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Of course I have no idea. I am sure it will be a wonderful and moving speech. But alas many of us here want more (I know I do), some grand vision for energy independence. A massive plan to move us off of fossil fuels. To chart a new future. But alas, I have no faith we are going to get anything close to that.

To a large extent I think Obama and maybe many in his administration would like to layout such a plan. But they are smart folks and they know it would never fly, because I think they realize, even if they'd NEVER say it, for the most part Americans are fat (literally) and lazy. Therefore, to layout a plan that would require even a little bit of change, much less sacrifice on the part of the American public is political suicide.

But of course this wasn't always the case. Not even close. And that is what I want to talk about below the fold.

I often mention here it never ceases to amaze me how little I know about the history of the world I live in, until I start to do some digging. Now if I was asked, I could give a few examples of when our country faced adversity, like we do now on multiple fronts, and we rose to the occasion. Lets talk about a few of those.

While Congress and the nation was debating Obama's Stimulus Plan my brother gave me a bootleg of a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Now of course as a huge music fan I knew of Red Rocks. Maybe the most stunning place to see a concert anyplace in the world.

For some reason I headed over to Wikipedia to learn a little more and was kind of stunned to read this.

In 1927, George Cranmer, Manager of Denver Parks, convinced the City of Denver to purchase the area of Red Rocks from Walker for the price of $54,133. Cranmer convinced the Mayor of Denver, Ben Stapleton, to build on the foundation laid by Walker. By enlisting the help of the federally sponsored Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), and the Work Projects Administration (WPA), labor and materials were provided for the venture.

I was like WTF, Red Rocks was a project of the WPA? Of course I knew there were a ton of projects undertaken during the Great Depression/New Deal, but when I clicked through and started to read about WPA, RFC, and CCC, keeping in mind I am reading this while the debate was raging on the Stimulus Plan, I was left speechless.

They build interstate highways, rail, hospitals, and airports. Entire divisions that worked on nothing but soil erosion, flood control, dams, and irrigation to increase our farming capacity. Countless National and State Parks built and improved. There were entire divisions within the CCC that did nothing but restock rivers, streams, and lakes with fish and build fire lookout towers in Federal and State parks.

Oh, and of course the Tennessee Vally Authority (TVA), which still to this very day powers a large part of our nation.

I was stunned. Stunned first they did so much. But also stunned that so much of what was done 75+ years ago we're still benefiting from today. Let me say that again, still benefiting from today. I mean how many countless benefits have we gotten for each dollar spent on these projects?

When talking about Americans rising to adversity, you also have to think about WWII. I recall a few press conferences with Donald Rumsfeld where when asked about getting our troops improved body armor or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that it would take time, years and years actually. You know, "you go to war with the Army you have."

So I started to look into what we did during WWII in a little more detail. How could it take America years to produce 100,000 units of body armor or say 10,000 MRAPs (what we ordered)?

During WWII almost overnight we retooled our factories to produce military equipment. Just a few numbers that you might have to read more then once to wrap your mind around.

  1. 22 aircraft carriers, 203 subs, and 8 battleships.
  1. 99,950 fighters, 21,116 bombers, and 17,332 transports.
  1. 71,067 tanks and 2,382,311 trucks (not cars or jeeps, trucks).

Maybe the most amazing stat, at the height of production we were producing 363 B-17s bombers a month, averaging between 14 and 16 Flying Fortress a day. A single retooled car factory was producing at least one a day.

We needed to do something and we did it!

Heck, when we decided to go to the moon, we did it in under a decade. But maybe something I find most interesting, it only took us 410 days to build the Empire State Building in 1930.

I use all these examples to highlight we have a history of getting shit done. Why can't we do that now? Why can't we again rise to a conflict or problem and solve it? It would be one thing if we didn't have a history of being able to achieve what we strive for, but we do.

Now excuse my language here but I am fucking sick and tried of hearing "oh it takes time." "It is hard." Or the "but, but, but" excuses. Bull shit. Don't tell me we couldn't be producing millions of hybrid cars, trucks, and buses a year while also upgrading our gas stations to handle them. Totally upgrading our electrical infrastructure. High speed rail being built everywhere. Thousands of massive wind and solar farms. I just don't buy we couldn't totally fucking remake our nation inside of a decade or so.

Obama was supposed to be a once in a generation politician. Somebody that could help us be better. To strive for greatness. To confront wrongs and make them right. To motivate young and old. White and black. Well IMHO the time for him to motivate is now. Not half measure and pretty words.

