Obama Should Listen to Putin's Remarks About Politicians
President Obama, as we have repeatedly been assured, is a highly educated and very intelligent intellectual. It is a shame that he has to try so hard to please the masses who simply don't understand what he means when he reads from his teleprompter.
There sure are a lot of them, and many of them don't like anybody very much. It is a cross President Obama has to bear if he is to save the country from the tea partiers and other dissatisfied miscreants. In the spirit of Obama-like post-partisanship, and wishing to be as frank as he is, I offer these suggestions.
On February 5, Vladimir Putin, Russia's premier, scolded party leaders about the discontent seemingly rising in parts of Russia. He did so following the biggest anti-Putin rally since he took power a decade ago. It occurred on January 30 and involved approximately ten thousand demonstrators. The rally took place in Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost city, where unemployment is 10.5 percent, 21.9 percent worse than the 8.2 percent national average. Premier Putin told
senior party officials they should avoid raising expectations by promising "everything all at once" only to ignore voters after election day.
"You cannot turn into promisers, who make promises only to ... get into power and then spend their time solving their own personal problems ... "
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Unemployment, which has grown by one-third to more than 6 million in since 2007, and big rises in prices charged by state-run monopolies are adding to discontent in many regions.
Putin told the leaders to warn voters of the consequences of voting for untried opposition parties.
United Russia must always explain that "proper and well organized leaders are always capable of solving any problems and that in the absence of such leaders, anarchy prevails," he said.
President Obama should take lessons from him, except for the part about not promising what he can't deliver; it's a bit late for that. Some promises just are not meant to be kept, and some are only partially and reluctantly to be kept after half a century or so. There is no point in reminding the masses of this.
President Obama should focus instead on the bit about not voting for "untried opposition parties" such as the tea party movement. That should be easy. President Obama was at the bottom of the heap as an untried, outside-the-beltway guy when he ran for the presidency. He should know from sad, personal experience what a mess he initially made of things due solely to his inexperience. He has already come a long way. He should emphasize this; it would provide unparalleled opportunities to say again and again but with admirable humility: "Look at me."
With Putin's helpful guidance, President Obama could greatly assist his colleagues in the Congress who seem -- but only seem -- to face disheartening odds in the 2010 elections. Keep Reed, Pelosi, and the whole crew. They are extraordinarily experienced and belong to the only party ever to rise above petty politics and to do what's best for America. As Premier Putin said, "proper and well organized leaders are always capable of solving any problems." Obviously, that's true. Without them, the country would sink into anarchy. The future would be far worse than the present. Just look at the lamentable history of the United States! President Obama must explain these things to the common people, in terms so simple that even they can understand.
It is wrong -- simply wrong -- that Sarah Palin and her idiotically misguided colleagues should be so brainlessly euphoric. They have no right to be happy! Only thirty-five percent of United States voters think a new party is needed, and forty-seven percent just say no. Not only that, their euphoria highlights the fact that they are rank amateurs. They are all preposterous.
Unlike most members of the political class, Governor Palin is "not a lawyer. She’s not from the Ivy League. She’s not part of the Washington establishment." If that is not sufficient to disqualify her from public office, she is also an idiot. Who but an idiot would write "Hi Mom!" on the palm of her hand? It's wrong of her to do such things, and even uneducated idiots who cling to their Bibles and guns should know it. Governor Palin "is a blatant numbskull and intellectual midget with damn good looks and speaking skills, but to make her a political leader is disgraceful."
President Obama needs to remind those who listen to Governor Palin and her clique of their wrongheaded ways at every opportunity. They have been conned and deceived; we need more government, not less. Size matters.
The most fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives tend to be happy people, while liberals tend to be unhappy. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, but then not all liberals hate Palin. Come to think of it, maybe Ronald Reagan's cheerfulness was one of the reasons they couldn't stand him, either.
President Obama must do everything in his power to keep them euphoric; they should not be allowed to become sad or to spew guilt. That must be the sole prerogative of President Obama and his colleagues. They know full well that United States history is conclusive evidence of viciousness, and deep down even the intellectually challenged masses must know this.
Surely this is the case, since President Obama won a massive victory in 2008; the views of the electorate have not changed. They must also be taught that without Reed, Pelosi et. al to guide our highly regarded legislative branch we may well revert to that sorry condition. The United States spawned a vile world and it is unthinkable that the country should revert to its wicked ways. The abject failure of Governor Palin and her clique to recognize this will defeat them in the end. We need global initiatives, such as a strong climate treaty and cap and trade legislation, now to live up to our global responsibilities; we also need his jobs bill, his financial regulatory reform, and his health care plan. Without our present great leaders, these needs won't be met; soon more inconvenient truths will be revealed and it may be too late.
It has been said that President Obama must attack his domestic opponents with gusto and a bit more. Respectfully, I must take issue with these words of wisdom from Daily Kos on dealing with the tea partiers who slander him every day:
Who will ask Sarah Palin why so many millions who dare to live in urban cities are "not real Americans"?
These people want our President, the legitimately elected President of the United States, the man who leads our armed forces and heads up our executive branch of government, dead.
They do not want to argue with Barack Obama on the merits of health care. They do not want to debate the finer points of strategy over a jobs bill. They are not interested in discussing issues like immigration or tax structures for estates and incomes over 250,000.
They are the bloodthursty [sic] mob who have turned on the very concept of a pluralistic society. They are the pitchfork wielding ignorant witch-hunting crazies who would tear this country apart if they could to seek vengeance for their bloodlust.
They are the betrayers of the very thing they claim to love, the United States of America, precisely because they have given in to the dark forces of rage, of racism, and of incoherent fear and paranoia.
These are not people to be argued with. Debated. Reasoned with.
Although these temperate yet compelling words from Daily Kos demonstrate that incoherent fear and paranoia are pernicious, as well as the sole property of the tea partiers and conservatives, President Obama must not fall into that trap. He needs to win over the misguided fools who do not agree with him with love and understanding, as he has so successfully done with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, the Palestinians, and even the French.
President Obama must follow my humble advice if he is to be remembered in history as he is entitled to be -- as a great Moses-like leader who brought the United States out of her sorry past and into a new promised land.
Alas, if only we deserved Him!