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Than he needs to realize he is going to be watched carefully by those who were less than enthused about having to vote for him.

Unfortunately for the American public, by the time most Presidents are campaigning for their second term, they have lived inside a bubble for so long that  they have no real understanding of reality.

For the entire time period of March 2012 until the day after the November election, Obama's head was filled up with polling numbers, vote count analysis, and state by state details regarding which state populations would go for which message. In addition to needing to  process all that, Obama faced  the continual body and brain numbing experience of always being "on." This process produces burnout and exhaustion.

What saves democracy for a nation is when a President or other elected leader  has always been faithful and true to one simple reality - whether deeply engrained ideals are embedded inside the soul of the person holding office.

It has occurred within a recent timeline. For instance, we saw that brave enactment of ideals in the first few political activities of Nelson Mandela. And his handling of how he would not let the old bodyguards of the former South African leader's entourage be fired on account of their being white. A few decades earlier, we saw this when examining  the life and times of San Francisco mayor, Harvey Milk, who never forgot his original declaration of wanting to contribute to the struggle for equality of his gay brothers and sisters. We observe some currently elected officials, people like Maxine Waters, and like Bernie Sanders, holding on to ideals. We notice that they are compelled to stand for their ideals and to see that their ideals become issues that are politically supported and elevated.

In a  nation wherein so many decent individuals have courageously gone out into the streets and shed blood: instances like Haymarket riots; the Wobblies, labor and union protests; Suffragette protests; the Civil Rights movement of the fifties and sixties, and the Peace movement and environmental movement, both of the later from that same time period, and all that energy  for ideals such as decent pay for workers, decent working hours and safe conditions, the end of child labor, the end of discrimination and segregation, protection of the environment,  becoming the results, then it is most important that we reflect on those matters. And that we always demand to have leaders that represent ideals.

This has never been as difficult as it is today. We now live inside a political process that is mostly broken. To hold onto ideals is to condemn oneself to being outside the given Big Money environment of both parties. Many of us have been made aware of how none other than Rahm Emanuel was the chosen enforcement officer of stripping ideals from the Democratic Party platform. He spent the time period of 2005 to 2008 traveling around the nation, and seeing that candidates running for office were more "centrist" than progressive. And in that activity came the birth of the "Blue Dogs."

If you live inside California, you most probably have become painfully aware of how Diane Feinstein must approve of your ideals before you an run for office locally under the Party's "Big D." Among those who have not been given the nod by Di Fi are none other than Cindy Sheehan, and myself.

This is perhaps not a new phenomena. Let's go taking a stroll on memory lane. George Seldes, who was a Chicago Tribune correspondent during the late Nineteen teens and up until 1929, relates the following conversation that he had with Dorothy Thompson -another famous news reporter of that era, and the wife of Sinclair Lewis:

Thompson told Seldes in 1935 that while en route by ocean liner from France to NYC, how one  F. Sinclair, a Big Money Guy, took her away from the table where they were eating in order to talk privately with her.

"See those folks at the table who were eating with us?" F Sinclair asks Thompson?

"Yes," answers Dorothy.

"Well, all of us are the ones who actually decide who gets nominated as candidates to run for the Presidency and who gets to win that office."

Among those he meant was an important associate of the Gianinni family, who had established Bank of America.

"We give money on both sides of the aisle, so that no matter what, one of our people is always in a place to do our bidding."

"What about FDR?" asked Dorothy.

"Our support for him was a major misjudgement on our part. We saw to it that he had money and of course, we fully expected for him to say the sort of things that he always said. We just didn't expect FDR to act on those statements."

Business man F. Sinclair went on to state that the Inner Circle of Power Brokers was attempting to raise some five to twenty million to defeat FDR in 1936.

But the voting machinery was still non-hackable back in that era. And FDR had millions upon millions of everyday people to vote him back in.

