Richard Taylor took exception – in the comments – to my very critical post on Obama and I am reprinting it here because everything Richard says I want to be true. I also think what he said can get lost in the comments and I would like more people to make comments and argue me down.
I too would like more and can imagine strategies I’d like better but still fail to understand how he is supposed to all that I’d like alone and in just 3 years. Given that the the left abandoned him to let Republicans walk away with Congress I think we might be asking a bit much. I’m taken by this remark from another blog (that may have even be referenced here first, not sure):
“So according to Raj Patel, at the heart of the widespread disappointment in President Obama among his previous supporters is that too many Americans view Obama as the pizza delivery guy of change. We exerted a small effort to place an order, then sat down in front of the TV to wait for the change to show up at our door….”
Finally, and if nothing else, we need a democrat in the WH to keep the Supreme Court from getting even worse than it already is.
Steve again: This sort of reminds me of the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt and A. Philip Randolph, the head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. As I remember the story, Randolph – in a meeting with Roosevelt – wanted Roosevelt to use the Federal Government to desegregate the defense industry. Roosevelt said that he could only do it if Randolph made him do it.
Randolph threatened to march on Washington with 100,000 protesters and Roosevelt finally issued Executive Order 8802, which said that there shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or Government because of race, creed, color, or national origin.
The moral being that we are only going to get Obama to do what we want by making him do it. The Tea Party is making the Republicans do what they want and there is just no comparable force on the left.