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  •  For any of you who read this... (18+ / 0-)

    and decide not to contribute to President Obama's re-election or to sit on your hands in November 2012, consider a few things:

    1. A President Romney (or Santorum) will keep in place all the things you don't like about the current administration (whether it's an education policy or use of drones or whatever it is that you don't like). In addition, a GOP president will reinstitute all the things you loathe about Republicans.

    2. President Obama has had the most accomplished first term in office since that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Has his first term been perfect? Of course not. But he literally saved our country, just as FDR did 80 years ago.

    This standard of perfection some seek for Obama has grown well past the point of tedium.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:39:32 AM PST

    •  allow me to offer a relevant tweet (47+ / 0-)

      Obama admin better on #edu than any Repub, but so is my dog & she's been dead > 10 years

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:45:11 AM PST

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      •  :) (15+ / 0-)

        Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act. - Al Gore

        by Burned on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:50:48 AM PST

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      •  Let's vote in more Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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        that will fix education.

        Won't it.

        If you want progress on education, vote out the Republican obstructionists.

        I want to say, "and quit whining," but one can't say that on DK, because the reply is always, "You're trying shut me up!  I'm not going to stop speaking out!"

        Sigh.

        Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

        by My Left Behind on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:20:04 AM PST

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        •  You're just repeating a tape loop. (0+ / 0-)

          Your post is completely non-responsive to the criticism.

          The problem here is not Republican Obstructionism.

          The problem here is that The Obama Administration is actively pursuing bad fucking policy.

          Fear is your only God.

          by JesseCW on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 08:34:24 AM PST

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          •  When a diarist suggests withholding support (0+ / 0-)

            as a threat or a solution, that's a dealbreaker for me.

            "Mr. President, please explain why I, or any other teacher, should do any of that (contribute, volunteer, advocate) when you have so disappointed us?"
            That's an absurd, backwards approach, and does absolutely nothing to address "bad fucking policy."

            Pick a specific point, and organize a campaign to thereby inform the WH that we have the numbers to support the position.

            But of course that's not as much fun and ego-feeding as grandiloquent kvetching to get a lot of recs and tips.

            And the answer to the diarist's question can be found here.
            I've linked to that site before.  Sue me.

            Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

            by My Left Behind on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:26:49 PM PST

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            •  While blind loyalty and a servile pledging (0+ / 0-)

              of personal loyalty in some neo-feudal fashion has a really proven track record of pushing Presidents to reevaluate their positions?

              Right?

              You're dealing with a politician.  Politicians only give a shit what you think if you're willing to harm them politically if they wrong you.

              Fear is your only God.

              by JesseCW on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 02:17:46 PM PST

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              •  The time for that "harm" is in the primary (0+ / 0-)

                And we're not having a Democratic primary this year.
                Trying to harm the Democratic candidate politically by threatening to withhold your vote is like putting a gun to your own head and saying, "You're next!"

                But Karl Rove will tell you that's a great idea.  "Go ahead, Jesse, stand on your principles!"

                Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

                by My Left Behind on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 03:25:46 PM PST

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    •  Not a standard of perfection (15+ / 0-)

      But a way to speak out when no one is listening and our only option is to continue voting for not nearly good enough.

      Our country has not been saved from anything.

      Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act. - Al Gore

      by Burned on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:57:59 AM PST

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    •  Anybody disappointed in Obama (10+ / 0-)

      Must remember that the Alternative is so much worse.

      Why has President Obama governed as he has?  Why did the Republicans in the Senate refuse to even consider so many of President Obama's appointments?  Why did the Republicans demand that every bill require a Super Majority to even merit a Vote?  Why did the SenateDemocrats sit and allow the Republicans to abuse the filibuster

      TEacherken, I appreciate so many of your diaries.  This one I completely disagree with!  Your students need your lessons! We need your voice on Daily Kos!  Americans do not need to sit out another election!

