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People are getting confused here. We don’t critique and prod the DNC or democrats in general out of support of trump or lust for the GOP to win. Quite the contrary.
We criticize these groups in order to educate people to the error of their ways. Too many people are acting as if Trump is *THE PROBLEM* when in fact he is a symptom of the various problems we face.
Trump didn’t get elected in a vacuum. Decades of bad policy, politics, and a changing world brought us Trump. Unless we correct the underlying issues that got us here, we will be doomed with another term of Trump, or far worse, someone as evil but actually competent. We must not let that happen.
Coming off of eight years of Obama, we must realize trump ran against his record. The Obama economy has left far too many people behind and struggling. Mired in debt, poverty, with no room for advancement, people feel cornered with no where to turn. This is why we have Trump. Instead of offering a clear difference and vision of a brighter future, Clinton promised to carry on Obamas legacy, which for too many of our neighbors means poverty and no room for advancement.
This doesn’t mean Obama didn’t face adversity. Being the first black president was sure to produce and immense backlash of hatred. A GOP clouded with racism and corporate cash did everything possible to sabotage and tear Obama down. Despite that, Obama failed to even attempt to bring he change we so sorely need.
On health care, his White House lobbied against the public option. Administering the bailouts, his justice department pursued the policy of “too big to jail” instead of prosecuting the Wall Street criminals. On many other issues – foreign policy, civil liberties, corporate mergers and consolidation, income inequality, militarism, corporate crime, and climate change – Obama choose to follow the status qou than to fight it. This is why we criticize Obama. Obama has the opportunity and means to be a truly transformational leader, heads his choice not to be.
We need a transformation in this country, in a progressive direction. As FDR once said “it is time for the country to become radical for a generation”. I’m afraid we have now become the radicals, just the wrong kind. Right wing reactionaries threaten to destroy all we hold dear. Let’s not make excuses for the people who allowed them to take power.