ROB KALL: Obama's power failure

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Dateline: December 1, 2009

Failure to Embrace Power; Obama’s, Democrats’ Betrayal

By Rob Kall

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger…! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.”—Brooks, Phillips

There are so many things that people can do that they never try, never do. There are possibilities which are never made realities…There are many things YOU can do that you have not yet done or tried.


These potentialities require self awareness, determination, motivation and courage.


“True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.”

—G.K. Chesterson

Editor’s Note: Many months before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Cyrano’s Journal maintained that his “change you can believe” slogan was pure bunk, and that the man was a shill for the plutocratic establishment that rules America (and most of the modern world). The disgraceful trajectory of this deeply flawed politician since his election confirms our initial rejection of his brand of leadership. Prior to the election—along with John McCain, which is no surprise—he endorsed and campaigned to stampede the public into the biggest Wall Street bailout ever, actually an obscene gift of more than 26 trillion dollars, and counting; he made some demagogic noises against the Iraq war (which provided much of his support among the grassroots) but–characteristically–also promised more war (on that he has delivered), and he has simply betrayed the nation in terms of leading his party to enact a genuine health care reform instead of the cynical giveaway to Big Pharma and the private insurers lobby. We could go on, but everything has been said (this site alone has posted scores of excellent pieces analyzing the Obama career). So we must believe at this point that it’s the unwillingness of people to face reality, the dimensions of their error—cal it hatred for the republicans, “the old lesser evil” trick, whatever—that keeps the Democrats in business.  Eventually, of course, the mounting pile of betrayals, opportunism, stunning cowardice and deadly mistakes will reach so high that even such stubborn believers will walk away. We are almost certain that the next round of elections will register a severe contraction in the formal power of the Democrats, a power they have squandered. Indeed, in Obama and his Democratic party accomplices we see a massive failure of leadership. Whatever happens now, they brought it upon themselves. They have no one to blame but themselves. And history will NOT absolve them. —P. Greanville

Obama Afghanistan

Obama and his cabinet decide on the further Vietnamization of Afghanistan. Not exactly original. Haven't we seen this movie before?

There are times when you acquire or are given great power. That power is, like a burning fire, something which only becomes truly meaningful when it is used, not when it is merely observed or kept lit. All fires burn out unless fed. The power consumes its source of energy and dies out– unless the power is used to do work, which includes keeping the source of energy for the power.

Leadership plays a major role in tapping and applying power so it is kept not only alive, but vibrant.

When the people bestow power upon a leader or a government or party, it is the highest honor they can bestow. It signifies trust, respect and faith that the empowered will wield the strength and power they have been given with wisdom, efficacy, timeliness and courage. It is the utmost responsibility of the empowered to honor that trust and to swiftly engage in employing the power to do the jobs made possible by the power.

When a person who has potential, inner strengths, powers and resources, fails to exercise those powers, it is a tragic story of a person.

When a leader or a group of leaders are given power and then fail to exercise that power, it is betrayal, bad faith, a failure to live up to the trust the people have given.

When power is given and the empowered fails to embrace and exercise that power, the empowered deserve to lose their power. They should lose their power. It is that simple. They are failures who deserve an ignoble place in history. When the empowered fail to embrace and exercise their power, but try to pretend that they are exercising it and paint false pictures, they are even worse. They are liars and frauds. The people have every reason to either throw them out of power or to just stay home and let their power expire. The latest polls show that 40% of Democrats intend to do just that– stay home– for the next election.

“Power has only one duty – to secure the social welfare of the People.”

Benjamin Disraeli

The Democrats– Obama and the Democratic congress– were given incredible power. So far, they have thrown it away.

It started [right] after the 2006 elections, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid refused to do the right thing by investigating corruption and crimes by the Bush and Cheney administration. They said they needed to wait, to hold back, so they could win more elections– get more power. The Democracts controlled the House of Representatives and they failed to block more funds for the war in Iraq, which could have taken control of the war out of the hands of Cheney Bush and their sycophant generals.

Now, we see the Democrats failing the unions, failing the environment, failing the American people on health care. Don’t listen to what they say, which is to claim they are doing historic things. Look at what their legislation is actually doing– diluting real change, in reality serving the mega-corporations that funded their campaigns– not helping the American people.

There are exceptions, a handful. Perhaps the big mistake was that the leaders in congress–Pelosi and Reid– were chosen when Democrats were in the minority. Perhaps new, stronger, bolder, more courageous leaders should have been chosen when we the people handed real power to the Democrats.

“As important as having strength is being known to have it.”

McGeorge Bundy; In Foreign Affairs

Unfortunately, some of the leaders in congress didn’t trust we the people. Rahm Emanuel, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid– conservative, right wing Democrats sabotaged the campaigns of real, liberal Democrats and funded Blue Dog conservatives with figure grants in primaries. Now, the congressional democrats have been hobbled, their power drastically decreased, made impotent, by right wing faux Democrats who actually serve the other side.

“All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Lord Acton

Or perhaps the failed leaders– Reid and Pelosi– just use those bluedogs as an excuse. The next election will decide. If Obama and the congressional Democrats don’t fully embrace their power, and that includes using all the parlaimentary tactics they can, including tactics that enrage the right, that cause FOx News and Republican leaders to scream bloody murder, then they will have failed to do their job.

“As important as having strength is being known to have it.”

McGeorge Bundy; In Foreign Affairs

Let me repeat that. If Obama and the congressional Democrats don’t enrage the Republicans and their propaganda organ, Fox News, they will have failed to fully use the power the American people gave them. They will have betrayed the people who voted them into office and they will deserve to lose that power.

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Margaret Thatcher

It is not too late. It is clear that Reid and Pelosi have failed to understand their potential, failed to call forth the courage to exercise the power they were given. The Democratic congress could and should replace them with leaders who will act more boldly, with greater strength, determination and courage to get the things accomplished which we the people elected them to do.

The same is true for Obama, so far. He has hired weak, compromising people who are too allied with the wrong forces and sides. His attempt to imitate Lincoln is failing him. His appointment of right wingers has led to backstabbing and wholesale betrayal of main street and our troops. It is time for Obama to fire his first team and replace them, courageously, with people who will send Glen Beck and his fans into paroxysms of paranoiac fantasy.

Americans gave Obama and Congress incredible power. So far they have miserably failed to exercise it. That is a treacherous, sad betrayal that will hand the White House and Congress to the Republicans by 2012. They can turn it around, but it will require bold, courageous leadership we have not yet seen. That leadership must come from within the Democratic party– from within the Congress, from within the Obama White House. If members of Congress and Obama’s closest advisors fail to see the failure that’s fulminating so far, Obama and the Democratic party are doomed to failure.

“It is generally the fate of a double dealer, to lose his power and keep his enemies.”

Johnson, Life of Swift

It is not too late. But it is getting later and later.

Author’s Bio:

Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), President of Futurehealth, Inc, inventor. He is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com With his experience as architect and founder of a technorati top 200 blog, he is also a new media / social media consultant and trainer for corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors.

2 comments on “ROB KALL: Obama's power failure
  1. Why would the Dems turn against those who funded them — their true constituency, the financial elite — and suddenly turn populist.

    The agenda of both parties is to preserve the system which grants them their privileges much more so than caring which sector of the Ruling Class holds temporary electoral majorities.

    The real “failure” should be borne by those who vest hope in either of these two parties of Big Business and those organs — like the Nation Magazine for example — who shill for them.

  2. I’m with Stu. The Dembots are a rotting zombie force. Obama is merely the next logical step in overclass political marketing.

    We need a social movement. Until we get one, voting won’t matter.

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