Time to Stand With the Prez?

Listen, folks, a lot of you engaged in a mass, nationwide hissy fit by staying home on Election Day last – and what the hell did it get you? The House of Representatives is now controlled by half-wits and crazy people. The only reason the Democrats were able to retain the senate is because the Republicans were kind enough to nominate too many certifiable head cases to count (Thank you, Sharron Angle). As I said, Obama will have an easy time of it next time around – but not without your wholehearted support. We have to get to work to make sure that he is re-elected in 2012.

I know what you’re thinking and I agree. He has been somewhat of a let down. To be perfectly honest with you, I’m just mild about Barry. Giving in to tax cuts for the plutocracy was beyond idiotic. Did he really believe he would gain any leverage with these jerks by appeasing them? Who the hell knows what he was thinking.  His most significant legislative accomplishment – health care reform – is not much to celebrate The American people will still be at the mercy of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and they will continue to die an average of two years earlier than their cousins in Europe. And, most frustrating of all, he seems blind to the futility of continuing to wage the longest war in American history – a war that cannot – and will not – be won. The President would be wise to heed the advice Senator Akin of Vermont gave Lyndon Johnson as Vietnam was immolating his presidency: “Declare victory and get the hell out of there!”

But there are a number of reasons to be hopeful about Barack Obama’s second term (I hope). Let’s go over some of them.

On February 27, 1951 the Republicans in congress insulted the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only man in history to be elected to more than two terms. When the 22nd Amendment to the Unites States Constitution was ratified, it insured that no person could ever again be elected to more than two terms as president. This means Obama will be free to more vigorously pursue progressive legislation simply because he won’t have to worry about re-election. While no president is ever completely free of the political consequences of the decisions he makes (There’s always the damned party to think of) the chief-executive who does not have to worry about the coming election has much less of a burden to carry.

In a second term Obama might very well kick out the jams and become the progressive Superman we all thought he was capable of being. Of course this will only happen if his party takes back both houses of congress. Otherwise all that he will be able to do in his final term will be to keep the right wing tide at bay. That’s why it is so important that the base re-energizes itself in the coming year.

Another thing to take into consideration is the man’s personal character. For all his flaws it is clear that he is an essentially decent guy with good intentions. The same cannot be said of the contenders for the job. As president, Obama has been bombarded with obstruction, slander – and overt racism – by the “party of Abraham Lincoln”. They have been dedicated to the proposition that he fail – utterly and completely. The fact that he has been able to accomplish anything is testament to the man’s fortitude. A second term for Barack Obama could be very successful – but that success will not happen if you silly Liberals stay home again on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Something to ponder.

Then there is the sticky little problem of world opinion, and the esteem in which President Obama is held by the rest of the planet. Do you remember the headline that Britain’s Daily Mail ran the day after Dubya was re-elected?

“HOW CAN 59,054,087 PEOPLE BE SO DUMB?”

How indeed? Given the nauseous atmosphere at any Republican gathering nowadays, it’s not likely that the world tip their hats in admiration if any of these jackasses are sent to Washington two years from now. In fact, sending another incurious extremist to the White House will – to put it mildly – complicate international relations.

And finally there are the GOP contenders to consider. Look at them! THEY’RE BRAIN-DAMAGED! Did you happen to check out that silly CPAC convention this week? Extremism in the defense of Librium. Michele Bachmann told the crowd, “And the all -important, must-have of 2012 is this: making Barack Obama a one-term president.” – and then she did something I’ve never seen a public speaker do in my entire life. This imbecile actually pleaded with her audience to give her a standing ovation:

“STAND UP! STAND UP! STAND UP!”

It was all caught on videotape, folks. I’m not making any of this up, I swear. With the exception of Romney – who is the only one of the lot who does not have little birdies flying out of his ears – I can only pray that one of the current crop of idiots gets the nomination, assuring an Obama victory. But that’s probably wishful thinking on my part. Would the people who vote in Republican primaries be asinine enough to go with any of these chuckleheads? That all depends on the state of course. While a candidate like Sarah Palin would be a cinch in South Carolina, it’s doubtful her act would sell many tickets in Vermont.

