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Subject: House on fire

Hi Bart,
You asked, 

> "Why do YOU think Obama fails to see this house on fire?"
He can see.  My own thoughts on the subject suggest that there's no real intent among Dems to actually implement ANY 
policy or program which might somehow infringe on corporate profit.  There's a ROLE to be played, rhetoric to be repeated.  
The masses need to be placated.
I KNOW - without question - that politicians understand what most "Joe Six-pack" Americans want because they know 
what to promise on the campaign trail.  I believe I understand enough about the technical workings of Congress to know that 
the party in power can pretty much do what it wants to do - most especially when the party in power also controls the White House.
To me, that means we COULD have had reform for Wall Street.  We COULD have ended evil george's wars.  We COULD have 
restored this to a nation of laws.  We COULD have repealed evil george's tax cuts for the rich and made Social Security solvent.  
We COULD simply open Medicare to all Americans.  Many of those things COULD have been done by now.  No, not all of them, 
at least not completely.  But by now, it SHOULD look as though we're heading in the right direction.
So if I can easily win a fight but I don't, what does that mean?  I think it means I chose not to.  It's like when I wrestle with my 
four-year-old grandson.  I put on a good show - play the role.  I tell him I'm going to win this time - repeat the rhetoric.  
It LOOKS (to him) like I'm trying to pin him.  HE thinks he "won" - hey, he's four.  But the truth is, if for some reason I felt it 
was in my own best interest to pin him, I could do so without effort.  I think this quote from Douglas Adams sums it up nicely, 
even though Adams is ostensibly writing about the President of the Galaxy:

    "The President in particular is very much a figurehead—he wields no real power whatsoever.  He is apparently chosen by the 
government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage.  For this reason 
the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character.  His job is not to wield power but to 
draw attention away from it."    - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe 

His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.

I think the actual answer lies in reasserting the Fairness Doctrine.  My favorite part of that idea is that we, the people, 
don't need to convince a bought-and-paid-for Congress to do anything.  The Fairness Doctrine is policy of the FCC, not law.  
That means we need only focus our pressure on the White House to reinstate and enforce the policy.  Of course, the risk of 
such action on the part of the people is in proving without question that Adams was right: the President represents - and protects
- interests other than (and often contrary to) those of the masses...

I hope all is well with you, Bart.
 Mark in Santa Rosa

Mark, the "house on fire" I'm talking about is his presidency.
Obama is choosing to ignore the 24/7, wall-to-wall coverage of the loons who, trust me, want him dead.

Maybe that's a winning strategy, maybe it's not.
But saying the racist pigs aren't racist is a confounding strategy.

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