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Hey, It’s (far past) Time We Got Going!
Many of us are relieved that Donald Trump has lost the election so we will not have four more years. For many of us that relief takes a huge weight off of us. It is both similar and different from when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.
In late 2008 and into 2009 we had hopes that Obama’s leadership would bring about great changes in Washington. There were Democratic Party majorities in both houses of Congress as well as with the presidency.
There was talk of building a movement for change then. No movement developed. Mitch McConnell successfully lead Republic challenges to most everything proposed by both Obama and the Democratic Party.
Compromise after compromise with the Republicans failed to get support for healthcare reform. Finally, a limited, but significantly improved “Obamacare” was passed and signed into law.
The remaining six years of Obama’s leadership no longer had the “united” Democratic Party control and leadership in bringing about change, beyond some proclamations. The Supreme Court legalized gay/lesbian marital rights and changed some of the discrimination that had previously existed.
On the whole Obama was a very mixed bag! He couldn’t do things of substance for Non-White People, needing to keep the white folks behind him. His efforts lead to the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. He ordered drone attacks which killed many opponents of U.S. power in the third world. His policies resulted in the deportation of many undocumented people, separating families and not healing the divides between Latin America and the U.S.