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Obama: Say One Term Is Enough

Admittedly, I never was a fan of President Obama, either as a candidate or now as president. I always suspected, based on his dependence on corporate money and his lackluster career as a state and US senator that he would, ultimately, prove to be a big disappointment to the millions of Democrats, liberals, progressives and independents that fell for his slick rhetoric. He has always been too much a part of the two-party plutocracy to ever be a true reformer.

Here are some of the main reasons that he should cut his ties to corporate and political elites, announce that he will not run for reelection and, instead, become the populist, reformist president the nation desperately needs:

Though he certainly inherited a terrible economy from the Bush administration, he has steadfastly pursued the same policies (and with the same characters) to address terrible things about the national economy as well as the banking, financial and housing sectors that one would expect from someone too concerned about corporate interests rather than the needs of most Americans. All the billions of dollars pumped into business sectors has done next to nothing to stop the awful, continuing unemployment situation that has become yet another nail in the coffin of the middle class. The many greedy people on Wall Street that sunk the national and global economies have not been punished, but still hold on to their huge wealth. Obama has made a mockery of the rule of law with his infantile “I want to look forward, not backward” philosophy. Justice cannot be obtained other than by looking back and prosecuting the lawbreakers.

At a time when there are historic levels of Americans unable to buy enough food and, therefore, increasingly dependent on government food stamps or charity food banks and pantries, and millions more are losing their homes and going homeless, and still more millions unable to access affordable health care, President Obama is still pursuing the obscenely costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To waste American lives and ignore enormous domestic economic needs in pursuit of imperialistic wars is insultingly shameful. This kind of behavior would have been totally expected from a Republican president. No reasonable American should ever condone such behavior that continues to put the nation in long term financial peril that will surely negatively impact the lives of Americans for many decades to come.

Third, Obama’s performance on health care reform has been abysmal. Rather than show genuine leadership, he left if up to the corporate-controlled House and Senate to create highly delusional and deceptive health care reform bills. What the country needed was a president that was a champion for a single-payer universal health care system. Instead, what we will surely get is a bill that Obama will happily sign and then declare victory even though very few Americans will see lower costs, better insurance coverage, more affordable access to health care or the freedom to get into a first-rate government program.

In sum, Obama’s policies and tactics are killing Americans, not metaphorically but literally. For these reasons alone, Americans should make it clear that they have lost confidence in President Obama. He needs to see that the vast majority of Americans are suffering too much in so many ways that he needs to make a sharp turn in his policies, programs and staff. Better to be a really good, historic one-term president than a losing two-termer. Giving up a second term would take courage, and courage is what President Obama needs to work for ordinary Americans, not the rich and powerful ones that continue to benefit from this administration like prior Republican ones.

Time for more Americans to stop succumbing to Obama’s slick talk and promises and start demanding very loudly that their government work more aggressively to fix the burdens hitting at least a third of the population. Our current domestic conditions are so dire that if history provided any appropriate message, then President Obama should be made to see that the radical, revolutionary talk coming mostly from the right will surely become shared by the larger fraction of suffering Americans seeing themselves as liberals, independents and progressives. The time for revolution is now. Will it be peaceful or violent? That is what our political leaders (with their full stomachs, nice homes, secure income and great health care insurance) should be made to stay awake at night thinking about.

Posted by Joel S. Hirschhorn at December 1, 2009 4:33 PM
Comments
Comment #291815

“…President Obama is still pursuing the obscenely costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To waste American lives and ignore enormous domestic economic needs in pursuit of imperialistic wars is insultingly shameful.”

At this point, it looks as though he will have more problems from the left than the right, who are actually helping him with the extreme rhetoric, but he’s only been POTUS for about 310 days. He seems resigned to the economic situation, probably hoping that it will improve by 2012 and all will be forgotten. He doesn’t really seem to have many ideas of his own, or is too timid to put forth any program of substantive change, but then his good friend Penny Pritzker ($20 billion) wouldn’t want that.

