The Dazzle of Obama


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A Quilt as a Gift for the President and First Lady, from First Nation Students.

I am and will be always dazzled by Barack Obama, how he accentuated the debate and created platforms for a new national vision–and backlash. Presidents, their terms, aren’t discrete packets, isolated from all before or determined by pass/fail assessments; Presidents are a part of the organic development of America, markers and holders of of our national character and power.

Many feel Obama should have achieved single payer health care, but such a fight might have turned into the same repetitiveness as the endless effort to end Obamacare. Frankly, was the nation, “awakening from its stony sleep” (Yeats) ready for a black President, the recession, and single payer–against powerful, media-supported Republican attacks? For the national center to hold as radical change–liberal or conservative–advances, the states must support the mutual effort: look at how many states rejected medicare expansion!

Both growth and change need periods of consolidation, during which they may be weakened or strengthened. Who is best to strengthen Obama’s legacy? Will Bernie’s “new taxes” be a flash point of the kind that took down Mondale? Can Hillary’s corporate ties be inroads to stronger change to benefit family income? Outside of Congress, which Democrat can produce a new alliance, stronger from bottom up, to take back the states?

Flint, Ferguson, Charleston are national problems; 99% of NYC’s housing is out of reach for families. Who will make sure the darkness doesn’t drop again?

Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1OZtsiL


 

 

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~~”Many feel Obama should have achieved single payer health care, but such a fight might have turned into the same repetitiveness as the endless effort to end Obamacare. “
I believe Hillary envisioned a single payer system that did not become real during her Husbands administration while Obama got the ACA to be real law. I don’t like either, but for those who do, the wisdom of taking a large step rather than standing still may be appreciated.

~~99% of New Yorkers are free to move also. Plenty of affordable housing elsewhere.

~~Call it strategy, call it a game plan: first goal, establish a beach-head in the White House. Second goal, return balance to the SCOTUS. The present lot gave us Citizens United, and will go on giving unless we use the ballot box to stop them. After that, what a Democratic POTUS can do depends on Congress.

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