Obama as National Community-Organizer-in-Chief

President Obama may, at long last, be willing to draw upon his community organizer experience to translate legislative proposals to legislative enactments. Here's what you can do to make it happen.

Toward the end of President Obama's second inaugural address Monday, he said:

"You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time -- not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals."

President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2103, whitehouse.gov

Since an early conversation with then-candidate Obama in April of 2007, I have been urging, and hoping, that he would draw upon his earlier experience as a community organizer in Chicago and see how that might be applied to a presidential role as "national community organizeri-in-chief."

With the creation of "Organizing for Action," that day may have arrived.

President Roosevelt would tell advocates, "I agree with you. Now go out there and make me do it."

In some ways, it is appropriate in a democracy that legislative decisions should reflect special interest pressure -- what I describe as the "vector analysis of governmental decision making."

Now that Obama is in his second term, and following those two sentences from his inaugural address quoted at the top of this blog entry, it looks like he may be prepared to draw on that prior experience as a community organizer, and the wisdom of President Franklin Roosevelt's approach to change, and apply a little vector analysis to the congressional legislative process.

If you want to join in the effort to "go out there and make him do it," here at last is your chance:

Jon Carson, "Welcome to Organizing for Action," January 20, 2013.

For more, see "At Last, Action."

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Stephen Schmidt February 04, 2013 at 02:24 PM
What are you referring to? The Obamacare healthcare mandate fee?
Stephen Schmidt February 04, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Sounds good. What type of socialism do you want? The type they have in China? The European Union countries? The happy Scandinavians? Those crazy-high-tax-paying-yet-still-happy-when-they-aren't-dirt-poor Brazilians?
Stephen Schmidt February 04, 2013 at 02:30 PM
And don't forget those wacky Canadians!
maxine weimer February 04, 2013 at 05:26 PM
No this morning they were showing a clip from friday where Obama was being interviewed saying that he knows he said he would only raise taxes on people who earned 250,000 and above but he has decided he has to raise taxes on the middle class now to help bring down the national debt. I think he was refering to SS and income taxes.
maxine weimer February 21, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Beginning March 1st, people watch how much less your paychecks are. Go Obama. We like it when we have less money right?


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