They’ll probably wind up going with Marc Rubio, the newly elected (and popular) senator from Florida. I can see it now:

“Just like Obama, folks! Rubio came out of nowhere BUT HE’S A CONSERVATIVE AND HE’S WHITE!”

He’s also Hispanic – a growing and important demographic. And, like Romney, he seems to have an IQ higher than your average half-eaten box of Milk Duds.

A lot can happen in the twenty-one months between now and the election. We just can’t afford to sit around twiddling our thumbs. Barack Obama may not be a Progressive’s dream, but like it or not, he’s the man many of us have invested our hopes in – and a third party uprising is out of the question. Don’t even go there. The GOP is beyond redemption. If that party is ever again given control of the legislative and the executive branch of our government, you can kiss this country goodbye.

tom deganAFTERTHOUGHT:

If the people over at Spell Check had their way, the president’s name would be, “Bareback Alabama”. Honestly.

Here’s a link to Michele Bachmann’s speech two days ago at the Conservative political Action Conference two days ago:

It has to be seen to be believed. The gal is a scream!

Tom Degan
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

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About Tom Degan

Tom Degan is a fifty-four-year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

Comments

  1. tom warren says:

    “you silly Liberals” qualifies as progressive bashing, Mr. D.

    Your argument is that once the first term is over and the 2012 election is past the “real ” Progressive Obama can stand up. I say that as long as there is one Repuglican in the House or Senate, all the spineless Democrats will have someone to fear and cave in to.

    It’s simple for me: there are two more years in this first term. Plenty of time for President Obama to show me he can “kick out the slats” — about something progressive. (anything). He does that, I won’t be an activist for Non-renomination. But he won’t., (you know he won’t.)

    Don’t worry. I won’t vote for Palin or Romney next time. I’ll vote for any other Dem on the primary ballot. But my dollars (and my activism) will stay firmly at home unless there are significant, Progressive, changes from the White House.

    Meantime, I’m going to remain just another whining effing retard, enamored of the “professional left”. Anybody know where I can find a publication that represents* my* views? Judging from this article, it’s not the LA Progressive..

  2. I campaigned for obama. Made phone calls. Believed in him as a strong and caring man who could get things done. Now i see him caving into every republican special interest, the Chamber of Commerce, the rising of the deficit because he won’t raise taxes on the rich while our public workers are being demonized by right wing operators who want to see the work base demoralized and disunited by destroying unions. no, i don’t see any difference between this president and what we would have had with a john mccain. the country is in the last throws of destruction. i will help it along by voting for the closest thing to sarah palin that is running next time so i can be assured of the end of this country as we know it so that our revolution will start and we can start with a clean slate. to hell with obama and his weak knees. there’s no difference between he and the worst republican except that he sounds and looks better. his lies are sweeter sounding.

  3. Bill Gibbons says:

    Paul McDermott says:
    February 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    “I detect elements of racism, militarism, and Islamophobia in yer screed there, Bill. Ya have some problem with a prez that ain’t a white warrior???”

    No, I have a problem with the fact that Obama is a do-nothing fake, plain and simple. And what makes you think that I am white? Tom Degan obviously has a problem with McCain’s age, and with fact that Palin dares to be her own woman, and a gutsy one at that, in spite of those who hate her just for being different.

    As for “Islamophobia,” you must be joking.

  4. Ralph Lopez says:

    No dice. I think Obama should be primaried by a true progressive, or even a
    Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. To my esteemed
    fellow activists who put forth the argument, what about McCain, what about
    Palin etc., I say it is clear now that Obama is not really in charge, the
    Pentagon is and the national security establishment is, which is where he
    gets his orders to escalate wars and sign the Patriot Act. So if he’s not
    in charge, why would a Romney or Palin be any more in charge? They are not
    as big a bogeyman as people make them out to be, and what they are really
    doing is social management, which requires some amount of give and take.
    The people who really run this country are going to do exactly what they are
    going to do no matter who is in charge. All we can do is keep trying for
    someone, in a primary, who will take charge, and pick up where JFK left off,
    busting up the CIA. If it costs him his life. We ask these soldiers to
    risk their lives every day. Politicians should have the same courage.

