The grassroots effort in "hiring" Barack Obama to be our president was largely successful. Now we shift from "campaign" mode to "governing" mode, and the grassroots has become dormant. The grassroots have fallen into the "four-year cyclical trap" that we have been in for so long. We "hire" our president to go do our dirty work, and then wash our hands of "dirty politics" for another four years whereby we decide once again if we are going to "re-hire" him or not. We do nothing in the interim. Obama's agenda cannot succeed without an active grassroots participating and framing the debate. One man can not turn an oceanliner in stormy seas by himself. Americans must be engaged at all levels of our democracy in order for us to move forward. Blaming the "government" for all of our ills is so easy, but so old school. After all, we are the government and we are the ones we have been waiting for. Its all too easy to lay back and say "it's not an election year--I still have time." This attitude will be the death of the progressive agenda.
Andrew J. Di Liddo Jr.
Jun 8 2009 - 8:03am