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Could Obama Fall Victim to a Change We Can’t Believe In?

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At this point the Obama presidency could go either way — he can either become one of the greatest presidents this country has ever known, or go down as an exciting experiment that went bad. It’s all up to how he handles the expectations of Independents.

The biggest problem that Obama currently faces is becoming a victim of his own effectiveness. During the campaign he raised the nation’s expectations so high that just being a good president won’t do. He promised a change that we can believe in, which led many of us to believe that he intended to trash the way business is done in Washington, but that promise seems to be totally inconsistent with what seems to be his irrepressible desire to hold hands and sing Kum By Ya with the very Republican leaders from which we wanted a change.

This has fueled the growing suspicion by many that both parties are beholding to the same cabal of power, and only feign differing philosophies of governance. That suspicion lies very close to the surface for many Independents – after all, that’s why they’re Independents in the first place.

And President Obama hasn’t helped himself in that regard. For a man who is ordinarily so politically astute, even before he became president he did a curious flip-flop on the FISA issue. According to Greenchange.org, on October 24, 2007, Bill Burton of the Obama campaign indicated, "To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies." But by June 20, 2008, Obama issued a statement reversing his position, indicating that our national security needs were more important than his objections.

That deeply disappointed many Independents, since a citizen’s right to sue a telecommunications company for invading his or her privacy in violation of the law has nothing to do with national security. Those are the very constitutional rights that we’re trying to keep secure. But while many Independents have kept that in mind, at least Obama had the integrity to take that stand prior to our making the decision on whether or not to vote for him.

But then once he was elected President, Obama made another curious statement with regard to the alleged criminal activities and war crimes committed by the Bush administration. In spite of the fact that there are strong allegations and prima facie evidence of torture, and some of the most unconscionable violations of the Geneva Convention since the Nuremberg trials, President Obama stated that he wanted to move the nation forward, and not look back.

Many Independents have two problems with that. First of all, President Obama seems much too willing to move forward with regard to the fat cats, while lower-ranking personnel are rotting in prison. That’s in direct conflict with the American ideal of equal justice under the law. And secondly, since most of these atrocities were committed against the citizens of other nations, it is the height of arrogance for us to be “the deciders” of whether or not those responsible should be held accountable. That also runs contrary to American ideals, and the concept of “a shining city on the hill.”

And now we’re talking about sending thousands of more troops to Afghanistan. The question is, why? The nation has yet to be provided with a reasonable explanation of why we should be meddling, once again, in another country’s internal affairs. One would think we would have learned something about the futility of that by now. It’s a recipe for disaster.

There are only two legitimate reasons to have our troops in that part of the world. The first is obvious — to make damn sure the nuclear missiles in Pakistan don’t fall into the hands of Al Qaeda. The second reason is bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. So why can’t we just deploy enough troops in Pakistan to protect the missiles, and let the CIA and law enforcement deal with Osama? That way we save both treasure and lives, and we’re not creating more enemies for the United States by killing innocent people.

Many Independents suspect that there’s another agenda afoot.  Actually, Cheney’s giving it away. Independents recognize that Dick Cheney has absolutely no integrity, so when he gets passionate over an issue, we know to follow either the money or power. Thus, many Independents suspect that Cheney’s insistence that we go recklessly rushing into Afghanistan has much more to do with Halliburton’s bottom line than it does America’s best interest. And while Obama has shown himself to be an excellent president in many ways, his one shortcoming— and the shortcoming that may very well bring him down in the end — is his tendency to try to appease the stupidity and greed of the GOP.

The President needs to recognize that there is nothing he can do that’s going to make him acceptable to the GOP — that is, unless he agrees to appoint a Republican vice president, then resign. By now it should be clear that even while he’s asleep, the GOP is trying to hatch plans to destroy him. So by spending more time thinking about them than he is his base, he’s playing right into their hands.

I mentioned power as one of the reasons that Cheney is trying to rush the president into Afghanistan. I wonder if the president has considered the fact that Cheney just might be trying to get him to make the same kind of mistake in Afghanistan that the Bush Administration made in Iraq in order to take the Iraq issue off the table for the 2012 election? If during the 2012 campaign America is bogged down in Afghanistan with the useless death of thousands of U.S. troops, all of a sudden, Bush, Cheney, and the GOP won’t look all that bad. The president should think about that possibility, since Dick Cheney makes Machiavelli look like a trainee.

