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President Obama still doesn’t get the message from 2008 that he was elected as an agent of change ~ instead he refused to lead, lost his base, wasted his mandate and thus ensured himself of a one term presidency: Allen L Roland
Here is a recent quote from President Barack Obama to reporters after he and congressional Republicans pledged warily to seek common ground on tax cuts and reducing spending in their first meeting since the midterm elections and where Obama apologized to the Republicans for not being more cooperative.
"The American people did not vote for gridlock. They didn't vote for unyielding partisanship. They're demanding cooperation and they're demanding progress. "
Now let me edit President Obama's quote with what the American people really voted for ~
"The American people voted for dramatic change and mistakenly saw Obama as an agent of that change. They did not vote for the status quo or more of the same ~ which is what they have received from President Obama. They demanded real leadership and change while Obama has postured leadership but delivered equivocation and appeasement thus insuring his one term presidency "
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman sums it up ~ “It’s hard to escape the impression that Republicans have taken Obama’s measure ~ that they’re calling his bluff in the belief that he can be counted on to fold. And it’s also hard to escape the impression that they’re right… all indications are that the party will have to look elsewhere for the leadership it needs.”
The basic problem is that the Obama administration unfortunately is just as committed to American exceptionalism as the morally bankrupt Bush/Cheney was ~ which explains the present two party Oligarchy.
The time has come to clearly define the enemy as this two party oligarchy and concentrate on core common-ground issues versus the lesser of two evils ~ here are the seven key core issues that keep 99% of the US population without political representation:
1) The two-party system;
2) Campaign finance;
4) The revolving door;
5) The concentration of media ownership;
6) The big banks;
7) The rule of law does not apply to the richest one-tenth of one percent of the population.
Here is a leader who gets it ~ an impassioned Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont takes the Senate to task on core issues of inequality / Must watch video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OtB298fHY
First we define and articulate the change we desire and the true leaders and change agents will appear. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
Allen L Roland
Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is also available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( firstname.lastname@example.org )