posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 07:25 PM
Frank Schaeffer Editorial
Can the left learn to keep its mouth shut once in a while? Does the American left know how to win wars or just skirmishes? Does the left want
change or does it demand perfection? You can't have both in this life.
No one has been a tougher critic of the Republican Party, the Religious Right and various wing nuts out to destroy the Obama presidency than me. Few
ordinary Americans (that I know of) have taken more heat (and hate) for their support of the President than me either. Former right wing religious
right leaders like me are never forgiven for joining the reality-based community!
Believe me, with my old "friends" on the right I don't need more enemies! (Just check out Fox News smearing of me last week with insanely
out-of-context clips on the O'Reilly Factor lifted and edited from Maddow interviewing me.) So I'm hesitant to knock the left. I guess I don't like
the idea of all sides pissed off with me at once. But in the light of how and why the debate over health care is being dominated by the loony right
maybe the left is partly to blame for the stalemate on health care reform.
Last week the New York Times noted a lack of enthusiasm on the part of Obama's former foot soldiers when it comes to rising to the occasion and
pouring on the support for health care reform. ("Health Debate Fails to Ignite Obama's Grass Roots," August 15.) Why the lack of enthusiasm?
It's because the left has made the classic mistake of going for a whole loaf and therefore risking getting nothing. The left has proved itself as
impatient as the right and just as shortsighted, given that the lefty sniping at the Obama administration started almost from day one. And now after
barely six months in office the people who worked so hard to get him elected have seemingly lost their enthusiasm for another fight on behalf of
I encourage you to read the whole op-ed.
Although I usually lean left politically, I think Frank Schaeffer's opinion piece is on target. I know I run the risk of being called an
"Obamabot" by both the left and the right (or at least I would be if the new T&C weren't in place).
Obama doesn't live up to my wildest dreams in a lot of departments, but I believe he is the best we've got now and that's a whole lot better than
what we could have. He is probably the best we'll ever have again if we on the left don't get behind him and support him when he is trying his best
to make some changes in this country. No, they won't be the changes many of us would ideally dream of, but they are still changes in a positive
direction, incremental as they might be.
Presidents cannot wave a magic wand and make every dream they have come true. They do not rule by royal decree. They have to work with Congress, big
and small business, the military-industrial complex, etc. and ultimately the American people in order to achieve just a fraction of the programs they
really want. That's the reality of American politics.
True, he disappoints some of us who would like him to be further left; but it's been a long time since any liberal-leaning politician (I don't count
Clinton as a real liberal) has had any real power in this country at all. We have a golden chance to really make a difference, if we stop quibbling
over his shortcomings and work behind the few reforms that can really be made in his brief (maybe one) term as president.
[edit on 17-8-2009 by Sestias]