The Republicans have won. Even President Obama acknowledges that. According to Yahoo News, “barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election.”
That’s just nasty. He’s not saying he’s taking on the Democrats. He’s not saying he’s taking on “the liberals” or “the left”. He’s saying, as he has all along, that he’s taking down President Obama. Having been bullied and singled out for persecution in Jr. and Sr. High School, I know animosity and bullying when I see it.
This isn’t about politics or the people. This is personal. I’m not sure what it’s about, but it’s personal. I could say something like “he’s racist”, or “he doesn’t seem to want to help people” or “he’s against supposed socialism and a huge debt”, but all of these would be excuses for a man who just wants to be a bully. This is about something going on inside Mitch McConnell. McConnell has anger problems, fear of losing control, hatred of people whose name begins in “B”, or some other irrational thing we don’t know about, but Mitch has got some mental problems somewhere. Rational people can agree to disagree. Rational people can disagree with one thing or another, but McConnell refuses to agree on anything as far as I can tell. He doesn’t want Obama to succeed anywhere, for fear that Obama might win re-election with his self-esteem in tatters and his body 20 years older after a 4 year term.
Remember that anti-gay bullying protest that happened the last few weeks? Remember we said, “It gets better”? I want to say to our President “It gets better”. I want to say to him that I see bullying going on and I don’t accept it. I want to tell Mitch McConnell to stop the attacks. I want to tell Mitch McConnell that I know evil when I see it, and his schoolyard attacks on the man that’s trying to run the country needs to stop.
Obama will say he can take it, and remind us that we’re suffering because he can’t get anything done. And we are, no doubt. But I can’t stand to see a man I waited most of my life for, and voted for because he has a conscience, pummeled by this boogey-man with all the fear and bluster he can generate. I’m a pacifist, but it’s time for the sticks to be down and the gloves to come off (a hockey metaphor, in case you don’t get it).
If there has been a problem that I thought Obama has as a flaw in his character, this is it: he doesn’t see evil, or he refuses to acknowledge it.
Here’s what I would do: I would take the fight to the Republicans. I would take the fight to McConnell and here’s how I would do it:
I would stop putting up with lies. I would ask for a war crimes trial for members of the Bush administration. We all know by now that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction. We all know that the rush to war in Iraq was misplaced. We all know that someone in the Bush administration “outed” Valerie Plame as a CIA agent because her husband told the truth about the WMDs. That’s not just politics, folks, that’s treason! We now know that Bush approved of torture. We now that thousands of men and women were sent to a war that our former president can’t justify. We know that members of the Bush administration knew we were sending vets out without proper armor. I think president Obama, as part of his “change” plan should have brought all of this to light, and gotten justice for all those people who died for no reason, whose lives were disrupted because they signed up for the reserves. I think Obama should ask for Truth Commissions now that Bush is back and trying to lie to us.
Then, when I was done with that, I would prosecute anyone (Republican or Democrat) that told Wall Street it was ok to sell mortgages to people that were beyond their means, based on lousy or faulty numbers.
Then, when I was done with that, I’d prosecute anyone in the Bush administration for leaving us unsafe by cutting the guts out of the FDA and our food and drug safety and deregulating death.
Then, I’d throw out the lobbyists for Big Corporations and expose them for what they are — leeches on the American public. And I would scare Fox News into telling the actual truth, rather than the slander and fear-mongering they’ve been able to get away with. I bet that somewhere Mitch McConnell is hiding under one of those rocks.
One of Obama’s biggest faults is that he tacitly denied the corruption of the previous administration and the Republicans who created this mess agreed to let him do so. Obama wanted to move on to the future without acknowledging the past or the pain that came from it and now we’re taking it out on him, while he takes the blame for the “failure” of his administration to work with the bully that refused to work with him.
Mr. President, get over yourself and put the blame where it really belongs. And make it stick. Let the bully be on the defensive as you hurl piece after piece of the truth at him. Let there be actual consequences for the behavior of the people who raised our war-based deficit while cutting services to so many in the country. Let there be actual consequences for more than just Bernie Madoff over the stock market. Let there be actual consequences for people who laid off thousands and made millions and then blamed the economy on Obama.
Mr. McConnell, how do you like them apples? Now let’s see who’s really responsible for the deficit. Let’s see who’s responsible for traumatizing American men and women. Let’s see who’s responsible for the death of American civilians because there wasn’t enough government oversight.
I’m done with Mr. Obama apologizing for things he didn’t do. I hope he is, too.
An Angry Peace,