Posted by: ohrealy at December 1, 2009 5:09 PM
Comment #291816

His presidency is rapidly becoming a train wreck…

Posted by: Mike Falino at December 1, 2009 5:30 PM
Comment #291821

AS I can tell President Obama is excelling in all facets of facilitating the new world order, political speak for breading down the middle class worker. IMO, had Clinton beem elected President her agenda would have mirrored Obama’s. No different if McCain had been elected other than some of the stimulus dollars would be flowing to different buckets, those tied to the oil patch. The NWO is being fast tracked with the culmination of the new Panama Canal, a new Baltimore seaport in the works, a new seaport at Lazaro Cardenas and HHS stimulus to build multiple gateway security stations along the Southern border. That’s primarily whats on the mind of the corpocracy and government, be they dems or reps. The NAU is alive and well.

Otherwise, we have the government we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at December 1, 2009 7:51 PM
Comment #291822

“a new Baltimore seaport in the works”

Please link to some info on this one, if you have it.

44 is the same as 43, he just speaks better.

Posted by: ohrealy at December 1, 2009 8:27 PM
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Joel
What a load of crap. The only firmly established accusation you have against BHO is that he is,God forbid, well spoken. Did you expect he would have all the worlds problems solved in a only a year? You are not looking for a president. You are looking for a Messiah. May I suggest you look to theology rather than public policy arenas for your answer and leave politics to those that understand its possibilities and limitations.

Posted by: bills at December 1, 2009 10:05 PM
Comment #291830
Did you expect he would have all the worlds problems solved in a only a year?

Didn’t you?

I mean, he was a ‘multitasker’, right? Except, we keep getting told that there are more pressing matters and he has to focus on them now… So, was he not the ‘multitasker’ that you guys made him out to be?

Posted by: Rhinehold at December 1, 2009 10:30 PM
Comment #291834

Joel’s prejudiced view blinds his article to the reality which is that Obama is independent of either of the duopoly parties to the extent that he is attacked from both the Right and the Left for charting non-ideological, pragmatic, and doable policy directions.

He refused to be boxed in by the Right or Left on bringing health care reform forward with many benefits which nearly all Americans could benefit from either now or in the future.

Same with Afghanistan and Iraq. He refused to be boxed in or forced by the Parties. Same story with Guantanamo.

When one’s prejudices blind one to the realities in the headlines and news stories of the day, one’s conclusions will necessarily be flawed and unreliable.

Posted by: David R. Remer at December 1, 2009 11:04 PM
Comment #291836

It’s true that he has only been in office for 1 year. I get that. However, he chose to run during an unpopular war, a failing economic system, and a time when America has image issues around the world. It’s unfortunate, but he wanted this job and now he’s got to deal with all these issues. My I point out that he could have dealt with the war issue from the beginning, instead, he decided to travel around the world, fumble through the bailout package (because there wasn’t enough research done), and butter up to the world to win the Olympics. He should have had the guts and the courage (not just him but Capital Hill in general) and fix the issue that is eating up all our money: the war. Whenever a country is in war, so goes the economy. It’s just that simple. What Obama needs to do is construct a strategy where we can gain confidence for the Iraqi and Afghan people; train their military to take over their country. We need the people where we are fighting on our side.

Posted by: J.D. Vail at December 1, 2009 11:17 PM
Comment #291860

Rhinehold is coming up with new definitions for words….

multitasker…. solving all world’s problems in one year.

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Main.asp?SectionID=23&ArticleID=66049

Sounds pretty independent to me.

Posted by: gergle at December 2, 2009 1:02 AM
Comment #291862

So Gergle, is he better at multi-tasking than Bush? It was clear that his intelligence was far greater that Bush 43, therefore, he would have the capacity to do more and manage more (despite the horrible state America was left in). I don’t remember anyone saying specifically that things are horrible, it will take time. I do remember them saying thank goodness Obama is here to clean up this mess. Like Binden said he is smart and clean. I’m still waiting for the clean “up” part to arrive.

Posted by: Edge at December 2, 2009 1:15 AM
Comment #291872

” I don’t remember anyone saying specifically that things are horrible, it will take time.”

If you don’t, then you haven’t been listening, particularly to Obama himself. He has repeatedly said that there are no quick fixes to the economy, the wars, foreign relations, health care, etc. He has talked about progress in terms of years not months. Holding Obama up to the standard of a Messiah is a favorite trick of the right. It is not reality.

