I’m tired of the excuses being made for Barack Obama’s presidency. I didn’t buy the excuses made about George W. Bush’s term from my friends and family on the Right and I won’t buy into these exhausted reasons as to why we should suck it up and support Obama, “sink or swim.” So many believed in this “Man of Steel,” but this Superman cannot fly.
Obama had a majority Democratic Congress when he first stepped in, yet not much has changed. Our president of “change” has become such a lame duck that even Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners has stated:
“Time and again, we heard Barack Obama on the campaign trail say that Washington was broken, and he was running for President of the United States to change it. He was right about our political system, and his presidency has offered further proof. Washington is a broken system and needs to be changed.” (SojoMail 12.09.10)
Despite my friends on the left’s declarations otherwise, Obama has not been the force of good we had envisioned. Obama has become part of the problem he promised to change.
Glenn Beck supporters gather for his "Restoring Honor" rally on the National Mall on August 28, 2010. Photo courtesy of FlickrCC/theqspeaks.
As one who has been vilified by Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, I had to tune in Saturday and listen to his speech in Washington, D.C. (almost as one who cannot help but to look at a car accident as they drive by on the freeway). During his “revival,” Beck gave his usual banter regarding the beauties of Capitalism and runaway consumerism, the dangers of anything with the word “social” in it, and how we should fear the coming financial apocalypse by “battening down the hatches” and “get everything you can while the getting’s good.”
However, it was not his usual verbosity that gave me pause — that caused me to be in “shock and awe,” if you will. It was his statement on civil rights:
We are the people of the civil rights movement. We are the ones that must stand for civil and equal rights. Equal justice. Not special justice, not social justice, but equal justice.
Equal justice? Standing up for Civil Rights? How can Glenn Beck — a man who makes millions of dollars as a purveyor of fear and, in a McCarthy-esque fashion, labeling those who disagree with his point-of-view (including us progressives) as “Marxists” and “Nazis” — even begin to talk about equality or justice while there still exists the poor, the homeless, the falsely accused, and the disenfranchised within our own backyard (much less the world)?