Monday, January 25, 2010

Hey Barry---time to channel Harry!

Memo to My President---

Some thoughts for inclusion in the State of the Union address----

The election of Scott Brown as Senator from Massachusetts is, in some ways, one of the best things that could have happened to the Obama Presidency. Largely because it is a clarion type of wake up call..the message can only be disregarded at great peril. And that message is simply this…The Republicans didn't win... the people did. They are sending a message that Obama needs to finally hear.

Both parties are bought and paid for by the very special interests that continue to triumph and defeat the "change we can believe in".
Both parties have become handmaidens of the status quo. The stimulus package and health care reform got so watered down by the special interests that the Democrats lost their base. The message is clear… It’s time to get back to the basics and start solving the problems of the American people.

Hey Barry…like the old Beach Boys song says…“Be true to your school! “ The only way to “push ‘em back, push ‘em back, push ‘em way back” is to know thy friends, and even more importantly, know thy enemies. Stop dithering…Stand up for what you believe in, and dance with the crowd that brung you! Until now, Mr. President, you have been too Casper Milquetoast.

The President was wrong in ditching the public option on healthcare, and
he has not been following the right path when it comes to dealing with the
Bankers. He and his friends are increasingly looking like the not ready for prime time players. He got rolled by the Olympic Committee...he got rolled by Pelosi and the House Democrats on the stimulus package, and now he's been rolled by the Republicans and Sen. Lieberman and the “ Democratic” senate on health care! Doesn’t the bible speak of casting the lukewarm like vomit forth from the mouth? There are times when you just have to stand for principle, and be true to your beliefs.

Unless there is a significant early course correction ...President Obama will increasingly become President Oblanda…. The Incrementalist Extraordinaire! That is not who we thought we elected! That’s why the Independents are divorcing themselves from him in droves, and the true believers are being left out in the cold. A principled stand is not a is an imperative!

Maybe it is time to take a sheaf or two out of Harry Truman's playbook and stand for something! Tell them where the bear you know what in the buckwheat! Obama needs to stop dithering and start demanding ... And remember that jobs… jobs… jobs is not some esoteric concept! It is the bread and butter of political hegemony.

Being too cute by half gets us no where. Cleveland needs you more than Copenhagen, Mr. President! Stop channeling Adlai Stevenson, and start channeling Harry Truman. Obama may be from Illinois, but he needs to act like he’s from Missouri.

Give ‘em hell Barry! It’s time to channel Harry!

It’s the only way to get back in the driver’s seat, and it is still not too late!