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I posted a comment to BWD's diary of PresO and Michelle in India, my first since the elections here at the Big Orange, and decided i wanted to expand it into a diary, the first in quite a while here.

Aw yeah - that's my Pres, in the land i was born (and lived in only till i was 2 before moving to sunny CA for the 40+ years since).

The pix in this diary lifted my heart, which has gone through a roller coaster of emotions since election night -- profound disappointment, sadness, anger at the overreaching Repubs, at corp media, at the wussy Dems, and yes, some at PresO too for the times he has compromised too much and not stood up enough.

But now, after nearly a week of things settling in, and particularly after seeing his pretty unequivocal statement that he will stand against the tax cuts for the super-rich being extended, i'm feeling a little bit more hope that we may still get more of the change we need, in the coming months, and years.

His words in his first weekly address since the election are a great and good first sign -- i was definitely a little worried about the wobbly statements early in the week, but damn folks, that was a big emotional jar for everyone,
seeing so much blood on the ground, of some of our best and most courageous (Feingold, Grayson) fall as collateral damage, even though we must celebrate that many of the bravest did survive (Boxer, Grijalva, B. Frank come to mind), and there were victories all over.  

(Side note: Damn, it felt good to be a Californian, in this round, with the results at the state level there, even being at a distance here in Brazil as i am for now -- which had a good election result last wknd by the way, where the more progressive candidate won for Pres, and a much more progressive legislature was elected a month ago -- and though too often ignored in the US news, this is for a country in the same hemisphere, which is as large as the continental US, with nearly 2/3 of the population, too).

But anyway now -- it looks to me that PresO, like others of us, has found some footing, and is ready to enjoin The Fight, vs. backing away from it -- the eternal one of Those Who Have Less, and those of us who care about them, and for the others who have little or no voice, like the animals, and the Earth --  against Those Who Already Have More, and who just care less about everyone and everything else.

It is the ONLY way he can significantly leave his mark on history.  NOT by backing down, or passing dribs and drabs of watered down legislation that the American public just will never pay enough attention to.  Like he said in his historic speech on the eve of the House HCR vote, channeling Honest Abe's words: we are not obligated to win, we are only obligated to fight hard as HELL for what we know is right (paraphrase).

I may be waiting a while for an FDR like statement, about Wall Street:

"Let them hate me -- i welcome their hatred" (paraphrase)

And that may not really be in PresO's character -- but hot damn, for now, his words yesterday are good, and girding.

So, back to the trip -- I'm glad PresO is getting out finally on this trip (yes even with his skipping of visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which, being a Sikh-American, stings me slightly), doing good.  So great to see pics of Michelle in the wonderful happy form she excels in, with kids.  

Ahhh -- i'm uplifted.  And ready to go into the next 2 years in full battle gear.  Because right now, the way i feel is that if the Repubs think they're going to be able to oust my Pres in 2012 -- they've got:

                 ****** ANOTHER F---ING THING COMING *******

I know i only have limited control and say, and it will be much more up to how much PresO stands up, and the other decisions the Dems make in Congress.  As we know -- the independents respect strength, fundamentally, and that is what they did not see enough of in the run-up to this election.  That is IT.  I hope the Dems learn this lesson.  You cannot win by being Repub-lite.  We've seen it over and over and over.  If they haven't learned, we'll lose.  I hope to the good Goddess they have, and just a few signs do point to that.

But as far as it is in my control: i worked quite a bit for these Midterms -- but it's going to pale compared to what i will do for the Pres in the next one, to make up for the billions they will pour in from their gilded coffers.

So McConnell, Boehner, Rove, Palin, Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, all of Faux News, Phil Griffin, etc. etc. f'ing etc. -- y'all ready?

            ************** THEN BRING IT MOTHERF---ING ON ***************

Originally posted to xylem on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 05:10 AM PST.


Do you think PresO got the central message of the election, and will stand up stronger for progressive causes in the coming months?

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    •  Don't worry.... (1+ / 0-)
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      They will find a way to screw up everything before 2012.  They are on the brink of owning it all, but their childish greed (see McConnell) will do them in.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 06:07:06 AM PST

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  •  I applaud your spirit, (1+ / 0-)
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    but I can't quite bring myself to sign off on the formulation "Bring it on!"

    Couldn't you find some other way to express it?  That phrase killed lots of Americans in Iraq.

    I am really enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 05:12:36 AM PST

    •  K- i appreciate the spirit of your comment.. (3+ / 0-)
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      regster, majii, Vatexia

      And thx for making it -- but - i am using their exact words as a counterpoint to how they use them.  They use them in a bloodlust-filled sense of dealing death and destruction around the world.  But not me, and all of us progressives, a fortiori.  Because the one thing i fully believe is that Americans respect their sense of decisiveness and action, and non-compromisingness.  Too bad the Right too often use them in the pursuit of engaging in War Crimes -- and that's where we differ.  

