texshelters

It’s Time for the Obama Denial to End and Anger to Begin

In Current Events, Election Politics on December 8, 2010 at 21:15

The Swiss-American psychiatrist and researcher Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about the five stages of grief in her seminal work, On Death and Dying. She developed this over years interviewing grieving patients and people who have overcome the loss of loved ones. I read the book in my thanatology (study of death and dying) class high school. It is time to apply these stages to the loss of the Obama presidency.

Denial
The stages start with bad news that leads us to a grief spiral and denial of the reality of the loss. Bad news has come with the Obama presidency on a number of occasions. First, the President didn’t immediately end “don’t ask don’t tell” with his executive powers like Truman desegregated the military in 1948. We denied the lost by telling ourselves that it was a minor disappointment, but he’ll get back to it, right? Then Obama (and the Democratic Congress) immediately abandoned single payer health care plans with Obama giving advanced warning to the Republicans that he would even be willing to drop the “public option”. Denial continued with the thought that well, at least we got a health care bill passed. http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/12/feingold-jabs-obama-on-public-option.html

The litany of Obama back peddling and failures to support the base grows weekly. A short list includes offshore oil drilling, the extension of the Afghan war into at least 2014, the continuation of detention centers, rendition, torture, spying, upping the ante on No Child Left Behind with the even more draconian Race to the Top and much more. At each disappointment we denied the reality of his failing presidency by making excuses for him or by blaming Republicans or Blue Dog Democrats. We each had our own excuses for the President and reached our limits at different times until we were pushed to the next stage of grieving, anger.

Anger
Now is the time to get over the denial stage and realize that Obama won’t deliver. It’s time to get angry, if you’re not there already. Anger is a high-energy stage of grief according to Kubler-Ross. We see that in the Tea Party actions and the various riots in U.S. history. It’s time to get angry and demand change. Obama will again, as he did when talking about the compromise with Republicans on tax cuts, deflect the anger of his former base and blame progressives for wanting more http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/40559613#40559613.

“I’m as opposed to the high and tax cuts as I have been for four years,” Obama said at his press conference on the compromise. If that’s true President Obama, then why don’t you fight now when you still have a Democratic majority in Congress that wants to end the tax give away to the wealthy? If as you say, “The polls our on our sides” then why not challenge them now when the time is right? I no longer believe what you say. It’s now time to put Obama in the category we put Bush in, “Liar-in-Chief”. It’s time to push back and say, “ENOUGH”. Get angry; then take action.

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Bargaining
Is it time for the third stage, bargaining? No. We have already tried that. We have tried to come up with reasons for Obama’s inability to take on the Republicans. At first, many of us rightfully blamed the Republicans for their attacks on Obama and their negation of any ideas Democrats had, no matter that many of these ideas aligned with much of what the Republicans had in mind. In his press conference, Obama called the left “sanctimonious” for wanting him to stand for what they think is right and act in a way that we believe benefits most Americans. http://spectator.org/blog/2010/12/07/angry-obama-lashes-out-at-left

The outcome of his tirade against the left is that we now know more clearly than ever where Obama stands and what he thinks of people who elected him. It’s time to let him go. It’s time to stop bargaining for scraps from a President who keeps dismissing and insulting us. Maybe it’s okay with Obama to work with Republicans who hate and dismiss him. We on the left, center, and Americans in general deserve better than to take the blame for the failings of this President.

Apparently, Republicans can make compromises with the President when they are getting what they want, an extension of the tax cuts for themselves and their wealthy cronies. It is time to realize that Obama is the problem, not the Republicans. Republicans will be Republicans. However, it’s time to take it to Obama and that includes telling the liar that it’s not our fault nor the fault of the Republicans when we rolls over without resistance to what the party on the right wants.

Depression
Obama is not our man. He is not a man of hope. He is a capitulator, though he says that he isn’t. As much as I thought Bill Clinton sold out with trade deals and welfare to work, I don’t remember him making grand promises and then blaming liberals when he stepped back or abandoned his promises altogether. Then again, Bill Clinton is a man with thick skin; Obama is not.

Depression is not the way to go right now when action needs to be taken. Depression is understandable, but it’s a low energy stage that leads to inaction. Get pissed if you need. Stay pissed. If you can’t get to acceptance and move on, stay angry.

