President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change. After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding....Without presidential leadership that focuses intensely on making the public aware of the reality we face, nothing will change.
Many political advisers assume that a president has to deal with the world of politics as he finds it, and that it is unwise to risk political capital on an effort to actually lead the country toward a new understanding of the real threats and real opportunities we face. Concentrate on the politics of re-election, they say. Don't take chances.All that might be completely understandable and make perfect sense in a world where the climate crisis wasn't "real." Those of us who support and admire President Obama understand how difficult the politics of this issue are in the context of the massive opposition to doing anything at all — or even to recognizing that there is a crisis. And assuming that the Republicans come to their senses and avoid nominating a clown, his re-election is likely to involve a hard-fought battle with high stakes for the country....But in this case, the President has reality on his side. The scientific consensus is far stronger today than at any time in the past. Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act.
quote: Frankly I find your attitude highly deplorable. So you won't vote, or participate in Government, until everything just works the way you want it to? If everyone did that, things would NEVER be the they wanted it. Did our Forefathers just sit in England and say "well, sooner or later, things will be the way we want them to here". Change requires action or force.
quote: YOU and people like you are the reason things are the way they are. It's called "apathy", look it up.
quote: At least he is willing to symbolically take power from the gov't
quote: By the way, not that I have to explain myself the the lowly reclaimer77
quote: What? How is he doing that, exactly? By paying taxes and NOT voting, he's GIVING them more power.
quote: Personally, I think you should vote for Ron Paul or Nader or something just to make a statement, but even doing that kind of suggests you support the system, and are ok with the result of the vote. On the other hand, if only 15% of the country are still voting, it sends a message that the system is broken and not accepted by the populace.
quote: Personally, I think you should vote for John McCain or Obama or something just to make a statement, but even doing that kind of suggests you support the 2-party system, and are ok with the result of the vote. On the other hand, if only 15% of the country are still voting in the 2-party system , it sends a message that the 2-party system is broken and not accepted by the populace.
quote: If there were three of four parties in power, we would need three of four "houses" or "senates" in Congress. Go read the Constitution. This country was BUILT on a two party system. It's the main vehicle of "checks and balances".
quote: The only thing about having no parties is, without them, everyone would just say whatever they thought you wanted to hear to get elected.
quote: At least with parties you have some idea of what the persons ideology and beliefs are, and how he will vote when he gets to Washington. If for no other reason than he will probably be pressured to vote the "party line" by his peers.