A year ago, most of the country, and the free world, was elated over the election of Barak Obama.
We’ve now had a year-long reality check. Republicans are not interested in cooperating with anyone but one of their own. Obama really ran as a moderate – but compared to McCain/Palin, he appeared very left-wing.
The fact of the matter is, there are not enough progressives in Congress to move forward with an agenda that puts people over profits. I believe Obama is doing the best he can with the hand that was dealt him, on all fronts.
Rather than throw its hands up in despair, the Progressive Movement must redouble its efforts. Progressives are up against a corporate system that has control of enough wealth to literally buy Senators. They control enough of the media to control the thought processes of some 20 to 30 million people at the lower third of the bell-curve. Progressives, on the other hand, occupy the upper third of the bell-curve. That is our advantage.
Sarah Palin makes me thankful each time she opens her mouth. I’m thankful McCain listened to Kristol and selected her as his running mate. She helped doom the Republican Party in 2008, and will put on a repeat performance in 2012.
I am thankful we have seen some progressive movement out of Washington D.C. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturned a Supreme Court decision that stripped women of the right to equal pay. Yes, that’s one of our checks and balances. If the legislature or the people don’t like a Supreme Court decision, we can change the law.
We’ve seen some real movement towards closing Guantanamo, and respecting basic human rights. It looks like we’re starting to wind up Bush’s War in Iraq, and Obama is looking for a workable solution to an unsolvable problem in Afghanistan – one that won’t end up handing Pakistan’s nukes to the Taliban.
Health care reform looks like it will be more like a crack in the window than anything close to resembling Universal Health Care. But until Blue Dog Democrats are replaced with progressive candidates, it may be all we can get.
Finally, I’m thankful we have a president who cares about people, who spends time at a community organization passing out food to the needy rather than fly to a war zone for a photo op with a plastic turkey. I’m thankful we, the people, have taken a step in the right direction by moving our country to the left.
Peace, and Blessings,
Briseadh na Faire