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Who Should Challenge Obama in 2012?


By davidswanson - Posted on 26 July 2011

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I knew there was a good chance that he wasn't the leader we needed. He did not speak of his economic plans until very late in the campaign, and then he introduced Austan Goolsbee as his advisor and commented that he didn't know much about economics but that Goolsbee and a team of economic advisors would serve him well.

I groaned, but it was too late and there was noone else available who could fill the bill.  Goolsbee and the advisors are right wingers. There is not a single one of them who in the least agrees with Krugman, or Stiglitz. They are all of the Milton Friedman type.

Yes, he should be challenged, but we need a super FDR, and there is none on the horizon as far as I can see.
I have been an energetic advocate for change since the beginning of Howard Dean's campaign. I'm now 73 and have witnessed not a single success. My energy and money are gone. 

I must leave the fight in the hands of others now. There is not much time left, maybe not enough. Is there a super FDR out there?

Don't challenge him. That is just what the Republicans want!  Just put enough pressure on him that he has to do what he promised to do.

 

Al K.

President Obama has not moved in any direction except toward the wealthy and warmongers. How do you propose pushing him the other way? Frankly, I don't see it happening.

As long as the American people will not vote for third party candidates, we are stuck with the lesser of two evils. That's Democrats. I believe big money has every politician scared to death since the tragic Citizens United supreme court decision.  Until that is overturned by a constitutional amendment all we can do is organize and apply pressure. As Thom Hartman says "Get out, get active. Tag, you're it!". I, personally, am working with moveon.org "Contract for the American dream".  A group of six of us have talked with the our district representative about a week ago. We have more planned for Aug. 10.

It is not going to be easy. Our democracy is nearly gone.  Washington is now virtually owned by corporations. At least they can't vote like we can. Organize and overwhelm the money!

Al K.

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You have  apoint there.

How do you democratically challenge an undemocratic system from within?  It's not that Obama is bad and he is.  It is that the system is all about money and those at the top have almost every last dollar.  They determine who is a credible candidate, who gets the TV time, who gets talked about and interviewed, who is supported by the two parties and who gets the campaign donations. 


Within a system beholden to money, with an uniformed public due to control of the media by the wealthy, there is no solution. 

Boycott undemocratic U.S. elections and demand change from outside the system. 

The only power we are left with is to withhold our consent to the criminality of our overseas wars, our economic exploitation of the developing world and the war on the poor and working class here at home. 

Nick Egnatz

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