Lay out a "grand" plan. Explain why it matters. Highlight we have to sacrifice and it wouldn't be easy. But we'd be moving forward to a better future, for us, our children, and future generations. A more prosperous future. We can either help or not, but he is moving forward. At this point if he does this tonight, even if it makes him a one term President. I really don't care.

The time for leadership, action, and change is now! Or put another way, when he is done tonight I want a large part of our nation saying what this student said after hearing Obama speak at the University of Iowa, long before anybody thought he could be POTUS.

I feel like this is a step to the brighter future I've been hoping for, for such a long time. That I've been reading about. That ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It is not just him up there, we have to be behind him. We have to be engaged citizens.

Amen sister. We've done it before, we can do it again .......

Originally posted to webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:39 AM PDT.

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  •  HuffPo has a preview with the five points... (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, In her own Voice, ericlewis0

    No mention of redirecting the Mississippi though. Basically explaining all that has been done, telling folks that they will be paid by BP and how steps will be taken in the future.  

    Hopefully he's keeping the Mississippi plan secret.

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:42:54 AM PDT

    •  He's not going to announce (6+ / 0-)

      a redirection of the Mississippi.  He is cautious, not bold.  Although I think this occasion merits a bold speech, I think he'll just rail at BP and make lots of promises, and tell touching stories about the real people he's met.

      I am really enjoying my stimulus package.

      by Kevvboy on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:44:07 AM PDT

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    •  I Don't Really Get Your Point (0+ / 0-)

      about redirecting the Mississippi. Even as snark it isn't remotely funny nor insightful. One of the reasons I outlined amazing things we've done in the past is to highlight we could make massive changes if we had (1) leadership and/or motivation and (2) a will to try.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:49:35 AM PDT

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      •  there was talk of mississippi redirection (3+ / 0-)
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        In her own Voice, Jonze, thoughtful3

        as core of TVA-style program - here on the Kos. Think that's what Jonze was referring to. Cheers.

        I ♥ President Barack Obama.

        by ericlewis0 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:08:59 AM PDT

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      •  I'm being serious (3+ / 0-)
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        Supposedly it's being considered - http://www.dailykos.com/...

        Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

        by Jonze on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:09:00 AM PDT

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        •  Whoops. My Bad (3+ / 0-)
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          sorry I was a little testy in my comment. That was rude of course. Not my intent. I just live a few miles from the Mississippi and it seemed like a bad attempt at snark :)!

          "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

          by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:10:24 AM PDT

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        •  Well That Is Very, Very Interesting (3+ / 0-)

          And from a technical point-of-view, above my pay grade. However, with that said there are a number of reasons for the erosion of the wetlands. Close to the top of the list (OK at the top of the list) is the Mississippi being both redirected somewhat and dredged so navigation is easier. Of course as that Diary you linked to noted clearly, the wetlands really need the sediment.

          This would actually be a pretty good thing. Hate it would come about cause of the oil spill, gusher but I am sure the potential for this to happen would make a lot of people very happy.

          "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

          by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:17:48 AM PDT

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          •  Oh I Should Note That Hurricane Katrina (0+ / 0-)

            hit New Orleans as hard as it did for two reasons. First the levees and pumping systems failed. Two, the wetlands serve as a natural barrier that used to buffer large storms. They are so eroded that "safety net" is nothing like it used to be.

            Anything, I mean anything to rebuild the wetlands would have multiple benefits. Not only the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico, but also protecting the city of New Orleans.

            "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

            by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:47:39 AM PDT

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  •  Amen (5+ / 0-)

    I dream of a day when we could actually do something as a nation rather than fail as a disparate collection of the greedy and the ignorant.

  •  The professor in Chief (3+ / 0-)
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    will lecture BP (British People) the same way he did the Banksters.

  •  I want to hear how he plans to deal with (8+ / 0-)

    10 million economic refugees from the Gulf Coast and lower Atlantic Coasts over the next five years as their economies dwindle to nothing.

    •  Well In Hindsight I Don't Expect (1+ / 0-)
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      Dartagnan

      him to outline a future energy policy in this speech. I care more about what you said. But I would like him to start to lay the foundation that soon he will roll out a "grand" plan for our future.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:54:32 AM PDT

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      •  I have a betting pool about whether he mentions (0+ / 0-)

        AGW.  Right now the odds are piling-up against that so if he does, a copuple of people will make a tidy sum.

        "Life immitates art, but takes license." - ko

        by koNko on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 11:48:14 AM PDT

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    •  A great point that almost everyone... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...is in denial about.

      No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, `less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it.

      by dov12348 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:27:22 AM PDT

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      •  There aren't any jobs for these people. (2+ / 0-)
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        They're going to try to relocate--where?   Where are they going to go? Leaving aside the people who actually live off the ocean (fishermen, hotels, restaurants) what about the thousands and thousands of businesses that support the tourist traffic to the coasts?  What's that going to do to each state's respective tax base? All the revenues and services for the entire state depend on those coasts being open.