Acceptance
Acceptance is the last stage of grief. Acceptance brings us back to our normal energy state and allows us to mentally and emotionally move on with our lives. This stage is healthy culmination of a process of grieving. With Obama, the nation has lost opportunities to improve the condition of many, to start to reduce the inequalities in our nation by pulling back on the handouts to the rich. However, that didn’t happen. One sign of the growing acceptance is the call from progressives to mount a challenge to Obama. That’s a healthy response.

I admit that I had hope in Obama. I still admire the man. He is the decent and intelligent man in the wrong time and his personality makes him a poor leader at this time in history. Obama might not understand this, but left leaning critics like me are not his enemy. Moreover, we are not zombies that will worship him no matter what he does. We expect better, and Obama hasn’t delivered.

Acceptance means admitting that the change we need won’t happen in an Obama presidency. If it does, it will not be because of Obama but through extraordinary leadership in Congress and efforts of Americans working individually and collectively. If nothing else, help a neighbor, give to a friend, and shut out the White House.

I say we give Obama what he wants and stop bothering the poor man who has it so rough being President without having the burden of dealing with needy Americans asking things of him. It’s not like he’s a public servant or anything, the poor man.

Let’s give Obama what he wants, no more donations, no more support, no more giving to Democrats unless it’s directly to a candidate that supports you, and no more helpful advice. We need to shut him out and say, No More!

Instead…Write letter of support to Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi (who has redeemed herself somewhat lately) and ask them to 1) pass the middle class tax cuts only, 2) pass the unemployment extension and 3) fight Obama’s “compromise” with the Republicans.

Honorable Nancy Pelosi
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0508

Phone: 202-225-4965
Fax: 202-225-8259

Honorable Bernie Sanders
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5141
Fax: 202-228-0776

Find your Representative here: http://www.votesmart.org/official_congress.php

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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  1. Backtrack

    I did not like her one bit then nor do I like her now.

    Might she have told tea partyists where they could go and how?

    Might she just have had fortitude where he seems to have not?

    To have spoiled the party of no’s nefarious fail-plot.

    I campaigned for her opponent with great joy in my heart.

    I celebrated his victory with hope for a new start.

    But he has not stood strong for what my vote required of him;

    My heart breaks as I watch him again and again give in.

    If I could have a do-over based on what I now know.

    I admit this even in the face of those who will gloat:

    With pure political interest devoid of sentiment,

    I would vote for Hillary as USA president.

    Leeza, 12/07/2010
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    • Backtrack

      I did not like her one bit then nor do I like her now.

      Might she have told tea partyists where they could go and how?

      Might she just have had fortitude where he seems to have not

      To have spoiled the party of no’s nefarious fail-plot?

      I campaigned for her opponent with great joy in my heart.

      I celebrated his victory with hope for a new start.

      But he has not stood strong for what my vote required of him;

      My heart breaks as I watch him again and again give in.

      If I could have a do-over based on what I now know.

      I admit this even in the face of those who will gloat:

      With pure political interest devoid of sentiment,

      I would vote for Hillary as USA president.

      Leeza, 12/07/2010

      Copyright protected
      It is against the law to reproduce this
      or use it in any way
      without the author’s
      written consent.

      second post has a punctuation correction and spacing corrections which may or may not appear

      • Leeza,

        I couldn’t support Clinton because she said, “If I knew then what I know now” about her vote to give authorization for the Iraq war. She was either lying of clueless. If I could go back I would work more vigorously for Dennis Kucinich and then I would of course vote for H. Clinton because she would at least fight back. Her nastiness against Obama would have been an asset when fighting the noecons.

        Thanks.

        Peace,
        Tex Shelters

  2. Right again Tex.

    • Thanks Osolynden,

      This is one time I hope to be proved completely wrong, but “signs point to no” as the eight ball tells me.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  3. Tex,

    I believe you missed the point of the debate. I’ll give you the short version, you can go to my blog if you want the longer version, but basically, the Rs claimed to be elected to cut the budget. They just joined Obama to blow a trillion dollar hole in the budget, and they haven’t even taken over in the House.

    Essentially, the Rs can no longer run on this BS indignation they did a short month ago. They can no longer claim that they learned their lesson and found their way, and they can no longer claim that Obama is a socialist.

