George Soros To Obama: Start Fighting Or Else…
November 18, 2010
In politics money talks, and on Tuesday in Washington, DC, at a meeting of Progressive activists, donors and well funded Progressive organizations gathered for the annual Democracy Alliance meeting,
According to an article by Sam Stein in the Huffington Post, George Soros, the controversial uber billionaire who has donated millions of dollars to Progressive causes and candidates was reported to be less than happy with President Obama, suggesting that money spent on Progressive causes and candidates might be better spent elsewhere.OK, we’re listening and it has been my experience that when George Soros talks, there is reason to listen.
The essence of this piece was clear and simple, and for me anyway points out the reality of getting what you wished for. By that I mean the reality that being President isn’t nearly as romantic an idea as the hope-filled Obama believed it might be with the majority he had going into his presidency, and more importantly what Progressives thought they were getting in January of 2009. In politics, as in life, nothing ever really goes according to plan, and the last two years are an affirmation to that reality, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all is lost, in fact nothing could be further from the truth.
I believe that George Soros, like so may of us, including myself, are disappointed and dismayed at the lack of grit and fight in the Democratic Party and in this President personally. Leadership requires one to take a stand on the core issues of your platform and to create vision and action that moves that agenda forward. But is also requires conviction and character that transcends pettiness and triviality that is sure be directed toward you and the challenges that will be manufactured to take you away from those goals. Progressives saw in Obama more than an opportunity, we saw an uncommon man; a politician who believed in our core tenants and passionately wanted the change we all knew would take courage and bravado to accomplish. What we didn’t see, and maybe no one really did until it happened, was that when cornered, as the Republicans were, that their only defense was message, and with their talons firmly holding onto the only thing they had, they did not let go and no one, including President Obama, fought hard enough or long enough to make a difference in perception, and perception is reality in a world where no one pays attention and in politics nothing is more true.
George Soros is not abandoning President Obama, but what he is doing is sending a message to the President that he is ready for the leader we elected and need now more than ever. What George Soros did by speaking out, because his money does talk, let’s be up front about that, is to tell the President and the Democratic Party that if they expect support at the level that moves voters and issues they had better stop relying on his money until they change the way they are doing things. They better be listening.
This isn’t just about whether Obama can overcome the “mandate” of the election; Reagan and Clinton thrived after opposition midterm landslides. This is about stepping up to the challenge of leading with words and action and doing it with a sense of real propose and bravado. Politics is very much about taking credit for what you accomplish and it is very much about owning those accomplishments and waving them like flag with unfettered joy. You bet it is. You’re a fool if you think otherwise.
Follow the money and you will find that no matter what political party you are talking about, the basic rules of politics have never changed and never will, but I’ll save that column until tomorrow, but for today Mr. President, George Soros is saying what millions of Progressive want you to hear and we know you hear him. Please start listening to what he says, for the future of Progressives everywhere and for the future of this country.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me.