I am happy to note that President Barack Obama continues to concentrate his political message on the idea that the left and right halves of American society, embodied mostly by a dysfunctional and partisan Congress but also at the grassroots of both parties, must knit themselves into a more functional and sustainable whole.
This subtext was obvious in both in his opening remarks and Q & A with House republicans in Baltimore. I believe this strategic vision and its recent tactical implementation will prove to be the lasting legacy of the Obama presidency.
The response was pretty much as I expected at the time as was the incompetent execution of Obama’s winning campaign strategy in the halls of Congress when it came to legislating in 2009.
I don’t even blame the representatives themselves as much as I blame We The People who can’t pay attention long enough to understand the precise nature of our various and sundry problems. We don’t need more medications to address our gastrointestinal issues if we can finally understand that our physical bodies reflect the societal disease growing at the very foundation of our Republic.
We are Rome now. Our indulgence in empire brought with it very high costs, both in lives and money and opportunity lost.
I still believe the president understands the essential nature of our dilemma. He knows how precarious our nation remains even after his monumental achievement in 2008. I am sure he understand how his caucus let him down as they failed to innovate in a way that made the republicans have no choice but to support the legislation under consideration. I am sure he regrets letting our dysfunctional Congress take the lead on these matters.
Based on his last two public performances, I suspect the president will continue to advocate the strategic goal of liberals and conservatives and independents forging a lasting peace as a means of achieving sustainable progressive change.