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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 12:54 PM
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"I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."
FDR was, of course, a consummate political leader. In one situation, a group came to him urging specific actions in support of a cause in which they deeply believed. He replied: "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it."

He understood that a President does not rule by fiat and unilateral commands to a nation. He must build the political support that makes his decisions acceptable to our countrymen. He read the public opinion polls not to define who he was but to determine where the country was and then to strategize how he could move the country to the objectives he thought had to be carried out.

If Obama wants to govern as liberally as the political circumstances allow, then we need to work to make sure that the political circumstances include a strong liberal base. Mindlessly cheerleading out of a misplaced sense of loyalty will not help him. As Roosevelt understood, politics are interlocking interests and constituencies that have to be brought to bear to achieve certain goals.

In the current political world, I believe that Obama and the Democrats need a strong left wing that is out there agitating in order that we can continue to build popular support and also give them a political excuse to do things that the political establishment finds too liberal. Being cheerleaders all the time, however enjoyable that is, is not going to help them. Leaving them out there with no left wing cripples them.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/making-him-do-it...
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antigop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 07:31 PM
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1. K&R. n/t
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 07:37 PM
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2. Yes, we will have to MAKE him do real universal health care n/t
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Kitty Herder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 08:00 PM
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6. Amen to that! nt
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 07:51 PM
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3. k/r
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 07:57 PM
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4. What a great post
Can't really add anything to that, you are exactly right.
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Kitty Herder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 08:00 PM
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5. K&R
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 08:23 PM
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7. This is a new administration. Go to the new 44 website and rant!
Edited on Thu Nov-06-08 08:34 PM by The Wielding Truth
He will listen and weigh it and act.
http://www.change.gov/
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