Tell Teabaggers and Plutocrats Alike: NO! Vote Democratic
In an essay at Huff Post yesterday, ” Obama’s Critics Are Dead Wrong” Frank Schaeffer wrote:
“Before he’d served even one year, President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds — are sticking with our president. Why? Because he is succeeding. Obama’s critics from the left and right are going to be proved dead wrong.
We Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.
Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s lefty critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and his critics on the right will be remembered as nothing but shriveled hate mongers.”
I’m wildly ambivalent about Frank’s post. I don’t know what he intends with the use of “lefty” here, but I’m a liberal, I’m disappointed with the rate of progress of the Obama administration, I’m not panicky nor easily distracted and I agree and disagree with Schaeffer at the same time.
Did Obama and the Dems get dealt a bad hand? Yes. They were dealt what Bud Abbot told Lou Costello was a “fliddly diddly” as Bud claimed the pot. “What’s that?” Lou said. “No two cards alike,” said Bud as he raked in the chips.
Yeah, we got dealt a stinker of a hand, but once you’re sitting at the table, even the worst hands must be played, as Bud Abbot showed, or they must be folded and folding, in politics, is not an option and there is my disagreement, and I suppose, my disappointment. The terrible hand we were dealt, has at times been badly played.
The eighteen month quest for bipartisan solutions was a major mistake, groups like the Taliban and the Republican Party are not looking for bipartisanship even if they say otherwise.
Bipartisanship is a sop, the graveyard of leadership.
We needed to do early on, what Obama seems now to be doing, get down in the trenches and fight. Take the case to the people and publicly slug it out with the GOP, the party of greed, the enemy of the working class people of this country. (See FDR 1936 speech below)
Until we get corporate money out of our public affairs we will continue to draw bad cards because the plutocrats are choosing the dealers and they manipulate the deck and distort the game. Nonetheless, we must play the cards we are dealt with cunning and ferocity and realize that this ain’t no friendly game of poker.
I’m going to vote for every Democrat who is running and breathing on election day. You do it too. Here’s why:
For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. 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.
I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.
The American people know from a four-year record that today there is only one entrance to the White House—by the front door. Since March 4, 1933, there has been only one pass-key to the White House. I have carried that key in my pocket. It is there tonight. So long as I am President, it will remain in my pocket.
Those who used to have pass-keys are not happy. Some of them are desperate. Only desperate men with their backs to the wall would descend so far below the level of decent citizenship as to foster the current pay-envelope campaign against America’s working people. Only reckless men, heedless of consequences, would risk the disruption of the hope for a new peace between worker and employer by returning to the tactics of the labor spy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Madison Square Garden, 10/31/36:
So we find ourselves in this year of the Teabagger defending a beleaguered President and party from ridiculous attacks spurred on by private and foreign fortunes. Interests that seek the political resurrection and advance of the same plutocracy FDR calls out so eloquently in the passage above have pulled the wool of division over the eyes of a decent fraction of our electorate.
When you decry those with a decent level of civic knowledge and people who engage in critical thinking and discussion of issues as “pointy headed liberals,” when you choose to be a standard bearer for an unruly mob of misinformed, racist, xenophobic know nothings you have already illustrated to a large part of the population your inability to lead anything but a lynch mob.
That is the path that that the public leadership of the Teabaggers and Republicans have chosen to take, leading torchlight parades and angry mobs in infantile expressions of their dissatisfaction with the state of affairs that was largely created by the oligarchy behind the scenes of their own “movement.”
Were it not for the enormous sums of corporate and offshore money being dumped into the promotion of these idiots for offices and positions for which few of them are even remotely qualified, they would not bear mentioning.
But the people and interests behind them are a grave danger to this country and they must be stopped using the only means currently available and that is by going to the polls and answering their insulting “movement” and their criminal manipulation of our electoral process with an upraised hand and a resounding NO.