If I Had My Way


Date:     Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Subject: It's The Principle...

Hopefully, things may be coming to a head -- referring to the "professional left" and their opposition to the illegal activity of President Barack Obama.

Peter Daou, on September 27th, posted a piece entitled, "How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency." Peter writes:

With each passing day, I'm beginning to realize that the crux of the problem for Obama is a handful of prominent progressive bloggers, among them Glenn Greenwald, John Aravosis, Digby, Marcy Wheeler and Jane Hamsher. (Jane, who has been a friend for years, has become an increasingly controversial figure and I won't use this post to litigate the claims for or against her.)

Virtually all the liberal bloggers who have taken a critical stance toward the administration have one thing in common: they place principle above party. Their complaints are exactly the same complaints they lodged against the Bush administration. Contrary to the straw man posed by Obama supporters, they aren't complaining about pie in the sky wishes but about tangible acts and omissions, from Gitmo to Afghanistan to the environment to gay rights to secrecy and executive power.

I get the impression that Mr. Daou thinks that there is something wrong with placing principle above party. I would disagree -- principle comes first -- that is the meaning behind our Constitution. A commenter, Isolde wrote:

President Obama is bringing his own presidency down. These heinous policies are his and his alone. He makes his own decisions unless someone can prove that he is tied to a chair with a gun to his head. The aforementioned writers are merely pointing out the same lack of moral fortitude that was obvious to anyone who could read dispassionately about this inexperienced climber before he was nominated or elected. Other far wiser liberal and progressive writers and voters knew this would happen and were denigrated, verbally abused, and exiled for being correct. The Democratic party has to finish its implosion before it can be rebuilt. A party that tells half of its voters that they are not needed is not going to be successful nor should it be. You reap what you sow.

And I agree -- especially with that bit about "Other far wiser liberal and progressive writers and voters knew this would happen." I did not vote for Obama because I believed that He could not be trusted -- based on his treatment of his minister over the Press Club fiasco.

And, on top of all that, I have a strong disagreement with Glenn Greenwald over his reluctance to organize a movement. I admit that he is making some headway with his pure talk approach -- far, far too slowly -- and he refuses to discuss the subject.

Judging from the comments to Glenn's postings, there is a great deal of sentiment to a principle first approach that, IMHO, needs some simple organizing -- and Salon .com is missing a tremendous opportunity to put their web site on a paying basis.

To be continued (I hope)

BTW, in hopes of exciting some discussion I am posting this page on the following web sites.
I don't provide for comments -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)

Thanks for your time,

Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

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