Good essay. Happy to be invoked in your FB announcement. I even signed up on Medium. I need a new, ahem, medium, as I mentioned many times. I’m for Bernie, but I probably share a mindset closer to Obama’s, and I don’t hide it. I read his books. He’s a person who wants to unify differences. He can “disagree without being disagreeable” as he repeats ad nauseum. Alas, aspects in this country won’t let him. And personally, I find the Left as stubborn as the Right. (And not sure either has monopolies on “what’s right.”)
But does he ever exhort the American people to help him effect the change we voted for in 2008 and 2012? Nope
I may differ: I was on the Obama email list, and countless times he asked for support for his initiatives. Did he make a speech like JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you….”? No. He asked his base repeatedly for help. You may remember the emails, or you blocked them.
He has spoken against money in politics and Citizen United more than I care to count.
But asking for demonstrations against obstructionism? Marches? One could argue such a tactic which no president has EVER done would create a backlash. One can argue that his approach to healthcare was too “measured” but did you pay attention to that debate? Even to move an inch on the “Obama Care,” he lost congress & expended almost all his political capital. **He knew that.** He had one issue and one two-year period, and that was Healthcare. One could argue that “negotiating” is staking a stronger position like “Bernie Care” was what he should have done. But given the political realities, and the right, lobbyists and insurance industry, that may increase sentiments AGAINST big government. Unfortunately, the country’s mentality isn’t as unified on socialized medical care as Europe. We HAVE a separate system in place. We have a conservative country. (With pockets of deep racism, yes. With money drenching the system, yes. And unions, which I support, too.)
I wasn’t duped. I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen in an Obama presidency, so I was never letdown. You don’t get your way. Your ‘candidate’ version is different than the ‘president’ version. Because this happened to Clinton in 1994: The Republicans swept congress, and made their “Contract with (on) America.” I knew Obama would lead from the center-left, much like most presidents do given the limitations in office (despite the war, Bush W is center-right, and Reagan raised taxes). By a measure of degrees, Clinton was treated the same way. He was LOATHED by the Right and he was White. He was a centrist who passed free trade bills (like Obama), but to his political enemies, they tied his hands — until he co-opted some of their platforms.
Trump and Cruz are being supported because the right feels the same way you do. Perhaps if we all met in the middle? Nah. Sounds like a bad soup, I suppose. But I’d try it.