Validating MYTH Won’t Revive the Dying Middle Class
Just about every single time I write something critical of the President (which is pretty regularly, given his bent towards capitulation) I get emails saying, “what’s he gonna do? He can’t get tough with the Banksters! What about Citizens United!?,” “Let’s not start a circular firing squad here! We must support our President! ” and would you rather have President Palin?
Well no, I wouldn’t want a “President Palin,” but I not too sure that supporting someone simply because “they’re not Palin” is necessarily doing what needs to be done to pull the middle class out of this slide into Serfdom.
Some say that we have to support The President as he crawls over to the Chamber of Commerce and begs them to let some crumbs fall off their tables in America rather than continue to create jobs in places with underpaid labor pools… they say he can’t “go all ‘FDR’” on them because of the corrupt Supreme Court Citizen’s United ruling which ignored precedent and opened the stops on corruption, allowing (for the first time) vast reservoirs of corporate funds to flood federal elections.
Despite the fact that the US chamber opposed “buy American” provisions of the 2010 jobs bill opposed bill to crack down on outsourcing and bring jobs to U.S., defended outsourcing of U.S. Jobs (arguing that Americans are “short of skills”) and vowed to fight any attempts to reduce outsourcing. (Read more Chamber offenses at U.S. Chamber Watch)
The President desperately tried to appeal to a sense of patriotism these actions clearly illustrate the Chamber does not possess.
The President said, “For all the disagreements, Tom (Donohue, the chamber’s president), that we may have sometimes on issues, I know you love this country. I know you want America to succeed just as badly as I do.
Never mind the truth that the Chamber of Commerce is nothing but a right-wing lobbying group with no loyalty to country or community, recently exposed for working with private security companies to dig up dirt on the families and children of the Chamber’s political opponents and develop sabotage campaigns against progressive groups and labor unions. The Chamber is worse than an international organized crime family because, at least the mob follows ethical rules about targeting families.
The Washington Post reported in an article titled, “Obama’s speech to U.S. Chamber of Commerce disappoints progressive groups”
“A progressive New York group called the Agenda Project released a video slamming the president for meeting with the chamber, which over the past two years had been the equivalent of the White House’s arch-enemy. The chamber clashed with the administration over foreign money in elections, the health-care law, the financial regulation overhaul and numerous other issues.
‘Two weeks ago the president promised that he would work to rebuild people’s faith in government — meeting with the biggest lobbyists in the country is hardly a step in the right direction,’ said Erica Payne, the Agenda Project’s founder.
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, was just as harsh:
‘It’s unclear what is more mortifying: President Barack Obama choosing the club of America’s notorious job-offshorers to talk about the importance of creating American jobs, or his rallying of his fiercest political opponents to help him overcome the majority of Americans who oppose more-of-the-same job-killing trade agreements and pass a NAFTA-style deal with Korea that the government’s own analysis shows will increase our trade deficit.”
Many of the President’s supporters resigned that capitulation is the best he can do given the circumstances, call him a pragmatist walking a fine line during the New Gilded Age on Steroids in the midst of Faux News propaganda, and unbridled financial corruption of elections.
But FDR had Father Coughlin who drew 40 million listeners frightened by economic hard times in the early thirties to his Sunday afternoon radio program. That’s double the 20 million Rush Limbaugh claims for his audience. The same Big-Moneyed interests that Father Caughlin rallied the dupes of his day to protect, are also the same interests who actually plotted a fascist coup against FDR which was secretly financed and organized by leading officers of the Morgan and Du Pont empires, and only thwarted when General Smedley Butler, having been approached by the richest families in America to lead the military against Roosevelt, went to Congress and blew the whistle.
Today, we are still up against the SAME “Privileged Princes” of “new economic dynasties, thirsting for power,” who “reached out for control over government itself,” but rather than take the argument to the People, President Obama naively tries to woo the “Economic Royalists” (and their Republican operatives in government) by appealing to their sense of patriotism and mercy for the middle class they have already systematically destroyed.
As Glenn Write wrote at the examiner.com, From war to economy, Obama continues to be far too Republican
“On the economic front, Obama again inherited and kept many Bush advisors, and continued Republican policies in dealing with the Republican economic disaster, including the policy of being hesitant to spend sufficient funds to help bring the USA out of deep recession, or depression.
Instead, millions of Americans are going to start helping the nation go into a second dip into recesssion, as they are losing the ability to keep paying mortgages, or to be active in the economy in any way. This is because they are losing their emergency economic supports, mainly their unemployment compensation, which expires after 99 weeks.