On the other hand, if the president would have the CIA go after Osama Bin Laden (through the use of intelligence, not by blindly shooting at rocks), pull out of Afghanistan, and then make an agreement with the government of Pakistan to help them protect their nuclear arsenal (then try to help the people while we’re there instead of killing them), he’ll be looking pretty good in 2012, and he won’t have the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops to have to justify.

He’d look even better if he allowed Attorney General Holder to do his job with respect to the Bush administration’s war crimes. First, he’d firm up his base by restoring their confidence that he stands for the rule of law, and it would also allay the fear that he might be a puppet, and being controlled by some powerful cabal.

Another upside to that is once Holder begins his investigation into the Bush administration, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s going to find criminality, cronyism, and corruption seeping so deep within the GOP that Republicans will be so busy snitching on one another, and covering their own asses, that they wouldn’t have the time to plot against either him, or the American people.

Now, THAT, would be a change that we could believe in.

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  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    I do believe President Obama is the change we have needed in this country for a long time.

    2010 will prove it!

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    I belive President Obama is the change we need, as well. Nevertheless, we must always hold ALL politicians’ feet to the fire, because we must mold our politicians to our ideals, not our ideals to our politicians.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    The glare of ignorance in the right-wing media and blogs can blind you!
    Of course Obama can’t change the “good ol boy” system, we have to root them out election after election, but he is doing more for the whole of this society than McCain ever would have!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ Jeannie Danna

    This is an excellent article and I hope you get more comments than mine Wattree. It is so obvious that most of them-BC critics only comment on the negative articles concerning President Obama…

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Jeannie,

    Don’t work yourself into a lather over this. It may be that your president is not the most popular fellow with a lot of the commenters here. I’m sure that Baritone and zing-zing will stop by with warm, comforting words…. They appear to like Obama more than – well, me, for example…. Besides, it’s only 9:30 in the morning in New York and 8:30 in Chicago – these guys have to work, you know.

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Thank you, Jeannie.

    I don’t worry about such things. I just put my opinion out there and let it take root. I don’t do for adulation. I do it because our opinions eventually end up at the president’s door.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/christine-lakatos/ Christine

    Wattree: I must admit that even though I don’t agree with ALL of your article, I found it a good read, very well written. But then again, what do I know, I’m just an amateur.

    …there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s going to find criminality, cronyism, and corruption seeping so deep within the GOP…

    I think you will find this in the Democratic party too and as we speak!

    See ya on twitter too!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Christine –

    So why is it that so many more Republicans are caught in corruption than Democrats? This goes for sex scandals, influence scandals, election fraud…you name it! This trend has held true since at least the Ford administration, so it held true regardless of who held the reins of power in Congress and in the White House. I know this because I did the research (google lists political scandals).

    So are we Democrats just so much smarter that we don’t get caught? Or are we simply less likely to be corrupt since we believe (unlike Reagan) that the government is NOT the problem, that the government is there FOR the people instead of in SPITE of the people?

    So either we’re smarter for not getting caught, or we’re not doing it. Which is it?

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Both Glenn, Both

  • John Lake

    Thanks for a pertinent and well written article.
    I don’t see any reason to think the new president will falter before the race is done. He seems to be unshaken. We remember that during the campaigns, both sides were promoting their plans to “reach across the aisle”. The Republics have instead become as unobjective as a group of individuals can become. We realize that if Obama continues to stay on course of “Do the Right Thing for the American People” many well off persons and groups will feel the pinch in their wallets – this to an unprecedented degree. It is not surprising that Obama is meeting with unprecedented resistance from many, including the powerful medical community.
    The crimes of Bush and Chaney in the previous administration are beyond any previous range. This is pure profiteering at its worst. Halliburton, the Bush Chaney family company, once led by Dick Cheney has profited on the backs of the American people. If Obama is hesitant to pursue these matters, well, he is in a position to know best. Don’t be surprised to see the Chaney name of future ballots.
    It is clearly foolish to use American Military might to seek retaliation on one individual. But al Qaeda must be kept at bay. They would if they could spread their corruptness to the entire mid east, the entire world.

  • Clavos

    It is not surprising that Obama is meeting with unprecedented resistance from many, including the powerful medical community.

