Triangulating

Obama has been criticized for not showing enough leadership.

The Liberal wing of his party wants him to stand up for issues that are important to them. They are about to erupt about how the Republicans have tied the pipeline to the payroll tax. They want the President to act more boldly on gay rights. Indeed, they have a laundry list of liberal ideas that need to happen, if only the President would take a stand, and fight for what he promised in his campaign.

The conservatives in Congress and on the Faux media want him to take more leadership for one of two reasons. A more bold stance is easier to argue with for all issues they do not share his viewpoint. And if perchance they should see something his way (!), then of course he should stand up and push for it!

Let’s remember how Obama handled most tax issues, and Health Care Reform, the budget/deficit battle, and many other key issues. He does some research, offers a plan, makes a case for it, and then he allows the Congress to debate.

Isn’t that what he is supposed to do? Now, I need to remind everyone about the Constitution. Congress’ job is to deliberate and make laws. The President is supposed to sign them or veto them. This “bully pulpit” role is not mentioned in that hallowed document. (And by this token, I do wonder why Ron Paul wants to be President.) Still, letting the Congress wrestle keeps him above the fray.
I am good with Obama’s methods here, though I have a few pet issues I’d like him to push, too. Obama is very good at letting the partisans lower their standing in the polls. I think the fools should look foolish. And it leaves Obama more apealing to the wiser middle. I think Obama would agree: Never wrestle with a pig; you both get dirty, but the pig loves it.

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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