8
December
2010

Obama’s Appeasement Strategy Guarantees a One Term Presidency

Democrats may have taken a shellacking in the mid-term elections this past November, but President Obama is pursuing a strategy that will not only cost democrats more seats, but the Presidency as well.

Where are the democratic values in his recently announced deal with Republicans on tax cuts? Gone.

Where are the principles that democrats stand for that say that the rich ought to pay their fair share? Gone.

Where is the courage and fire that President Obama had to stand up to the status quo when he was elected?

Gone, gone and gone.

Republicans will get their tax cuts for the uber-wealthy. Obama capitulated on nearly ever demand the Republicans wanted. In exchange he gets a short extension of unemployment benefits.

Americans are left holding the bag on this one. The uber-rich haven’t been spending more of their wealth during this recession and that won’t change.

The President screwed up. He is pursuing a policy of appeasement with the Republicans. He is angering his own political base and those democrats who believed him that we should and can have HOPE have been disappointed.

Already Democrats are upset about the continued war that then candidate Obama promised to get us out of. Money continues to be spent on a war in Afghanistan that is unwinnable in a terrain that is impossible. The only people happy about this is war profiteers. Most service personnel will receive only a minimal raise this year and some will receive a pay freeze. Yet, we can afford huge tax breaks for the wealthy?

The American people want you to talk directly to them and show them a man who knows how to fight. So Mr. President, I’m going to talk directly to you in words I hope you take to heart.

Two years ago when you were elected, you came on with a decisive mandate. After being elected you were immediately criticized by Republicans. They kept their criticism up for years. Your response was to say that you would work with Republicans. You let democratic bill after democratic bill get killed or watered down because you wanted to “work with” Republicans.

How do you think this looks Mr. President? To those of us who are your base, those of us who rallied behind you in the primaries instead of the more conservative Hillary Clinton, it looks like you forgot why we elected you in the first place. It looks like you don’t know what you’re doing.

It makes you look like a bumbling amateur.

This next two years will be tough Mr. President. These next two years will earn you ire from Republicans just like the last two years. That’s what they do — they play the role of opposition very well. They are consistent. They are angry. But if you capitulate, if you continue your policy of appeasement to Republicans you will lose many battles. And what’s worse, you will certainly lose the general election.

Remember what happened two years ago when they lost power and you and the democrats rode in on a wave of hope? All of those policies, the ones that the American people elected you on were liberal policies. Do you remember what the Republicans did afterwards? They turned to their base. They said they were punished for not being true to their conservative values. Well Mr. President, they seem to understand something you do not — they understand that they cannot win an election without their base. They could not have won these victories last month without motivating their base and neither can you.

If you want to lead the Democrats, then act like a Democrat. Americans don’t want Republican-lite. If they wanted a Republican they would have voted for one two years ago. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will win the hearts of people who never supported you in the first place by caving in to their wishes. You could give them everything they wanted, and you still would not earn either their love, or their respect.

What’s worse, you’ve already lost the love of your base. Now you are killing their respect for you as well.

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  1. Christopher Thomas:

    What is the fair share of the rich? Could you please define this bucause, to me, it means “anything we say it is.” And while you are at it, please explain what is the fair share of the poor? Seems to me that they are allowed to vote, but have nothing at stake more than voting for the biggest handout for themselves while expecting everyone to have sympathy for how hard they have it. I’m sure I sound mean, but please consider this an honest philosophical question in need of a concrete answer.

  2. Thurston Howell III:

    Christopher Thomas,
    You not only sound mean, you are mean. When did those who have the least opportunity in this country become the boogie man for everything that’s wrong? I know 20 year old kids, working 3 jobs, with degrees in Biology that can not find a decent paying job. Are you going to tell them that they should not be able to vote now, because they have nothing at stake? Shame on you. And shame on all you brain washed Tea Party Members.
    Keep in mind. Tea Partys are for little girls and their imaginary friends.

  3. Thurston Howell III:

    Jim,

    You said:
    “If you want to lead the Democrats, then act like a Democrat. Americans don’t want Republican-lite. If they wanted a Republican they would have voted for one two years ago. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will win the hearts of people who never supported you in the first place by caving in to their wishes. You could give them everything they wanted, and you still would not earn either their love, or their respect.

    What’s worse, you’ve already lost the love of your base. Now you are killing their respect for you as well.”
    I couldn’t agree with you more. Obama ran on a platform to find common ground. He reached his hand out across the aisle, unfortunately, every time he did , it came back filled with feces. It’s time for Obama to act like a Democrat. You’re absolutely right.

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