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Is Washington asleep at the helm?

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Right now it is more than 20 below in N.Dakota; the Indians fighting to stop their lands from being abused and polluted by the "rich" goes on. However it is dead quiet in Washington. This is an golden oppertunity of Obama to show he cares and fly to that region and show his respect for the REAL Americans and their treatment by the "white" rich money hungry billionaires. They are freezing to death on an tiny piece of reservation fighting for their survival. Is their no shame at all in this country?????
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I think this is another prime example of why citizens need to e mail their political leaders. Washington doesn't give a damn about American Indians. Luckily many protesters have a conscience and their protest and social media activity has kept it an active topic. Mr. Obama took a good step but you will note he is not wearing snow boots while in office. Trump asks Do they have great lawyers ? No ? F them, more wealthy people should ignore human rights and crush any opposition while padding already fat bank accounts. We would be stupid to expect D.C. to do the right thing. E mail whomever is appropriate..... Congress, Senate, whomever and make our lack of acceptance be known. Those e mails should close by saying your actions or lack thereof are being noticed and will effect you getting or not getting my vote next time you run.

    It's very important for the people to be heard and for politicians to know they're being watched and measured on their choices.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes Tony I agree; but is n't it the task of the Democrats to fight this? Why does Obama not fly there in his cozy warm 747? That will then get more "media" attention, instead of Trump all day.

    Sorry he shows no guts whatsoever.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Let me add another perspective. This has to be the people's cause. As soon as President Obama shows up, it will be all about him, and once he leaves office Trump will undo any executive actions he takes, calling it executive overreach.

    On the other hand, this is now being seen as the people's revolution in a some small way with the support of a diverse segment of Americans who feel trampled on by big corporations. President Obama has done his part quietly behind the scenes putting pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers. Notice the headline was "Army Corps of Engineers" stops the pipeline, not "Obama stops the pipeline" which would be construed entirely differently.

    Trump and Republicans would want to make this about Obama. They have a harder time if they are fighting the people. If the cause is just, it has to be seen as the little guy fighting on the trenches for their rights, not another Obama "overreach" of executive actions. Sometimes the best leadership is working quietly from the rear.

  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    "Executive overreach" I bet there will be a time or 100 when that will be applicable in the next 49 months. I personally would have no problems with our president being presidential in his closing days. There are many things that deserve his attention. FBI, Russia, and a few others come to mind but as I commented previously, that book won't write itself.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Dems just can't accept the fact that "Nice guys come in last" . Sorry, but it's the "'American way" like it or not.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Just remember that the Party of No decided to sabotage Obama's presidency from the day he was elected. They just refused to grant this "black man" any cooperation, lest he might have a successful legacy. Well he will have a successful legacy, but it could have been better if, for example, they hadn't blocked his American Jobs Act (which they called Son of Stimulus). They stopped him from closing GITMO. They obstructed his Affordable Care Act and blocked any fixes. They labeled it ObamaCare and the House had some 60 votes to repeal "the job killing ObamaCare". Repetition, repetition, repetition. They obstructed his plan to expand broadband into rural areas. They blocked his plans for fast trains. They blocked his plans for comprehensive immigration reform. The list goes on and on. It's not because he was a nice guy (which he is) but rather because he was black and liberal. They hated him before they knew him.

    The CIA has a term for when its policies have unintended consequences: Blowback. Well the election of Donald Trump could likewise be called a Republican Blowback, an unintended consequence of their efforts to block everything Obama wanted to do to help the poor and middle class. They wanted to keep workers miserable and angry...at Obama! But somehow their plans went astray and they elected the con man Donald Trump. Now they are trying to manage him with much difficulty.

    President Obama and the Democrats played it straight. I accept the fact that Republicans (the Top 0.1 percent) have a lust for power and are ruthless in their "anything goes" pursuit of that power. However, I would never fight the fight on their terms, resorting to lies and demagoguery. Republicans will have to live with what they have wrought.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    "I would never fight the fight on their terms, resorting to lies and demagoguery. Republicans will have to live with what they have wrought."

    I have participated in a large number of labor arbitrations as a Union officer representing the grieved union member. One particular time we accidentally left our recorder on during a break. The company member was recorded talking to the arbitrator about how winning this case would really help his career. I at that time very young and idealistic was stunned and amazed. That was the beginning of learning about the morals of big money.