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Obama's trail of broken promises

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posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 11:44 AM
has Obama sold out to the corporate BIG BOYS? I dunno only time will tell. I was hoping for change.

I've just gotten done reading "Hostile Take Over" by David Sirota and can't wait to dig into "Uprising".

Everyone has an agenda now days. Everyone is pushing to steal a larger piece of the pie.

Why can't we all share and "play nice"? Because a handful of the "elite" have rigged the system and, I feel it is time, We The People, the working smucks that do the 9-5 grind take back our country.

The prophet of hope now doesn't even bother with explanations when he reneges on his campaign pledges.

By David Sirota

June 6, 2009 | Though not (yet) having children of my own, I often consider what my future offspring won't know about and will find humorous. I fantasize that they will have no idea what gasoline-powered cars or private health insurance policies are. But I also worry they will guffaw in disbelief when I tell them politicians once knew that breaking campaign promises without explanation had consequences.

Historically, Americans generally held campaign promises sacred. We understood that republican democracy makes us rely on pledges of future action as the metric for choosing representatives; we knew that politicians reneging on pledges without adequate reason were desecrating that democracy; and we therefore often punished promise-breakers accordingly.

I'm not idealizing halcyon days that never were -- just ask George H.W. Bush, who lost re-election in 1992 after trampling his "no new taxes" guarantee. Indeed, breaking campaign pledges was one of the surest ways for politicians to hurt themselves -- until 2006.

That year's highest-profile campaign was Connecticut's U.S. Senate race between incumbent Joseph Lieberman and challenger Ned Lamont -- a race signaling a tectonic shift.

Lieberman had broken two key promises: 1) He was violating an explicit term-limits pledge and 2) He vowed to "help end the war in Iraq" while working to continue it. And yet, he was re-elected without ever explaining his reversals.

I'd like to think that result was merely a symptom of momentary shellshock. Perhaps an electorate so numbed by Republicans' then-recent attacks on John Kerry's changing positions was temporarily unable to process discussions of "flip-flopping."

But, then, behavior by President Obama suggests a more systemic assault on the campaign promise is underway.

It started in December when he was asked why he was making Hillary Clinton his chief diplomat after criticizing her qualifications and promising Democratic primary voters that his views on international relations were different than hers. He responded by telling the questioner "you're having fun" trying "to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign." The implicit assertion was that anyone expecting him to answer for campaign statements must just be "having fun" -- and certainly can't be serious.

A few months later, in reversing a five-year-old commitment to support ending the Cuban embargo, Obama offered no rationale for the U-turn other than saying he was "running for Senate" at a time that "seems just eons ago" -- again, as if everyone should know that previous campaign promises mean nothing.

At least that was a response. After the New York Times recently reported that "the administration has no present plans to reopen negotiations on NAFTA" as "Obama vowed to do during his campaign," there was no explanation offered whatsoever. We were left to recall Obama previously telling Fortune magazine that his NAFTA promises were too "overheated and amplified" to be taken literally.

It's true that politicians have always broken promises, but rarely so proudly and with such impunity.

We once respected democracy by at least demanding explanations -- however weak -- for unfulfilled promises. Then we became a country whose scorched-earth campaigns against flip-flopping desensitized us to reversals. Now, we don't flinch when our president appears tickled that a few poor souls still expect politicians to fulfill promises and justify broken ones.

The worst part of this devolution is the centrality of Obama, the prophet of “hope” and “change” who once said that "cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom." If that's true, then he has become America's wisest man -- the guy who seems to know my kids will laugh when I tell them politicians and voters once believed in democracy and took campaign promises seriously.

© 2009 Creators Syndicate Inc.

[edit on 5-9-2009 by ofhumandescent]

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 01:08 PM
He has now backpedaled on every single thing that he said that was important to me. There is no way that I would have voted for McCain as Sarah would have been too close to the presidency. I really wish now that I had done a protest vote, you know a write in or something.

I can say that I have voted in EVERY election since Nixon, it used to matter so much to me. I was one of those that always said, "if you don't vote, you have no right to complain", I doubt I will ever say that again. My hopes for a transparent government are dashed to pieces along with hopes for getting our young men and women out of Iraq. The Patriot act still stands as well as the free pass given to telecommunications people from FISA.

Obama is very smug about things today, no more do we see the kind and so called caring man that smiled his way through the primaries. I have truly lost all faith in the political process. None of them do what their constituents want anymore, the whole thing stinks.

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 02:02 PM
Do you have a link to your blogticle?

Another tiresome point and flag generating thread?

Here, let us talk about the promises that were NEVER kept:

increased funding for the NEA
Overturn ledbetter vs. Newyear
extend unemployment benefits
reverse restrictions on stem cell research
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 otherwise known as giving the Navajo their water rights
boosting funds to public transportation
funding to train and keep doctors

And that is the short list.

Deny ignorance

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 03:20 PM
reply to post by redhead57

Yes, I too am feeling the same emotions as you are.

To understand it all better you might read "Hostile Takeover" by David Sirota.

Mr. Sirota explains how the large corporations fund, lobby and rule Washington DC.

It's time, we the people take back our government.

These are dark times and very corrupt people at the reins at the moment.

But maybe just maybe it's darkest before the dawn.

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by nixie_nox

Don't like it go somewhere else.

I didn't invite you here.

posted on Sep, 5 2009 @ 04:22 PM
Yeah, it's a pretty sad state of affairs when our elected "representatives" can get away with lying their a**es off......anything to get elected apparently. Our government needs the equivalent of a high calonic.

reply to post by nixie_nox

Why did you even bother to post in this thread? Nice attitude you have there. Gotta keep that post count up I suppose!

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