      While i never want to see us stoop to their level in dishonesty, cheating, lying, and actual physical violence to win elections, i do wish that all Dems and progressives would get the lesson that in the American body politic, weakness and compromisingness are not seen as positives.  We may sometimes not really like this -- certainly, on an interpersonal level this is highly non-ideal, and likely this is probably true on a national level, ultimately -- but for now, it is how it is, and if we want to win to get to a place where we can begin to change the national and international transactional dialogue, some far off day, then i strongly believe that indeed showing forceful up-front strength, and even co-opting some of their language when we need to do it (viz. Lakoff) is how we get there, in 2012, and beyond.

      I believe PresO has it in him, though he's tended to leaning towards his more academic, dialogue-engaging, believing the best of everyone side, more.  And this has GOT to change, in the coming months and years, if he wants to win in 2012.  That's why i used those words.  And i stand by them.

      Does that make some sense..?

      •  It makes a lot of sense, (1+ / 0-)
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        but it all rings too much of 'we must stoop to their level' for me.

        All the things people are now criticizing Obama for - his pragmatic, dialogue-engaging, academic, believing the best of everyone side - are the things I happen to love best about him.  Our country hasn't seen pragmatism in office in quite awhile and it is difficult to recognize.  I hope he does a better job of communicating his success.

        I am really enjoying my stimulus package.

        by Kevvboy on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 05:39:09 AM PST

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        •  K- well, again, thx for the response.. (2+ / 0-)
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          Kevvboy, regster

          And honestly -- ideologically, personally -- i'm probably more aligned with you.  But -- i just know America on the whole isn't.  I have a cousin who is independent, though he watches only the MSM on the whole, and is a barometer for me for how they feel, and though he voted Obama in 2010, in discussions, he's shown me that he feels PresO didn't go far enough in pushing things like HCR, and other issues.  On taxes, it's probably partly an issue of communication as you say, and if so many Americans still believe their taxes have gone up this last year -- which isn't true -- then there's def. a lack of getting the message out.  But i know that this particular cousin would've liked for PresO to come out swinging harder in his language and actions.

          But - i think we're going to have to basically leave this one as 'agreeing to disagree' about how the Dems and progressives should approach politics.  I do hope someday we can get more to how you (and i, honestly) would like to see it -- i just don't think that day is coming very soon, in the US, alas.


  •  Time will tell, that is all I will say. He's not (1+ / 0-)
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    been the 'fierce advocate' he's stated as of yet...

    "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." Westley: The Princess Bride

    by BFSkinner on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 05:15:09 AM PST

    •  Oh I'll say more. (0+ / 0-)
      Like this piece is a joke.
      Just a bit of ballsy swinging dickery AFTER getting our heads handed to us, just fucking crushed in PA and Michigan not to mention Ohio AND Florida.
      This kind of chest pounding, like the vacuous Bush bravado it invokes, couldn't be more of a ridiculous substitute for substantive policy and politics.

      We've hardly scratched the surface of the policy consequences as a result of Obama's pliability. Obama was a ringer. A willing orifice. And just like it took a long time for flat footed rank and filers to get that bead on Clinton and NAFTA and Banking De-Reg, it's even worse with Obama loyalists given the cult of personality politics, which it is.

      These losses are structural that run deep into Statehouses and Governorships . Make no mistake about it: We are entering a  Political Siberia that will make the last half of the Clinton years and the Bush Era look tame. Which activists said at the time during the Clinton con.

      And the parrots still parroting how this is somehow good for Obama much less the Party in 2012 have lost their little birdbrain minds. For anyone actually interested in enacting Progressive Policy this is nothing short of a structural collapse. How long does anyone seriously think it will take to dislodge the GOP now in the Swing States now?

      No, Nancy and Harry and Chuck and Rahm and Steny
      AND Obama.. blew it big time. The big Republican dick, that is.

      Obama, this centrist fraud,  ratifies Bush policy.
      Gitmo Closed? Bankers got their come-uppance?
      Oh and the "investigations"? ... and ushered in every Third Way Neo-Liberal Clinton Democrat he could find. Fuck him at this point.

      Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance
      and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Robert Davies on Sun Nov 07, 2010 at 07:22:40 AM PST

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      •  Hey Robert- could i ask you a couple of q's.. (1+ / 0-)
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        #1. How you picked my minor little out of the way diary to post your words in? (perhaps i should be honored)

        #2. What do you do in an activist/political sense to make the world better?

        #3. What do you plan to do in the coming months -- other than come to DKos and bash the Dems who did survive, and all their efforts?  

        Perhaps you really do do good in the world -- i don't know.  Thus, i ask.

        Note -- i didn't defend their actions here in this response, justify them, or attack the substance of what you said, some of which i am certain is spot on -- i'm simply asking you a few q's that will help me gauge where you're coming from when you say all that.


  •  Thoughts (3+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, xylem, majii

    I think he will be able to hold his ground  quite a bit and move forward on some things.Progress does take time.  There needs to be work on better informative media throughout the country. All Democrats in Congress should be heard except maybe Lieberman. The public relations, political entity nature of the Supreme Court should be discussed a lot. The power grab decision and joke of a decision about contributions from business should be discussed a lot. That is not democracy and Americans will be appalled. It is time to take back the House and hold the Presidency in 2012.

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