Had Enough? It’s Time We Take Our Country Back
December 14, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – “I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues,” Obama said last week. “I suspect they will find I am. And I think the American people will be on my side on a whole bunch of these fights.”
–President Barack Obama quoted in USA Today12/13/10
The bad news keeps piling up for President Obama, real to not, and most of it is VERY real, Obama will end year two of his presidency and begin year three with an all consuming agenda that is vast and potentially disastrous for him. With the untimely passing of Ambassador and Peacemaker Richard Holbrooke yesterday and right wing Virginia Federal Judge Henry Hudson claiming the new Health Care Law is unconstitutional, the string and sting of political losses continue to mount for President Obama, and even though some are more troublesome than others, it is clear that the above quote best be an affirmation rather than a statement. As bad as things have been for the President lately I’m surprised the President wasn’t blamed for tripping the football player during the Jets – Dolphins game on Sunday.The quote isn’t remarkable and nothing about it stands out as infuriating or taunting, really. What it is, or better be, is an opening salvo on a new path to leadership for an American agenda that is quickly losing focus and impact.
I’ve been pondering a column before years end with the highs and lows of the political year, and I’ve thought maybe a ten most impactful stories or legislation might be more impactful, and then I’ve tossed around the idea of having you nominate what you consider to be the story of the year, but I have abandoned all of these ideas for a variety of reasons, chief among them is my bitter disappointment with Democratic Leadership or lack thereof. It would be disingenuous of me do this lovely feel good piece touting the victories of the President and a Democratically controlled Congress, and the victories are there, but I don’t feel much like hiding behind yesterday realizing that today is the problem and tomorrow is cloudy.
I’m not feeling generous toward a Party that I have given much to and gotten little back from. I am not feeling any sense of protectionism toward the Democratic Party these days as I have laid out here for the past few weeks. At the same time I have not given up on them and I do believe they will respond, but to what degree is the real question at hand, but that isn’t even my concern today and not the focus of where I feel we need the discussion to go. In politics there is one truth that is indisputable: he who speaks loudest is heard.
I plan to start screaming. I will be heard.
I’m not sure many of you embrace the reality that politics is very personal. The decision and the discussions, the money and the policy have an impact on how much you pay for groceries, gasoline; from car safety to food regulation. So I get thinking, maybe if I make a hard fought effort to change the discussion and demand action I will feel my contribution to the idea of politics can and will have impact. Think I’m foolish? Just watch!
I’m not new to this game and whether it’s on the radio or in print, a well reasoned, properly researched, and practical approach to politics can and should move the line closer to the goal. With each passing day I feel a need, a pulling toward something I know to work and words do work, as you’ll see soon enough.
The rather pedestrian statement that opens this column sets my frame of mind this morning. I believe a good fight is a proper response when the very way of life I see slipping away is threatened as it is right now and instead of bitching and moaning, as I have done too much of lately, I am going to offer solutions and practices that are based on fact and serve the greater good.
Compromise? Not now, but thanks for asking. I’m not feeling the need to compromise when I see my neighbors losing their homes and I do not believe that needless suffering and a regression of society should be accepted as a sign of the times. We control these times and it’s way past due for some of us to take a stand as powerful as we can. I want my country back and I am willing to do more then just report from the sidelines because there isn’t a word that I’ve written since I began to contribute to this worthy news site that has made a difference. That stops now.
Starting with the new legislative session in January 2011 I pledge to you that I will be laser focused on solutions and when an issue or a person is called out in my column it will be hard hitting, factual and will require you to take action. If you don’t, well that’ on you but I am done sitting on the sidelines pretending that what I do matters, because it hasn’t lately, and they only way I know that works is to do what I used to do on the radio, call them out, give them choice, give them time, and then call in the troops.
Think I’m crazy? Just watch and we’ll see, or better yet, join me and know you made a difference. It feels awesome when it happens. I know that to be a truth because I have walked into the victory circle before and there’s room enough for all of us.
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 http://www.mediatraining.me