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Obama Will Triumph — So Will America

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By Frank Schaeffer

Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support

of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of

the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and

ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year-

old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer

and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader)

this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President.

Why?– because he is succeeding.

We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of

him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.

Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s critics

will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged

at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.

The Context of the Obama Presidency

Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe , the Second

World War and the Depression has any president faced more

adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more

bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial

integration has any president faced a more consistently short-

sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right

and left.

As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from

some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago;

all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all

over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the

2008 election.

The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”–

snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and

then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it!

Here is what Obama faced when he took office– none of which was

his fault:

# An ideologically divided country to the point that America was

really two countries

# Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that

was unnecessary and immoral

# The worst economic crisis since the depressio

# America ‘s standing in the world at the lowest point in history

# A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture

of prisoners of war

# A health care system in free fall

# An educational system in free fall

# A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions

(about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done


# An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left

# A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally

irresponsible Bush administration.

And those were only some of the problems sitting on the

President’s desk!

“Help” from the Right?

What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and

half-baked conspiracy theorists — that is what the Republicans

were reduced to by the time Obama took office — do to “help” our

new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he

wasn’t a real American, didn’t have an American birth certificate,

wasn’t born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating “racist”,

was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was

a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted “death panels” to kill the


They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-

subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper

sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized “tea parties” to sound

off against imagined insults and all government in general and

gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry

lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) “commentators” from

Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.

The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the

utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who

was trying to actually do something about the poor, the

environment, to diminish the number of abortions through

compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And

in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: “No!”

In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy

American far right,combined with the educated but obtuse

neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big

business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving

crazies, child-molesting acquiescent “bishops”, frontier loons and

evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite

them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at

all costs!

“Help” from the Left?

What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of

them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad

choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan

that he’d inherited from the worst president in modern history!

Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President’s

economic policies had “failed” before the President even instituted

them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been

fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office,

they’d been “betrayed”! (Never mind that Obama’s vocal support to

the gay community is stronger than any other president’s has been.

Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!)

Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific

emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how

“disappointed” they were that they’d not all immediately been

translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House!

Where was the “change”? Contrary to their expectations they were

still mere mortals!

And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay

attention for longer than a nanosecond. “Governing”?! What the hell

does that word, uh, like mean?”

The President’s critics left and right all had one thing in common:

impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone

reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the

white, snide know-it-all commentators/talking heads who just

couldn’t imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren’t as smart as

they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their

president. He hadn’t consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!

The Obama critics’ ideological ideas defined their idea of reality

rather than reality defining their ideas-say, about what is

possible in one year in office after the hand that the President

had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation

that voted Bush into office. twice!

Meanwhile back in the reality-based community – in just 12 short

months — President Obama:

#Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices

regarding the war in Afghanistan

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Restored America ‘s image around the globe

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Banned torture of American prisoners

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Stopped the free fall of the American economy

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort

to halt global warming

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Stood up for educational reform

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Won a Nobel peace prize

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial

system of checks and balances

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost

impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had

failed to even begin

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good

humor and patience

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Stopped the free fall of job losses

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and

dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting

people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and

carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of

tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty”.

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

#Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but

explain and defend them brilliantly

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

Other than those “disappointing” accomplishments — IN ONE YEAR —

President Obama “failed”! Other than that he didn’t “live up to


Who actually has failed…

…are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of

national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the

smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for

this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their

dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers

behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into

just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted

infantile country.

Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the

help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors!

The Future Looks Good

After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his

wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on

all fronts — with a canny and calculating eye to the possible

succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries

are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved

not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all

Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.

Just because we didn’t get everything we wanted in the first short

and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of

us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.


PS. if you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great president,

please pass this on and hang in there! Pass it on anyway to ensure

that his “report card” gets the attention it deserves.


Written by demon53

November 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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