Obama saved the economy — and the GOP

Obama gave a priceless gift to the GOP: immunity from prosecution for war crimes, torture,  disastrous wars, politically motivated prosecutions by the Justice Department, widespread corruption, and other criminality.

In 2008, it appeared that the GOP was destined for many years of repudiation. They’d proven themselves corrupt, incompetent, and imperialistic.

But Obama nursed the GOP back to life by refusing to prosecute criminality, thereby hiding the wrongdoing from the American people.   Obama tried to be bipartisan. He compromised early and often. The GOP almost never compromised and often voted unanimously against the Democrats’ bills.

Obama had a chance to reorient America to a new paradigm of Democratic progressivism. Instead, he hid Bush-era criminality from the populace; surrounded himself with Bush holdovers and Wall Street cronies;  prosecuted the whistle blowers; expanded the power of the military, and governed as a centrist.  Obama didn’t fight.  As a result, in 2010 and 2014 the GOP roared back to life.   Americans were confused about who was to blame for the mess we’re in.

Indeed, Obama is a Wall Street Dem and a great friend of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA.

In 2008 we needed an FDR or at least an LBJ.  Instead we got a centrist Dem who said of himself, “My policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies … back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.”

No wonder people didn’t turn out to vote in 2014.

From 2009 onwards I tried to submit resolutions to local Democratic organizations critical of Obama’s sellouts.  As you can imagine, those resolutions didn’t go over very well. “Are you crazy? Are you trying to help the GOP?”

There are those who would say that impeachment of Bush, Cheney and others would have been too divisive and would have led to a backlash against Democrats similar to what happened in 1999 when Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. The analogy doesn’t hold. Clinton was impeached for (lying about) sex. Bush and Cheney could have been impeached for torture, deception about the grounds for invading Iraq, and other crimes. See Kucinich Introduces 35 Articles of Impeachment.

In 2007,   members of the Washington State legislature were working on bills calling for the impeachment of President Bush.  Senator Patty Murray ordered them to stop.  See D.C. Dems want to stop legislative impeachment talk.

During the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, there were women aside from Anita Hill who were willing to testify that Thomas had sexually harassed them.  Then Senator Joe Biden did not allow the women to testify. See The Injustice Of Clarence Thomas.

Well, the Democratic leadership got the shellacking they deserved.  They don’t fight the good fight.  Unfortunately, millions of grassroots Dems are truly progressive but repeatedly get sold out by the leadership.

It all makes me sick.

Obama gave a priceless gift to the GOP: Why aren't Dems furious?

Obama gave a priceless gift to the GOP: immunity from prosecution and accountability for war crimes, torture, and other criminality. Still, many Democrats treat him as a hero.

In 2008, it appeared that the GOP was destined for many years of repudiation. They’d proven themselves corrupt, incompetent, and imperialistic.

Obama had a chance to reorient America to a new paradigm of Democratic progressivism. Instead, he hid Bush-era criminality from the populace; surrounded himself with Bush holdovers and Wall Street cronies;  prosecuted the whistle blowers; and governed as a centrist.  As a result, in 2010 and 2014 the GOP roared back to life.   Americans were confused about who was to blame for the mess we’re in.

There are those who would say that impeachment of Bush, Cheney and others would have been too divisive and would have led to a backlash against Democrats similar to what happened in 1999 when Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. The analogy doesn’t hold. Clinton was impeached for (lying about) sex. Bush and Cheney could have been impeached for torture, deception about the grounds for invading Iraq, and other crimes. See Kucinich Introduces 35 Articles of Impeachment.

29m Documentary on Dallas Lie-Bury Protests Feature the Backbone Campaign

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Backbone Actions in Dallas Featured in AcronymTV Documentary

Donate to support our work and received a DVD of OccuDoc American Autumn
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People's Response     DocumentaryCheck out AcronymTV’s 29 minute documentary on last week’s People’s Response to the Bush Lie-Bury opening. I am very proud that Backbone Campaign could play such an important role. I am also deeply honored to have been in collaboration with all those who brought a human face to the folly of militarism and the lawlessness of unchecked Executive power regardless of political party.

Dennis Trainor of AcronymTV has been a great collaborator of ours since Backbone Campaign’s engagement with Occupy in fall of 2011. I am proud to be one of the voices reflecting on the movement in his documentary/”OccuDoc” American Autumn (now available via iTunes and Amazon.com).

Thank you to all those who contributed to Backbone Campaign’s efforts in Dallas. We are still $700 short of covering our costs for that week of actions. For all those who make a contribution of $20 or more we will send a DVD of this documentary on one of the most important political phenomenons in the past 30 years.

American AutumnPlease pitch in to support Backbone Campaign TODAY, and get a copy of American Autumn or one of our cool T-Shirts. We can’t do this work without your support.

In gratitude and collaboration,

Bill Moyer
Backbone Campaign

A beautiful quotePS – I just had to scan the paper copy of the Dallas Morning News with that delicious quote that “George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were arrested Thursday…” Feel free to download, print and frame what is sadly as close as we may ever get to actual accountability for these criminals.

Dallas morning news "Bush and Cheney Arrested"

 

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Torture "undisputed," but protestors banned

Accountability For The Past, Democracy For The Future!
The Peoples’ Response to the Opening of the Bush Lie-Bury

Native and non-native Youths’ Beautiful March Demanding a Healthy Future & Livable Planet Your Own Light Projection for Bank of America National Day of Actions Register For Localize This Training Camp Today
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Backbone Campaign, CodePink and activists and progressive organizations from across the nation converge in Texas for the Opening of the Bush Library and Policy Institute.

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this action Demanding “Accountability For The Past and Democracy For The Future!” This is the Peoples’ Response to a Lie-Bury memorializing a President, Administration, and policies guilty of war crimes, wrecking our economy, and steering our country into the ground and away from so many missed opportunities.


Almost 10 years ago Backbone Campaign came into existence when an affinity group of artists decided to take action rebuilding the progressive movement and enlivening citizen engagement. Help us accomplish this by making your contribution today– it’s DOUBLED!


For Earth Day, Backbone Campaign and our awesome allies launched a Youth-Led Initiative to Demand Generational and Environmental Justice in the Northwest.

This was one of the most beautiful rallies and marches we’ve ever created. The budding alliance among Native and non-native youth, and autonomous activists is a real threat to climate cooking criminals. Stay tuned for the video from the action and the youths’ appeals to Burlington North Santa Fe owner and toxic coal transporter Warren Buffet to live up to his legacy and stop undercutting their future!
iMatter Youth March Seattle Earth Day 2013

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Idle No More, Get Money Out Of Politics, Climate Change For Families, the Sierra Club, and many affiliated activists to make the Seattle iMatter Youth March a reality.

 


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NSA Documents Reveal Bush Administration Ignored Al Qaeda Threat

“Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency.”
New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims