to read any commentary in this BC series
2012 presidential election is approaching; you don’t have
to be a genius to know it. The thought of putting up with
almost two more years of political gyrations and lies by
the hard Right, their mindless protection of the filthy
rich and their vicious attacks on working people and people
of color is revolting. Combine this with the Democratic
Party’s lame responses and passivity and a president who
has become a specialist in dashing hope, and we arrive at
a place where Leftists and Progressives are challenged as
emerged from the 2008 election daring to “hope” and believing
in the possibility of “change,” but have been disappointed
and underwhelmed over the past two-and-a-half years by this
new administration. They “hoped” that by volunteering for
the Obama campaign and casting their vote at the ballot
box, the nation’s problems would be approached from the
Left, by a president who, if not firmly on the Left, at
least leaned toward their beliefs of peace and social and
economic justice for all.
on a host of issues, from ditching universal, single-payer
health care, followed by conceding the public option, to
keeping Guantanamo open and extraordinary rendition alive,
to extending the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans,
Progressives are left scratching their heads and asking
themselves what happened to the Obama they thought they
recent public debate between Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Al
Sharpton on whether Obama is doing enough for the black
community is further proof that something is wrong.
President Obama soon shows himself to be more decisively
Left, Progressives and others on the Left will do nothing
more in the upcoming election season but whine, complain
and entertain themselves by making fun of the nitwits on
an effort to grow a greater Left influence within the Democratic
Party in general, and in the policies and actions of President
Obama in particular, BlackCommentator.com is hosting a discussion,
based on these three questions:
- What will it take to bring Obama home?
- Is there any room in the Democratic Party for people like
3 - Can the USA be moved Left?
are calling on those who regularly write for BC,
readers of BC and Leftists and Progressives of organizations
and publications everywhere to join in the conversation.
To begin, we will gather responses to the first question
and then proceed in order, publishing something by a different
writer or writers every week beginning next week. As we
go along, you will be able to read the series in its entirety
on a special series page on BlackCommentator.com.
is no length requirement for a submission, however, commentaries
of about two thousand words fit best into the BC
format. Click here to read
a complete list of requirements and for the form to use
when emailing your commentary.
is, however, one very important requirement for taking part
in this discourse. Whatever you propose or argue, you must
back it up by including at least one thing that can
and should be done. We have long since passed the point
of rhetorical arguments – it’s time for action!
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