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Call me Pollyanna if you will; critique and criticism invited; kindness and good manners appreciated.

Recent attendance at Mr. Moore’s latest movie with a small group of close friends evoked widely ranging emotions and thoughts in us, one self-described democratic socialist decrying that no one in the departing audience appeared to be heading immediately out to wreck protest and havoc upon those most at blame for the situations so vividly depicted in the film and, after some general discussion, later asking, "What has Obama done, really?"  When this was answered somewhat vaguely by the more moderate amongst us, he continued a bit sarcastically with "He makes you feel good!"

I remained quiet, my support of the current president being quite well known as, although retiring after the inauguration all the buttons, shirts and bumper stickers I’d sported for more than two years previously, along about June I’d brought out the Obama Biden button and begun wearing it regularly as my way of countering the terrorist fear-mongering illiteristocracy blatantly encouraged and sometimes actively supported by sensationalist media attention.

I also remained quiet ‘cause I DO feel good about finally having a thoughtful, decent, intelligent grownup as president of America who generally surrounds himself with, and appoints to responsible positions, others who are also competent and hard working.  Mostly, however, I was silent because I’m very slow to call to mind and verbalize specific points like those accomplishments recently and coherently noted in many other DK diaries and stories.  It’s only now, days later while relaxing in an early morning bath, that my response comes to mind, albeit somewhat roundaboutedly...

My very independent mother, whose parenting deficits I have described previously but who also was deserving of some credit, did not believe in training wheels ... or perhaps they were not even available in the early 50s of my childhood.  We lived, not in a mobile home estate with pavement and landscaping, but in a small trailer "park" maintained on dirt in what was undoubtedly a poor area of town.  Thus, after she’d held the bike while I’d mounted, then let go, my first solo attempt on the newly acquired two-wheeler landed me in a fairly deep mud puddle.  Surprised but unhurt, I do not remember tears but a warm loving hug and being helped to remount.  Perhaps she held onto me a bit longer for, although there was a great deal of wobbling, I do not recall any further falls...

When my own son was ready for his first two-wheeler I dithered about the training wheels, but accepted the suggestion of the dealer to use only one.  The home in which he and I were staying had a deck long enough for him to ride several yards upon and the extra wheel kept him from falling, but also allowed only the briefest moment in which to experiment before artificially giving him support in lieu of the balance he hadn’t yet learned to acquire for himself.

So he’d been working at it for some days before his visiting father, a man of height, strength and ingenuity far different from my own, simply held loosely onto the bike as he walked alongside our riding son for a long enough time to give the boy a "feel" for what his body needed to do to produce stability.  Took about five minutes.

Once in office, our current president was most often accused of doing too much, packing too much in.  Now the meme seems to be that he has done and is doing nothing and, gosh, he’s already had nine months!

He’s being criticized, often by supporters, for not having done (whatever).  Most often, my view is (whatever) hasn’t gotten done ... yet.  He’s disdained for following democratic principles and process – for not having acted unlawfully and coercively in the manner of the previous, Cheney-led, administration.

We’ve heard him speak of transparency in the context of his administration.  I think what he’s allowing, even encouraging, is the transparency of ALL of the American people.

People of ill will and hatred, greedily desiring to exploit power and wishing to destroy others’ freedoms have always been among us – their leeway given now to be more in the public eye frequently interpreted as their being tolerated, even sanctioned and condoned.  I, however, believe and observe that people of intelligence and good will are thereby now increasingly more aware of them, more vigilant, speaking up louder and reacting more strongly against them as well.

I think this president has unfailing belief in the fundamental decency, good will and charitability of the vast majority of all who call ourselves Americans, that personal greed will be subdued, common sense will prevail and that, given time, opportunity and the truth via transparency, we will act for the common good.

When I’m not in the grip of lies and panic, I believe this too.  I do firmly believe in us personally fulfilling our responsibilities to do all we can to better America.  Don’t you -- at least most of the time?  We did well by electing this president; we only need continue to work FOR what needs be done.  This doesn’t preclude criticism ... merely urges continued support for what is just.

I'm not a community organizer.  But I believe in them.

Thanks for listening.  Peace out.

Originally posted to LinSea on Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 03:26 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    b tex, drdana, p gorden lippy, jrfrog

    Dance lightly upon the earth, sing her songs with abandon, smile upon all forms of life, and be well.

    by LinSea on Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 03:26:42 PM PDT

  •  Michael Moore participates in the same tax breaks (0+ / 0-)

    That he accuses Wall Street of participating in and bashes them in the movie for doing.