  5. Bill Gibbons says:

    “FOR THE RECORD: As disappointed as I may be with the performance of this president to date, I still thank goodness each and every day that John McCain is not sleeping in the Oval Office at this very moment and that Fascist Barbie is not a seventy-two-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency. Can you even imagine?”

    FOR THE RECORD: You mean Barack Hussein Obama, the least vetted President in the history of the USA, whose college records and birth certificate are being kept under wraps so we have absolutely no idea where he was born or what his post secondary educational grades were? The same Barack Hussein Obama whose Kenyan grandmother swears that she and other African relatives were at his birth in KENYA? The same Barack Hussein Obama who swears he is a Christian, yet supports partial birth abortion?

    As for the “old man” McCain, well at least he is a true American hero who endured the uspeakable horrors of confinement and torture as a POW in Vietnam, and that “fascist” Barbie who, as Governor of a state with an 80+ approval rating, has more governmental experience that Obama could only dream about before conning his way into the White House.

    If you can do any better than either of those two Tom Degan, then drop me a line and outline your campaign for public office. That is, if you’ve got what it takes.

    africanmysteries@yahoo.com

    • Paul McDermott says:

      I detect elements of racism, militarism, and Islamophobia in yer screed there, Bill. Ya have some problem with a prez that ain’t a white warrior???

  6. I think Barack needs to go. We need a small defensive military (a 90% budget cut for the military). Private schools. No medicare or medicaid. No corporate taxes. A 2% sales tax. No public universities. No public schools. Get back to the basics of capitalism where people pay as they go. Overall a 90% cut at all levels of government. Get rid of the Federal Reserve. Go back to the Gold Standard. No bailouts for anyone. You will see this country rock with prosperity like it did in the 1890s when American was a libertarian society. Neither a Republican nor a Democrat be…

  7. garry walsh says:

    Expansion of the military budget all the while slashing working peoples benifits. Torture (at home and abroad)-America is on the wrong side of most fights between the elites and the populace of the world..all the while supporting every evil dictator on the planet-Bailing the criminal/banker class with no prosecutions (not one) of the wicked bastards who created and profited from the mortgage crisis. Tax cuts for the ubber wealthy, cowtowing to the evil Chamber of Commerce , caving in to every, and i mean every, GOP demand …….and the list goes on and on. Is it better to die of a 1000 Obama cuts or a quick over the cliff with the other Corporatists party? Obama has turned the american people into proverbial frog in the hot water-slowly slowly killing us. The other Coporatist party is so obvious that maybe, just maybe. America will wake up and take to the streets.
    One can only dream.

  8. Gary Corseri says:

    I’m not sure what commentator Ray Beckerman means when he characterizes Tom Degan’s article as “progressive bashing.” What bothers me much more profoundly is that I’m not sure what Mr. Degan means in most of this article.

    Perhaps Mr. Beckerman is objecting to the fact that Mr. Degan is presuming to make some kind of distinction between worthy “progressives” who see the world as Mr. Degan and Mr. Obama see it, and those unworthy “progressives” who see matters quite differently. If that’s the case, I agree with Mr. Beckerman. That’s a presumptuous definitional venture, requiring much evidence and fine-tuning.

    Mr. Degan appears to be fascinated with matters of style. For matters of style, the Left supported John Kerry above beer-drinking, Texas gun-slinger, Bush; Gore had already gotten the Left’s nod against the cowboy in the stolen election of 2000. By 2008, Obama could plug into a whole lot of Liberal guilt and across-the-board angst. He could promise to close Guantanamo, provide health care for the masses, end US military adventurism, return the economy to solvency and prosperity, et. al. Now, here we are two years later being asked to forget about all he couldn’t do because of those lousy dunderheads in the other party/parties, and let’s just focus on the next election when surely everything will turn out right since we’re smart, and our guy’s smart, and while we may not believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus, the 2nd coming of JFK–darker-hued and sans Marilyn–remains a hope in our hearts.

