Should Obama Resign or Announce That He Will Not Seek A Second Term?

For many reasons, I have concluded that Barack Obama cannot win a second term and the time has come for the nation to focus on choosing his successor rather than arguing incessantly regarding whether he is a man of good character with honorable intentions who has been victimized by evil Republicans, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing applying the shock doctrine to eviscerate organized labor, eliminate the safety net, and so impoverish everyone except the rich that they are willing to work for peanuts in sweat shops to avoid starving to death.

The bottom line is the Main Street economy is moribund, real unemployment is over 20%, there is little demand for products and services because millions of people lack money to spend, the president’s pivot to creating jobs is not going to git ‘er done, and his proposed austerity measures constitute a clear and present danger to our health, safety, and prosperity.

The time has come for him to go and for we the people to put aside our petty differences and get down to the serious business of electing a candidate who will represent our best interests rather than the best interests of the banks, corporations, and the military industrial complex.

I vastly prefer resignation to announcing that he will not seek a second term because of what he might do before his term in office ends. While I do not believe he would push the War-with-Iran button as a lame duck president, which is something he might do if he is running for reelection and his political fortunes continue to founder, I am worried about Catfood Commission II. I think the commission members would be far less likely to carry out their mission, which is to gut social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, if Obama resigned.

Why risk political oblivion by disturbing the third rail in the midst of a pitched battle for the presidency between as yet undetermined candidates?

I am concerned that even if he announces that he will not seek a second term, he will continue to push the commission to carry out its mission, and that is the scenario that I hope to prevent.

We the people need to have an informed and thorough discussion about, but not limited to:

1. Whether corporations or people should determine our nation’s future;

2. Whether our nation should continue to engage in endless war for natural resources;

3. Whether we need to bring our troops home and close more than 800 military bases in foreign countries;

4. Whether it is time to end the Global War On Terror:

5. Whether globalization and free trade agreements are in our best interests;

6. Whether we are a nation that follows the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and practices equal justice under law or a nation that ignores civil rights in favor of maintaining a vast surveillance state while exempting the rich from the Rule of Law;

7. Whether we will be a nation that believes it is more important to protect insurance company and Big PhRMA profits than it is to provide affordable health care to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, or religious belief;

8. Whether the banks should be held accountable for the housing bubble, crashing the economy, and Forfeiture Gate instead of blaming the victims of criminal frauds and theft;

9. Whether the torturers and the people who lied us into the aggressive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be held accountable or rewarded for their war crimes;

10. Whether saving the environment is more important than maximizing corporate profits;

11. Whether public education should be abolished and replaced with privatized education; and

12. Whether government should be privatized to the maximum extent possible and its assets, including highways, buildings, parks, and forests sold to the highest bidder.

We absolutely need to have a national discussion regarding these and many other issues and the pressure to do so will continue to build until we do it peacefully or violently.

Barack Obama is an impediment to that discussion.

If not now, when?


Cross Posted at Firedoglake/NyFDL and the Smirking Chimp.

Author’s Note: I am going to add this to the final manuscript of Namaste: If not Now, When?

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4 Comments on “Should Obama Resign or Announce That He Will Not Seek A Second Term?”

  1. ed nelson Says:

    You have told it right, it resonates with me, cause I have also had that thought.

    If he had any decency, or to be nice, if he had a sense of it, he would resign, and that he doesn’t do that, shows, he’s got a screw loose. He would if he could see himself for what he is…. Is seen as… Or what is obviously how he…. should be seen, through a clear lens.

    That he continues his sherade, it shows a kind of sociopathic personality.

    He is happy to to pretend. He is willing to go on with it… he must not have any idea of how badly he comes across.

    He must be in a serious mode of denial, and/or worse yet, he don’t give a fuck, a total deamonic being.

  2. Vic Anderson Says:

    And for a Baracketeer’s Dozen: You will not seek, and we will not accept S.S.ination of our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; if you expect another term as our nation’s president!

  3. ed nelson Says:

    Hi Mason, I usually forget to put in a what do you call it, personal address, but I mean it, uh, I am stream of conscious to some extent, but it would be better to say: Hellow Sir, and a name, I continue to be obstinate, I continue not to follow orders… ! But I will if I must. Thanks.

    Quoting from the above:

    [“and we will not accept S.S.ination of our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid;”]

    That little (I wonder what does it mean that the hugest of “superpowers” ever known, has been delivered one such as that… Italicise// Here dweebs… here: this is what we give you… //unitalicise /we give you a previously unremarkable piece of nothing… a “Chicago operative/ organizer” not too far from HRC’s and Greenspan’s and the “Chicago school”. Which is no government intervention in the “Free markets” Hahahaha.

    Oh yeah, I didn’t get the syntax on a part of the quote there:

    PS: send me an email if you want me to quite commenting, uh… I don’t see why there aren’t many commenters on this site, The big Kahoona over at “fire dog somthing”, well apparently it’s run by a limosine liberal, with a spotty dog, who likes to watch spectator sports on tv, she is ok but I see that she isn’t much different than a “neoliberal” and she get’s to capitalize on what folks offer for free. Until they get kicked off for some reason… It happened a few times…

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