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Dear President Obama,

I get why you didn't spend political capital on the Wisconsin recall. I don't agree with it, but I get it.

A bit of advice though... Progressives have essentially been locked into a pattern (at least since Clinton) of voting for the corporate Democrat simply because he was better than the alternative. Many of those same progressives worked their asses off for your first campaign. Their reward was to watch your administration preemptively concede virtually every single thing on the progressive agenda to congressional Republicans. No public option, no cap and trade, continued attacks on basic civil liberties, letting banks who engaged in plainly illegal foreclosure practices off the hook with a slap on the wrist, offering to cut medicare, medicaid, and social security, and by cutting government spending at a time when that spending is needed most, just to name a few.

And honestly, all of that wasn't entirely unexpected. Our political system doesn't work. It doesn't work because it vests virtually all the political power in the super rich. The candidate with the most money virtually always wins, so of course you don't want to enact many of these programs (don't bite the hand that feeds, as they say.)

But nothing shone such a bright light on our dysfunctional political system than your comments yesterday.

Here was your "base." These were the people that worked their asses off in order to get you elected President in the first place. They elected you because they felt you would stand up for THEM. They felt you would fight for the teacher, or the public administrator, or the garbage man etc...

But when those people could have used your support the most (when they were trying to recall a governor who very publicly attacked their very livelihoods) you were "too busy" giving Bon Jovi a ride on Air Force One, before a $2,500.00 per person fundraiser.

I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot of progressives who are going to end up being "too busy" to vote for your reelection, or even work for your reelection campaign.

I used to think that it was justifiable to vote for establishment Democratic politicians simply because, while they aren't great they are better than the crazy Republican alternative. I am quickly changing my belief. Establishment Democrats and Republicans are both corporatist parties.  Democrats differ on social issues, because their giant corporate donors don't have money at stake in abortion or gay marriage.  Democrats use this to put on a great show about caring about regular Americans, but they don't. They are simply socially liberal corporatist Republicans.  And while I appreciate the stance on marriage equality, it's easily cancelled out by the corporatist economic and foreign policy.  

Sincerely, a former Obama supporter,

J. Olson

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  •  Oh well, even the Obama Girl (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, chipmo

    doesn't love him anymore:

    Barack Obama has lost one important fan - “Obama Girl.”

    Amber Lee Ettinger, the model-actress who became an Internet celebrity after she released a YouTube video in 2007 professing her love for the then-U.S. senator, hints she won’t endorse the President this time around.

    “(I’m) not as excited as I was the last time, that’s for sure,” the 29-year-old told The Daily Caller.

    What should be a real eye opener for Progressives is this article in the Washington Post:

    President Obama bristles when he is the target of activist tactics he once used

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    As Digby said:

    I'm guessing his thin-skinned response (well documented in other situations in the article as well) comes from his knowledge that they're right -- that his sensitivity to this particular kind of criticism shows that he knows he's bargained away their cause in gestures of good will to opponents who take the concession and then laugh in his face. It must be galling to be reminded of that.

    Read the whole article to get an idea of just how much the immigration activists have been given the run-around.

    (emphasis mine)
    •  Ooooh Digby - (0+ / 0-)

      a well known fact-finder and progressive icon.

      Digging pretty low to find heroes these days?

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:14:41 AM PDT

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  •  Seeing how craven the DNC has been of late, (3+ / 0-)
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    Wendys Wink, chipmo, snoopydawg

    It all makes sense. They, too, are too busy.

    A beautiful letter, one that will get ignored by the oval office bRain tRust. Remember this tone was first set by Rahm as chief of staff. Things have not changed one bit since then.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:15:52 AM PDT

    •  A beautiful letter. (0+ / 0-)

      Let's see, using WaPo as a source of insider information, not being aware that most of his fine whines are based in lies and misunderstandings, and promoting punishing Democrats by not voting for them.  

      Yeah, I can see how Republicans would find this satisfying.  Progressives?  Not so much.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:19:53 AM PDT

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  •  J. Olson, listen. This is important. (3+ / 0-)
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    sviscusi, jsfox, TrueBlueMajority

    Someone is writing asinine diaries on DKos using your name.

    I thought you'd want to be made aware of this.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:21:36 AM PDT

  •  Stay home? Not vote? (2+ / 0-)

    Well you will be an easy crowd to recognize. You'll be the ones missing your noses.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:51:34 AM PDT

  •  Too Bad, Faceplant (0+ / 0-)

    The rule is: No criticism of Obama. Had you written another "In spite of it all, vote for Obama" diary you'd be on the Spotlight along with the three dozen other "In spite of it all, vote for Obama" diaries.

    •  You guys could form a group: (2+ / 0-)
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      Coss, emelyn

      Faceplanters against Obama.  You'd have a great crew to party with as you sail down the recent list into well-deserved obscurity.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:21:21 AM PDT

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  •  A suggested bumper sticker. Admittedly a bit long (1+ / 0-)
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    President Obama loves war like Bush, the Constitution like Cheney and OWS like O'Reilly. BUT he has a (D) after his name!

