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"Get off Obama's back!"

I’m back to writing …

… in my mysterious and sexy way.

(actually I’m back to sharing links)…

We had a great debate on the Moose on Michael Moore in a recent diary and I wanted to share with you peeps a letter he wrote.

I was going to put it in an openthread but it is in the 3 digit range and many might not see it.

Here is a bit :

All I ask of those who voted for Obama is to not pile on him too quickly. Yes, make your voice heard (his phone number is 202-456-1414). But don’t abandon the best hope we’ve had in our lifetime for change. And for God’s sake, don’t head to bummerville if he says or does something we don’t like. Do you ever see Republicans behave that way? I mean, the Right had 20 years of Republican presidents and they still couldn’t get prayer in the public schools, or outlaw abortion, or initiate a flat tax or put our Social Security into the stock market. They did a lot of damage, no doubt about that, but on the key issues that the Christian Right fought for, they came up nearly empty handed. No wonder they’ve been driven crazy lately. They’ll never have it as good again as they’ve had it since Reagan took office.

But — do you ever see them looking all gloomy and defeated? No! They keep on fighting! Every day. Our side? At the first sign of wavering, we just pack up our toys and go home.  

I don’t have much to add other than …



  1. Hollede

    Some days I can’t decide who I am more disgusted with. Repugnants, blue dogs, or over the top progressives who will never, ever, EVER be happy.

    I am probably way to the left of the President, but am pragmatic enough to understand that:

    1. He has a really hard job.

    2. He is not in office just to please me.

    3. Without us getting off our butts and putting pressure on the President and the Congress, we can’t get much accomplished.

    4. Repugs, blue dogs, the media, and the far left will do their best to make it impossible for him to do his job.

    and finally:

    5. We need to say STFU to all of those included in #4

    Oh and,

    Hurray for Representative Grayson, a Democrat with a spine)

  2. He’s exactly right.  Dems need to chill the f*ck out a bit more often.  

    All the biggest fears of the left (fears that I share 100%) about the influence of the Religious Right have largely come to nothing (other than Bush II casting us to the rest of the world as a purely Christian country), and the tide of time continues in the right direction.

  3. Hollede

    but if anyone is interested, Christiane Amanpour has SOS Clinton and SOD Gates on together right now on CNN.

  4. DeniseVelez

    that I can barely get my thoughts together.  I’m not tired of Republicans.  They are performing as expected.  They are the party of No, spiced with racism, nativism and xenophobia.  

    I am growing increasingly tired of so-called, self-proclaimed Democrats of the “left” “progressive” persuasion.   I put that in quotes since it is who they claim to be, rather than how I see them. I’ve stated elsewhere here that my new tag is “left-overs” rather than “leftists”.

    We have waited to have a Democrat in the White House for many long years as the country was shot to shit.  Miraculously, we mobilized the masses, and got one in the WH.  Bonus – we elected the first black man in history.  What did we then do?

    Mobilize against him.  Undermine the victory from almost day one.   Anyone who sees this as a self-defeating strategy is automatically labeled a Bot, or some other equally divisive epithet.  I tear my hair out when informed by supercilious savants that since “I am a racist” (meaning I am black and voted for Obama) that obviously I “drank Kool-aide” and my opinions on strategy and tactics are as worthless as the lives of those hapless souls who followed Jim Jones to their deaths.

    Do I have criticisms? Yup.  Do I spew them willy-nilly all over the tubes? Nope.  

    Bad move.  Go after the the obstructionists from both parties, and get better Democrats elected in the next cycle.  Change the “complexion” of the Senate (our most conservative body).

    Continue to fight for increased voter participation and representation.

    Intelligently assess the challenges that lie ahead.  Health care is not our only issue.  Single issue politics – whether it’s  the wars, the economy, health care, torture, GLBTQ rights, the prison system, racism in America, the environment – work fairly well as initial organizing tools when you are fighting from a position of being out of power.

    Question is – what do you do with “winning”?  Continue the politics as usual?  Destroy the victory?  Seems to me that is the agenda, if these folks even think they have one.  

    Did anyone seriously believe that electing Barack Obama would magically end the multiplicity of challenges we face as a nation both at home and abroad?  Guess so.  

    I don’t believe in magic.  I believe in organizing based on a long range strategy to drag this nation forward into a new day for us all.  Killing the dream ain’t the way.

    Dumb and dumber.  

    I need more coffee.  


  5. DTOzone

    said something mean about the blogsphere and I’m really enjoying Jane Hamsher’s hissy fit.

    As I’ve mentioned, I have some friends on the Hill…there is probably no one more irrelevant on the left than Jane Hamsher.

  6. QTG

    It’s no fun at all to have so much agreement. If Jerome and bruh3 didn’t exist, I’d dry up and blow away like fizzledust.

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