Stop the Gripe and Groan, Mr. President


“When I hear Democrats griping and groaning and saying … ‘the health care plan didn’t have a public option’, and … ‘the financial reform — there was a provision here that I think we should have gotten better’, or, ‘you know what, yes, you ended the war in Iraq, the combat mission there, but you haven’t completely finished the Afghan war yet’, this or that or the other, I say ‘folks, wake up’, ” Obama told wealthy donors at a Democratic National Committee dinner.

Obama told wealthy donors at a Democratic National Committee dinner.

The problem is all those things Obama is blaming liberals for ‘griping and groaning’ about: no public option, no teeth in finance reform, endless wars for profit not purpose, is because Obama has always and only been talking to wealthy donors. The corporatacracy; the financial oligarchy; the great sucking sound as the rich steal from the poor and give to the rich.

Liberals don’t need to be awakened Mr. President. You have woke us up.


When liberals gripe and groan about not even a token public option, let alone a robust Universal Medicare for All, it’s because you lied. You said you’d never lie to us Mr. President. But you were for Universal healthcare before you were ever against it. You didn’t even try, Mr. President, you didn’t even try. What did you do instead? You did what Bush did and let the corporate lobbyists write the legislation. You worked a deal with the very reason America’s health care system is a laughing stock world-wide.

You put profits before people. You prefer Americans pay for your endless illegal, irresponsible and immoral wars for profit than for their own general welfare.

When liberals gripe and groan because your idea of financial reform is “fool me twice” and can’t actually name an issue akin to the financial public option it’s because nothing was done to prevent the worst from happening again. The abuses have not been addressed. The newest bubble is the financial industry itself. We’re on the hook for trillions to corporations who gamed the system with compromised politicians and the power of propaganda.

We have been sold to perpetual indentured servitude. The money is gone. Who took it?

When liberals gripe and groan our anti-war polemics against America Gone Wild, we point to one of the key components of our economic demise: A privatized military. A revolving door between policy and profit. Adding trillions to the national debt; trillions we owe to private corporations whose raison d’etre is to profit corporate executives and their elite coterie of ‘shareholders’ which are your retirement accounts managed by other corporations out to serve themselves before their customer.

The Bible talks of turning swords into plowshares. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a cultural thing. War and peace is all in the head. Colbert’s having a “Keep the Fear Alive” rally. It’s a process to reverse centuries of society’s mind. You are what you think. Re-branding one war with double-talk and escalating another with the stupidity of Neo-Conservatism does not give us an idea the process of turning the sword to ploughshare is going to begin any time soon. You may not recognize Hell, Mr. President, but I recognize the hand-basket. Many liberals fear we’ll get to the “ploughshare” moment involuntarily. The cookie will crumble, the cradle will fall. The masks will fall.

It gets into our head and into our souls. Seven billion human souls against a handful of Corporations. Cheap labor, no unions, no loyalty, no rights for workers. Our hearts do bleed, Mr. President, perhaps you need a transfusion of passion, compassion and empathy.

The motto of the New Age Capitalist: Take it or Leave it!

And that’s what you are saying to liberals, Mr. President: take it or leave. Where are liberals going to go? Liberals are homeless in a “big ‘tent’. Swallow your pride, convictions and passion for real change and follow my lead: cynicism and surrender.

Don’t patronize us Mr. President. Don’t tell us to wake up and follow down the Piper’s path to certain destruction.

Or maybe it’s because you want us to walk away from the process. Liberals elected you Mr. President. Kids, unions, hippies, the average American worker in the average job who sees on a daily basis the creeping totalitarianism of the Corporation. You were elected by folks who thought you were against torture and for human rights. You were elected by folks who placed their life-savings of hope into your precious bank of political capital and it appears you ran off with 40 virgins to Monte Carlo. You wife is the new Jackie Kennedy. Huffington tells me so. Michelle and Carla in gossip wars. Third World America in the time of Versailles. Record  poverty and a lost Middle Class, while the next Celebrity Apprentice is voted off the show by Donald Trump.

Don’t you get it Mr. President? Liberals are not griping and moaning. We are trying to help you. Your path is for fools. You have more than the Tea Party to attend to Mr. President; you have pissed off liberals who have sworn a blood-oath to never get fooled again. You were the last shot. The last hope. But you weren’t up to the job. And this disillusionment, disappointment and sadness; this feeling of loss, the end of promise and the future of smoke and bones has had a very sobering effect. We are awake.

And we owe it all to you.

Thank you Mr. President for the wake-up call.

Your turn.



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    • gottlieb on September 22, 2010 at 15:05
    • Diane G on September 22, 2010 at 15:07

    We all need to email this to Obama.

  1. to a more peaceful, just egalitarian state. The economy was in shambles and people wanted leadership, not bipartisan bullshit. Genuine advocacy requires some risk.

    Obama was and is SILENT. The word risk is not in his vocabulary.

    His campaign was born with anti-war rhetoric, albeit with more tone, imagery, volume and cadence than specifics. He attracted adherents. And he criticized corporations and special interests at every speech. And at every turn, he talked about equal rights and referred to Whites, Latinos, Blacks, Indians, people with different religious and gender beliefs and people who desperately needed health care NOW.

    In a times of great crisis, American needed an passionate advocate for democratic principles, and instead got a pure bred hip amoral sanitized cool dude kiss ass corporate politico with a shiny micro thin veneer. Words do NOT have meaning for the guy. They are symbols only for personal success. A CLUELESS SYMPTOM CANNOT TREAT THE CAUSE.

    Obama is the triumph of deception.

  2. When will Obama ever understand that Wall Street (endless greed) & the Pentagon (endless war) are the “real” enemies of America & the World?!

    These two soulless & suicidal forces are THE greatest threats facing humanity!

    Maybe no president can stop such established corporate evil!

    However Dr. King faced immense evil & won. President Obama needs to ask everyday “What would Dr. King do?”

    Corporate greed & corporate war are crushingly insanely evil forces that “must” be reckoned with if a democratic world is to survive!

    Will we live in a world of “We the People” or “We the Corporations”?????

    President Obama it is “wake up time“!

    The wars in Iraq & Afghanistan are only distractions!

    Wall Street & the Pentagon are where the ultimate battles must be waged.

    President Obama this “madness” must end!

    The continuation of Americas “corporate psychopathy” is too hideous to imagine.      

  3. They own the little weasel and this is just cannon fodder psy-ops pre-election bullshit.

  4. I thought the SAME thing when I first read that article.

    And that’s what you are saying to liberals, Mr. President: take it or leave. Where are liberals going to go? Liberals are homeless in a “big ‘tent’. Swallow your pride, convictions and passion for real change and follow my lead: cynicism and surrender.

    November is not about how many voters the Tea Party can get to the polls – it’s about how many progressives stay home!!

    • Wom Bat on September 23, 2010 at 23:06

    Liar. Betrayer. Coward. This disgraceful president who loosed the budget slashers on our Social Security calls himself a Democrat. Can you believe it? Obama embodies everything objectionable about America’s political class: dishonesty, petulance, vanity, self-importance, treachery, disloyalty. Mr. Hope & Change has a passion for kicking down and kissing up. Can’t wait to hear that smug SOB lecture us about his S.S. cuts being for our own good.

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