"Secret of Life: For the Joy of it, keep your life on the line for the least of these our Family." SL
Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize. "No, I don't think so," I replied. I thought it was important to remind him he's now conducting the two wars he's inherited. "Yeah," she said, "but to tell him, 'Now earn it!'? Give the guy a break -- this is a great day for him and for all of us."
I went back and re-read what I had written. And I listened for far too long yesterday to the right wing hate machine who did what they could to crap all over Barack's big day. Did I -- and others on the left -- do the same?
We are weary, weary of war. The trillions that will have gone to these two wars have helped to bankrupt us as a nation -- financially and morally. To think of all the good we could have done with all that money! Two months of the War in Iraq would pay for all the wells that need to be dug in the Third World for drinking water! Obama is moving too slow for most of us -- but he needs to know we are with him and we stand beside him as he attempts to turn eight years of sheer madness around. Who could do that in nine months? Superman? Thor? Mitch McConnell?
Instead of waiting to see what the president is going to do, we all need to be pro-active and push the agenda that we want to see enacted. What keeps us from forming the same local groups we put together to get out the vote last November? C'mon! We're the majority now -- the majority by a significant margin! We call the shots -- and we need to tell this wimpy Congress to get busy and do what we say -- or else.
All I ask of those who voted for Obama is to not pile on him too quickly. Yes, make your voice heard (his phone number is 202-456-1414). But don't abandon the best hope we've had in our lifetime for change. And for God's sake, don't head to bummerville if he says or does something we don't like. Do you ever see Republicans behave that way? I mean, the Right had 20 years of Republican presidents and they still couldn't get prayer in the public schools, or outlaw abortion, or initiate a flat tax or put our Social Security into the stock market. They did a lot of damage, no doubt about that, but on the key issues that the Christian Right fought for, they came up nearly empty handed. No wonder they've been driven crazy lately. They'll never have it as good again as they've had it since Reagan took office.
But -- do you ever see them looking all gloomy and defeated? No! They keep on fighting! Every day. Our side? At the first sign of wavering, we just pack up our toys and go home.
So, at least for this weekend, let us celebrate what people elsewhere are celebrating -- that America now has a sane and smart man in the White House, a man who truly wants a world at peace for his two daughters.
Many, for the past couple days (yes, myself included), have grumbled, "What has he done to earn this prize?" How 'bout this:
The simple fact that he was elected was reason enough for him to be the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Because on that day the murderous actions of the Bush/Cheney years were totally and thoroughly rebuked. One man -- a man who opposed the War in Iraq from the beginning -- offered to end the insanity. The world has stood by in utter horror for the past eight years as they watched the descendants of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson light the fuse of our own self-destruction. We flipped off the nations on this planet by abandoning Kyoto and then proceeded to melt eight more years worth of the polar ice caps. We invaded two nations that didn't attack us, failed to find the real terrorists and, in effect, ignited our own wave of terror. People all over the world wondered if we had gone mad.
And if all that wasn't enough, the outgoing Joker presided over the worst global financial collapse since the Great Depression.
So, yeah, at precisely 11:00pm ET on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. And the 66 million people who voted for him won it, too. By the time he took the stage at midnight ET in the Grant Park Historic Hippie Battlefield in downtown Chicago, billions of people around the globe were already breathing a huge sigh of relief. It was as if, in that instant, one man did bring the promise of peace to the world -- and most were ready to go wherever he wanted to go to achieve that end. Never before had the election of one man made every other nation feel like they had won, too. When you've got billions of people ready, willing and able to join a cause like this, well, a prize in Oslo is the least that you deserve.
One other thought. The Peace Prize historically has been given to those who have worked to throw off the yoke of racial discrimination and segregation (Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu). I think the Nobel committee, in awarding Obama the prize, was also rewarding the fact that something profound had happened in a nation that was founded on racial genocide, built on racist slavery, and held back for a hundred-plus years by vestiges of hateful bigotry (which can still be found on display at teabagger rallies and daily talk radio). The fact that this one man could cause this seismic historical event to occur -- and to do so with such grace and humility, never succumbing to the bait, but still not backing down (yes, he asked to be sworn in as "Barack Hussein Obama"!) -- is more than reason enough he should be in Oslo to meet the King on December 10. Maybe he could take us along with him. 'Cause I also suspect the Nobel committee was tipping its hat to all of us -- we, the American people, had conquered some of our racism and did the truly unexpected. After seeing searing images of our black fellow citizens left to drown in New Orleans -- and poor whites seeing their own treated no better than the black man they had been raised to hate -- we had all seen enough. It was time for change.
