HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Obama is giving the speec... » Reply #45

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:10 PM

45. Some of that is very good:

"...a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play."

Will he embrace fair trade based on strong environmental and labor standards?

"For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class."

Will he abandon the neoliberal economic policies that have widened the economic gap and embrace economic policies that will shrink it?

"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

I believe that, anyway. If that's what he believed, he might have taken more decisive action to end the perpetual war on terror sooner.

"We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. "

I assume this means that he will embrace fighting for single-payer, not-for-profit health care, which is what is required to make that care actually affordable; that he will never allow SS or medicare or medicaid on the table for cuts or for changes that reduce benefits in anyway, and that he will champion beefing up the protections they offer.

"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

How will we respond? Will we revamp our tax structure to include carbon taxes, and deductions for those that reduce the carbon footprint they leave?

"For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall. "

How does this work in practice? Does it mean that DUers, listening to his urging, will stop calling each other and every non-Democrat names? That he will stand up for, and fight for, principles and ideas that may take many years to become part of policy? Or does it mean that standing on principle is "absolutism," and that we continue to allow our principles to be eroded in the name of "compromise?"

What makes it good, though, is the action he takes. Will he walk the talk, or continue to speak eloquently while walking a neoliberal path?

Some of it is, frankly, the reason why I have never been a fan:

"We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American."

To me, "outworn programs" is a phrase engineered to continue eroding public education, social security, and other important PUBLIC programs. "Reform our schools" is not even code; after 4 years, his neoliberal policies for privatization and public education destruction are blatant, and the effects have been harmful. "Work harder?" Really? Like we aren't already working harder and harder for less and less? That has the unpleasant taste of conservative bigotry, that those on the bottom rungs of society are there because they chose to be there, because they are too lazy to work hard enough. As a teacher, I've learned that I'm to blame for every social ill, that I "suck," as does the public system I work in, that I'm lazy, and that I need to work more than the 10-12 hours I already put in on a paid 8 hour contract, and that I need to do it for less money. "Means will change" means, to me, more privatization.

"We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom."

This smacks of empire to me. "Our interests" = corporate interests.

All in all a mixed bag. Time will tell how much is sincere, and how much propaganda.












Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 97 replies Author Time Post
kpete Jan 2013 OP
Pisces Jan 2013 #1
Renew Deal Jan 2013 #2
panAmerican Jan 2013 #4
goblue316 Jan 2013 #24
tavalon Jan 2013 #94
rurallib Jan 2013 #3
Siwsan Jan 2013 #5
kpete Jan 2013 #8
upi402 Jan 2013 #6
ecstatic Jan 2013 #14
Cha Jan 2013 #46
Hekate Jan 2013 #84
Myrina Jan 2013 #7
forestpath Jan 2013 #10
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #11
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #55
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #64
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #79
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #80
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #92
virgo7 Jan 2013 #15
tblue Jan 2013 #38
proverbialwisdom Jan 2013 #77
tblue Jan 2013 #87
forestpath Jan 2013 #9
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #12
Glitterati Jan 2013 #18
forestpath Jan 2013 #19
Glitterati Jan 2013 #23
forestpath Jan 2013 #25
Glitterati Jan 2013 #26
forestpath Jan 2013 #27
Glitterati Jan 2013 #28
forestpath Jan 2013 #34
Glitterati Jan 2013 #35
forestpath Jan 2013 #40
Glitterati Jan 2013 #42
forestpath Jan 2013 #43
Glitterati Jan 2013 #44
leftstreet Jan 2013 #36
Son of Gob Jan 2013 #65
Melinda Jan 2013 #32
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #53
Melinda Jan 2013 #72
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #66
Melinda Jan 2013 #71
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #73
Politicub Jan 2013 #13
hfojvt Jan 2013 #16
Dawgs Jan 2013 #17
forestpath Jan 2013 #20
Glitterati Jan 2013 #21
hfojvt Jan 2013 #30
Glitterati Jan 2013 #33
hfojvt Jan 2013 #39
Glitterati Jan 2013 #41
goblue316 Jan 2013 #31
pinto Jan 2013 #29
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #49
hfojvt Jan 2013 #54
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #69
hfojvt Jan 2013 #74
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #75
hfojvt Jan 2013 #76
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #78
hfojvt Jan 2013 #82
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #86
hfojvt Jan 2013 #88
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #91
hfojvt Jan 2013 #96
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #97
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #62
Son of Gob Jan 2013 #67
hfojvt Jan 2013 #70
Brickbat Jan 2013 #22
hfojvt Jan 2013 #37
Son of Gob Jan 2013 #68
LineReply Some of that is very good:
LWolf Jan 2013 #45
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #57
LWolf Jan 2013 #60
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #47
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #48
santamargarita Jan 2013 #50
absyntheminded Jan 2013 #51
adieu Jan 2013 #52
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #58
adieu Jan 2013 #59
MadHound Jan 2013 #56
ismnotwasm Jan 2013 #61
DallasNE Jan 2013 #63
B Calm Jan 2013 #81
Hekate Jan 2013 #83
sage advice Jan 2013 #85
Phentex Jan 2013 #89
Comrade_McKenzie Jan 2013 #90
tavalon Jan 2013 #93
Cal Carpenter Jan 2013 #95
Please login to view edit histories.