Why did we bother?
by Rooktoven, Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 02:34:19 PM EDT
I ended up behind Barack Obama by default. I was an Edwards guy and then a Hillary supporter before I got on the train and backed the ticket. In November I thought that perhaps this was all for the best. Edwards was gambling with disaster by hiding his affair / love child and Hillary proved she couldn't pick decent strategists. So maybe this was the only way to win.
Yet... My fear about Obama was always that he would push for consensus to the detriment of real progress-- that he would try to be "reasonable" (read concessionary) with the right wing. That fear subsided somewhat during the debates and during his victory and inaugural speeches. Now those fears are being tragically realized.
The problem with electing milquetoast democrats is they don't accomplish what they could if were willing to fight, and afterward the public thinks the left is discredited, even if the policies of the left never get enacted.
Obama is blowing it morally in 2 big ways. He is refusing to prosecute torturers and those who authorized them in the name of conciliation. This is the equivalent of not having the Nuremburg trials at the end of World War II. Instead we send a message to the Nazis, that we're "Ready to move on".
Ready to move on means ignore and condone. There is NO other explanation. It means that either Obama wants the ability to do this or he doesn't care if the UNITED STATES of AMERICA tortures again in the future. In fact, his cowardice will ensure it.
For those who care about human rights and the moral behaviour of our country, rectifying the fact that we tortured people has to be issue number one. Else we are compliant pissant nazis who were either "just following orders" or "had no way of knowing".
Obama's failure to stand up to Wall Street is the exact same behaviour-- cowardice in the face of srtong (read moneyed) interests. Only in this case he kowtows to the thieving rich rather than the sadistic.
Mister Obama, if you want our respect, ensure that our country will never torture again. Else get out of the way. We don't care if you get re-elected if this is what you are all about.