      Yes, President Obama has faced challenges unseen by any former President in his first term.  Republicans have challenged him by refusing any Compromise.  

      We must not reward them by sitting out this election!

      Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

      by NM Ray on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 08:06:57 AM PST

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    •  President Santorum (6+ / 0-)
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      The mind reels.

    •  Continuing to advocate (19+ / 0-)

      For the lesser of two evils is exactly why we find ourselves in this death spiral in the first place.

      You are still left with evil...

      What are people in this country choosing in this clearly  broken "democratic" system...A slow painful miserable death by a thousand cuts or a quick death by execution.....pick your method..and thanks for playing along...but don't you dare blame anyone for the method for which they may prefer their death.

      The evil of two lessers...lesser of evils...it never ends.

      The Plutocratic States of America, the best government the top 1% and corporations can buy. We are the 99%-OWS.

      by emal on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 09:01:23 AM PST

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      I plan to vote for Obama, but at the end of the day most of his 'accomplishments' are things that I either don't care about or actively oppose. Things I generally care about are civil liberties, reduction in militarism, transition to renewable energy, and putting our country's fiscal house in order, probably by major tax increases and spending cuts both. For most of these things, Obama has been close to useless.

      The argument might be 'well, we're making a little progress' but the massive scale of our problems and the rate at which these issues are bearing down on us make uselessness as bad as complicity. Slight progress is the same thing as slight regression. Either way we are running out of time.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:52:22 AM PST

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    •  Obama "literally saved our country.... (3+ / 0-)
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      .... just as FDR did 80 years ago."

      Oh my

      "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

      by ratmach on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 12:37:55 PM PST

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    •  Oh please, he's betrayed us on most other (3+ / 0-)
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      fronts just as he's doing on education. He's a moderate Republican President and it's not what the country wanted, needed, or thought they were voting into office.

      End of story.

      "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." Jonathan Turley

      by Lucy2009 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:13:05 PM PST

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      •  he is a moderate (0+ / 0-)

        democrat.

        paul krugman dissproves the notion he is close to republican.

        •  I disagree..... (3+ / 0-)
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          He may be a "moderate democrat" in his heart of hearts, deep down underneath all of the malfeasance and corruption that he's engaged in over the last couple of years. But in reality, NO! Oh sure, sometimes he does some really great things. But most of the time, he's a total FAIL as a Democratic President for the size and scope of what was needed.

          We;ve gotten so used to loser Democrats like Clinton, Reid, and most of them for that matter, that the bar is very low. It's not just the GOP's fault that the country is a mess....  the Dems are right there to carry-on with shitty policies when the GOP are kicked-out of office.

          I wanna love Obama, I did for awhile, but I refuse to not see what is right in front of my face. Ain't gonna do it. I may still vote for him, but I don't trust him, like him, or believe in him at all anymore.  

          "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." Jonathan Turley

          by Lucy2009 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:30:21 PM PST

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          •  even if the economy (0+ / 0-)

            improves significantly and wall street bankers go jail, you will not change your current opinion?

            many teachers are likely to not change their opinion. same with you?

            •  Well, that would be real change, wouldn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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              I credit Obama with the good that has happened so far with the economy and I would credit him with any further good that occurred.

              However, what would actually change my opinion about him would be if WALL STREET BANKSER GO TO JAIL. If a Public Option is fought for and enacted so that there is real competition in the HCR bill. If he came clean on the cover-up that is the GOM mess..... and cleaned it up for reals! If he stops talking about BS like "clean coal", and starts emphasizing we are all goners if climate change isn't addressed and real energy alternatives aren't developed and put into broad use. If he handles the hell out of our public school education system. Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc..........................................

              No, a further turnaround in the economy ain't gonna do it for me. We all know it's built on a deck of cards. The bankers are still fucking around and gambling with the worlds economy. It's only a matter of time till it all comes tumbling down again, if things are changed for reals. He'll have to insist Congress fixes that before I change my opinion of him.

