ash. Without any doubt, Barack Obama will get my vote.
 
+57 # maddave 2012-11-01 19:54
I've long since given up judging Romney over his inability to distinguish truth from fiction ---- also over his habitually taking the major faults of himself and his own party, turning them around and attributing them to the Democrats and President Obama.

Those whom I DO NOT understand and whom I DO judge harshly are those individuals and groups that refuse to recognize just what the hell is going on --- and why. Let there be no doubt in ANYONE's mind: If Obama were a white anglo-saxon, he would be leading Romney by 20, points right now.
 
+16 # WestWinds 2012-11-01 20:15
>>> ...his habitually taking the major faults of himself and his own party, turning them around and attributing them to the Democrats and President Obama.
 
+4 # genierae 2012-11-02 05:20
Thank you maddave, I agree completely.
 
+54 # MEBrowning 2012-11-01 19:42
Romney's lying is not symptomatic of a pathological disorder. It's symptomatic of his party's zeal to win. Romney has investors to please, so he must win — regardless of the cost, regardless of the rules, regardless of who he steps on or whose lives he ruins. He will do anything, say anything, promise anything, to win. He must be stopped.
 
+24 # WestWinds 2012-11-01 20:18
Then this should be an easy decision:
Good people play by the rules and play fair. Conversely, bad people don't play by the rules and don't play fair. They are always looking for, or taking, or precipitating unfair leverage for an unfair (and unearned) advantage.
 
+9 # genierae 2012-11-02 05:38
Many intelligent, thoughtful people think that we are in the middle of a transition into a higher reality, and this polarization must happen in order to "separate the wheat from the chaff". I have never in my lifetime seen such a stark divide between the honest and dishonest people in this country. The Republican Party has always drawn the more corrupt persons in society, the ones who are the most selfish and mean-spirited, but now it is much worse. Democrats on the other hand, have drawn the people who care the most about others and want to make this country work for all of us. I am an independent so I am not partisan, and favoring Democrats is not being partisan anyway, it is simply choosing the party that cares about and supports the common good. If Obama and the Democrats take the majority, then we will move into the future with real change, but if Romney and the Republicans prevail we will regress. We are right on the tipping-point and not one person who cares about this country can afford to stay home on Tuesday.

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