        No one's even talking about this.

        •  We need to ask ourselves -- what would we do? (1+ / 0-)
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          Dartagnan

          I would seriously consider getting the hell out first.

          THEN I'd worry about finding a life somewhere else.

          It's a choice between almost certain impoverishment and the unknown.  I'd prefer the unknown.

          Now I'm generalizing.  I understand for various reasons many just can't leave.  For them - I'd try and find a fresh water source nearby, learn wild edibles, buy massive numbers of seeds, learn basic first aid, etc, etc eg -- prep prep prep.

          No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, `less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it.

          by dov12348 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:37:31 AM PDT

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      •  Well Huey Long Is A Perfect Example (1+ / 0-)
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        During and around the Great Depression as the Governor he had his own plan. He took a lot of state money and added it to Federal money and built and built. Much of the infrastructure of the state was build back in the 20s and 30s.

        From building new and higher bridges that would allow large ships to make it either up the Mississippi from the Gulf of Mexico or down to it, new roads everywhere, the state Capital (tallest in the nation), even large parts of LSU, including the football stadium that seats almost 100,000 (although not that large when it first opened in the late 1920s).

        I mean just pick up a history book or two and look at the same type of work program for the Gulf. Or at least that is my take.

        "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

        by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:35:07 AM PDT

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        •  First of all, that premise is no good. (0+ / 0-)

          We're all massively, massively overbuilt right now.  In fact a commercial real estate meltdown is just around the corner. Banks are hoariding instead of lending.  Banks' have gargantuan excess reserves right now.  Everybody's scared shitless to move.

          My only suggestion is for the folks down there to start learning basic survival techniques and get ready to hunker down -- if they're trapped down there.  

          No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, `less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it.

          by dov12348 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:42:43 AM PDT

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    •  Well, that's the mine field he has to negotiate (0+ / 0-)

      Because the tougher he gets with oil companies the more fear of economic consequences it will engender in a lot of the victims, who depend on the oil industry, so I'm going to guess he will try to balane that somehow.

      "Life immitates art, but takes license." - ko

      by koNko on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 11:45:07 AM PDT

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  •  It's easier (5+ / 0-)

    to rally against an outside enemy than to rally against ourselves and our greedy oil consumption.

    It's much easier to convince Americans that we all need to sacrifice to protect and preserve our way of life than it is to convince Americans that we need to CHANGE our way of life.

    A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. --Muhammad Ali

    by TheBlaz on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:54:33 AM PDT

  •  I agree that we could do it, we are capable and (4+ / 0-)

    have proven that in the past.  But the forces he'd be fighting against are all powerful and intertwined.  He's already had chances to confront those powers and did not upset the apple cart.  Ultimately, whatever he says tonight will get mired and diluted in the increasingly corrupt and partisan congress and senate. But he needs to lay it out there tonight and let the games begin.  

    "I will no longer be labeled, except as a human being."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:54:42 AM PDT

  •  The Empire State Building was built in such (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, Hairy Legs

    a short time because there was no regulation. I wonder how many workers died during that project. I'm in construction and understand safety is our first concern but that is one of the biggest slow downs on a job.
    I now have to answer to OSHA, DEC, local authorities, multiple testing agencies. Hell there are times I can't por concrete until the test results are back from the last pour and that takes 8 days.

    If we all just stopped voting would they all just go away?

    by longislandny on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 09:58:07 AM PDT

  •  probably (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, wblynch

    We must go forward, not backward, upward, not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom.

    (regarding the bank mess) They want to cure the patient but not deal with the disease.

    by dark daze on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:03:18 AM PDT

  •  How did we get to this point? (4+ / 0-)
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    koNko, wblynch, Hairy Legs, cybrestrike

    Everyone here seems to be in universal agreement that President is just going to duck punches.

    When is it that we are actually going to start doing shit?  Are we all just agreeing that the oligarchy wins?

    •  Answer: (2+ / 0-)
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      New Rule, Dr Teeth

      When is it that we are actually going to start doing shit?  Are we all just agreeing that the oligarchy wins?

      We live in an age when the oligarchy always wins.  We have a legislature that has been completely co-opted and dominated by corporate interests that have placed profit above all else, human life included.  We have a populace lulled and duped into stupidity by a media all too content to continue that duplicity in the pursuit of profits from adverts.

      We were once a country that did great and amazing things.  We are now a country trying to just stay afloat while being fleeced by the haves.

