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  •  There is nothing false about empowerment. (4+ / 0-)

    If you believe that all President Obama was trying to do was create a false sense of empowerment, then you are missing the whole point of his campaigns in both 2008 and 2012. I believe Obama really is trying to lead a social movement, and that his primary goals are not specific policy proposals (although of course he has achieved a lot of those), but rather reform of the political process itself.

    One type of reform is to empower people, as opposed to lobbyists and special interests. Another type of reform is to encourage those in government who hold opposing views to work together in a more constructive way.

    You can criticize the president for being naive enough to pursue these goals, and you can criticize him for his lack of progress in reaching them, but I don't think it's fair to criticize him for holding out false hopes. President Obama is entirely serious about the kind of reform he is trying to achieve. Those efforts are the whole reason I have been a strong supporter since the beginning.

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    •  Totally agree, joemarkowitz: (1+ / 0-)
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      I believe Obama really is trying to lead a social movement, and that his primary goals are not specific policy proposals (although of course he has achieved a lot of those), but rather reform of the political process itself.

      One type of reform is to empower people, as opposed to lobbyists and special interests. Another type of reform is to encourage those in government who hold opposing views to work together in a more constructive way.

      •  His 2008 slogan: "You are the change you've been w (3+ / 0-)

        aiting for'.  At its core, it is a response to the cynicism Thugs and the elite have pushed for years, the belieft that nothing voters do matters.  

        But, BO was telling them then that who you vote for does matter.  And his refrain in this years speech reinforced that: we got these policies b/c we believed if we voted for the candidate who promised them we'd get them.

        And we did.

        He could have given up on ACA, as many Ds urged.  He did not.  He cuold have directed EPA to forget about Greenhouse gases and blunted the polluters rage and $ now against him.  He did not.  He could have given up on DADT.  He did not.  Or the Financial Consumer Protection Agency.

        Sure, some promises were broken, usually b/c Congress (and usually Thugs) forced that (like Gitmo which they prohibited closing, or every post 2009 jobs effort).  And lots of what he did deliver was all he promised (again b/c of political reality in most cases).

        But the cynical notion that 'nothing voters do matters' or 'both parties are the' has been exploded.  And that is absolutely essential if US democracy is to be preserved.

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