In our times, Obama campaigned as a progressive in October of 2008. He made statements that only a progressive would make. But he tipped his hand to everyone when he told "Sixty Minutes" the last Sunday in Nov of 2008 that he thought that Paulson was doing a good job. Next, the American public was startled to witness some four years of his relentless overlooking of the crimes of those on Wall Street, and his relentless overlooking of the crimes of the previous Administration. His lack of conscience on those matters  made many of us wonder what disconnect occurred between the Obama of October 2008, and the Obama of 2009 through 2012.

The Big Money/Inner Circle of the Elite supported Obama, and he has been true to them.  This Administration has not been a friend of ideals. Not financial ideals, with such legal protections as Glass Steagall, an economic  regulation stripped away by Clinton's signature, and certainly not environmental ideals. For what I mean by mentioning the environment of late: witness the Obama Administration stance on the BP oil disaster. And the EPA under Obama shutting down the air monitoring stations, so no one got any truth about radiation blanketing the country after the Fukushima holocaust. Then consider how it was the State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, who asked that the Keystone XL Pipeline be allowed to be built, even though in building this pipeline, it would be destroying the aquifers of people  living in fourteen States in the USA!

And don't even get me started on how Obama sold people out by installing rat bastard Geithner as the Secretary of Treasury. This guy should have been indicted for RICO violations that he undertook when he was the head of the NY Fed - instead he gets to collude with re-appointed Bernanke to offer the Main Street wealth to the Elite of the Financial World. Expert tell us how some 4.7 trillions of dollars "loaned" out by Bernanke to the Biggest Financial firm in the world will never be repaid. Funny how that never gets mentioned by the Big Money owned Republican and Democrats seeking the elimination of some 4+ trillions of budget cutbacks!!!!!

Obama secured a second term ONLY because so many people were forced to hold their noses and vote for him rather than let the women-hating Republicans get in. But he should realize that fact and quit colluding with the Elite's agenda of bringing about the extinction of America's middle class.

There is a line in the Bible that I find  pertinent: "you may know a man by his deeds." That is truth regardless if you are a Christian or Muslim, atheist or Jewish. A President who allows cuts to Social Security to be on his end of a  negotiation offer can be seen as sadly lacking in ideals. Whether Obama took this stance because he is exhausted from a long campaign, or because he has decided that he needs to be "sophisticated" and "savvy"- a "New Age Style of Democrat" not bound to the old fashioned, "New Deal"  notions of sympathy for the underdog (And America's entire, remaining  middle class is now in underdog status,) then all those of us who voted for him largely because he was a necessary evil need to start holding  his feet to the fire.

And we need to keep holding Obama's  feet to the fire, until he wakes up from the curse of being inside a bubble of advisers, political consultants and "Yes" men and women. It won't be easy, but then nothing regarding enforcing ideals into legislation and policy ever has been.

Originally posted to Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:34:44 PM PST

  •  Where'd you get this crap from that the "ONLY" (16+ / 0-)

    reason the President won a second term was because "so many people were forced to hold their noses and vote for him?" It would seem that you spend way too much time in some sort of "bubble" of your own if you believe that foolishness.

    •  I tend to poll people about why they do things. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Hamlet

      People I knew who voted for Obama are a certain demographic. they tend to be like myself - over 55, female in gender, or else, feminist in nature although male, and concerned about things such as  Social Security, protecting the inalienable rights we have, that our government has been "compelled" to steal from us. (By the way, when Obama stated that he would note using the heinous Section 1021 of the NDAA, Obama said he would refrain from using it as he wanted to respect our "traditions." Mr President, eating turkey on Thanksgiving is a tradition. But my inalienable rights are not a damn tradition. They are my rights!)

      Many of my friends are self declared wiccans. Those in my circle of friends and acquaintances who didn't vote for Obama voted third party.

      I also continuously polled FB "friends" who sometimes appeared to be cheer leading for Obama. When queried, they would admit they disliked the same things about him as I do. But that the alternative would have been worse.

      If your life experience doesn't reflect the same realities that mine does, well goodie two shoes for you for being more "Mainstream" than I am.  But I make no apologies for knowing so many many people who claimed their vote would occur but only because the "alternative is so much worse."

