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  •  He coulda been a contenda (5+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, Chi, sea note, OLinda, coral

    When he was inaugurated, he failed to use the bully pulpit and exercise leadership and vision.  He had enormous political capital to do good, and he failed to use it, assuming he wanted to.

    He squandered that, and helped create a republican come back.

    •  Trickle down economics was on the ropes (2+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, Chi

      instead of delivering a knock-out punch, he chose to step back and let it regain its footing. Some would call that sportsmanship aka statesmanship; others call it the careless, irresponsible misuse of the most potent Democratic Moment of at least one generation; still others call it the shrewd calculation of an opportunistic social climber.

      Ditto for climate change. The deniers were backed into corner. Now they are toe-to-toe with the scientists...

      The suffering will continue until it is sufficient to mobilize a counterforce sufficient to overwhelm the plutocracy. And no sooner.

      by Words In Action on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 09:07:51 AM PDT

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    •  in his inaugural address (0+ / 0-)

      In his inaugural address, President Obama said, "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.  Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.  Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some...The challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many.  They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.  But know this, America:  they will be met..."  

      And when he uttered the words, "they will be met," I felt an exhilerating sense that justice would be served.  I dared to think, for a moment, "Great; he has a spine.  Not only will he allude to the 'greed and irresponsibility on the part of some' but he will name names, and he will hold people accountable."

      But it was not to be.  The bold defiance and promise of a nation restored were just brief flickers.  Those who committed moral and/or legal treason were not singled out or punished as they should have been.  And when the Republicans saw that there would be no direct consequences, they had renewed confidence as they began to hamstring the nation yet again, knowing they were safe and the new president would not make the meaningful change many expected.  

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