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February 11, 2010

Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP

Filed under: Daily Observations,GOP,Obama,politics,Tea Party,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 7:48 pm
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“Time for Obama to go ‘gangsta’ on GOP,” begins Roland Martin’s column on CNN.  It struck me right between the eyes, because truer words had never been spoken.  After more than a year of hearing nothing one objection after another coming from the GOP it was long overdue for someone to stand up and say “enough!”  Mister President, say to the GOP, “enough!”

Roland went on to write:

“For me, I’m sick and tired of Democrats having power and being unwilling to use it.  I’ve always respected Republicans when they had because they were willing to use it and maybe apologize later.”

I agree with the sentiment, but I would like to add that Democrats are not afraid to have a public brawl, to debate issues publically unlike Republicans who follow Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment:

“Thou shall not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

That commandment unifies the Party, and has the GOP walking in lockstep, which is good in some ways, but can gridlock government.  The Democrat’s brawling approach to government when faced with the unity of the GOP when the Democrats are in power creates gridlock as, but it has the added feature of making Democrats appear as if they cannot lead when they can.

Solution?  Read on:

Roland went on to write about how Republicans were blocking many of Obama’s appointments by taking aggressive measures.

President Obama was quoted as saying this concerning his appointments:

“In our meeting, I asked the congressional leadership to put a stop to these holds in which nominees for critical jobs are denied for months.  Surely we can set aside partisanship and do what’s traditionally been done to confirm nominations.

If the Senate does not – and I made this very clear – if the Senate does not confirm these nominees, I will consider making recess appointments during the coming recess, because we can’t afford to allow politics to stand in the way of a well functioning government.”

Roland Martin commented:

“This is where the president needs to show his toughness and just do it.  Forget the threats.  The actions of Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and other Republican obstructionists will continue if President Obama allows them to run roughshod over him.

If all of them choose to support a filibuster, then you take it to the American people and show the obstructionists for what they are.  You get your grass roots movement fired up to stand up and do something.  The political right used its base to go after Democrats who blocked appointments to the federal bench.  So why not be just as aggressive?”

Roland Martin added:

“Obama’s critics keep blasting him for Chicago-style politics.  So, fine.  Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes. Let ‘em know that if they aren’t with, they are against you, and will pay the price.”

Here is the thing.  Republicans like to and are good at playing and being the bully.  Instead of trying to play the nice guy on not only federal appointments, let’s make it about everything.  The Republicans are going to play the role of the obstructionist no matter what President Obama and the Democrats put forward.  The political right has a history of being obstructionist dating back to FDR.  If they want hardball give it to them, they are already doing it.  They have doing that since the instant Obama won the election.  It is long overdue for the grass roots base of Obama’s to unify.  The political right has been doing that for eons, and continues to do it recently with a bunch of ignorant rednecks via the “Tea Party” that has its own de facto redneck leader: Sarah Palin.  This may be the best way to break the obstructionist gridlock in DC and get the people’s business done.

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  1. One corporatist fighting other corporatists. What difference does it make? We must go to war against the corporation and either destroy it or utterly transform it into something else. If we don’t, we will be enslaved to it for generations. Obama has nothing to say in this. We must do it ourselves.

    Comment by theothergardener — February 11, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  2. Sound like you are really offering is defeatism.

    Comment by Julie P — February 11, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Defeatism? Was that directed at me? How so? I am talking about fighting the Big Fight. Obama and his administration, compared to this, are just flashes in the pan. This we do for ourselves.

    Comment by theothergardener — February 12, 2010 @ 1:57 am

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