              With all that said. He's had unprecedented amounts of hate, craziness and blocking of most every good thing he's tried to do... by both the GOP and Blue Dogs. So I take that into account as well.

              "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." Jonathan Turley

              by Lucy2009 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:33:47 PM PST

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          •  here (1+ / 0-)
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            this graph was done by krugman.
            http://i578.photobucket.com/...

            notice that obama is similar on the liberal scale to LBJ and Harry truman and far apart from the any republicans.

            Obama is more liberal than even moderate republican eisenhower.

            Krugman knows what he is talking about.

            Here is the diary. http://www.dailykos.com/...

            •  Krugman has also made it very clear on (2+ / 0-)
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              numerous ocassions that the stimulus wasn't big enough, and that Obama doesn't fight hard enough REPEATEDLY on to many different issues. That the Big Banks are a catastrophe waiting to happen even after Dodd/Frank, etc, etc....

              So it's not all roses coming from Krugman. Maybe he thinks Obama is more liberal than I do....whatever! He does agree with me that the sheer estimation of effort needed to get us out of the shit we are in across the boards, was grossly underestimated by the Obama Admin.  This crap about Obama finally realized that if he fights he can win with the GOP. And that he just finally realized that extending the olive branch won't work is bullshit.  Obama is much smarter than I, and I figured that out right off the bat. End of story!

              "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." Jonathan Turley

              by Lucy2009 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:37:09 PM PST

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              •  well actually (1+ / 0-)
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                Obama KNEW the republicans were illegitimate regarding sanity for the country and were unreasonable. He was never naive. He wrote about these "new right" republicans in one of his books that I read.

                He knew.

                The thing is, he wanted to be fufill his campaign promise of unity. he ran on bringing people together for better solutions. He felt it would look good if he was trying to be unifying and work with republicans. That is why he did not call out republicans by name often. There were flaws with his advisors too.

                That approach to governing in this extreme situation had side effects no doubt and did not help him/progressives in several instances.  But it was not because he was naive.    

                In the end, you are correct. This does not change the fact that he should have been better and we needed better. However, I feel his heart is in the right place. I feel he has done so much for progressives. His foreign policy has been outstanding. Never has so good much been done since LBJ and his congress ( I.E HCR which will pave the way to single player via Vermont. Yes Obama DOES want single payer in America. Otherwise, he would not have given the grant to Vermont that will build single payer).

                •  Neither you nor I have any damned idea where (1+ / 0-)
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                  his heart is.

                  We aren't Gods, and we aren't fit to judge other peoples hearts, for good or for ill.   This is true with our friends and family and coworkers, and it's true with Presidents we only know through the filters of various PR machines.

                  I cannot begin to understand anyone who truly believes they can read the heart of a person they do not know as anything other than a carefully marketed image.

                  What we can judge, for good or ill, is actions.

                  The Insurance Reform Bill is a huge obstacle to single payer.

                  No waiver has been issued for Vermont.  None.  This is, simply, a Big Lie that is being repeated on this site with no basis.  It's akin to when people were announcing GITMO "closed".

                  The Insurance Reform Bill prohibits the granting of waivers until 2017.  Obama has said he supports legislation giving Vermont an early waiver in 2014.

                  But President Obama has said he supports a great many things.

                  Fear is your only God.

                  by JesseCW on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 08:44:26 AM PST

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                  •  as I have said many times (0+ / 0-)

                    Vermont is doing single payer. Peter Shumlin confirmed it.

                    Go back to my HCR diary and read the link associated with Shumlin.

                    And again, in that link, Peter Shumlin confirms the grant he RECEIVED from the OBAMA administration that will help build single payer.

                    If obama did not want vermont single payer to happen, he would not have given the grant that Peter Shumlin says is sincerely helping his state's single payer.  

                    Vermont single payer IS happening. Obama has contributed towards it. PERIOD.

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