Thursday, January 28, 2010

Take That, (not so) Supreme Court

One of my main criticisms of President Obama - maybe my only criticism, as large as it may be - is that he hasn't been prepared to talk the talk, let alone walk the walk. Nobody ever expected any of his initiatives or ideas to be manifested easily, considering the fact that the Congress is almost (excluding Kucinich, Feingold, Grayson and a few others) completely bought by the corporations. But Obama hasn't even been prepared to shoot for the moon in his rhetoric, instead trying to please most and offend none; one only has to look at his play-it-safe small-scale spending on public works projects and his unwillingness to talk aggressively about a single payer healthcare system or even a public option. My logic is simple: when you give the American people great ideas about ways to dramatically improve their lives and challenge the corporations posing as human beings in Congress to bring them to life through legislation, you then have the ability to brand those same people in Congress as the uncaring, greedy puppets that they are if they don't act. This President has to be ruthless and relentless in his desire to achieve his goals through making the public understand who's on their side and who's not.

Up to this point, he hasn't done that nearly enough - or at all. But tonight, during his State of Whatever speech, I was delirious to see him actually call out the Supreme Court to their faces. It was great to watch Samuel Alito, in his malarial denial of the obvious, shake his head and say 'that isn't true' when Obama described the danger of money flooding the electoral process thanks to the loosening - or, should I say, complete abandonment - of corporate election funding
restrictions. To this day, I maintain he should have gone after Joe Master Klansman Wilson in the same spirit when he shouted out 'you lie' during the President's health care address.

So, a tiny victory for those of us who long ago realized that the majority of people in the three branches of government are in the game to maintain the status quo of the megarich and powerful elite. Judge Alito can say what he likes, but his actions, purportedly in favour of 'free speech' and against 'government intrusion', tell us all we need to know. If he really believes his vote, along with the other four anti-democratic 'justices', doesn't continue to stack the deck in favour of huge corporations over the American public, then he truly is a poor, hapless dope. Guess what: he's no dope. He knows exactly what this decision by his court means.

Barry's got to go on the offensive. I know the climate isn't the same now as it was when FDR changed everything. No, the President doesn't have 76 seats in the Senate. I don't care. The American people want your guts, Mr.President. Give it to them.

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