Obama: Change We Can Deceive In* --A critique from the Left
President Barack Obama is selling out the left wing of his party - those who contributed $750 million to his campaign for 'change' - quicker than a Blue Cross rate rise in August. Mr. Obama won the Democratic nomination -- and the presidency -- on a wave of anti-Bush sentiment and the promise of 'change we can believe in.' But when the assertions and actions of the Obama Administration are critically examined, a conclusion can be drawn that the key difference -- thus far -- between Barack Obama and George W. Bush is their choice in breed of White House pet. 'Bipartisanship,' the bane of Obama's first eight months as president, is providing the groundwork for an extended (albeit educated, charming) Bush-light Administration. Those of us on the left are fearing a Bush-ultra Administration, wrapped in populist rhetoric, and disguised as everything but the same.
Barack Obama: Meteorological Nightmare
Sound familiar? Just replace the words 'Exelon Corporation' with 'insurance companies' and the words 'Senator Obama' with President Obama' and here we are. 'Mr. Obama scolded Exelon and federal regulators for inaction,' we learned in 2008, regarding Obama's reaction to the undisclosed radioactive leaks. In 2009, the president condemned the insurance companies for their record-breaking profits and role in the U.S. health care situation: Obama says insurance companies holding U.S. hostage,' Reuters, 14 August. In 2006, the Obama admonishment preceded the sellout, just as it likely will in 2009. Yup, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Exelon incident should have set off alarms in every progressive's brain from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. The corporate-owned media, determined to see the 'better' liberal -- Hillary Clinton -- lose the Democratic primary, waged a Hillary-bashing campaign, 24-7. This media bias was couched and defended in the enthralling possibility of the election of the first African-American U.S. president.
And so, the Exelon incident passed as insignificant -- the unnoticed fluffy cloud on a bright summer day. But to those of us in the meteorological know, we're aware of the path that a singular cumulus cloud can take. More cumulus clouds appear, then populate the horizon. Soon, cumulonimbus clouds form -- which lead to thunder, lightning and a nightmarish end to the day.
My Exelon-Obama umbrella has been with me since February of 2008, when New York Senator Hillary Clinton co-sponsored legislation to boot Blackwater and other mercenaries from Iraq and Afghanistan. Candidate Obama remained silent. Under President Obama, the mercenary industry is flourishing.
President Obama: They're toting assault rifles and you're toting 'bipartisanship.'
All of this pandering to the GOP, and the elusive quest for 'bipartisanship,' is not entirely the fault of Barack Obama. As soon as a Democrat is elected, the corporate-owned media begins the 'bipartisanship' brainwashing of the public, to elevate the GOP. Indeed, Obama was 'conditioned' to select a political moderate to the Supreme Court, despite the fact that the lack of political balance on the Court clamored for a left-leaning Justice. Even though George W. Bush stole two elections, the media never chided Bush for not acting in a bipartisan fashion. Apparently, Obama the Conciliator chooses to live and breathe to please everyone --well, every Republican.
How did Bush force his pharma-terrorist giveaway aka Medicare Modernization Act through Congress in 2003?
I can just see the Fox heads exploding -- and more AR-15s waving -- if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled such a stunt! In 2003, the mainstream media -- owned by the same corporations who financially benefit from corporate profits -- did not demand that the White House 'work with the Democrats' on the 'Patriot' Act, Medicare, Iraq or any other Bush-Cheney disaster forced upon the United States.
True, the day after his Inauguration, President Obama signed legislation to close the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January 2010. He has also pushed for some popular programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers.' Although his rhetoric is with the left, his actions are serving the rightwing. Obama is allowing his detractors to call the shots. The Obama Administration's acts of appeasement merely serve to embolden the gun-toting critics and snarly Congresscritters who would do anything to destroy the Obama presidency.
Herewith is the running list of Barack Obama's supplications and fabrications. After having endured eight months of an Obama presidency, a case can be made that Barack Obama was 'allowed' to win the election so that he would provide the relief valve for the rising anger over predatory capitalism in the U.S.
Thus far, Obama has out-Bushed Bush. This list is under construction!
Are Obama's most virulent critics open to 'bipartisanship?' Well, they would have to drop their assault rifles, first. Obama should simply jettison them, and abandon his 'Bush-light' agenda. If he doesn't, leftists and liberals need to back an actual progressive candidate for the 2012 presidential elections. Now, that would be 'change we can believe in.'
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