An open letter to Barack Obama

Mr. Obama:

  As one of the relatively few people in this country who saw through your act early on, and for the right reasons, let me first say how utterly ashamed I am to call myself a registered Democrat.  You are a disgrace not only to the party at large, but to the thousands — perhaps, dare I say — even millions of Americans who were and remain so desperate for someone to come and rescue our once-great nation from the fascists that they placed their hope and faith in you.  Hang your head in shame, and then look me straight in the eye and don’t turn away until I’m done.

  According to an article in New York Magazine, the electorate has had about enough of you.  A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has you running in a statistical dead heat with Republican John McCain,’s poll doesn’t look good for your chances either, and Zogby has your GOP counterpart five points ahead.  Are you trying to blow this election for us?!?  Because it sure as hell seems as though you are.

  The NY Magazine article gives several reasons for your pathetic performance thus far, but it left out the most obvious: not only your consistent refusal to fight back against the smears of the far right and its tired old champion for this election cycle, but, most importantly, your deliberate alienation of your own political party’s base.  Time and again, you have demonstrated that you do not represent Americans on any issue of importance, and voters realize this.  Long before you secured the Democratic Party nomination to be the ringer candidate against the election sham’s already-chosen victor, you were taking positions including (but in no way limited to):

  That’s just off the top of my head, nor is it the most worrisome reason for your refusal to campaign like someone who wants to win.  I have a friend named Dave who has worked on numerous Democratic political campaigns, including yours.  He is witness to the stupid things you’ve got your people in critical states such as Ohio doing, such as:

  • Failing to even install a working telephone system in your Lakewood, Ohio, campaign office,
  • Sending your people out to register voters — REPUBLICAN-leaning ones at that — whom you MUST know will NEVER vote for you, and
  • Deliberately avoiding mentioning that it was under the presidency of Bill Clinton that average American incomes were higher, while it was under the shrub that those same incomes fell.

  This isn’t rocket science, Obama; it’s politics.  You’ve been in the proverbial game long enough to know this.  You seem hellbent on losing this election, and you need to explain why to those who placed their faith and hopes in you before you dash them just a little over two months from now.  It’s that, or pull your head out of your rear orifice and start trying to win this thing.  This race has never been, nor shall it ever be, about you; it’s about this country and the people in it, and turning back from the precipice of fascist empire your predecessors have brought us all to.

  That’s all I have to say to you, Obama.  You have your choice to make, though I am certain you made it long ago.  Just know this: no matter what happens in November, you’ll still be comfortably employed, while the rest of us will have to continue suffering the conservative policies you support.


Archangel M


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    • Edger on August 21, 2008 at 18:49
  1. Most Dems and ‘progressives’ are not willing to admit that the Dems are part of the corporate, imperialist, neo-liberal party and aren’t willing to consider any alternatives.  Which is why we keep getting members of the corporate, imperialist, neo-liberal party being able to pass themselves off as ‘progressives.’

    Don’t blame Obama for this.

    • Viet71 on August 21, 2008 at 19:20

    The cynic in me is just waiting for the day when the hold-your-nose-and-vote-for-Obama crowd sees just what they got with President Obama.

  2. buying into this media frame that McCain is beginning to walk away with the election. The polls have people running in circles and yet there is this constant refrain about Obama “blowing it.”

    Just as an example, the most recent Survey USA polling in MN had McCain closing to within 3 points of Obama as of August 14th. Everyone’s been ringing their hands thinking that McCain could actually take the state.

    Then Minnesota Public Radio and the U of M publish results of their poll conducted from Aug 7-17 and find that Obama is leading by 10 in the state.

    Which one is right??? Who the hell knows???

    I would also remind people that the Obama campaign was smart enough to beat the most powerful machine the Democrats have developed in a very long time. They’re doing things differently than we’re used to seeing. But when it comes to campaigning – I have a hunch these folks know exactly what they’re doing.

    On the policy questions you raised about FISA, NAFTA and unqualified support for Israel – I’m with you 100% in sharing those concerns.    

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