BoCo Obama nomination not unanimous

Perhaps solidly Progressive Democrats were not listening carefully to Barack Obama in 2008.  Perhaps they were just too anxious to oust the worst U.S. president since Herbert Hoover.  Perhaps the millions of dollars in contributions from Wall Street corrupted his vision for America.  Perhaps Barack Obama was “corporatist” all along.  Whatever the reasons, there are those within the Democratic Party who are not pleased with President Barack Obama’s first term record. It is not what they expected when they ardently worked on his behalf and cast their vote in November 2008.

They expected a single-payer healthcare system.  They earnestly lobbied Obama for “Medicare for All,” or at a minimum some sort of “public option.”  But Obama didn’t listen.  In fact, he came to the negotiating table having given away nearly all of his bargaining chips.  And stalwart Democrats were left to ask, “Why?”

Progressives believed that there was no acceptable moral or ethical action but to hold Wall Street responsible for its corruption.  But Obama followed the lead of George Bush and continued to bail them out.  He might have, at a minimum, held individuals responsible for the near catastrophe that they brought to the American – even world – economy by bringing criminal charges against the perpetrators.  But three and a half years later, no such actions have taken place – and they appear not likely to take place.

Obama could have held Vice President Dick Cheney and President George Bush accountable for their lies about Saddam Hussein’s involvement in the 9-11 attacks and for the non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the lies that hoodwinked the American public into accepting an unwarranted war against Iraq that cost lives and treasure.  But he insisted that the country should look forward, not back.  Perhaps Obama, too, was lustful of Middle East oil.

And then there is the environment and climate change.  For every two steps forward, our president follows with another one back while the extraction industries rape and pillage the land and threaten the atmosphere for the coming generations.

There are other areas of consternation, but however it all came about, some in Boulder County took the principled position to send a message to our Party’s president:  That far but no farther.

At Saturday’s Boulder County Democratic Party County Assembly and Convention, there were 288 delegates available for the Colorado Democratic Party Convention in Pueblo on April 14.  Of the 354 county delegates remaining for the afternoon session that nominated President Barack Obama for a second term, 55 of those delegates rose in opposition to the president’s policy choices.  Those 55 delegates amounted to 16% of the votes and “met threshold.”  As a consequence, there will be delegates in Pueblo to carry the Uncommitted message.

It is not known whether other Democrats throughout Colorado rose to send the same message to our president.  I can only hope that they did.  As one who rose, I had no idea how few or how many would do so.  There was no coordinated effort, no campaign.  It was heartwarming to see so many committed Democratic progressives stand in protest.

It has been disheartening to watch the Democratic Party drift steadily to the right, election after election, since 1980.  It is disheartening to observe how the Democratic Party has been repeatedly played by the ever-growing fascistic and totalitarian elements in the Republican Party as they accomplish a goal and then move the goal-post further and further to the right.

While the action today was small, I hope it will be a harbinger of changes to come.  I hope it will be both an indicator and a motivator for other progressive Democrats to say, “We will no longer allow our Party to be high jacked by those who would compromise our values.  We will not let our Party become a watered down version of the Republican Party of Corporate America.  We will no longer watch the future of our families and friends and our environment slip into inevitable decline, if not disaster.”

So let this be the beginning as we “take back” our Democratic Party as well as the direction of our nation.  The journey of a mile begins with one step.

  10 comments for “BoCo Obama nomination not unanimous

  1. March 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Taking control of our country back from the corporations is going to take decades but it must be done.

  2. Ruby Bowman
    March 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Right on, Kaye!!

    March 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Your rank and file, in fact ANY rank and file, are likely to accept just about ANYTHING now just to have a job and a secure life. Many in this country still do not have that, and with the (non) hiring and lack of change in wage levels since at least 1994, there’s not much hope of gaining on the rabbit. But one day those who have sold their souls and mortgaged their spirits to “grab” a little brass polish from that ring – but not the ring itself – will wake up to see that there is little left to save, almost no esthetic value around them, and no freedom , economic or otherwise. Then it will be far too late. Ask the Germans who were alive in 1933 and 1945. Tragedy is not always in the last act of the play; sometimes it is in the prologue.

  4. March 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Very nice writing Kaye! Keep it up!

  5. March 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Brilliantly stated, Kaye.

  6. Stephen Brown
    March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I am one of the uncommitted delegates. I just wanted to make a point that Obama hasn’t done enough. He has let a belligerent minority of blowhard republicans push him around. And unfortunately has often bent to the will of the monied class.

    (note – this comment was edited to remove an attack on the author. This is a courtesy. Violation of the commenting rules can and will result in banning. -FRL)

  7. Gregory Iwan
    March 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve been wondering for some time now, whether parties or party labels still mean very much. Judging from the GOP primary/caucus side show, I’d say they don’t. And it appears Kaye has highlighted this change. The question then becomes: what might replace it? I am not the least bit sanguine, though I dislike “parties” and the parties we have now.

  8. March 30, 2012 at 2:52 am

    People didn’t throw Bush out of office by electing Obama, he was on his way out anyway. They voted for Obama to prevent the despicable John McCain from taking office, though it’s difficult to say how he could have been any more despicable than Obama has been, and at least he would have had some opposition from the left. Bush wasn’t the worst president since Herbert Hoover, he was the worst president since Calvin Coolidge. Obama is the worst president since Herbert Hoover. It’s irresponsible to say the Dems have been “played by the ever-growing fascistic and totalitarian elements in the Republican Party” – the great majority of Democratic office holders love a good fascism as much as Republicans, and that is what the rank and file needs to wake up to. And on the environment, it’s one step forward, two steps back with Obama – he couldn’t even wait for the dust to settle on the keystone triumph before he reversed himself (by saying the southern half is going forward, maybe he thought we’d only think he’s half a jerk, but we’d need to be half as smart as we are to be hoodwinked by this ploy), apparently secure that he’s the moneyed interests favored on, and that the rest of us don’t have any choice and will just take it, and like it. There seems to be a news blackout on the fact that Obama actually has primary opposition – from awful candidates like Randall Terry to good ones like Darcy Richardson. Obama got just over 50% of the vote in Oklahoma. If it’s such a foregone conclusion that Dubya 2.0 is going to be the candidate, why isn’t this getting the coverage the Republican primary spats get in the MSM and National Propaganda Radio?

  9. Ann Molison
    March 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Your case against Obama is well written. My greatest concern is putting the power in the hands of the Republicans !! And, we know that this would be FAR worse than what Obama has or hasn’t accomplished.

    There is not a VIABLE – party to over take both of the two major parties. And, if we don’t vote for Obama – we will have someone much worse. There are times when we have to swallow what we want and vote what is better.

    And, better is obvious. Two words: Supreme Court! It is very possible that there will be an opening in the Court and do you really want Mitt Romney putting an ultra conservative in? I don’t. And, for that ONE reason – I will vote for Obama.

  10. Teresa Foster
    April 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I hope you will take a look at – Rocky Anderson –

    He speaks the truths that appeal to me

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