Thank you, Barack Obama, for giving us the opportunity to redeem ourselves. Now for the tasks ahead. We need you to do all that you promised to do. [AND WE NEED TO DO ALL WE, WE, WE THE PEOPLE PROMISED TO DO TO HELP YOU.] We need it. The world needs it. [AND WE'LL NOT GET ANOTHER CHANCE..]
My prediction for the future? You become the first *two-time* winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! Yeah!
Fred (that's Norwegian for "Peace"),
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Constructive Leadership ENCOURAGES Potential. Destructive Leadership Punishes Disappointments. And you?
Destructive Leadership Punishes Disappointments.
"She who would give light must endure burning." Eleanor Roosevelt.
ps: NOW would be a good time.
pps: And for those of you already doing so? Thanks for giving us LIGHT.
pps: That reminds me:
"Whoever would give light, must endure burning." Eleanor Roosevelt.
UNLESS WE PROTECT HIM, PRES. OBAMA IS CRUCIFIED: Gold Futures Advance to Record in New York on Inflation, Dollar ... Bloomberg - Nicholas Larkin, Kim Kyoungwha - 53 minutes ago
UNLESS WE PROTECT HIM, PRES. OBAMA IS AS GOOD AS CRUCIFIED:
"Sweeping positive changes have only come to America when there's been a progressive President,
think LBJ and the Civil Rights movement.) Today, we've got the progressive President. Now all we
need is to vote with our feet, and enable him to do what we elected him for."
[I wish I'd thought of it.]
MLK Jr. Paraphrase:
'A person is lifeless, worthless,
until they are laying down their life for others.'
["A man is not fit to live until
he knows what he would die for." Martin Luther King Jr.]
(Evey in V for Vendetta Before she found Life.)
"Cowardice - that which is less than the Humanity / Universal Love that a person should display given the suffering of others." SL
that a person should display given the suffering of others." SL
Disgraceful BF headline. Pitiful article: Protestors Arrested in Front of White House of the "Crime" of Advocating for Single Payer Healthcare. Shameful President Obama, Shameful. 10/6
This is utterly disgusting. The article is intellectual rubbish. The rules they broke are
entirely constitutional. The problem is the Police, that the police wouldn't listen? I'd
take those police over most of these activists any day of the week. So would Gandhi.
The problem is these wimpy protesters that come sanctimoniously out for an
afternoon and posture as though they've done something important, consequential,
heroic - rubbish. Spitballs. Chump change. Crumbs.
And GOD DAMN IT, BF GIVES THEM A FREEKING STAGE AS THOUGH THEY'VE JUST
EXECUTED A 2009 VERSION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS BUS BOYCOTT, OR SELMA MARCH.
What the flock does BuzzFlash.com stand for???? NO STANDARDS (for itself, or the
Left roots. UNACHIEVABLE STANDARDS for Pres. Obama!!!!!!!!)
And that BF headline - YES SHAME PRES. OBAMA - SHAME FOR WORKING YOUR BUTT
OFF, ALONE, ABANDONED BY THE WHINING LIP SERVICE LEFT, DOING MORE, RISKING,
MORE, CONTRIBUTING MORE IN AN HOUR THAN WE DO IN A YEAR. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.
THIS IS HORRIFYING BF. HORRIFYING.
I THOUGHT YOU WERE SERIOUS PLAYERS.
I GUESS ALL YOU CARE ABOUT IS GETTING ENOUGH $$$ FROM YOUR
WORLD CHANGING BUMPER STICKERS (PITIFUL) SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO
PONTIFICATE, THROW YOUR MUD FROM THE SAFETY OF YOUR
COMFORTABLE ARM CHAIRS.
Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, according to the annual Human Development Index. Canada was listed fourth and the U.S. was 13th. Niger finished last. 10/6
Thanks for the catch BuzzFlash.com !
I've been searching for these words, the words that grasp what my
body's been lurching toward doing in ever
more radical lurches, well, most of my adult life. You too?
"Be what a skier should be on this mountain," SL, in an earlier, infinitely
more selfish, profoundly ignorant period of my life.
Gandhi, who commanded of us that we go beyond what he learned and
taught, is smiling at this, I am sure, as the evolution of his idea -
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi
"Be what a Human should be in THIS world." SL
If I thought this was the prime directive for just SL, I'd have no interest.
THIS IS THE CLOSEST I'VE COME TO WHAT OUR DNA-GIVEN PRIME
DIRECTIVE IS, AND THE CLOSEST I'VE COME TO THE PRIME DIRECTIVE
FOR US ALL OF THIS MOST PIVOTAL YEAR IN HUMAN HISTORY - 2009.
THAT is where Joy, Love, Peace-of-heart, LIFE are to be found,
and nowhere else.