Now that I have rendered as income tax 4.9% of my gross income to the federal Government, and 2.03% of my gross income to the State of California, I can return to seeking to convince people that Barack Obama should step aside for a real candidate in 2012.
His speech the other day didn't convince me one bit that he's serious about the things he says, for I've been hearing his words since he addressed the 2004 Democratic Convention. It's what he does that just might convince me that he's serious. [If your brain goes ZING! from following links, it's time to bow out gracefully.]
Unfortunately for Obama he's got a long list of (in)actions working against him. He extended the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while sticking the rest of us with fewer and reduced services to cover those cuts. Health-care reform didn’t include a public option, but did include a mandate to purchase health insurance at market prices. And yet Obama feels comfortable in approaching those he's stomped on for their votes in next year's election! Is it any wonder that Sally Kohn, writing in The Washington Post, thinks liberals are suckers?
It's a hard argument to refute upon reflection. Citing philosopher Karl Popper's “paradox of tolerance”, Kohn makes a case that liberals are deluding themselves that Obama still plays eleven-dimensional chess when it's clear to those not drunk on the kool-aid that Obama's only strategy is to concede constantly while ignoring critics for not taking strong positions on major issues. Kohn opines that "perhaps the president is only playing out the psychological tendencies of his base," citing the statistic that 69% of Democrats were willing to compromise on principles in order to avoid a government shutdown. Kohn snarks, "With supporters like that, who needs Rand Paul?" I quite agree!
Kohn recites the growing litany of Republican excesses going unchallenged by Democrats (at least until Obama thought he wasn't being recorded!), and declares that the tolerance liberals still show toward Obama and his Chamberlain-like dealings with the Republicans has led to the disappearance of tolerance in our political interactions. Based on Republicans' "Just Say NO to Everything" strategy, how can one argue with that observation?
Kohn concludes with a biting comment that should alert those still showing sightless favor to Obama: "There is a time for tolerance and compromise, but if the GOP is always dictating when that time is, Democrats have already lost."
And that is just one reason why I think that the Democratic Party needs a new champion.
There! I said it!