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The Return of the Liberal

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    After having a couple of days to digest President Obama's 2nd Inaugural, I have to say that I am even more impressed now than I was after watching it for the first time. On January 21st, I saw the President that wrote the book "Dreams From my Father." A President that spoke of the poor, of the weak, of the disadvantaged. You could tell that he was free from the constraints of the modern campaign, where our leaders have to censor what they truly feel because of the 24/7 media cycle that deciphers each and every word that our leaders say. The 24/7 media cycle will still be there, but at least now he will be able to speak his mind more.

    This was a truly progressive speech and it was so liberating to hear. I am under no illusion that his vision will be easy to accomplish, but President Obama has one thing that NO ONE else in our country has: The Bully Pulpit. When the President talks, people listen. If he gets out there and campaigns for his vision, I am hopeful that the American people will decide that is the direction that they want to go. Do we want to go in a direction that the Government works efficiently and effectively for ALL or for the FEW? Our current Governmental structure is so skewed towards the rich, but I sincerely hope that President Obama will stand up and fight for all of us lay people out there in this nation. Maybe that's my idealistic side coming out, but I'd much rather be idealistic than pessimistic in this world.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Thanks for the hopeful post......If I can play gadfly for just a mo..... there are optimists and there are pesssimists, but those who usually come out on the side of realism are the realists......Obama is a system politician. In the end you will not get any substantial changeout of him. What you'll get is a little tinkering. You can change heads until the cows come home. What needs to be changed is the system.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dallas, TX
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    There's some evidence that his policies are catching up to his rhetoric.

    According to Boehner, Obama told him during the fiscal cliff negotiations, that we don't have a government spending problem.

    He's also nominated Mary Jo White to head up the SEC.

    But he's got to clean house at the DoJ and bust out of the deficit myths that he's allowed to handicap him. No way, no how wealth inequality can be challenged when you leave control frauds in place and you think the issuer of the currency can run out of money.

    Can scoreboard keepers run out of points? Is there a danger that a high scoring basketball game will leave the scoreboard keeper with insufficient points to put on the board in future games? No way, no how. "The funds to pay our taxes and buy government securities come from government spending."-Warren Mosler. I left that message at the White House this morning, and sent Obama an email explaining the basics of reserve accounting, national income account identities, and demand leakages. The madness has got to stop.

    Incidentally, by going to the American people and explaining how the monetary system actually works, Democrats could then denounce Republican austerity plans as wealth confiscation, and get the American people behind a progressive full employment/full output agenda.

    But without fiscal adjustments, like a bottom-up full FICA tax cut, we are headed to recession.
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    Yes, wasn't his 2nd Inaugural speech great? I was really inspired by it. I can tell it was truly meant, as his own ideal. And it would truly work for the betterment of the Majority of people in the USA. I am also glad he felt confident to say this whole Agenda, which he had to work more subtly in the first term of office. After his experiences for the last 4 years, he should be more aware of his limitations & his strengths. And just knowing that We the People are behind him, with a big Majority. should give him the incentives to follow through on all our initiatives. The only drawback is the fact that we may still have difficulties with the GOP, as they still do not want him to succeed, and they just love to put a monkey wrench in anything he does.

    It is too bad we can't have people "arrested" for obstructionism, and that those who signed a Pledge to Grover Norquist can't be impeached for a real violation of their Oath of Office. Since they are NOT representing We the People in Congress, but instead are there to represent Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, & the Bush family's agenda. Taking virtual "bribes" from Grover Norquist, (funds for their next campaign) is an actual form of "bribery" -- and any form of "bribery" of our Congress --- should be totally ILLEGAL. So why are we NOT PROSECUTING THEM? It is definitely illegal & truly unConstitutional to force members of Congress to take a Pledge on how they will Vote. In exchange for the Money for their campaign funds.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Oh yes, I would love to see all of them impeached and/or arrested, BUT you need to have evidence, and I mean strong evidence that something really illegal has taken place (like photographs, taped telephone conversations, and especially proof of financial payments) which I seriously doubt anyone has. These offenders--Norquist, Rove, Gingrich, etc.--are not dumb enough to let those types of trails exist. That is why they are so blatant in their actions. How I wish they wold slip up and get caught.