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Buck Up? Fuck You, President Obama.

Vice President Joe Biden told us liberals to “stop whining”. President Barack Obama told us to “buck up”.

They said that they were really working hard for us, and that we ought to be happy and give more of our money to their political allies. If we would just stop complaining, they said, Democrats wouldn’t have any trouble getting re-elected to majority control of the U.S. Congress.

With rude impatience, Biden and Obama have been dismissing the idea put forward by liberals like those of us here at Irregular Times that the Obama Administration has been characterized by a combination of 1) failure to push for the progressive policies the 2008 Obama campaign promised it would promote; 2) active support for the worst policies of George W. Bush that Obama promised he would change.

President Obama has lectured us that if we don’t line up behind him and stop challenging his authority, really terrible things will happen when the Republicans get more seats in Congress. Then, today, Obama proceeded to do a couple of the really terrible things that liberals worry about would happen if the Republicans were in control:

First, just a couple of months after the record-breaking Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster spewed untold amounts of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico, where it was mixed with toxic dispersants while the Obama Administration ordered a coverup of the true extent of the problem, President Obama ordered the expansion of offshore drilling to continue in dangerous deepwater conditions again – before scientists and investigators even fully understand what went wrong with BP’s operations in the first place.

Then, President Obama moved to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians, interfering with their equal marriage rights. Obama ordered the Department of Justice to appeal a decision by District Court Judge Joseph Tauro that the marriage discrimination is unconstitutional.

Buck up? Buck up?
Buck up?!?

No, I don’t think so. Why don’t you buck up, Mr. Obama, and fuck off while you’re at it.

If you seriously expect the American liberals who worked their asses off to put you in office, after years of working their asses off to put the Democratic Party in control of both houses of Congress, after years of working their asses off to resist the terrible policies of George W. Bush, are now going to stand back and put on happy faces while you and the Democrats in Congress keep on protecting and promoting those same terrible policies from the Bush years, you have got another goddamned thing coming, Mr. President.

We will stop whining when you and your Democratic colleagues get a fucking spine and stop acting like the Republicans you keep warning us about.

As long as you’re acting like part of the problem, we’re going to treat you like part of the problem, and oppose your cynical political maneuverings.

Your pretty speeches don’t work any more, Obama. Even you can’t pull off bald face lies in soaring tones anymore.

15 comments to Buck Up? Fuck You, President Obama.

  • Tom

    Where are we supposed to go Peregrine? If we vote Rethuglican it only gets worse. If we vote Democrat we’re rewarding them for being milktoast, spineless, and ineffective. Since we only have a two-party system (actually two parties with the same corporate agenda) which way we go makes little difference any more. Even not joining the circus or opting out won’t help.

    The tea party clowns and the Palin/O’Donnel-ites think they have the answer, while the corporate bankrollers are laughing all the way to the bank.

    We’re f*@ked.

    • The key is in your passive phrasing “since we only have a two-party system”. We, the People, don’t have a two party system. We have made and sustained a two party system… and we can unmake it.

      We don’t go anywhere. We make where we want to be.

      • Jim

        Yep. It’s just like the campaign spending issue. If people would simply TURN THEIR TVs OFF, stop being passive recipients of advertising malarkey, and actively research candidate positions to make their own positions, the issue of corrupt campaigning would significantly diminish.

    • Work to build alternatives – and the only way to do that is from the ground up. Either do non-electoral stuff or support third party candidates or both.

  • Ralph

    The very fact that he’s saying “buck up” and telling liberals to tow the line is heartening. It’s his way of saying he needs us.

    Of course, he’s being a fucking asshole about it. “Buck up” is something you say from a position of power to those without power. “Aw, buck up little camper.” It’s demeaning. It’s crappy, disrespectful leadership.

    So fuck Obama.

  • Denny

    Year after year, decade after decade, liberals and progressives keep going back to the Democrats. Over and over and over and over and over. It is sickening and stupid and bears the same results over and over and over. The solution must come from something outside the two party system.

    • Denny, I see a lot of liberals pulling away from the Democrats in 2010. Progressives are mostly just sitting and stewing, but deciding to Buck Up for Obama anyway.

      The Green Party doesn’t seem ready, generally speaking, to take the disenchanted liberals up. What the results will be of this movement of liberal disgust with Democrats? Gosh, I don’t know.

  • Tom

    Hm. Here at Irregular Times, we could be part of a larger effort to coordinate independent (non-partisan) progressive media. I think that would be a great help. What do you think about that, Tom?

    The reason i keep coming back to this site is the on-going effort by “youse guys” to effect progressive change. Early on i learned a lot by reading your information and links to other ways of doing political business. Now i’m out here doing the research myself (so you were successful in my case) but still relying on your site as a sounding board for frustration, problems, and commentary.

    i’ve come to the conclusion that the corporate/big bank/Wall Street take-over will have to self-destruct (with its intendant economic depression, currency devaluation, collapse of social programs, etc.) before we have a chance to change anything in the political sphere on any but the most local level. Our vote is a waste of time and a complete sham. We’re not allowed to influence the selection of the figurehead the powers that be want so they make sure our vote doesn’t count, gets gerrymandered to predictable results, use rigged electronic machines to record the votes, miscount or argue over the paper ballots until the Supreme Court has to step in and decide (find that in the Constitution), and now have made it legal for even FOREIGN influences to participate through huge infusions of secret money being allowed into the process.

  • Slim Shady

    Vote Green Party. I’m tired of of the Democrats and Republicans. Start a revolution. Whatever. On that note, I’ll have a beer.

  • HareTrinity

    Okay, that’s pretty horrible…

    Maybe we need regulations to make politicians keep their “promises” (I think maybe I should personally sue those behind the “vote Liberal Democrats to keep the Tories out of government” based campaigns).

    • Hi, HareTrinity! Nice to hear from you. Yeah, that last election in Britain really turned things upside down, didn’t it?

      • HareTrinity

        Hey! Knew I’d come back eventually. The election was a mess. So many people claimed they would vote Liberal Democrats this time that I actually went with that, and we got this. First and the last time I vote for them! Labour has various failings and I’d like to see it go back to its roots (as LEFT WING rather than further right than our right wing party).

        Still, it’ll probably change the face of British elections forever. Clearly you need a charismatic front. Not sure why it’s taken so long for people to notice…

  • James

    In 2012 I will again volunteer for Obama only this time I will knock on doors and talk people out of voting for him.

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