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:05:38 PM PST

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      •  The question is, (8+ / 0-)

        why would you extrapolate from an anecdotal sample of a few hundred people at most to a population of about 70 million?

        Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

        by emidesu on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:26:33 PM PST

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      •  Some view from that bubble of yours. I doubt that (3+ / 0-)
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        sewaneepat, gramofsam1, Quicklund

        your circle, acquaintances, and the FB folk that you polled encompass the 65,594,456 people who voted for the President or even a statistically notable portion of that group. Just because the people you know purportedly held their noses when they voted does not in any way support your dumb claim that the "ONLY" reason the President won a second term was because "so many people" did this.

        As for the rest of your diatribe, meh. It's been said a million times over on DKos and elsewhere. Some people agree with your views, others don't.

        •  But their opinions might have had a great deal in (1+ / 0-)
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          The Hamlet

          Common with the attitudes of the twelve million people who managed to get to the polls in 2008, and who did not bother to do so in 2012.

          Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

          by Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:19:59 PM PST

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          •  ...then again, those opinions could have as much (0+ / 0-)

            in common -- considering the great latitude of scope and content in a term such as "opinions" -- with everyone else, too.

            A tree has a great deal in common with a turtle but they don't necessarily make the same choices for the same reasons.

            It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

            by Murphoney on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 11:19:37 AM PST

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        •  A lot of people on my FB and people in my (4+ / 0-)
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          neighborhood that I polled all voted for President Romney, so I don't understand what you're haranguing Truedelphi about.

          "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

          by second gen on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:11:48 PM PST

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      •  Nice anecdotes. Have some data: (4+ / 0-)
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        Poll    Date    Sample    Approve    Disapprove    Spread
        RCP Average    4/11 - 10/20    --    86.7    9.9    Approve +76.8
        CBS News    10/17 - 10/20    A    83    10    Approve +73
        Reuters/Ipsos    9/7 - 9/10    A    88    10    Approve +78
        McClatchy/Marist    7/9 - 7/11    RV    83    13    Approve +70
        CNN/Opinion Research    6/28 - 7/1    A    90    7    Approve +83
        Resurgent Republic (R)    4/30 - 5/3    RV    87    11    Approve +76
        Politico/GWU/Battleground    4/29 - 5/3    LV    90    8    Approve +82
        Quinnipiac    4/11 - 4/17    RV    86    10    Approve +76
        All President Obama Job Approval Among Democrats Polling Data

        From Real Clear Politics 2012.
        You're welcome.

        •  Remember how the Pew Research peopel found (1+ / 0-)
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          That only some 32% of all Americans consider themselves to be true Democrat Loyalists? (And that was back in May-June of 2008, before  those of us to the left of Obama realized this new "progressive" President of ours had relegated us to the "retard" bin of society.)

          So taking the highest approval rating given above, that means at the most a whopping 26.56 % of the people n the nation approve of the President.

          Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

          by Truedelphi on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:12:31 AM PST

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          •  Bollocks (1+ / 0-)
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            those of us to the left of Obama realized this new "progressive" President of ours had relegated us to the "retard" bin of society.
            Rahm Emmanuel made that remark, not the President.
          •  You're conflating a bunch (1+ / 0-)
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            wwjjd

            of groups there. Is your thesis based on Democratic voters, on "true Democrat Loyalists" (who usually get mocked by the anti-Obama crowd), on your circle of acquaintances, or on "the people in the nation?"
            You can unskew poll numbers all day long, but you won't change the fact that Obama's favorability ratings are high in any poll other than the one you say you've conducted among older female/feminist wiccans.

          •  Perhaps the dumbest conclusion ever reached on DK (1+ / 0-)
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            Approval ratings apply to all Americans, not just paying members of the Democratic Party. You really should stop posting. Leave some room for doubt.

      •  Ha ha ha ha! (6+ / 0-)
        If your life experience doesn't reflect the same realities that mine does, well goodie two shoes for you for being more "Mainstream" than I am.
        "I'm ever so special!"

