‘Candidate’ Obama IS BACK… but that only proves he’s been gone.
This morning I received an email that I admit stirred me a little. The subject; “Frustrated.” The body: an eloquent ask for the American people to demand congress find a way to take bi-partisan action; a simple e-petition, but sent by the president to the American people. I don’t mind admitting that my skin tingled a bit with the possibility of a new culture of American civic engagement, of accountability delivered by the tools of our age.
What’s exciting is that Barrack has returned to the American people, to ask for our action. That he is done it in a way that recognizes the last 30 years of progress, in fact the last 5 or 10.
…both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilities — and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.
And we must hold them accountable if they don’t.
So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs:
What is so depressing is that Mr. Obama seems to believe, he only needs to call for our participation when he wants to be elected.
Halfway through the email I could feel it, like a sour copper taste in my mouth. This wasn’t about involving the American people in the act of governance. Most upsetting, perhaps it never was.
Indeed, I clicked download images and there it was….
And when I linked out to the petition. Confirmation. Within 2 clicks I was being asked for money for a re-election campaign.
Mr. President I want you to ask for my vote, but NOT just every 4 years.
Here is a short list for your inspiration:
Iceland Crowd Sources a Constitution
Radical Transparency -A new Approach to Management
Here is an old one: