Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Thu

06

Nov

2008

Will President Obama feel the pressure? (LOL)
Thursday, 06 November 2008 07:48
by Mickey Z.

Do you ever get the feeling that the voting booth is a lot like those buttons you find on some big city street corners? You know, the ones you push so you can obey the law while pretending to make the light turn green more quickly?

From high profile veterans to the suddenly energized young folks brandishing Obama bumper stickers on their fuel efficient (sic) vehicles, the Left—in almost all its guises—drank the Kool Aid again. Not just the lesser evil fairy tale but also the “Democrats can be pressured by popular movements” fabrication. No demands are placed on Democratic candidates for fear any hint of leftist tendencies would make them unelectable. Instead, we hear: “Let’s get them in office and then pressure them with our time-honored and battle-proven protest methods.” Sheer, unadulterated fantasy. Not a shred of evidence to back it up but it’s put forth every time America elects (sic) another president.

Question: Was any pressure exerted on the last counterfeit lefty, Bill Clinton?

Answer: Token, at best.

Question: Did such activist pressure – as wretchedly feeble as it was – have any impact on Bubba?

Answer: NAFTA; the repeal of welfare; the bombing of the Balkans, Iraq, the Sudan, etc.; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act; Defense of Marriage Act, abandoning his pledge to consider offering asylum to Haitian refugees; backing away from his most high-profile campaign issue: health care; reneging on his promise to "take a firm stand" against the armed forces' ban on gays and lesbians; the invasion of Somalia; increasing the Pentagon budget by $25 billion; firing Jocelyn Elders; dumping Lani Guinier; renewing the sanctions on Iraq; ignoring genocide in Rwanda; passing a crime bill that gave us more cops, more prisons, and 58 more offenses punishable by death; the passage of the salvage logging rider; continuation of the use of methyl bromide; weakening of the Endangered Species Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act; lowering of grazing fees on land; subsidizing Florida's sugar industry; reversing the ban on the production and importation of PCBs; allowing the export of Alaskan oil; the telecommunications bill; unconditional support for the Israeli war machine, and not pardoning Leonard Peltier.


I could go on for hours but either you get the idea by now or you just don’t wanna hear it. And don’t forget: much of this happened while Mr. Bill was enjoying the “advantage” of a Democratically-controlled Congress in 1993-4.

Ain’t democracy swell?

Besides, what makes us believe in some imaginary left wing pressure (which, if it even existed, we already know will not be aimed in Obama’s exalted direction) that has the strength to influence presidents?

While the savvy strategist/activists of the Left harbor their delusions of grandeur about their ability to sway the Prince of Hope, here’s a tiny bit what they—and all of us—have allowed to happen without exerting our “influence”: epidemics of preventable diseases; the poisoning of our air, water, and food (including mother’s breast milk); global warming, climate change, animal and plant extinctions, disappearing honeybees, destruction of the rain forest, topsoil depletion, etc.; one-third of Americans either uninsured or underinsured in terms of health care; 61% of corporations do not even pay taxes; presidential lies, electoral fraud, limited debates, etc.; the largest prison population on the planet; corporate control of public land, airwaves, and pensions; overt infringement of our civil liberties; bloated defense budget, unilateral military interventions, war crimes committed in our name, legalization of torture, blah, blah, blah...

Before you know it, the US government will start spying on American citizens and detaining prisoners without charges while allowing corporations to ravage the earth in pursuit of profit, wiping out entire eco-systems in the process. Oops...sorry: they’re already doing all that and the mighty Left is fighting back by supporting Obama?

Everywhere I went on Election Day, I was asked by friend and stranger alike: “Did you vote?” Once the polling booths closed, I could be 100% certain I’d not be asked another politically motivated question by such people for another four years. No one would be rushing up to me and demanding to know if I was planning to do anything about, say, FISA, the death penalty, the PATRIOT Act, homelessness, or factory farming. The election is over. Obama has won. For 99% of the Left, that means their work is done until 2012. It’s time to gloat and reap all the rewards, right?

My prediction: The only pressure that will be consistently exerted by those on the Left will be the pressure of their soft butts on their couch cushions as they sit back to smugly watch Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher.

My advice: Take up yoga, lefties, because you’re gonna need an awful lot of flexibility to perform the contortions necessary to explain and justify President Obama’s actions over the next four years.

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net.
More from this author:
Who killed Michael Moore? (Why and what's the reason for?) (10804 Hits)
(Inspired by the recent assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya) There's no shortage of outrage on the Left. Plenty...
"Boiling Point" - Eroding Freedom: From John Adams to George W. Bush (12974 Hits)
Put a frog into a pot of boiling water, the well-known parable begins, and out that frog will jump to escape the obvious danger. Put that same...
Read This Before You Vote (11881 Hits)
If one were to believe the hype, nothing less than the fate the civilized world is riding on the results of the upcoming midterm elections....
Nukes: Iran and North Korea are not the problem (13670 Hits)
by Mickey Z. Thanks to the nuclear aspirations of North Korea and Iran, there's no shortage of rhetoric along these lines: "We can't let...
When "anti-war" doesn't mean anti-war (6300 Hits)
by Mickey Z. A casual stroll through most major U.S. cities would provide ample opportunity to encounter numerous stickers, buttons,...
Related Articles:
THE COUCH POTATO: Psychoanalysis of a President (7874 Hits)
Via sources unknown and by methods unclear ("Stuff happens" – the Hon. Donald R. Rumsfeld), Atlantic Free Press has come into...
Sandinista! How Will Bush Make Nicaragua Pay for its Disobedience? (8946 Hits)
Written by Chris Floyd Ortega back in power, early poll results show From the Guardian: The Sandinista leader and former...
Learn to say Please, Mr. President (5114 Hits)
by Anwaar Hussain Mr. President, Now that a thumping smack has been delivered by American voters to the backside of the Empire...
Will the real Dr. King please stand up? (6632 Hits)
by Mickey Z. There was no shortage of opportunists present as they broke ground the other day for the $100 million Martin Luther King...
Happy 65th Birthday -- Now Will You Please Retire? (5899 Hits)
Sixty-five years ago today, on December 7th, 1941, Japanese pilots bombed the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. World War II had...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (1)add comment

mjosef said:

0
funny and true
you bet Mickey Zed - all well said. I always laugh at seeing these maroons trumpeted as somehow representing contrarian Voices against Power. These are the boys of nothing: Stewart has on the troglodyte right as Names and August Presences all the time, hugger-muggers with these odious clowns as if he's playing grabass at a corporate picnic with them - that's our hero? His writers can scare up some telling video, and then he Johnny Carsons over the clips - and that's our hero? Colbert is a devout Roman Catholic who acts an O'Reilly role now into a shark-jumping irrelevancy, a sell-by date long ago passed. Olberman is the bigoted Dan Patrick's best friend, a pompous no-account who galloped on an anti-Bush steed that wore false colors over his corporate hack true ones. And lastly, Maher, our boy, he of the Playboy Club libertarian Shecky Greene lineage - thanks for the "Religulous" stocking stuffer - now what? These, Mickey Z, are to whom we must waste our future precious oppositional hours? No way.
 
November 08, 2008
Votes: +0

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top