The Liberal Narratives About Obama

My favorite YouTube vlogger pointed something out that I really want to mirror, because honestly, this is how I view things too.  He did a Q&A video, where people would send video responses to one video, to which he would reply.  It was only to video questions, but it was still interesting.  Anyway, in it, he was asked what he thought the major flaw in the Obama presidency was.  The Republican narrative is that he is a Kenyan Muslim, socialist, communist, anything that the dumbass Glenn Beck spews, so we don’t care about that.  His response was that there are three kinds of liberal narratives about Obama.  I want to give them, and give my own perspective on the issue.  Here are what he believes are the three narratives –

1. That Obama has been a President who wanted to get things done and continues to want to get stuff done, but “those damn obstructionist Republicans won’t let it happen!”
Like TJ, I discard that narrative.  Obama had a plethora of opportunities to make some really major change.  He did, but the liberal community doesn’t seem to agree in a lot of sects.  The fact is that he could have stood his ground on the Bush Tax Cuts expiring, because he said he would.  He could have stood his ground on the Debt Ceiling debate, calling out the Republicans bluff.  He immediately capitulated on single-payer in the health care reform debate.  He also backed off about the Public Option.  Without a public option, health care reform was a birthday present to the private insurance companies.

2. That Obama never believed any of what he promised, but once he got into the White House, he was there to further the Bush agenda.
Now, TJ said he hasn’t fully embraced this.  Myself, I am…unsure.  I think back on the speech he made when he got the Nobel Peace Prize.  This speech was interesting because he said basically that America can be as imperial as it wants, and there is NOTHING that the rest of the world can do about it.  Obama has continued the Bush doctrine on almost every front.  A lot of people credit him with leaving Iraq, but that wasn’t his plan.  That was Bush’s plan.  Bush planned to be out of Iraq by 2012.  I’m not defending him, I’m just pointing out a fact.  What’s more, Obama has been an articulate defender of the Bush Doctrine.  TJ is on the fence, but myself…I am more leaning to this option.  I have just seen little evidence that he wanted to be somebody else.  But I am not completely convinced.

3. Obama really does believe what he said when he wanted to get elected, but he is just too weak to see any of it through.  That he would prefer compromise to discourse.
Again, here is where TJ and I agree.  I also believe that it is one of the last two options.  The first is just completely non-sensical.  I have no data to back this one up.  This is just an idea.  TJ pointed out that if it was either the second or third option, than the major flaw with Obama is –

That he’s a complete phony or a complete pussy.

My thoughts about President Obama really is leaning toward the second option.  There are a couple of big reasons why.  The first is what is happening with the Occupy movement.  There was a quote that Obama said during the protests that were going on in Egypt.

I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors.  The people of Egypt have rights that are universal.  That includes the right to peaceful assembly, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny.  These are human rights.  And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.

Okay, then my question is to Obama – where the hell were you during the Occupy movement?  He once said that if the people in this country weren’t satisfied, and chose to protest, he would put on a pair of walking shoes, and march with them.  Not only did he not do it, but he hasn’t said a word about the police brutality that plagues all the Occupy movements.  He has been completely silent.  He made a press conference where he said that he understood our problem, but that we shouldn’t villify the banking industry.

The next big reason is the fact that he hasn’t done anyting about our wars in the Middle East.  In fact, he went into office with two wars, we are now up to five.  About to be down to four, but we are still gaining wars, not losing them.  If Obama is serious about what he wants, then why would he not only choose to go with all of what Bush was going with, including extending the Patriot Act, and championing that extension, then I really am inclined to believe that this guy is either too weak to have his own balls, or he is in the pocket of somebody else.  The pocket of somebody else seems more likely.

I was a big supporter of Obama in 2008.  I wanted to believe that this guy was the real deal.  But very quickly, we all learned that he isn’t the real deal.  that is just just another politician, or a complete coward.  It is part of the tragedy of what has happened in this country in recent years.  Part of the reason that I am so in-support of the Occupy movement is that it is getting the discussion back to the things that matter – the unbelievable wealth inequality, the corporate and banking corruption, and the lack of jobs.  For the last 11 years, the narrative we have been hearing is how greed is good, god is good, and we all need to just go with it.

I am not standing with Obama in 2012.  A lot of people talk about all the clowns in the GOP who are potentially running against him.  I’m not worried about that.  None of those idiots will be elected.  They are all jokes.  One of the problems that the few moderate Republican candidates are having is that they know that all of these guys and gal are crazed.  So I’m not worried about him not getting reelected.  The problem here is that this man is either the greatest con artist in the history of this country, or too weak.  Both of which are totally unacceptable to me.

Until next time, a quote,

“I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like a local litter ordinance should take a back-seat to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.  Maybe I’m crazy.  Should protestors be able to get away with more than the private citizen?  Yes!”  -TJ Kincaid, American Flaw

Peace out,



5 thoughts on “The Liberal Narratives About Obama

  1. REALITY!!

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    ( Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform — )

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare )


    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!


    For-profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.



    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have passed a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

  2. This is a great post. I especially love your Obama quote over the Egyptian protesting. It takes on a new meaning in the face of recent widespread brutality.

    I like how you have tried to categorize the possibilities. I think the truth is somewhere among all three depending on the issue.

    Make no mistake, however, the war on Al Queda is not over. Once the Defense Dept got hold of the issue as legitimizing 100% bump ups in the budget, it will not easily let go. Whether that appears to be an extension of the bush agenda or not, it could be argued that he has out bushed GWB on this agenda with a fair amount of ‘success’. Also, Obama did promise to get out of Iraq and intensify in Afghanistan during the 2008 campaign, so I get a bit perplexed when former supporters claim he is just a Bush joiner. It’s true there are some promises around Guantanamo that have not come to fruition. I’m curious to see if he has to face that in the 2012 cycle.

    • Oh, I am so tired about hearing about how Al Quaeda is the big boogeyman. Do you know how long it took for them to come up with and get all the mechanisms into place for 9/11? They were working on that for over ten years! And the only reason it did happen is because our intelligence departments and our military is incompetant. I am not scared of terrorism. We need to leave the Middle East, but Al-Quaeda is done. We have decimated their forces, and now that the CIA has gotten off its ass and is watching them more closely, we are as safe as we can be.

      Though I am interested in seeing where things go in 2012. Thanks for the comment!

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