In the 1980s, after the terrible Reagan recession, millions of Americans were simply ground under forever by the Republican indifference to the unemployed and the poor. The ranks of the homeless swelled in those days, and communities started passing anti-homeless ordinances to clear these reminders of how the American Dream was often a nightmare off their streets.
The same process may now be underway, and that is particularly a danger if the Republicans should be given control of the government once again. And that is a real danger, mainly because Barack Obama did not take advantage of the opportunity his election afforded to him—to make real and dramatic changes in very bad Republican policies.”
Read the rest at Examiner.com
But the President only ever seems to be “itching for a fight” when it comes to slapping down his liberal base when they criticize his chronic capitulation.
Against Republicans, the President sits there like a smiling whipped puppy, begging to be pet by it’s sociopathic master.
Look at the O’Reilly pre-Superbolw interview, and try to imagine the President sitting politely while, say, Keith Olbermann badgered, patronized and interrupted him.
That’s a vision we couldn’t imagine.
The frustration liberals feel stems from knowing something the President really doesn’t seem to fully “get” – that the way to win the White House again in 2012 is not by capitulating to failed Republican policies guaranteed to keep the Middle Class in the ditch, but by getting tough and fighting for ACTUAL solutions proven to revive the Middle Class on life support.
When the People voted for “Change We Could Believe In,” we weren’t voting for the “change in tone” in Washington as the President seems to want to convince us we did.
Th truth is, the People of the United States are much less concerned about Republicans and Democrats are getting along, but whether they’re getting things done.
Sam Youngman wrote at Common Dreams,
“Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and an outspoken critic of the White House, said liberal anger has less to do with fears of a Clintonian move to the middle by Obama and more with a misreading of the election results by the administration.
“It’s less ‘Oh no, they’re triangulating,’ and more ‘Boy, their political instincts are really stupid,’ ” said Green, who along with other liberals has blasted the White House for suggesting it would compromise with Republicans on expiring tax cuts.
The White House “fundamentally” doesn’t get that “the only way to get Republicans to deal in good faith is to fight them, crush them and teach a lesson that if Republicans are on the wrong side of an issue there will be consequences … so it makes sense to negotiate,” Green said.”
So, while Faux News is busy convincing the easily duped Teatarded that they’re “Taxed Enough Already” when Obama attempts to raise taxes on the WEALTHY to Clinton-Era levels – a mere 2% – while actually LOWERING them on working people… the President begs for their support by praising Reagan for his “transformative” quality – despite the fact that the only thing Reagan “transformed” was the Middle Class into the working poor and America from a creditor to a debtor nation.
In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 14, Obama said, “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.
“I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.”
Excuse me, Mr. President? Could you EVER imagine FDR heaping praise on Harding, Coolidge or Hoover when it was their conservative economic philosophy of slashed taxes on the wealthy, deregulation, laissez-faire markets operating without government interference that created the record wealth inequality and monopoly capitalism that caused the Republican Great Depression in the first place?
In his longing to portray himself as a new kind of post-partisan politician, President Obama is doing a disservice to America by paying deference to failed Republican ideology including the mythologized Reagan – leading the uninformed down the memory hole along with the Right Wing myth weavers.
It’s to be expected that Republicans and their enablers in media wrap Reagan’s legacy in the warm, fuzzy blanket of mythology, but this is a siren song luring the American People to crash on the rocky shore of serfdom.
Obama SHOULD NOT join the chorus by paying deference to an empty hero.
If Obama really wanted to be a new type of politician, he might instead stand for TRUTH — even when it is unpopular and politically difficult.
He should use his Bully Pulpit to acknowledge that Reagan sure did put the nation on a “fundamentally different path,” – unfortunately it was the path to government abuse of power, clandestine illegal wars, Middle Class decline, ballooning deficits and debts to foreign nations.
All Obama ever had to do was reach back into the history of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY to find real-world example of how a “transformative” President deals with a Republican-induced catastrophe.
FDR said, “…although I rubbed my eyes when I read it, we have been told that it was not a Republican depression, but a Democratic depression from which this Nation was saved in 1933 – that this Administration this one today – is responsible for all the suffering and misery that the history books and the American people have always thought had been brought about during the twelve ill-fated years when the Republican party was in power.
Now, there is an old and somewhat lugubrious adage which says: “Never speak of rope in the house of a man who has been hanged.” In the same way, if I were a Republican leader speaking to a mixed audience, the last word in the whole dictionary that I think I would use is that word “depression.”
FDR did not miss the opportunity to remind the American People of the failure of Republican policies… and that it was the Democratic Party that had remedies that worked.
