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Op Ed: Point-of-Attack
By Henry Clay Ruark for Salem-News.com
President-elect Barack Obama
(EUGENE, Ore.) - President Barack Obama was elected by universal recognition that change MUST come in an America now driven towards an historic New Depression.
His ascendance demonstrates clearly and most intriguingly-- what empowers our Constitution and its encompassing Bill of Rights. But already the same slippery-seductive set of those determined to shape for themselves --thus seduce or even sabotage-- whatever President Obama is able to produce are right back at work.
With their lushly-nurtured lobbyists darkly lurking wherever they can find contact, you can bet. They hope to perpetuate “what has been”, as their best way to kill off what MUST be, now.
Not yet legally arrived, his new Administration irrevocably faces a nation still riven with distressing, deplorable social/cultural conflicts --including desperate dangers, as we surely know from the past.
The very fact of rapid transition, never as well accomplished before, points to overwhelming necessity reflected in Obama’s huge operational mandate.
Complex deterioration is recognized as arising from continuing extremely serious loss of fair and acceptable, equitable sharing of worker productivity, at increasing historic levels, with large rises in corporate profits.
Millions are now facing desperate struggle simply for survival. That inexorable, irresistible straight-fact of history is now so thoroughly reflected in the current economic crisis as to be out-of-range for even the most radical neoconservative in the deepest of denial-reactions.
But there are those who refuse to recognize the plain facts of reality-now, and still will take any means to their own malign ends, even including dangerous coded words for violent action.
They seek one-time/shots to paste dollar Band-Aids on revolting wounds going much deeper into both our economy and our culture.
Obama’s first moves presage putting taxpayer dollars into investments for our future, long delayed and denied by neocon policy.
He has set course solidly for recovery in substantial terms of wise public investment --NOT more tax cuts for the rich at the obvious cost of the rest of us.
Main Street will soon see his major interest for all the people, in many ways.
Look for due attention to energy independence and the dangerous global warming caused by corporate negligence; that can produce millions of new jobs. Watch for rapid wise infrastructure reinvestment, remindful of FDR’s New Deal programs employing many when UNmanned by massive economic factors beyond individual control.
Youth --his strong supporters from the start-- will find their access to both “regular” college and the now-ubiquitous community-college facilitated by sensible attention to extended funding, easing their necessity to prepare for 21st Century-level work and career.
Pragmatic is the right word for this new President. What he seeks is rapid but practical approaches to matters left far too long open to direct attack by the neocon-shiftless he replaces.
He recognizes that their slashing tax cuts --primarily profiting the very top-incomes in the nation--were also meant to manipulate national fiscal matters; and to facilitate “starving the beast” of government via slashed federal funds for anything.
Ergo: “Government has failed you AGAIN !! All that social/survival-net stuff gotta GO !” --and it did.
A well-recognized, mutually lucrative longtime social compact, early-on, concentrated by far the major U.S. manufacture method and management to produce world-leading wealth and security for both workers and corporate owners.
Unions and then-skilled conscientious corporate management achieved their goal via democratic dialog.
That’s WHY the American auto industry long led the world via innovation --triggered originally by the triumphant concept of “the assembly line” by Henry Ford.
Many complex factors --most unrecognizable and unprepared-for, have combined to complicate and even conceal what has happened since those early days. Rapid worldwide political, economic --and overwhelming technological change has occurred, making commonplace that truism: “The only sure-change you can count on is the fact of change itself.”
But continuing progress around the globe, built by corporate contingents seeking only-and-always “profit uber alles”, finally fell inexorably into false, furious, futile preoccupation with dollar-power uber democracy.
“National interest” ruled the home-roost, and we allowed it to overpower the prescience provided by our Founding Fathers, sharply warning us-in-the-future of the constant dangers inevitably developed by any foreign entanglement.
Too often corporate concerns were backed by U.S. military might seeking world hegemony at any cost. Too many small and most still-developing countries have felt that weighty hand via capital-supplied from world agencies ostensibly as necessary fiscal support.
For too many, while survival help was truly sought, they ended by accepting rigorous, rigid conditions conducive mainly with continuing corporate dominance.
Look for that fiscal folly to end with Obama’s application of pragmatism, for innovative ways for U.S. foreign policy to preserve global peace, while still promoting and projecting our true national interests.
Fair is fair, and freedom is fuel for real forward progress around this hurting world; the U.S. CAN help, not hinder, hamper, destroy and then depart.
One sure thing: NO MORE preemptive attacks to guarantee corporate control of another nation’s national treasure of natural resources. That’s WHY “energy independence” will be among the most-pursued, pragmatically-sought provisions of this Obama administration.
Will it build jobs, generate just-and- effective remediation for long-neglected infrastructure support; renew and strengthen transport developments and air safety measures; manage to motivate massive movement to metropolitan transit from traditional --and failed dependence on personal four-wheels stuff?
That’s a large question: The answer will depend on the degree to which President Obama is granted the full-hearted and good faith support of the American people.
No other question looms so huge and so hard to achieve --not even universal health insurance, now surely shown to be the next-big-thing blowing up its own storm, just over the horizon. The storm. that is: the health problems are ALREADY here.
What happens on health is probably the next badly-needed remedial development, keyed for constant effort until achieved by escalating, unsustainable costs. Fact is millions now out of work are also out of any safety/security on health, with huge, horrendous new costs sure to come via ER-dependence, very soon.
What other choice is left to those so unfortunate as to be “irresponsibly UN-employed“? That’s how the Far Right will be sure to pitch the spin: No more white-Cadillac/driving welfare mothers to mangle, so they will find some others somehow.
That’s too much, too soon, too inevitable, to be allowed to happen for long --so look for renewed and remarkably rapid developments there --sure to relight fires of fury from the Right, regardless of how-done.
Will the Obama-watch answer all of these, for all of the people, all in his first four years?
“Not hardly”, as my favorite Western pistol-toter would surely answer. But then, another-gun might chime right in:
“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
Which would you prefer, NOW ??