Posted by: Rich at December 2, 2009 6:19 AM
Comment #291876

Rich

I agree with the president that there are no quick fixes for the war or the economy, but it’s a matter of organization and planning. When we vote for a president, we trust them to not just solve problems but to create goals and achieve those goals efficiently as possible. President Obama has a lot of challenges, but I think the issue is how he has taken on those issues so far. The bailout didn’t work, health care is dividing the country, and the war should have been dealt with earilier. I’m not bashing him for the bad hand he was dealt, what I don’t agree with is his approach. It’s the same with Bush, his approach to the war was wrong. It was a horrible situation, but we trust our leaders to make the best strategy possible to solve the tough issues.

Posted by: J.D. Vail at December 2, 2009 8:00 AM
Comment #291885

J.D.Vail, seems you are looking failure square in the eye and can’t recognize it. Things don’t just go wrong over 30 years worth of administrations. Remember the greatest xfer of wealth in the history of mankind and the $105T of nation-wide debt? Now, if you are a real idealog you can cherry pick from what has gone right for the previous administrations - illegal immigration, new world order, NAU, etc. That work doesn’t seem to require any votes to get things done - just happens.


ohrealy, I may have wrote of Ports USA when it should be Ports America.

http://www.joc.com/node/414824

Posted by: Roy Ellis at December 2, 2009 9:52 AM
Comment #291890

Back in August we heard this from Obama’s press secretary:
“I don’t know that I’ve specifically heard him on health care,” said Gibbs, “but I have heard the president say that if making tough decisions in getting important things done that Washington has failed to do for decades means that he only lives in this house and makes those decisions for four years, he’s quite comfortable,” Gibbs told reporters at the White House press briefing.

What I am advocating is that millions of Obama supporters use critical thinking to evaluate his performance and recognize that there have been many US presidents that have served just one term, because that’s all they deserved.

Posted by: Joel S. Hirschhorn at December 2, 2009 11:16 AM
Comment #291929

And what is the alternative Joel? Mitt Romney, McCain, Sarah, another someone from the oil patch? IMO, no candidate will receive support from the dems or reps unless they have signed on the NWO, open borders and other issues dear to the heart of the oligarchy. Can you imagine a candidate who wins the election and begins pushing an agenda opposing the NWO? ONLY a third party could give us a free thinker or two.

Otherwise, we have the government we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at December 2, 2009 6:44 PM
Comment #291979

Intelligence and perseverance will defeat your fear and superstition every time. Here’s mud in you eye Mr/Mrs/Ms Editor.

Posted by: Jack L Steliga at December 3, 2009 9:55 AM
Comment #292059

Poor Roy Ellis; he continues to keep pushing the idealistic dream of a third party coming to the rescue. Just one very big problem: the current two-party plutocracy has so successfully rigged the political system that NO third party can have any chance of succeeding at the national level. So, logically, first you have to break the stranglehold of the two-party plutocracy and make the US political system truly competitive and that will probably only happen through constitutional amendments arising through an Article V convention.

Posted by: Joel S. Hirschhorn at December 4, 2009 4:36 PM
Comment #292062

Joel, your argument to Roy is akin to that of the Loyalists amidst the Colonialists who argued that King George had all the power, military, and economic resources to insure independence would never happen.

I agree with you as to the improbability of a third party at this point in our history acquiring Congressional clout at the federal level. But, improbably does not mean impossible. America was founded upon the improbable being made reality.

Roy’s aspiration is both well-intentioned and rational. I for one wish to encourage him; not be a naysayer obstacle to his path toward improving our nation’s future.

Posted by: David R. Remer at December 4, 2009 5:05 PM
Comment #292123

Response to David Remer’s comments:

For many years I strongly advocated third party action, but eventually I permitted objective reality to shape my views; nothing is worse for good-intentioned people like Roy than delusional thinking and ignoring real-world realities. I find it hard to understand how intelligent people simply ignore the stinking facts that a large number of conditions created by the two-party plutocracy make it impossible (not improbable) for third party candidates to prevail in elections for federal offices. But, sadly, there is no antidote for delusional thinking.

Posted by: Joel S. Hirschhorn at December 5, 2009 1:47 PM
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