  •  A pathetic thing is... (1+ / 0-)
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    chipmo

    ...Conservatives think those of us who've reluctantly pulled our support for Obama wish we'd voted for McCain in 2008, or something like that.  They're clueless.

    I'm voting for an actual left-wing candidate this time.  Not that it matters.  Obama will take Vermont handily.

    •  Now, I don't think that at all. (0+ / 0-)

      I think you're too selfish and self-involved to care what will happen to people like me if people like you make it possible for Romney to win.

      It's pretty simple.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:16:16 AM PDT

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      •  Really simple (0+ / 0-)

        I am selfish because the only thing that matters to you is what happens to you?

        Could it, maybe, be that President Obama is just as unconcerned for you as Romney is? Looking at his policies, you can't say differently.

        •  People LIKE me, check what I wrote before (0+ / 0-)

          assuming you can denigrate what I wrote.  And the reason I support the President is because of what he has done and continues to do for people like me, and people unlike me, and even for people I don't like much.  That's what Presidents are supposed to do, consider the welfare of the entire nation, not the testosterone levels of their "base".

          So far the only solid reason I'm seeing for not approving of this President is no perp walk for Cheney and Drooooonez.

          Do you know why it would be disastrous to charge Cheney?  It's not that he doesn't deserve it, it's that the Progressive blogosphere would provide all the evidence the defense needed to ask for dismissal, based on the fact that this was a political witch hunt, not a search for justice.  

          And in this country it wouldn't be hard to find a judge who was so turned off by the questionable morality of tens of thousands of demands that Cheney be waterboarded for waterboarding others, it would be fairly easy to dismiss the case with a well-publicized note that apparently Obama was more concerned about pleasing his base than he was with rule of law.  That's worth thinking about, and you know it's true.

          Drones?  I'm not sure.  It's a fact that war is harder on civilians than anyone in this country can truly imagine.  I guess I prefer that fewer die in targeted attacks than would die if we were sending soldiers in, or just randomly bombing.  

          The real problem is that there are no good answers, no acceptable level of death and destruction but in a world where terrorism is writ large you're left with really lousy options.  Plus I harbor a belief that those who cry most loudly against targeting terrorists would cry even more loudly about the wretched state of intelligence gathering and lousy protection of Americans if they lose friends and family to an effective terror attack here.  That's just my take on it.  

          Some people need to be outraged, and they'll jump on the newest shiny object without really thinking through what the consequences might be.  I have minimal respect for them.  Today I'm venting that lack of respect.  Your choice to remain in the vent zone.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 10:36:19 AM PDT

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  •  interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    I love OCD

    you feel obama has not been worth having.

    Obama has 80-90% of liberals approving.

    you don't speak for the majority.

  •  Faceplant. Highly approprite for someone (2+ / 0-)
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    Coss, emelyn

    who wrote this dreck.

    If WaPo is one of your trusted sources for insider information and sensible commentary, no wonder you're confused and angry.

    There's this thing called the internet, you can use it to find out things, like how many people who are being prosecuted for financial fraud, and the legal reasons for why  more of them remain free.  It's called Congress passing laws that make their idiocy technically legal, not because Obama doesn't want them to suffer.  It's embarrassing that a Progressive doesn't know this.  

    You can also find out how much good the stimulus did because it was well-managed, if too small.  And how many tertiary jobs exist in MI as a result of jobs saved by the Auto Bailout.  You could check on the progress of lawsuits against BP, too.  Tou could revel in the DOJ taking on Florida and and Republican disenfranchisement efforts.

    You could also read sensible and honest commentary about how the "sell-outs" you bemoan have boxed the Republicans into being forced to defend tax cuts for the wealthy again and again and again, instead of just letting them go on without any comment at all, and how freaked they are about the coming budget deal Obama squeezed them into accepting.

    You could read about the number of Native American people who call this President the first ever to take action on their behalf.

    You could read about the oil companies fighting EPA regulations that hold them accountable for drilling accidents, in a big way.  

    You could laugh with me about the fact that insurance companies have to credit the ACA when they refund premium overpayments.

    You could support the ACA for what's its doing, and to strengthen it for future generations, like people did with the piss-poor and weak legislation that gave us Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and Civil Rights.

    You could have some sense of our history with Progressive change, the fact that it's never been good enough, never been strong enough, but always ends up doing the job just fine, with the support of people who wanted it improved.

    You could care that people like me will be digging roots for food and hoping their cardboard shelters don't get hauled away every day once the Republicans are back in charge.  Is that more important than seeing the CEO of your bank perp walked?  It sure sounds like your adrenaline rush matters more than my survival.

    You reveal a level of ignorance that rivals that of Tea Party Patriots, and that's a shame.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:13:53 AM PDT

    •  I think the CEO of the bank idea has merit because (0+ / 0-)

      they are the ones who sold out the country. We need more regulation of the financial industry. We are more likely to get that with Obama than with Romney. That is for sure.

      However, the diarist has a right to his opinions. I still think we lost the battle. Now let's win the war.

  •  The Obama Presdency has brought (1+ / 1-)
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    demjim
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    snoopydawg

    a whole lot of arrogant, self absorbed, attention whores out of the woodwork who I otherwise would have never known existed.

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:29:39 AM PDT

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