Let me warn the nation, against the smooth evasion which says, “of course we believe all these things, we believe in social-security, we believe in work for the unemployed, we believe in saving homes—cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things. But we do not like the way the president’s administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better, and best of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) , addressing a Democratic audience in New York, September 1935<
As President Obama is out there extending the deficit-ballooning Bush tax giveaways to the wealthy, boasting about “resisting protectionism” (meaning he’s all for sending jobs to China) and working to add a REAL job killing Korean “free trade” agreement to NAFTA, CAFTA and GATT, adding underpaid Korean workers to the list of countries Americans must compete with for work… liberals are told we should support the President because he wants to slam the Middle Class into a wall at 50 MPH rather than the 75 MPH the Republicans demand.
The problem is not that Obama is a pragmatist – it is that he HAS NO CONVICTIONS.
Asked if the comparisons between Reagan and Obama were justified, Reagan’s Budget Director David Stockman replied,
“I think it’s inappropriate. Reagan was an optimist by nature, it was built into his temperament. But he also was a man of deep conviction, who had built up certain fundamental beliefs about public policy over decades, going all the way back to his college days in the 1920s. If there was any fault, it was an unwillingness to recognize that these great convictions were not being implemented. And that’s very different from Obama. I can’t see the man has a single principle. I think he is an utter opportunist, a pragmatist. The only change you can believe in is that he changes his mind every day and every week. If he believes that the upper 5 percent has way too much income and wealth — which, frankly, I agree with — then he should have dug in his heels and said, “I am not going to sign a bill to extend the tax cuts for the top tax bracket.” What did he do? He folded like a lawn chair within two days. So I don’t think there’s any comparison at all. I thought his State of the Union speech was dreadful — I called it a “ponderous procession of pieties and platitudes.” He didn’t ask the American public for one sacrifice, didn’t warn us of one dark cloud on the horizon, and simply gave a lot of cheerleading hoopla that had almost no connection with the real choices that, unfortunately, we face.”
Which is why a speech to the nation during the worst economic crisis since the FIRST Republican Great Depression garners a 90% approval rating from the people… it was a masterpiece in the art of being all things to all people, offending none. That’s not leadership. That’s Marketing.
In his famous speech at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 1936, just days before he won his first reelection, FDR surveyed the powerful forces aligned against him and announced, “I welcome their hatred.”
For taking his case to the American People and reversing the greed-centered policies of “hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government,” -proving that our government of “We The People” could be rallied as a force of good improving the lives of the nation as a whole, Roosevelt was rewarded with one of the greatest landslide victories in U.S. history, the only reason he wasn’t elected to a FIFTH term was because he was dead… not because he capitulated to failed Republican “ideas.”
Speaking to the American People with frankness and candor concerning the powerful forces that had working people on the ropes, FDR said,
“The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.
For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.
We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”
We sure do live in interesting times… and there’s only so many years that the People will allow themselves to suffer for the greed of the few.
The citizens Egypt flexed the power of their numbers, demanded freedom from entrenched Oligarchy and WON.
Ordinary British citizens took to the streets to protest tax dodging by British multinational corporations and rich British citizens (as the American corporate-owned media remained silent, trying to flush that story down the memory hole.)
Meanwhile, the “revolution” unfolding States side is more like a “French Revolution in Reverse”- with ordinary people outraged that corporations are “Taxed Enough Already” and rally ensure that health insurance companies have the “Freedom” to kick them off their policies when they get sick. These Teabagging dupes are a testament to the power of propaganda – willfully manipulated by the same people turning them into Serfs.
To counter this disturbing display of ignorance and manipulations, for going on three years, Progressives have been waiting in vain for Obama’s “I Welcome Their Hatred” moment.sla
If that day came, we WOULD have people in the streets rallying against their real oppressors and well aware of their TRUE ENEMIES – rich Oligarchs like the Koch brothers (bankrolling the Teabaggers) and the transnational corporations whose practices show no loyalty to country or community.
The People have the right to be angry, but into the misinformation vacuum steps Faux News and Glenn Beck to tell them their problems are because of liberals and Democrats and Unions and the only people that ever did a damn thing for the working people of this nation.
How can we tell that the propaganda is working? Republicans are promising more of the same supply-side voodoo, tax giveaways for the rich and deregulatory policies that collapsed the economy twice in a century….and the President “welcomes their ideas” for the sake of being nice.
With no true champion, where do we go from here? Eventually, the Faux News propaganda won’t be loud enough to drown out the dismal reality of People’s lives… then the Teabaggers will know that they’ve been played… and hopefully will join progressives in the real fight for freedom.
In his 1936 acceptance speech, FDR said, “An old English judge once said: “Necessitous men are not free men.” Liberty requires opportunity to make a living…”
I sincerely hope that the American People are watching the citizens of other nations flex their muscles – and taking notes.
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