by Walter Brasch Ph.D.
Obama administration is a welcome change from the
Bush–Cheney years. Against severe Republican opposition, President
kept campaign promises to reform health care, curb Wall Street
a federally-funded stimulus program to help bring the nation out of the
recession, and to remove American troops from the needless Iraq war,
already cost Americans more than $740 billion and 4,400 lives. He has
pledged to eliminate the Bush–Cheney tax cuts for the rich, while not
taxes on the middle- and lower-classes.
much of what the President is doing appears to
be little more than an extension of Bush–Cheney values. And that is not what the Americans voted for when
they elected him to office.
Obama ran, and won office as an anti-war
politician. President Obama has increased American presence in
July, 66 American soldiers were killed, the highest number for any
Obama pledged to end the PATRIOT Act, which has
done little to protect American safety and much to destroy American
rights, including freedom of expression, due process, and protection
governmental invasion of privacy. However President Obama signed
extend the Act for yet another year.
the 2008 campaign, both candidates Barack Obama
and John McCain promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
President Obama, apparently scared by the right wing paranoids, hasn't
transferred any prisoners to maximum federal security prisons in the
one of which should have little difficulty dealing with suspected enemy
combatants among the general population of killers and rapists.
President Obama has closed secret CIA prisons
and stopped all forms of torture, he approved the continuation of
sending prisoners to allied countries which still use torture.
Obama had failed to clean up the corrupt
Minerals Management Service of the Department of Interior, which under
Bush–Cheney administration had become little more than feckless
Big Oil. About a year into the Obama administration, the MMS exempted
filing a full environmental impact statement. Against the advice of
environmentalists, and his own statements while a candidate, President
allowed continued deep water drilling in the Gulf, claiming that safety
concerns were met. About a month later, the BP oil rig ruptured,
workers and leading to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. It took
five weeks before
President Obama finally placed a six month moratorium on deep well
only to have that moratorium overturned by a Louisiana judge with
to the oil industry. The Obama administration appealed that order and
broader moratorium. By then, more about 200 million gallons of oil had
into the gulf, killing wildlife, the fishing industries, and tourism.
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Candidate Obama promised better transparency in
to a certain extent has succeeded—as President he allowed BP and his
government to place severe restrictions upon the media that were trying
full coverage to the spill.
transparency credibility issue surfaced again this month
when the Defense Department rejected the application for Rolling
Stone reporter Michael Hastings to accompany troops in
Afghanistan. Hastings had accurately reported the political statements
Stanley McChrystal that led the President to fire him for the nature of
comments that "undermines the civilian control of the military that is
the core of the democratic system."
State Sen. Barack Obama had said he believed in
gay marriages. However, President Obama, although extending the rights
couples, has yielded to the fears of irrational conservatives and says
opposes same-sex marriages, but believes in civil unions. Unlike
Obama, supporters of same-sex marriage include Bill Clinton, Laura
Republican leadership tried to block extending
unemployment benefits during the Recession; it was weeks until
spoke forcefully against the Republicans, which has earned its label as
"Party of 'No.'" Hopefully, President Obama will be quicker to
denounce the prattle of Republican leaders who are mounting a campaign
reduce Social Security benefits.
for political reasons, the Bush–Cheney
administration took gray wolves off the endangered species list one
Barack Obama became president. Slightly more than a year after taking
President Obama officially continued the Bush–Cheney policy. The action
administrations allowed the killing large numbers of the 1,600 wolves
Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana, often by state officials from
and often into the dens that housed pups. No matter what the federal
said about wolves not being endangered, there were two realities.
Cattle Industry lobby wanted wolves removed, although federal subsidies
reimburse ranchers for any livestock killed by wolves. The second issue
wolves are competition for hunters, a majority of whom tend to be
or supporters of Republican philosophies. While wolves kill for food or
protect their pack, human hunters may claim they hunt for food, but go
extraordinary lengths and expense to stuff and display their "trophy
kills," and often will kill animals, such as bears, prairie dogs, and
coyotes that have no food value. Unlike their human competitors, wolves
don't use guns with telescopic sights, buy all kinds of whistles and
calls that mimic the cries of other animals, use elevated shooting
out decoys, or even create elaborate steel-jaw traps. They never take
prey back to a cabin, consume 6-packs, and tell stories with other
federal court this week ruled that gray wolves in the Rockies were not
endangered species, but stopped state-supported wolf hunts in Idaho and
D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, against severe
opposition, pushed through some of the most critical social legislation
nation's history. Harry Truman stood up for his principles and for the
of the people when he lashed out at a "do-nothing Congress." Candidate
Obama was elected on a forceful campaign mantra of "Change you can
in," and not "A slight variation of present policies that you can
maybe live with."
Obama is known as "No Drama Obama"
because of his quiet intellectualism. He
needs to be more forceful, both in fully supporting social legislation
his base believe in, as well as attacking the vicious smears, lies, and
distortions from the extreme Right Wing. If President Obama continues
to the conservatives, and continues a slide into compromise that
necessary social justice legislation instead of trusting the millions
for that change he promised, especially when he has both the power of
presidency and the votes in Congress, he will be a one-term president,
both the right and
Assisting on this column was
Rosemary Brasch. Walter Brasch's latest books are the witty and probingSex and the Single Beer Can, a look at
American culture and the mass media; and 'Unacceptable':
The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina, which discusses
neglect that magnified both the damage from the hurricane and the BP
Both books are available at amazon.com, and other stores. You may
Brasch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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