Tuesday, August 18, 2009

They Don't Like Me...They Really Don't Like Me

A theme is emerging from the corporate media concerning the Obama presidency.

His push for energy reform and healthcare reform have made his poll numbers go down

and fewer Americans like him now than when he was elected ten months ago. The corporate

flacks and pundits then opine that Obama is putting his entire presidency at risk; and that

he should back off, retrench, retreat, or go find Dick Cheney's undisclosed secret bunker and

hang out there. The corporate media shills go so far as to proclaim that he is risking the

Democrat's chances in 2010 in the mid-term elections; and some seem to indicate he could

be costing himself his own re-election in 2012. These corporate Cassandras weep and gnash

their teeth at the President's "plummeting" poll numbers. Doesn't the President know

that people disagree with him? Doesn't the President know he is staking his career on

these proposals? Doesn't the President know he is less popular today? The honeymoon

is over. The bloom is off the rose. He isn't the darling he once was. Oh the humanity of

it all!!

I wonder how President Truman would have faired in this corporate media world.

After fighting a world war against them, President Truman proposed a plan to economically

rebuild Europe, particularly Germany. The Marshall Plan would cost hundreds of billions

of dollars in today's money at a time when the nation is reeling from war. Truman had

already angered lots of Americans by desegregating the military. His national popularity

at the time was reported to be at about 30%. (Can you imagine a President's ratings so low?

Oh yes, George Bush.) What would "Hanbaugh" have to say about spending billions to

rebuild Germany? Can you imagine what paroxysms of rage would spew forth out of the

regressive echo machine? O'Reilly would go nuts. Faux News would declare Truman a

closet Nazi. Will, Krauthammer, Barone, Crystal, and Barnes would be tearing their hair

out excoriating a proposal to benefit our "enemies" while the economy at home is barely

recovering. Dobbs would wonder if Truman were really an American or a fifth columnist

in disguise. They would all declare him politically a dead man walking.

This is actually a fun game you can play with your friends. Pick an issue that is

progressive: social security, medicare, voting rights act, civil rights act, G.I. bill, FHA

loans to buy your homes, Clean Water or Clean Air Acts or the creation of the Environmental

Protection Agency (Oh, can you imagine what "Hanbaugh" et al would do with a government

agency to protect the environment? How much more commie/socialist can you get?)

Then see who can come up with the best outrage, headline, tag-line or slogan. We could

turn it into a party game. Instead of playing "Pictionary", you could invite your friends

over to play "Reactionary".

The President's popularity is down from the heady days of January 20th. The President

is encountering stiff resistance to his ideas. The President isn't selling his ideas well enough.

The President needs to be more involved. The President needs to be less involved. The

President has proposed too much. He isn't focused. He is too focused. Oh! Oh! Oh!

Does anyone remember that Obama promised to do all this when he was running

for President? The same man who steam-rolled John McCain and expanded the Democrats

control of Congress, promised to reform healthcare, change our energy policy, improve

education, improve our foreign policy image, rebuild our economy, and create new jobs

in new technologies. Americans voted for him to change things. Not all voted for him.

More than 40% of the country said they didn't want him or his ideas. Tens of millions

of Americans rejected him. Yet, opposition to change has brought out the black crepe

hangers warning of doom and gloom for him and the nation.

Fact: Every poll taken shows a majority of Americans want healthcare reform.

Fact: Over 60% are in favor of a public option. Fact: Americans don't want pre-existing

conditions to prevent them from getting coverage and they want the cost of healthcare

reduced. Fact: Americans want a new energy policy in this nation which makes us less

dependent on foreign oil and addresses the problem of climate change. (A majority of

Americans believe global warming is real.) Fact: The President's personal popularity

is still very strong and the popularity of his opponents is still in the dumper (latest polls

show Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's popularity is at 18% and House

Republican leader John Boehner's popularity is at 13%). Americans trust the Democrats

on the economy and healthcare and energy more than the Republicans; and as of today,

the Republicans have not offered a single new proposal to counter anything Obama has

suggested. In fact, South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint says that killing

healthcare reform "...could kill Obama's Presidency"; and he is all in favor of that.

The President knew he would take hits because no one likes change at first. He knew

the polls would go down. So what? He knows something else too. If he can get a bill into

a conference committee, he can shape it as he wishes. If he can get a healthcare reform

bill, an energy reform bill, an economic stimulus package, and more money for community

colleges through this Congress this year; he will have kept his promises and will ride a tide

of positive feeling into the mid-term elections and beyond. By doing nothing but opposing

the President, the Republicans guarantee themselves permanent minority status in this


Don't let the "nattering nabobs of negativism" in the corporate media get you down.

Call your Senators and Congress people. Demand they support the President. In particular,

call Senator Diane Feinstein and tell her that she won't get re-elected if she opposes the

President on healthcare reform or energy legislation. Inundate her office with feedback

so there is no doubt left about the consequences for her if she fails to be a loyal Democrat.

Then sit back and watch. This is going to be good theater for a few more months.

Oh, copies of the new game "Reactionary" will be in toy stores just in time for the

Holiday rush (Oh, I'm sorry, Christmas rush, O'Reilly will have a field day with that one).

Be sure to get your order in early. What do you think? I welcome your comments and

rebuttals. Please send them to lionoftheleft@gmail.com

No comments:

Post a Comment