    They now own the process. They gave up everything they ran on for tax cuts for the wealthy. The deficit no longer matters. Nothing apparently matters except for the richest of the rich. Good luck with their chances in 2012.

    • Jay,

      What debate? I didn’t hear a debate at all. What was the issue, taxes?

      Yes, the Rs have little budget credibility left if they ever had any. The issue for me in this post is the lost Obama presidency.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  4. Hey Tex, What am I gong to do with this big bags of I told you so.

    • Chris,

      I have been on Obama for some time, and I never made him an idol. I still think he was a better choice than McCain. So, you can heep some on me if you want, and I won’t take voting for what I hoped would be good change didn’t happen as a bad thing.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

  5. Yep.

    Now our Republican in Dem clothing President has sent Larry Summers out to rally the denialists with good ol’ Rove-ian Fear-Mongering. And like good Republicans, the Obama apologists/ psychoanaylzers/ rationalizers/ justifiers/ dysfunctional family “translators”, et al, are still out there telling me that I should Stand by Our Man, no matter what. Oh my.

    Then there are those who are starting to break through their denial who immediately turn from Stand By Our Man Land to transfer their blind allegiance to yet another neofeudalist hawk in Dem clothing as a possible solution to our pending 2012 problem–Hillary. Oh my.

    I try to be understanding and compassionate. I do realize that breaking free of denial is a painful and complicated process. I, myself, am embarrassed by how long it took me to begin to realize just how fully-corporate-owned the Democratic Party had become. But, come on… How much evidence must be shoved in our faces before even the most tenacious denial has to begin to crack??

    I wrote the U.N. early this year requesting emergency mental health help for our country. I even assured them it would be in everyone’s best interests for them to use their scant resources to help stop the pandemic of mental illness in the U.S., but I never got a response…

    • P.S. I hadn’t realized someone had posted a pro-Hillary Clinton comment when I wrote this. Didn’t notice until I got the email with your response… Many see her as the natural “alternative” to President Obama. If her record and policy positions hadn’t already caused me to consider her a neofeudalist, I think this comment during the run-ups to the primary would have cinched it for me. Especially that very first sentence:

      ___________________________________________________________________

      Rephrasing the question to address a potential Iranian nuclear strike on Israel, Clinton said, “I want the Iranians to know, if I am the president, we will attack Iran. And I want them to understand that, because it does mean that they have to look very carefully at their society, because at whatever stage of development they might be with their nuclear weapons program in the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

      ___________________________________________________________________

      http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/apr2008/iran-a24.shtml

    • Little Sun,

      I think mental health for the U.S. would be healthy for the whole planet as we terrorize everyone with our free markets and weapons of mass destruction.

      The good thing is that even the people at Democratic Underground are no longer apologizing for Obama.

      Yes, H. Clinton is a hawk. I wonder if she would have stood up to Republicans more though.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

      • “I wonder if she would have stood up to Republicans more though.”

        Perhaps. But the trillion dollar question one must ask about any of the non-R-label neofeudalists would be: Stood or stand up to their R-labeled-kin on what, exactly?

        • LS,

          Hillary might have stood up for eliminating tax cuts for the top 2% and DADT, but not war I suppose. And that would have been two more than Obama. However, she might have bombed Iran already so she could look tough because standing up to Republicans isn’t tough enough.

          Lesson: stay green and support candidates that have a clear record of voting for the American people like Grijalva.

          National, we are screwed for years unless there is a new Constitutional convention soon that includes the likes of you in it.

          Peace,
          Tex Shelters

          Peace,
          Tex Shelters

          Peace,
          Tex shelters

  6. y’know tex, i just love reading one of your blogs; then reading the comments in the local mullet wrapper about how obama and the democrats are to the left of lenin. total cognitive dissonance.

    • Uncle Jailbird,

      “Local Mullet wrapper”–now that’s a good one!

      Yes, people have no clue what real socialism mean, or what democratic socialism is, or that Soviets were Communist and that’s not socialism, or that we have some socialism that they defend like Medicare and Medicaid.

      People have been sold a bill of goods and their education system has abandoned them. I don’t miss those right-wingers from MySpace, for sure.

      Thanks.

      Peace,
      Tex Shelters

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