        An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

        by Debby on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:40:19 PM PST

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  •  Agree with what you say (3+ / 0-)
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    but fear at this point the idea of changing anything about the wolf in sheep's clothing Dems, short of an upheaval of the system , is merely
    " chiitter chatter about shmatta shmatta shmatta."

  •  He was and is the best man for the job (10+ / 0-)

    you may have held you nose, but don't imagine that everyone did just because you did.

    He's a good president in the worst circumstances we've seen in many years.

    You've a right to your opinion, of course, but I couldn't agree with you less.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:22:31 PM PST

  •  Sell you shinola walking (1+ / 0-)
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    "Lesser evil" your ass.

  •  Yes (7+ / 0-)

    floating chained CPI is the new Evil.

    And the new 'meh' is extending healthcare to 30 million uninsured, endorsing gay marriage, ending federal support for the defense of marriage act, creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signing hate crime legislation when FDR could not be bothered to sign anti-lynching legislation or extending Social Security to women and black people.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:13:52 PM PST

    •  I get it. Right now, in certain circles, (3+ / 0-)
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      Protecting Social Security and good ol FDR are the new Evil.

      That is so "New Democratic Party" of you.

      Good to know. And for anyone reading this who is going to be over the age of fifty soon - please start praying that you will
      1) be working for a large corporation that will pay in full your Health Insurance
      2) be inheriting somebody's wealth.

      The full  realization of what it will mean to have to pay for the skyrocketing cost of health insurance is not going to occur until people realize how much they will be forced to pay. In my case, it amounts to some $ 1,100 a month for my spouse and myself. Plus two separate five thousand dollar deductibles that have to be met before the California state run insurance program helps out by paying a single penny  of our health needs.

      I voted for Obama because I wanted health insurance that was affordable. I did not want what we got - mandated payments to the same Big Insurance vultures that forced citizens to demand "health insurance 'reform'" to begin with!

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:27:52 PM PST

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      •  Who said FDR was evil? (7+ / 0-)

        All I ask for is perspective instead of invective.

        The current occupant of the White House, when viewed with clear-eyed historical perspective and in the context of what he can realistically accomplish against a unified, obstructionist party willing to allow the downgrade of the nation's credit rating, is actually quite progressive, if you define progressive as actually making progress.

        The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

        by FiredUpInCA on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:41:21 PM PST

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        •  Sooner or later people will indeed (3+ / 0-)
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          The Hamlet, qofdisks, Brown Thrasher

          Wake up and realize that 80% of what any Administration accomplishes has to do with appointments.

          His appointments are terrible. Geithner, at Treasury, then his re-appointing Bernanke, also Mike Taylor of Monsanto-connections galore,  now heading FDA (genetically modified salmon being approved by the FDA just yesterday) etc.
          Not to overlook Arne Duncan systematically disabling and privatizing the school systems, his ministers at State and Defense having our military presence expand into new countries - like Egypt and Turkey, while we can't keep fire fighters of school teachers on their jobs here. I could go on but don't have the patience to.

          Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

          by Truedelphi on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:04:09 PM PST

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          •  No, that's not true (1+ / 0-)
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            wwjjd

            That's simplistic. Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said?

            Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
            •  What's not true? (0+ / 0-)

              Obama did not appoint Geithner? Is that what you are saying? That is what your headline indicates...

              And as the head of NY Fed in 2008, Geithner's policies included rearranging both the reputations and the monies that the Financial Firms on Wall Street received, so that Lehman Bros, a firm that was despised by Geithner's allies at Goldman Sachs and at AIG, was allowed to quickly meet its demise, even as the head of Lehman Bros was working out it salvation, and needed only some 48 hours more to complete the paperwork.

              Geithner insisted that once Lehman was forced to collapse all would be well. But then AIG was facing failure. That brought about the Bush Doctrine of TARP Bailouts. With bot  Democratic candidates signing on (Sen Clinton and Sen Obama.) Then it comes out that Geithner saw to it, mid to late fall, that AIG and Goldman Sachs would receive the lion's share of those 700 Billions of funds plus.

