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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama and the KEEPING of Power

It is both fascinating and horrifying to watch Barack Obama's unfolding power grab.

The "shortly to be" president has set up a new organisation, "Organising for America" to hold together and build on the mass movement that brought him to power.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Republicans and some Democrats fear that the new organisation will give Obama both a power base independent of the Democratic Party and a club with which to beat independent minded lawmakers back into line.

As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president's agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection.

The organization, known internally as "Barack Obama 2.0," is being designed to sustain a grass-roots network of millions that was mobilized last year to elect Obama and now is widely considered the country's most potent political machine.

Organizers and even Republicans say the scope of this permanent campaign structure is unprecedented for a president. People familiar with the plan say Obama's team would use the network in part to pressure lawmakers -- particularly wavering Democrats -- to help him pass complex legislation on the economy, healthcare and energy.

The plan could prompt tensions with members of Congress, who are unlikely to welcome the idea of Obama's political network targeting them from within their own districts. Already, Democratic Party officials on the state level worry that it could become a competing political force that revolves around the president's ambitions while diminishing the needs of down-ballot Democrats.

Though the plan still is emerging, one source with knowledge of the internal discussion said the organization could have an annual budget of $75 million in privately raised funds. Another said it would deploy hundreds of paid staff members -- possibly one for every congressional district in certain politically important states and even more in larger battlegrounds such as Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina.

To paraphrase Lenin;

"It is not the gaining of power that is important-it is the KEEPING of power".


Anonymous The Doktor said...

(I never do this but this is an exception. I posted this at Giovanni's World)

Oh, I’m not so sure that this isn’t a good thing. I mean, the Socialist in Chief (Or SiC) must know what he’s doing. He has many years of executive, political, military, and international experience (hey, he was a Muslim - a very militant group - and Indonesian citizen of Kenyan descent in Indonesia, wasn’t he? Could The Monkey claim that type of experience?). He has been in charge of large groups of people on the community level (all of that indoctrination goes a long way) and has coordinated huge government related projects worth billions (his campaigns).

And isn’t it terrific that there is someone to finally put the screws to the Democrats, Republicans, Independents, AND ordinary citizens like you and me? Hey, it worked for Stalin, didn’t it? So what if our GDP will plunge. There are a lot of things more important than jobs, money, security, home, and family - all of them vastly over rated.

And I like the term Obama 2.0 - it reminds me of that fine product, Windows 2.0 . I can hardly wait for Obama ME. (OK. That reference was a bit obscure.)

The point is that America needs organizing. I know. I had a hard time finding socks that matched this morning. And a power base independent of just about everyone and everything but Obama is just what our Great Leader needs. He can really get his agenda pushed through our group of inefficient, unnecessary lawmakers. I mean, why do we need lawmakers? The SiC can appoint judges for that, can’t he? And there’s always that Executive Order thingy that can be expanded as needed - by judicial decree, of course.

No, fellow Obamans, there is nothing wrong with what Obama is doing. After all, isn’t that why we elected him in the first place?

Comrade Doktor

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2:53 PM  

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