    Look at his dealings with the Michigan Film Commission (or a name like that) where he actually helped to craft the legislation that he benefits from.

    •  Go back under the bridge, little troll. (3+ / 0-)
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      LinSea, NY brit expat, Always Thinkin

      Here's the real culprits...

      One of the messes we have to mop up:  From Meltdown by Paul Mason....

      "Henry Paulson was, as we know now, 'shocked' at the state of US banking regulation.  But, while chief executive of Goldman Sachs, he had led a delegation of the big five banking bosses to the SEC on 28 August 2004 to request a change in the law regarding the ratio of debt to capital they were required to hold.  The ratio had been 12/1; now it was relaxed to 40/1.  This major change in banking was agreed at a fifty-five minute public hearing that was neither attended nor reported by any major news outlet at the time.  Had the old capital restrictions been in place, it is unlikely that any of the Wall Street banks could have built up toxic debts on the scale that eventually sank them.

      Under the August 2004 agreement the SEC assigned just seven people to monitor Wall Street's combined assets of $4 trillion.  After March 2007 there was no director in charge of the monitoring office, which had not completed a single inspection at an investment bank in the eighteen months prior to the meltdown."

      Every American needs to read this book to figure out who stole your future, your pension and your kid's college fund.  Grab a mop ... grab some tar... grab some feathers.

      "In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly." ---- Coleridge

      by captainlaser on Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 03:54:51 PM PDT

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  •  How's Obama's call for transparency . . . (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LinSea

    . . . working out, in light of this:

    http://www.harpers.org/...

    I'd be interested in your response.

    •  Thank you for commenting. As noted, my (0+ / 0-)

      thoughts are often slow to form.  My initial response is to say I'll wait, if needed, for 30 days after October 5, to see what, if any, further action is taken by DOJ, and respond to that.  Meantime, I learned long ago from a co-worker's reaction when I was feeling disheartened by the apparent inefficiencies stemming from office politics that it "doesn't matter how (he/she/they) act, I keep doing my job as best I can."  I try to honor her memory by practicing her steadfastness.

      Dance lightly upon the earth, sing her songs with abandon, smile upon all forms of life, and be well.

      by LinSea on Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 04:42:00 PM PDT

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      •  But your whole diary is premised on the question (0+ / 0-)

        of "what has Obama really accomplished?"

        In it, you talk about Obama's call for transparency.

        I gave you a specific instance where it certainly looks as if he is not living up to that call himself.

        I can give several others as well involving private law suits brought to seek accountability for illegal spying and torture during the Bush years.

        Also, his balking on releasing photos of detainee abuse.

        And did I also mention his SECRET deal with Big Pharma not to rock the boat on their gravy train, in return for their agreeing not to oppose his health reform program?

        In view of these examples, how are his accomplishments in the area of transparency working out so far?  

        Don't punt the question.  Please answer it . . . or say that you'd rather not answer it.

  •  Here's another example of how the (0+ / 0-)

    Obama administration is going back on its promise of "transparency."

    Click on:

    http://www.salon.com/...

    And read about what the British High Court just did.

    •  My learned friend, we speak in different tongues, (0+ / 0-)

      see with different lenses and differently interpret what we hear.  I do not say I am misunderstood, but recognize I was perhaps unclear in stating what I’d intended in my diary.  I’m sorry that my sincere response to your first comment was deemed a punt.  

      My diary did note that the president’s accomplishments have been documented elsewhere, and I meant to focus upon the value of all actions, all Americans being in the more public spotlight at this time (transparency).

      I value your research and do not dispute the conclusions that you draw; only differ in my own understanding.  One example is that my own perspective dictates, I suspect, that I choose to agree with the description in the Guardian article of the High Court’s reasoning in finding the seeming "threats" to be relatively empty and, further, to suspect that was the diplomatic intent and the language was crafted toward that purpose.  Purely subjective, undoubtedly; still it’s my view thus far and who of us truly knows?  And perhaps it is advantageous somehow to have some cases tried by world courts, in a larger arena.

      Perhaps I only wish "secret deals" was an oxymoron – but it seems so at the moment.  You’ve been able to find out about it/them, right?  Despite whatever may be read into the tone of these words, I do appreciate your attention, time and offerings.  Although I have to add that I do not find punting to be dishonorable, except when it’s 4th and 1 and I want the bloody coach to go for it! :^)  Peace.

      Dance lightly upon the earth, sing her songs with abandon, smile upon all forms of life, and be well.

      by LinSea on Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 07:02:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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