    Actually, most in the medical industry (with the exception, of course, of the insurance companies, who will be forced out of the medical insurance business eventually) are behind obamacare, because they correctly realize that, just as they did with Medicare, they stand to make a LOT more money on the taxpayer’s dime.

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Hi Arch,

    I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned this to you before, but the more aggravated wingnuts become with my articles, the more flattered I become. It let’s me know that I’m right on target.

    So if you made a comment that BC had the good taste not to post, please feel free to post it to my website. I’d really like to see it. Nothing gives more pleasure than wallowing in the mud of wingnut antipathy. I find it absolutely orgasmic.

    Much love, and thank you so much for your comment.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Wattree,

    I see you “enjoy” seeing The One pilloried. What did you write? Oh yeah, here it is: Nothing gives more pleasure than wallowing in the mud of wingnut antipathy. I find it absolutely orgasmic.

    Well, I don’t really have that much time to write and all – seeing as I have to catch a bus to Jerusalem in a few minutes. I have to “take wing” myself, in a minute or two, so to speak. But you can always feast your eyes on this essay, which mentions The One somewhat briefly as part of the new “left-wing aristocracy” of your country.

    Have fun!

  • Arch Conservative

    It wasn’t one comment Wattree. It was every comment I’ve made on any of your articles in the past week.

    They have all been removed. For as much as you liberals, progressives or whatever you call yourselves these days claim to value free speech and the inclusion of all viewpoitns (keep in mind these are the folks that go to bat for NAMBLA’s first amendment rights) they sure don’t practice what they preach.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Arch, as you know perfectly well, personal attacks aren’t allowed in the comments space and the only reason any of your comments are either edited or deleted is when you can’t control yourself and avoid making them. Mr Wattree has also had comments edited as well. It has nothing to do with any political perspective at all, so please lay off the false accusations of you being edited because of your political views.

    You are in fact benefiting from my personal views, because there are many people who would like me to ban you from this site completely. This is something I am resisting but every time you do make an insulting remark, it edges me that little bit closer towards doing so…

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    The old and tired NAMBLA card… ahhh now there’s a golden oldie! Like linking bank robbers to the average every-day hetrosexual, most of them are but the relation between the two doesn’t mean shit, unless of course you’re trying to sell the ridiculous comcept of hating hetrosexual men because they’re mostly bank robbers .

    He typed chuckling to himself.

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Actually Christopher, your editing is counter productive IMHO because you’re not letting people see the true Arch Conservative. If they did…

  • zingzing

    archie, it’s like you don’t even know what you write. when you write about politics, do you get edited? or is it when you call people names and rave on like a child? why don’t you look at that pattern? 95% of the time i get edited, i know it’s coming. it’s pretty damn obvious. but i do it anyway, and i get edited. simple.

    so stop pretending you’re so dumb.

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    A quote from Bill Cosby made me think about how tough Chris Rose and Doc Dreadful have it…

    “A word to the wise ain’t necessary,” Cosby once said dryly. “It’s the stupid ones who need the advice.”

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Arch,

    After reading the other comments on this issue, I think I get it, and it’s understandable. They’re not editing the site to censor opinions – they’re simply editing out ignorance.

    They want the site to have a little class, so they’re simply adding a little lipstick to what some are trying to turn into Sarah – so to speak.

  • Arch Conservative

    [Edited]

    If they wanted to edit ignorance Wattree then there’d be no Obama supporters posting on this website.

    Hey did you catch his shoutout to Dr. Joe medicine man Crowe? Apparently it was followed up by some unimportant remarks about dead soldiers in Texas.

    …and people said Bush had no class!

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Oh yes!

    I like you, Arch. I see I’m gonna have lots of fun with you. Of course, it won’t be as titillating as playing Master Chess, but I think I can get back into checkers. It’ll be worth it. I’ll just pretend to be Charles Darwin.

  • zingzing

    beware, wattree. arch is a brick wall up against which you bang your brain. his style of argumentation is mind-numbingly blocked. even as you have taken him apart, he has put himself back together in a form unknown to thinking man as of yet, and has become yet another wall, of unrecognizable material or reason. he will have a retort which boggles. how he thinks is not merely silly, it’s psychedelic. you must fight him with equal ridiculousness. but don’t use sarcasm, because he doesn’t always get it. and he’ll get incredulous, like you’ve done him some great harm if you point out things that are wrong in his argument. you’ve already had the “liberal bias” argument from him. just wait til he really gets going.

