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  •  Haha! Wait...really? (2+ / 0-)
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    chrississippi, Paper Cup
    Somehow I had the idea that Congress was there to represent the people, and that when 90 percent of the people want something, it's shouldn't be on the president to make it happen. I had no idea that only the president was accountable to the public.
    You actually really believe that the US federal government works like they taught you in 9th grade civics class?  You genuinely really believe that?  And you're how old?

    Let me point something out to you.  FDR didn't believe that.  JFK and certainly LBJ didn't believe that.  Ronald Reagan and Dick Cheney knew better than that.  Harry Truman said "the buck stops here."  And yet, as a front-pager for DailyKos, you reptresent the leading voices of American "progressivism" today.  If you tru;ly believe that nonsense, and aren't just spewing smokescreens for the failures of the Obama administration, then it suddenly becomes crystal clear why American progressives always lose on everything.  Totally clueless on how things really work is not a formula for getting your ends accomplished.  (That is, of course, to the degree that advancing "progressive causes" are the ends of American progressives, which is an entirely separate topic.)

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:52:21 AM PDT

    •  I wouldn't have said it quite the same (2+ / 0-)
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      PhilW, Paper Cup

      but I agree with you. The idea that the President can't or doesn't have the political capacity to bend Congress is ridiculous. Doing so has a COST politically, i.e., there is a limited capability to do so on the President's part, but that's not to say it doesn't exist.

      Obama has acted thus far as the only use of this power on his part is to introduce difficult ideas---health care reform, gun control. And then he promptly starts showing his cards in an effort to pass something.

      I'm convinced Obama could have been a truly great President in a different time with a different form of opposition. But he's been hamstrung from the beginning as a conciliator in an age of hatemongers.

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