Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Yehudi Webster commenting on “One Year Later: Ten Things President Obama HAS Done Since He’s Been in Office” by Anthony Assadulah Samad.
Here’s Yehudi’s comment:
Obama leads a nation with racialized, chauvinistic, commercialized, and militarized mind-sets that destroy any disposition to empathize with
- those who cannot find jobs;
- those who cannot afford health care;
- victims of the Pentagon’s, Israeli, and NATO’s bombs and bullets, and
- victims of states’ cutbacks on education.
Obama’s central concern is to be re-elected in 2012, and he appears convinced that to do so he must play ball with the forces for maintaining the status quo in domestic and foreign policies. Thus his key appointments are from the old guard of the Bush and Clinton administrations. He, he thinks, will carry out his “change we can believe in” during his second term.
This is poor reasoning. The forces he is trying to appease–and they can make or break his image– will abandon him in 2011. He will not have a second term, given his policies of appeasement toward status quo advocates. If the economy dramatically improves, by some fluke, and he is re-elected, he will face a possibly Republican controlled Congress that will make him a lame duck President throughout 2012-2016.
He should, therefore, take his eyes off 2012, curb the Pentagon’s usurpation of foreign policy, talk sternly to Israel, terminate the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, cease the military build-up in Columbia, stop equating Wall Street’s health with the health of the nation’s economy, and let the chips fall where they may in 2012.