No, I am not talking about the Center-Left, I mean the, for lack of a better term....The Issue-Left.
We all have seen the tensions on the blogs between the members of the Center-Left and the Issue-Left. The CL are the people who portray activists pushing for their issues as "wanting a Pony" or insist that Obama has only been in office for ____ number of months.....you know, the people who confuse political activism with impatience.
The people who think that speaking up for a cause you believe in is....rude, or means that you HATE Obama.
Obama obviously NEVER has to worry about losing them. They have no expectations, and thus cannot be dissapointed. They are willing to settle for whatever crumbs Obama will toss them. Or think that if they just wait, patiently and politely and quietly, Obama will eventually get around to GIVING them what they want with no effort on their part.
The people who get annoyed by other folks Yelling about issues that are important or vital to them.
UPDATE! Well Gol----LEE!
It sure does look as if pressuring Obama WORKS, don't it???
But the Issue-Left?
Oh, they are not happy at all!
And there are PLENTY of them.
There are the Financial Issue People, who...for some unknown reason....object to giving away hundreds of Billions of dollars to corporate interests and the bankers who crashed the economy.
While allowing those same bankers to keep kicking REGULAR people.... people who don't have Lobby, regular people who don't "Own The Senate" .... out of their homes. Billions for crooks, nothing for The People.
Obama is losing them. and is about to let watered down regulations go through that will lose more of them.
The Civil Liberties Issue people, people likeRuss Feingold over continuing Bush's wiretapping program. People who don't think the Government should be able to invoke state secrets to cover up the fact that there was a rendition program. The people who think that allowing a previous administration to get away with curtailing or destroying Constitutional Rights.....just because it looks bad for one Administration to investigate and prosecute the last one.....no matter how egregious their crimes.
The Environmental Issue People, who are pissed at his continuation of mountain top removal and the....in the face of the reality we are facing especially...weak efforts to address it.
The Anti-War Issue People, who are just seeing more of the same, escalation in Afghanistan with a VERY suspect new commander and now, perhaps, even waffling on getting out of Iraq on the timetable that Obama ran on. (and yes I know, he waffled then too)
The Human Rights Issues People....Torture. And again, actively fighting to let the past administration to get away with it. I can tell you that these people are VERY close to, in light of the Obama Administration to protect Bush and Cheney, STARTING to make noises about collusion and cover-up.
One or two more bad decisions, continued inaction by the DOJ and that WILL start, if what I am hearing is correct. Not to mention the apparent caving on Gitmo. Not to mention making Bagram INTO the new Gitmo.
The Equal Rights Issue people. Yeah....the Gays. The people who...for some reason....resent being equated to pedophiles, practioners of incest and bestiality. People who wonder why White Supremacists and Neo-nazis are welcomed into the Army, but Gays aren't.
Now some of you good folks on the Center-left are going to see this as me making a threat. I fully expect to see exactly the same defenses, the same excuses...and the same insults.....in the comments that issues people always see. From the people who mistake advocacy on important issues for whining. Fine, I have learned that just about nothing will change your mind so I won't take much time trying to convince you of this, but....
This is not a threat, it is the political reality. It is an observation of what is happening.
People, Issues people, are getting awfully damned tired of Obama pandering to the Right....
While at best ignoring....
And at worst insulting and and directly working against their issues. The issues of the Left. The Left wants to work with Obama. The Right NEVER will.
But Obama panders to them...and ignores us.
The Right is rabidly against Obama. Nothing is going to change that.
But Obama and the Center-Left CAN prevent the Issue-Left from turning on him.
Which.....LIKE IT OR NOT....they are on the verge of doing.
So.....what happens if BOTH the Right and The Left turn on him?
Has he thought about that?
Especially those of you who insist on insulting, belittling and marginalizing the Issue People?
Instead of joining the Issue people in putting pressure on Obama to be, you know....a Democrat? Instead of pandering to the Republicans at the expense of his own base?
I will say it for the ten thousandth time. Politics is about pressure. If WE don't pressure Obama to address the issues of the Left and to stop pandering to the myth of bi-partisanship, he won't. He won't address the issues of the Left, the issues that you all agree with, right? If we don't pressure him, he has no reason to. Period.
No matter how long you wait.
Putting Political Pressure on the President does NOT equal Hating him. Really. I promise.
Yeah, I know, you disagree with me, with my methods, with my....and all of the other issue people's......shrillness. You disagree with all the whiners and the pony wanters and "Obama Haters." Yeah, I know, you think that we have already turned on Obama, because we want to put pressure on him to do the right thing. Because we advocate for what we want Oabama to be a "fierce advocate" for.
But we haven't.....yet.
The issue people ARE .....STARTING to run out of patience. And that is a LOT of people.
And we are the most active people. The Loudest People. The (in most cases) People who worked the hardest to get Obama elected ....so that he would address Issues.
We don't hate him. We haven't turned on him.
If you don't like us now, lol.....just wait.
Now, undoubtedly.... you will blame the issues people if this happens.
It will never even occur to you to blame Obama for not addressing the issues.
It will never occur to you just how powerful we could be if we ALL worked for the changes that the Issue People want......and what a better world it would be if we ALL pressured Obama into doing these things. It will never occur to you that we had an opportunity to be a United Front for Change...
But that that opportunity was wasted because you wanted to be nice....instead of politically effective.
But let me ask you a question.....How exactly does the left pressuring Obama HURT him?
It will never occur to you that perhaps you need to change, to be the change you want to see.
It will never even occur to you that perhaps insulting and belittling Issues People is not the way to go. You will feel that we are betraying him, not the other way around.
But despite that, despite your emotions....just THINK about it. Instead of feeling it. Sort through all of the emotions I have riled up in you with this diary. Sort through all of the misplaced fear that you have that Obama will fail if he is pressured from the Left as the Isuues people want to do, and want YOU to unite with them to do. Because if we are United, we can do anything! Think about THAT!
Sort through those emotions and discard them and then THINK, not feel.
From a political, instead of a personal or emotional, standpoint.
Let me ask you a question.....How exactly does the left pressuring Obama HURT him?
And think about this....
What Happens if Obama Loses the Left?