Whatever the faults of Obama, the defeat of Romney was essential because the American right was posing the largest threat to the country since the Civil War. It proposed radically reducing or eliminating key elements of 80 years of American progress. Combined with the effects of the Citizens United decision, a Romney win would have put us closer to fascism that we have ever been.
Now that we’ve taken care of that, however, we should immediately turn to other business. As I put it a while back, if you're seeking progress, all presidents are the opposition. You're just fighting different kinds of battles.
For starters, let’s define what some of these battles are about.
The Obama administration failed to carry out most of the inspector general's recommendations about bailout operation.
Obama has been extraordinarily weak in confronting criminal or reckless activities by banks.
He remains far too close to the Wall Street barons.
His efforts to help those threatened with foreclosures has been pathetic, in fact disgusting when compared to his willingness to bail out banks.
His stimulus efforts have been similarly weak-kneed, a tiny fraction, for example, of what the New Deal was able to achieve.
Perhaps the votes on marijuana will change his mind, but so far ex pothead Obama has made no effort towards significant drug policy reform and has sought to punish those who have. For example:
- Obama threatened California pot dispensaries with criminal charges
- Obama bullies Rhode Island out of medical pot centers
- Obama plans to prosecute medical marijuana growers & sellers.
- Opposes legalization of marijuana.
Obama has been extremely weak on vocational education.
Obama actively joined the Bush family in pushing the No Child scam and moving towards national standards for which there is no constitutional basis for federal government intrusion
Supports more corporate schools - aka charters - funded by tax dollars.
Obama is still pushing loan guarantees for new nuclear plants
He is allowing 13 oil companies to drill offshore under old safety standards
He supports expansion, and heavy subsidy, of nuclear power
Obama has endorsed Israeli apartheid.
He has yet to close Gitmo
His administration is threatening an Iraq type war against Iran
He caved in to Israel on handling of settlements
He revived Bush era military tribunals for terrorism suspects
Obama has permitted CIA drones to kill innocent civilians. Obama ordered more drone attacks in his first year than Bush did during his entire presidency
Like his predecessor, right wing Democrat Bill Clinton, Obama has yet to meet a civil liberty he’s willing to fight for. He is, for example, negotiating a trade agreement that would gut internet privacy, free speech and due process
He is in bed with the recording industry, witness the fact that he has named
five pro-RIAA lawyers to top Justice Department positions
He is conducting an unprecedented assault on whistle blowers
He has argued that cellphone tracking should be exempt from Constitution
He seems to believe that he gets to pick which Americans to murder
Obama is pushing secret copyright treaty that would do the work of SOPA
Obama believes it's okay to torture but you get up to 30 years in prison for revealing it.
He supports more warrantless searches
According to George Bush and Barack Obama, you or any American citizen can, without criminal charges, be placed in an isolation cell, denied sleep (with no mattress, blanket, sheet, or pillow) and painfully shackled. It's already happened.
Obama maintains foreign phone calls are not protected by Constitution
He signed an extension of the unconstitutional Patriot Act
He refuses to prosecute CIA officials for torturing criminals
He instituted virtual strip searches of air passengers, without regard to either Constitution or to proper scientific testing for dangers.
He supports the overturn of long-standing law that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer is present
Nearly 200 of Obama's biggest donors have gotten plum government posts
In an end run around the Constitution, he named 18 'czars' to oversee cabinet level programs
It looks like Obama will go along with cuts in Social Security and Medicare and raise the minimum age.
His administration has engaged in torture and he has tried to hide evidence of torture during the Bush regime.
He is conducting an illegal war in Pakistan
And that is just a partial list. It's time to move right along to our next big problem: Barack Obama