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Thanks, zing.

    I’ll keep that in mind. But I don’t think I’ll have a problem. I know what I’m dealing with. “Wing” doesn’t end in the suffix “nut” for nothing.

    The key is to understand that you’re not dealing with rationality. Once you understand that, you don’t approach it like a debate – it becomes a study.

  • Arch Conservative

    Yes and “moon” doesn’t end with “bat” for nothing either.

    While you’re lionizing my alleged irrationality and resistance to reason you’re also putting canonizing a man who was smilingly giving “shoutouts” last night before feeling the need to mention the 10 soldiers that were lost.

    Oh but I’m probably the only one in the nation who found this incredibly offensive right? I’m sure no one in the uniform found it a totally disgraceful revelation of the true colors of the man we’re so unfortunate to have in the White House at the moment.

  • Lisa Solod Warren
  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    Arch,

    I’m sure that you were offended that Presient Obama even woke up this morning.

    I currently have a new article pending publication. I’ll be quite interested to get your take on it, because I was thinking about you and your “colleagues” when I wrote it.

    The reason I’m so anxious to get your take on it is because I haven’t interacted with you enough as yet to know where you fall in the GOP continuum – whether you’re one of the great unwashed, or among the group that’s being soaked. The answer to the question will determine how I deal with you.

    But regardless to what I find, I’m looking forward to having a great time with you.

    BTW, and I hope you don’t find this offensive, but I want to assure you that I’m not a bigot. One of my best friends is a conservative, and he’s a credit to his party.

    You have a good day, Arch.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “Oh but I’m probably the only one in the nation who found this incredibly offensive right?”

    No, plenty of other conservatives have revealed what pussies they are as well. Man up

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Some of my best friends are conservatives. My next-door neighbor’s ex-husband’s brother had one for a mechanic. We were all thrilled to know him.

  • http://wattree.blogspot.com Wattree

    TWITTER

    Wattree
    Let’s see how long it takes for the Republicans to try to twist the Fort Hood Shootings into a political attack on Obama.12:39 PM Nov 5th from web

    Wattree
    Yesterday I said let’s see how long before wingnuts blame shooting on Obama. Well… 2 minutes ago from web

    HOMELAND INSECURITY
    Shooter advised Obama transition
    Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force

    Posted: November 06, 2009
    9:21 am Eastern

    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    NEW YORK ” Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in yesterday’s massacre at Fort Hood, played a homeland security advisory role in President Barack Obama’s transition into the White House, according to a key university policy institute document.

    The Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University published a document May 19, entitled “Thinking Anew ” Security Priorities for the Next Administration: Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force, April 2008 ” January 2009,” in which Hasan of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine is listed on page 29 of the document as a Task Force Event Participant.

    DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU? IT’S A LIE.

  • Arch Conservative

    The reason I’m so anxious to get your take on it is because I haven’t interacted with you enough as yet to know where you fall in the GOP continuum

    Well I’ll try and catch you up to speed Wattree.

    Until lately I’ve wanted nothing to do with the “GOP contiuum. I’m a conservative before A Republican. I think Ronald Reagan was the best thing to happen to the GOP in my lifetime, George W. Bush, the worst. I despise John McCain and did not vote for him last fall. I chose instead to vote for Chuck Baldwin, a conservative with more honesty and integrity than the whole lot in congress on both sides of the aisle.

    I have very real sympathy and compassion for those legal American citizens that make a concerted effort to better their own lives but yet still fall on hard times due to circumstances completely beyond their control. I do not need the government to take more and more of my money so that they may distribute it to every last lazy deadbeat and illegal alien out there. I’d just as soon those people drop dead where they stand than one cent of my money be given to them.

    I am sick and tired of all the politically correct, race-baiting, class warfare, moral relativity, bullshit lies and propaganda coming from today’s American left.

    Lastly..OBama……….to me he represents the complete antithesis to every traditional AMerican value that I hold dear. He is a narcissistic, race-baiting, uber left wing Marxist whose agenda is to lay the groundwork to turn this nation into a European socialist style state. I celebrate every last word or action intended to undermine, demean, or belittle this this man and his agenda. He is the biggest disgrace the nation has ever seen in the White House.

    How’s that?