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

Published by the LA Progressive on February 15, 2011
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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