              A name ends up becoming a policy. I imagine even Eleanor Roosevelt was guilty of identifying a name with a policy.

              Which of us, when confronted for instance with the words "Adolf Hitler" doesn't have a total identification of that man with certain policies?

              And those of us who despise what someone does to the nation's economy sees that name as an embodiment of those policies, be they Geithner's policies at NY Fed and then Treasury, Bernanke's polices at the Fed. IN terms of food safety and our health, many of us  know  identify dangerous practices of certain companies with the actual names of certain Obama-appointed individuals.  For instance, the approval of the famine foods and seeds that the Monsanto duo of Valsick and Taylor, at the Ag Department and the FDA respectively, are responsible for.

              Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

              by Truedelphi on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:26:48 PM PST

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      •  Go read the nost recent report of the Trustees (0+ / 0-)

        of the Social Security Trust fund.  Then explain to me what your solution is to the problems they identify there.

        •  Number one - those trutees (0+ / 0-)

          Are not reliable. Period. They don't even consider the interest that the Fund generates each year - that is left out of their computations.

          Two: one of the bigger problems - or so it is claimed - is that the "millenials" will not have enough people replacing them to allow them to eve retire. That simply is not  true, not as long as there are one billion people south of the border, who continue to realize that their only hope in receiving a decent wage is to move to the USA.

          Statistically, sociologists have determined that the birth rate among Mexican couples who live in Mexico City is 3 kids per couple, while if they emigrate to the USA, they will have four children. Yeah, I know, in one generation's time, the birth levels will taper off. But since there is always a continuing influx of people  from Third World nations into the USA, that generational time line is porous.

          Can I prove the above? Yes, I can - in the past thirty years, California has gone from 22 million people to thirty seven million people. For a while there, for every ten births, five were infants born to new immigrants whose parents did not speak English. And this includes people from any nation south of the border, many of the nations of the Pacific Rim and even such places as Eritrea, the "sister country" to Ethiopia!

          Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

          by Truedelphi on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:34:09 PM PST

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  •  If you think Barack Obama is evil (4+ / 0-)
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    then your moral compass is in a tailspin.

    In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

    by Troubadour on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:37:07 AM PST

  •  Someone please explain THIS (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.emptywheel.net/...

    I've given up on ANYONE holding ANYONE accountable for ANYTHING....

    HSBC gets a slap for major money laundering

    $2 billion in customer funds go missing in MF Global

    Mozila gets away with everything in exchange for paying out 10% of his hundreds of millions in personal worth.....

    Communications companies off the hook for ILLEGAL warrrantless wiretapping

    never mind the torture, illegal war, massive financial crimes .......

    and Sibel Edmonds still has a federal gag order on her.....

    Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

    by xrepub on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:28:59 AM PST

    •  Here is an total expalantion - (0+ / 0-)

      Wuithin days of Obama's re-election, a New Doctrine of Political Reality apparently was created and then signed off on by "those in the know." This doctrine states that anything formerly considered "evil" or morally repugnant, is now a good thing.

      An activity like letting drones kill  school children in Paklistan and Afghanistan was considered an evil activity while one Mr Bush was President and responsible as Commander In Chief. Under Obama, we now see that these killings are simply "good."

      Ditto the evil activity of negotiating cuts to Social Security. Even Ron Reagan spoke of this being a bad thing, but under President Obama, it is good.

      One corollary of this Doctrine is this one - if the Democrats do it, while serving in the Seante, House or sate legislatures, it is also good. SO that is why when we peruse4 the new Spendign Monies alocated for Defense and we notice a huge uptick in monies for projects we should be backing aaway from, it would be wise for us to consider that since today, the Senate is a Democratic establishment, this must be a good thing.

      It is all very very very Good. Under the "Doctrine of Once the Democrats Do it, it is no longer Evil - it is Wise and Just and Good" -- will it not be a Good thing to have even more formerly Evil Activities approved?

      Once all formerly Evil things have been approved, by a collusion of the Dems with the Republicans, we simply won't have Evil any more!

      (My head actually hurt while I typed the above.)

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:38:57 PM PST

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