      I don't expect much from this speech.  It may make some people feel better about losing their livelihoods and losing the beauty of the Gulf Coast.  It may inspire some to support cleanup efforts and to call their representatives and/or senators to try and convince them to push green technology (though a lot of Congress will deliberately ignore that call).

      "Grow up Democrats. Face the music. Do it alone. You're the majority." -- Rachel Maddow

      by cybrestrike on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:31:31 AM PDT

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  •  He could say "I know every last one of you (3+ / 0-)
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    voted against me down here in the South, so by all means, reap the benefits of your convictions and remember always, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

    But of course, that can't happen.

  •  Webranding (7+ / 0-)

    I'm completely with you regarding fat, lazy, why the hell can't we do that.  However, there are a few pieces of the puzzle missing from your analysis.

    It isn't too long ago, I finished reading FDR The War Years, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  A recommended read for anyone.

    During the first two years of the FDR Administration, the Democrats (and Farm-Labor party) held a 59-61 v 34-36 member superiority in the Senate. At the time, the Senate had 96 seats. (73rd Congress)

    At the beginning of the  74th Congress, it was 70-25.

    Those majorities were coming off a period of real democratic movement in the country.  When Labor Unions were building, not losing strength, political will and membership.  Those unions were fueled by socialists, communists and anarchists.  So a Democrat was actually a Democrat.  Not what too many Democrats in 2009-10 are.

    So votes were there to establish these incredible programs.

    In the years before WWII broke out in Europe, and FDR began the lend-lease program (through a total end run around Congress, even with those kinds of huge majorities, FDR didn't think he could get that kind of program past Congress) FDR had fairly strong support from Democratic congress critters.

    But in order to get the retooling done, which was a feat of industry that's hard to even imagine, he had to make serious concessions and grant very favorable terms to industry in order to get the retooling, and construction of new factories accomplished in such record time.  In doing so, he also lost labor support.  Was considered a turn-coat.

    And, there had been an overt attack on US soil.  The populace was electrified in solidarity.

    None of the social safety nets existed then, which do now.  Are those safety nets sufficient?  I would never have said yes, and even less now.  But the visual evidence of the economic fall out of the Depression could not really be avoided by the congress critters.  Now, elected 'representatives' can complain about the laziness of people depending on extended unemployment.

    These conditions in the context of the calamity of the Great Depression, created a perfect storm for accomplishing unprecedented things.  

    It is our great misfortune, that today, the political realities which confront The President are simply not comparable to the unusual political advantages which FDR could, and did, work to his advantage.

    Master's degreed tri-lingual professional looking for work. Email in profile.

    by pvlb on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:10:02 AM PDT

    •  And to continue (4+ / 0-)
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      this narrative, as the re-industrialization and retooling gained momentum, FDR lost political support from Unions, and Democrats, because of the necessary concessions he made to industry to accomplish them.

      Master's degreed tri-lingual professional looking for work. Email in profile.

      by pvlb on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:12:55 AM PDT

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      •  Wish you would diary (2+ / 0-)
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        your two comments here.  Would be a good and necessary read.

        "Of the 500 promises [Pres. Obama] made during the campaign, he's kept, or at least made progress on, 400 of them in his first year alone"--Jonathan Alter

        by thoughtful3 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:35:40 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed. I Have A Three Volumne (0+ / 0-)

          set of books, about 1,800 pages on this timeframe my father gave me (got to like having a dad with a PhD in history). I am an avid reader, but this stuff is really dense and not really meant (I don't think) for the "casual" reader. Not been able to really get through more than about a 100 pages and I've tried several times.

          Might have to give Goodwin a try, even though that will make my father want to puke if he sees me with it. She isn't "loved" very much in the academic community.

          "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

          by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:39:18 AM PDT

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          •  A book review (1+ / 0-)
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            with some of your own commentary would be very welcome, I'm sure. I would be more likely to read Goodwin on this as anything else, but if there are some caveats one should know about that would help, too.

            "We did not come here to fear the future, we came to shape it." --BHO "Grab a mop." --BHO

            by sillia on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:56:59 AM PDT

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            •  This Is My Understanding (1+ / 0-)
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              First, she has slept with her major professor in grad school and some think at least one of the people she has written about. Also, some claims of plagiarism and that she takes "creative license" with the facts.

              Now with that said, I know she is well respected in many areas. And her books are supposed to be good reads.

              I just can't recall in the last 20+ years her name being mentioned and my father not almost losing it. So anytime I see her name or see her on TV this is the stuff I think about.

