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In Case You Missed This... 'The Imperatives Of Political Pressure' - Glenn Greenwald/Salon

The imperatives of political pressure
Like LGBT activists, Latinos continously pressured Obama, and now have an important victory to show for it

BY GLENN GREENWALD - Salon
FRIDAY, JUN 15, 2012 08:31 AM PDT

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Throughout the Obama presidency, one of the most vocal and demanding factions in the Democratic Party base has been activists for gay and lesbian equality. They repeatedly protested at Obama events and even at the White House, complained loudly about Obama’s broken promises, and even threatened to boycott Obama’s re-election campaign by withholding donations. In light of that ongoing confrontationalism, as well as the importance of gay voters (and especially gay donors) to the Democratic Party, it’s no surprise that their agenda has been repeatedly attended to by Obama, as he engineered the successful repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, ordered his DOJ to stop defending the constitutionality of DOMA, and then finally “evolved” to an Election-Year endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Latino activists have been as confrontational and unwilling to fall into line as good, compliant partisan soldiers. They publicly protested Obama’s record number of deportation, complained about his immigration policies, loudly accused him of “betrayal,” and expressed subsstantial disapproval for him in polls. Thus, five months before the election, we have this today:

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration. . . .

These qualifications resemble in some ways those of the so-called Dream Act, a measure blocked by Congress in 2010 that was geared to establish a path toward citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants. The administration’s action on Friday, which stops deportations but does not offer citizenship, is being undertaken by executive order and does not require legislation. It was announced by the Department of Homeland Security. . . .

President Obama was expected to discuss the new policy in the White House Rose Garden Friday afternoon. The plan is expected to be popular among immigrant citizens, especially Hispanics, a key voting bloc in the upcoming elections.


Like gay voters (and donors), Latinos are vital to the President’s re-election bid. Had they simply stayed quiet and cheered blindly for Obama and the Democrats, they would have had no leverage: politicians, rationally, will reflexively ignore those who pledge unconditional fealty to them. Because their devotion to the Obama re-election campaign was not unconditional — it was very much conditioned on having their political priorities attended to rather than ignored — they have now received a valuable and important (and plainly just) policy change.

This illustrates the proper relationship between citizens and public servants. Uncritical adoration and unconditional loyalty breed an arrogant, insular, unaccountable political class; as David Sirota argued when Obama “evolved” on marriage, those who reflexively defend Obama in the name of Election-Year political loyalty (or who demand that criticisms be stifled until the election) are the prime impediments to progress.


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More: http://www.salon.com/2012/06/15/the_imperative_of_political_pressure/


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theaocp Jun 2012 #1
ProSense Jun 2012 #2
MannyGoldstein Jun 2012 #5
ProSense Jun 2012 #6
MannyGoldstein Jun 2012 #7
ProSense Jun 2012 #8
MannyGoldstein Jun 2012 #13
ProSense Jun 2012 #16
MannyGoldstein Jun 2012 #18
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ProSense Jun 2012 #10
rhett o rick Jun 2012 #11
MannyGoldstein Jun 2012 #12
WillyT Jun 2012 #14
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ProSense Jun 2012 #15
WillyT Jun 2012 #20
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 08:20 PM

1. Kay & Arrh

Greenwald channels his inner Paine: common sense, baby. Common sense.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 08:21 PM

2. OMG

Throughout the Obama presidency, one of the most vocal and demanding factions in the Democratic Party base has been activists for gay and lesbian equality. They repeatedly protested at Obama events and even at the White House, complained loudly about Obama’s broken promises, and even threatened to boycott Obama’s re-election campaign by withholding donations. In light of that ongoing confrontationalism, as well as the importance of gay voters (and especially gay donors) to the Democratic Party, it’s no surprise that their agenda has been repeatedly attended to by Obama, as he engineered the successful repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, ordered his DOJ to stop defending the constitutionality of DOMA, and then finally “evolved” to an Election-Year endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Latino activists have been as confrontational and unwilling to fall into line as good, compliant partisan soldiers. They publicly protested Obama’s record number of deportation, complained about his immigration policies, loudly accused him of “betrayal,” and expressed subsstantial disapproval for him in polls. Thus, five months before the election, we have this today:

...The List!!!



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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 09:20 PM

5. So we should keep up the pressure for

traditional Democratic values.

Will do!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 09:27 PM

6. Sure

"So we should keep up the pressure for traditional Democratic values."

..."The List!!!" will get longer.

Remember to vote Obama and Democrats!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 10:15 PM

7. I just want the rolls of Americans who are impoverished,

Homeless, and/or hungry to drop. But they continue to increase today.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 10:19 PM

8. It will

"I just want the rolls of Americans who are impoverished, Homeless, and/or hungry to drop. But they continue to increase today."

...take time to reverse decades of inequaltiy, but if need a reminder why you should vote Obama and Democrats, here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002821288

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Response to ProSense (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:36 PM

13. FDR reversed it in 100 days.

So it doesn't take, say, years.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:45 PM

16. But he's dead, and that was the 1930s. This is 2012, and we have Lieberdweed. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 12:09 AM

18. "It will take time to reverse decades of inequaltiy"

I'm pointing out that, historically, it doesn't take *much* time. But it requires a fight.

Do you know that Obama is on track to hold half as many press conferences in 4 years as FDR gave in 100 days? Why did FDR think it so important to get out there and work with the press twice a week?

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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:10 PM

9. I bet

you dont even think it's condescending to tell us to "remember to vote Obama and Democrats."

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:16 PM

10. It seems

"I bet you dont even think it's condescending to tell us to 'remember to vote Obama and Democrats.'"

...like common sense. Is it "condescending"?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002806354#post158

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Response to ProSense (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:31 PM

11. Is it condescending to tell me to "remember" to vote for Pres Obama? Like I would fucking forget?

I honestly dont think you have a clue. Tell the left to sit down and shut up and then tell us we have to fucking remember REMEMBER to vote for Pres Obama or the world will end as we know it.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:35 PM

12. Face it: like me, you're secretly hoping to vote for Nader

Or Romney. Or Palin.

And you're a PUMA.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:42 PM

14. LOL !!!








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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:47 PM

17. "Actually, I recommend that you vote, and vote for Democrats"

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 11:43 PM

15. First,

"Is it condescending to tell me to "remember" to vote for Pres Obama? Like I would fucking forget?"

...I didn't fucking tell you. Second: It's not my fault you're pissed because you have to vote for Obama.

Remember, I don't give a shit what you do.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 12:29 AM

20. Oh Pro...

...I didn't fucking tell you. Second: It's not my fault you're pissed because you have to vote for Obama.

Remember, I don't give a shit what you do.


Yes... you did, and did, and do almost every day.


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Response to ProSense (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 12:55 AM

21. Make up your mind

you said this: "Remember to vote Obama and Democrats! " Apparently you care.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 08:27 PM

3. Excellent article.

Pressure works K/R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 08:57 PM

4. LABOR and "Fair Trade" activists need to make their voices heard,

.... along with Americans who want an expansion of Medicare, or at least a robust Public Option.
There is absolutely no reason why Americans must settle for far less than what the rest of the civilized World takes for granted.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 12:18 AM

19. Yes yes yes!!! The squeaky wheel gets greased; we need to squeak early, often, and loudly!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 01:49 AM

22. k and r k and r k and r k and r

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 02:13 AM

23. Hear, hear! nt

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