Culture Change – Time to Take the Gloves off with Obama

Posted by Trish Riley, June 30, 2009

This is a difficult article. The author seems to be stoking the fires against change by claiming that our choices are limited and that the current administration is not addressing our priorities. I have little patience for this line of criticism because i think we clearly have leadership which we’ve never had before, and though it may not be perfect, i appreciate that the Obama administration is taking stances never seen by a White House administration before. I think that we can all better serve our own needs by supporting the efforts being made than by deriding those efforts. We can’t expect one person to change the status quo – it will take our nation to make the changes necessary to lead us into a healthier, more prosperous future. We are fortunate to have a leader who understands these needs. He’s asked for our support – we need to help make this vision a reality, and not feed the opposition by attacking his efforts.

Sorry if i sound like a dilettante or sycophant, but I really think we need to give change a chance while we have the opportunity.

The clock is ticking, and we are not building life boats. As the population’s options close and a harder ecological and socioeconomic fall is assured more each day, Barack Obama is leading the thumb twiddlers, albeit with eloquence and charm. What passes for policy debate today seldom reckons with the life and death issues of climate extinction, petrocollapse, and the social chaos ahead.

via Culture Change – Time to Take the Gloves off with Obama.

  1. 1. Ed Brown Says:


    My take on this is that Obama has had 6 months to make some positive changes. If six months is not long enough to make a judgment of his willingness to take on the “DC system” and move us toward a sustainable future, how long should we wait?

    He supports a climate bill that will have a long-term negative impact on our environment. He’s hired the crooks from Wall Street who got us into this financial crisis to get us out. He’s supported the stimulus package that is focused on building more unsustainable road systems – all in the name “jobs”.

    Obama supports the $465 million dollars the Energy Department gave to Tesla Motors to build electric cars that start at $50,000. How will this help make us more sustainable?

    He supports incentives (up to $4,500) for buying more efficient cars (2+ MPG better than the gas-hog you have). He also supports crushing these gas hogs. A few years ago, GM was crushing electric vehicles, after the federal government funded GM to build its electric vehicle – the EV1. Now we are paying to crush these gas hogs and funding $50,000 electric vehicles. Where is the logic here? Why would he support this madness if he were supporting sustainability?

    Instead of waiting for Obama to manage the system – why don’t we push him to manage it the way we want him to? We should take his advice on this point:

    As Obama explained to an audience in January 2008, when few gave him much of a chance to be president, “Change does not happen from the top down. It happens from the bottom up…[People] arguing, mobilizing, agitating and ultimately forcing elected officials to be accountable…That’s how we’re going to bring about change.”


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