    When “Progressives” cease concentrating upon electoral politics, sham elections undermined by Supreme Court decisions that allow the pollution of campaign contributions with unlimited corporate money, when they can see beyond two-year or four-year election cycles, alerting the public to crises of global climate change, banking syndicates, corporate cartels and a media that eats at the brains of all who consume their fish spawn… then we may begin to get beyond the simple name-calling and ad hominem feel-good-we’re-smarter-than-they-are arguments of boosterish articles like these.

  9. Unlike Degan I’m more than just a ‘tad disappointed’ in this DINO prez, so it’s much easier for me to simply conclude: No Renomination!

    Past a certain point, ‘decent guy with good intentions’ doesn’t cut it, when in fact predictably indecent results emerge from his policies or his wimpish pre-caves to others’ policies.

    Obama has just given away more tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires than it would take to employ each unemployed at $25K+. For two years running this ‘Dem’ pres has earned C- grades (from Center for Biological Diversity) for his enviro policies, for good reasons, including: his flip flop on climate, and his Interior Dept foaming to join the Gop land war on threatened wildlife and on the Endangered Species Act itself – to match the marine losses already happily incurred in the Gulf disaster. His Ag Dept has just said yes, in the name of chemical ‘progess’ (of the pre-Silent-Spring era) let’s be the Monsanto administration and unleash uncontrollable genetically pre-poisoned crops on the entire landscape. His overseas ‘peace’ and ‘nonproliferation’ capers barely paper over a war misdirected to Afghanistan while ducking the real nuke threats in Iran, N Korea and Pakistan.

    In short, Obama makes a middling reliably corporate president, Gop in all but name. That’s probably why the House Gops are happy to pursue brazenly ideological shoot-us-all-in-foot policies – pro-poverty, anti-job, anti-middle class, anti-environment, anti-science – that will so antagonize ordinary US voters as to ensure election of the Dem candidate in 2012. They presume (probably correctly) that (unlike 1968) Dems are so craven that they will renominate Obama. And although an Obama re-election may put some Gop house members out of a job, they will anyhow be amply compensated by their corporate sponsors.

  10. I would be upset if any POTUS was sleeping in the oval office also, that is a place where work is being done, the bedrooms are upstairs..

  11. Is this really the best of progressive writing ? I read these updates and am just amazed at the writing. This is a good website to share with my students. It is always nice to point out bad political writing whenever one can. Who said propaganda died with Goebbels. Lack of logic. Lack of coherence. All the elements of bad writing all in one place.

  12. Tom, thanks for the professional, lucid presentation of your perspective on the President and the GOP. You’ve done yourself proud!

  13. Until today, I trusted LA Progressive to stand up for progressive values… the same values for which candidate Barack Obama vowed he would fight.

    Now I’m going to have to watch you much more carefully, if you’re going to have Blue Dog apologist propaganda on your pages.

    • Ray,

      I am not a Blue dog. Far from it. The president falls in that category – not I. You have to admit that he has been a total letdown in too many areas to count. Like Clinton, he has proven himself to be – not the Progressive we were all hoping for – but a moderate to right-of-center dud. Still, I’m hopeful that a second term will see a second wind.

      With all due respect to you.

      Sincerely,

      Tom Degan

  14. I’m really tired of progressive-bashing. I am shocked to see LA Progressive be a part of it.

    Shame.

    • Carlene Brown says:

      I don’t see Tom’s article as “progressive bashing” at all. I’m very pleased that LA Progressive published it. Perhaps some of their readers would like to join me at Westwood & Pico’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore Friday night (18th) to hear Dr. Michael Haas & Nobel Peace Prize nominee speak about his book, BARACK OBAMA, THE OLOHA ZEN PRESIDENT: How a Son of the 50th State May Revitalize America Based on 12 Multicultural Principles.

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