To be continued...
Three years after his investiture, the Obama administration is still battling and fending off blows to have its ideas taken seriously in search for individual emancipation and identity affirmation.
A glaring example of the immobility predominating in Washington, the coming debate, similar to the clucking and the honking in the farmyard, on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law launched to be discussed, challenged and ruled by the Supreme Court on a point of rhetoric, on a technicality. In effect, the law requires that nearly all Americans to buy health care insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties.
Isn't the "Affordable Care Act" the premise of a democratization of the health insurance or did I miscomprehend? For the time being, water will run under the Potomac bridges and people will struggle with unemployment, economical precariousness, foreclosures, healthcare plan.... I had a dream... Where is it now?
Crushed. One year ago, the congressional majority fell under the Republican hands reducing considerably Obama's manoeuvrable margin if ever he had one (with retrospect, now)! Any bills entering the bicameral hemicycle, threatening the solid foundations of the disequilibrated (99% versus 1%) society resulted in stalemate. Chess mate.
What Obama could have done during his first two years when he wielded full power resumed in favoring economical sectors in decline for fear of dismissals, or bailing out the ones who bet their last Christian Dior shirts. One may criticize the incompetence (or the capitalistic coterie) of his cabinet, another may chastise the omnipresence of the lobbyists' shadows, but the multitude must agree upon the total debacle and waste!
Can we assume that the supremacy of the Republicans in congress is the primary hurdle in the progression in the race for the improvement of the American society? Since the bill needs the 2/3 majority to become a law, only the defectors among the Democrats' rank will verify the assumption. For the one who believes that the U.S. executive is almighty, she/he will have to face the fallacy of the statement.
The Obama administration exemplified the superiority of congress. Hamilton was wrong when he stated that "... No one part of the government dominates.". Congress does. Whereas Congress accounts impeachment as supreme weapon against the Executive, what is the president's, the government's recourse to an obstructive legislative, to Harry Truman's "Do nothing Congress"?
If our politicians lack wisdom to work for the common good of the country and by extension of the people, why are they in office? Why not give the responsibility when it comes to crucial decisions such as education, healthcare, economy, foreign policies (that dye out on the national image)... to the people by calling for a referendum like in Europe?
When personal interests are at play, it presupposes a corrupted mind that denies objectivity to the one subjected to vote a bill. Let's ask the people as a political organ to make the cut, to sanction, to decide. The People is the cornerstone of democracy. Etymologically "demos" stands for people and "cratos" for power. The power should bounce back to the People not to the Supreme Court that has a lifetime term and that is politically partial.
To the contrary of the Arab revolutions, our so-called democracies are afraid to make justice and have heads fall. I don't refer to the American president who resembles more and more to those puppets installed by multinationals when the new local elected president pledged to suppress their former privileges by nationalizing the industrial sector, but the very ones that block changes, our congressmen. The respective People assisted by the American government had Iraq, Libya and probably officiously Egypt or Tunisia's heads roll, literally and literary, as the French in 1789 or the Russian in 1918, when will the gorgonian head of Congress be guillotined?
John Mariotti wrote about Obama's legacy: " It takes strong, informed, and experienced leadership to get through a mess like this one". Really, it is that simple! And he writes books that people read actually! What about it takes a patriotic Congress to get through a mess like this one?