              "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

              by webranding on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 11:05:13 AM PDT

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        •  Here are some interesting comments about FDR (0+ / 0-)

          by Kossack puakev (who as emerged as something of a resource on FDR) from a MinistryofTruth  diaryrecently: here and here<a</p>

          "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

          by New Rule on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 01:45:01 PM PDT

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    •  what will it take to get beyond what is "politica (2+ / 0-)
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      lly" possible?

      I know you are correct in what you are saying -- I've heard this argument before in explaining why we can't have now the reform we need in all the major areas: health care, financial reform, campaign finance reform, environmental reforms, restructuring of energy and economy, ending wars, etc.

      But if the Gulf of Mexico is becoming a dead and toxic sea making the entire Gulf Coast uninhabitable for ten miles inland for the next 100 years, do you think we might get past political expediency to what is morally and ethically right to do for the protection and salvation of life, itself and have some leadership?

      I know I am exaggerating, but I meant to do so in order to emphasize that at some point we all must step outside the bounds of political expediency--what is politically realistic to do what is morally and ethically necessary to salvage and protect life.

      For that we need leadership willing to make the political sacrifice.  A people's President.

      Find your own voice--the personal is political.

      by In her own Voice on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:36:45 AM PDT

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      •  Here is the problem with such apologia (0+ / 0-)

        You are right.  The apologia of the historical hapless President is nonsense.  Maybe, just maybe, by doing the ethically and morally necessary thing, change will happen.  The argument seems to be that we must wait until the circumstanes are different or we must accept crap as it stands.

        Otherwise, this type of apologia of historical circumstance is simply to justify acceptance and inaction.  It makes change impossible fundmentally because of historical circumstance.

    •  Well, when all you have is lemons.. (0+ / 0-)

      Problem is, with lemons like most of the cabient Obama has chosen, you ain't never gonna make lemonade.

      You post implies that Obama in fact wants to be an FDR at some level, but because of historical, social, polticial, blah blah circumstances, he was forced to take republican corporatist positions.

      He was elected by huge numbers.  The Dems control both Houses of Congress. That isn't a special historical circumstance.  Nah, not good enough to attempt big changes.

      But what is political and moral leadership about? Mabye it is what King did--create new circumstances.

      Sorry, ain't buying your last paragraph.

  •  Sam Stein at Huffington Post has the 5 points... (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    1. He will address steps the administration's made and its ongoing commitment to "reorganization at the Department of Interior," specifically the Minerals Management Services, which was chiefly responsible for overseeing offshore drilling

    2.The president will also "discuss our containment strategy for capturing as much of or all the oil leaking in the Gulf."

    1. Obama will also address, "The BP claims process and what we're doing to make it fast, efficient and transparent and to ensure its independence from BP."
    1. Obama will detail "the beginning of a process to restore the Gulf to a place better than it was before the Deepwater Horizon exploded," the official said.
    1. Finally, he will "talk about what we must do to decrease our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels."

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:16:14 AM PDT

  •  Obama will say... (3+ / 0-)
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    Nothing to see here - move along

    Obama is not a, how would you say, BOLD president.

  •  I'm afraid it's going to be a Jimmy Carter (4+ / 0-)

    in his sweater in the White House lecturing people about consuming too much.

    Why a sweater?  Because he had made a point of turning down the heat at the White House.

    That brilliant speech led to 8 years of Ronald Reagan and the dismantling of the United States.

    I love Jimmy Carter. He's one of the greatest men to be president. But he was politically tone deaf once he got elected. Reminds me of somebody.

  •  Reports From the Draft Say Incrementalism (3+ / 0-)
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    We know Obama opposes bold change. He made this abundantly clear through the campaig, which time was even then a grand teachable moment for someone who wanted to teach.

    Improvements and competence, sure, but sweeping reform no. That's not what he's about.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:32:13 AM PDT

  •  Nice backdrop for tonight's speech (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal

    You cited some great examples of American ingenuity at its best. Thanks for digging!

    I share your frustration with the snail's pace we are moving on energy independence, though.  I think it will take a combination of Obama's leadership and action, reining in Big Oil/Big Coal, etc., and Americans giving a damn, for this to become a priority.

    I have seen a huge increase in "green" diaries here in the past few months...a good sign, to me. :)

  •  "God bless America" and not much else. (2+ / 0-)
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    My prediction is Obama is "going to hold BP accountable" but not really do anything.

    BP will still control the clean up and stop as soon as it becomes old news and the media goes away.

    BP will still control compensation, giving money to politicians financial supporters, stiffing everyone else with thousands of health insurance claims adjusters with "Denied" rubber stamps.

    BP will still be using dispersants to make it worse but hide it from view, still pumping out oil (government nor BP can stop that).

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