(I want you to know that I recognize that this essay is going to offend readers. I am sorry about that. I wanted very much over the last two years to write about how home owners were saved from foreclosure, how the banks were stopped from paying bonuses with public money, how thorough investigations were conducted into the banking practices which resulted in the financial meltdown, how the financial regulation of the 1930’s was reinstated to prevent future disasters, how white collar criminals were frog marched from their fancy offices and incarcerated, and how the President called on Americans particularly in the business world to act ethically, morally and responsibly. I didn’t get to write those essays.)
This is a response to Bob Cesca’s essay in the Huffington Post
Bob finds the President’s ability to sacrifice core beliefs that he asserted a few days before to be admirable displays of negotiating ability.
The President agrees to extend the Bush tax cuts after unequivocally saying he would not.
Losing touch with reality? Those funny people can read newspapers, observe blogs and understant ideology and facts.
The facts are clear. The President has no principle he is willing to stand for. None. Nada. Zero.
You expect a President to occasionally give up an ideogical point for negotiation. With Obama, whoops, excuse me, Mr. Cesca, I mean President Obama, everything is on the table.
Watching him eaten alive by Republican piranha is hardly the political vision held by Americans when he was elected.
Let me make it absolutely clear to you, Mr. Cesca. Lyndon Johnson said he knew the difference between chicken s**t and chicken salad. We’ve been fed a steady diet of chicken s**t by this White House.
It’s time for something different. It’s time for a primary challenge.
It would be better to have some exercise in actual belief than continual surrender.
It would be better to have a human being with some sincerity, some vestige of belief, some commitment to his own words, than this.
You want political reality, Bob? You want some straight talk, Cesca?
Try this. A good section of the Progressive movement are fed up and disgusted. They are not coming up with money, knocking on doors and doing all that other stuff that paid off with exactly, precisely zero. Progressives worked for this President. Oh, did I get that right, Bob, saying President? Does that make you feel more comfortable? Progressives are the cutting edge of the blade. They are the people that organize and fight for a candidate. No, they are not a majority of the Democratic party, just the part that gets out and fights. What are you hoping for? That Palin is the nominee, and all the Progressives will say they are sorry and come flocking back to fight?
What if it’s not Palin? What are you going to do then? Will you write how Progressives are out of touch while they sit at home?
This is rage, Bob. This is what you get when you get betrayed over and over again.
This is what you get when you watch banks bailed out to the last dime and watch the HAMP program (run by a twenty year veteran of Citibank) go down in flames having helped less than a million Americans of whom more than twenty percent are going back into foreclosure.
Oh, I guess that doesn’t bother you, Bob. See those are real, breathing, walking around Americans having the largest investments in their lives seized and turned into quick cash by those same bailed out banking institutions.
I teach business law and business ethics. Did you ever walk into a class and try to explain how a privileged class can crush the economy by gambling on derivatives and playing with home mortgages like monopoly money and walk away with their millions (billions) intact. No criminal investigations, no action taken to recover the money, the President constrained from even light criticism. All I have to do is explain that virtue is its own reward. Hard sell, Bob?
But morals, ethics, campaign promises, they can all be dispensed with for pragmatism. After all, cutting a deal, however bad, is what it is all about. Right?
Losing touch with reality? Lord God, I wish. This is a nightmare.
If anyone had told me two years ago, this would be the result of the election, I would have thought they were mental.
There was a lack of contact with reality. But it was then, not now. We know what we have now and it’s not much.