- Aug 9, 2003
Jesse Knows that even though Obama is the temporary Leader of the Most Powerful Nation on the Earth today, there are something that are best accomplish by a bottom up approach or Obama risk alienating his base and loosing all support. No President Stands alone, even when they know what needs doing and that it is right and just. Presidents are first and foremost Politicians and live and die by the polls of popularity and consent.
Obama is not a Malcolm or Martin who lead by Moral Suasion but a Politician who must test which way the winds of popular opinion are blowing first before they make a decision.
So to Jesse I say, Make him...... just as how Martin and the Civil Rights Movement made Johnson do It.
Jesse is great he has Agitate and Organize and has some Institutions use them to make him do it, by fostering and creating moral pressure around the issue and like Roosevelt, Obamawill gladly sign on the dotted line.....All politician like do do those things when the wind is in their favor
One of the most oft-cited incidents from FDR’s presidency is a policy meeting he held with labor leaders shortly after his election, which he concluded by telling them “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” Did Roosevelt ever actually say those words? Who knows? Like Washington and his cherry tree, what matters is why we tell the story and what it says about how we view the man in question. FDR understood that regardless of what he personally believed, change had to happen from the bottom up, not just from the top down. He was a bold leader who was never afraid to take on a fight as long as he had the American people on his side. If we stop assuming that politicians will simply deliver progress without our involvement or that the process of policymaking is out of our hands once our votes are cast, then we might start to see elections in a very different light.
Keeping Them Honest: What Politicians Say vs. What We Make Them Do | Roosevelt Institute
It was once just about the in fighting ad naseum: Two world wars ended this nation's isolationism...So whoever is in the white house does matter too..Let us face up to the facts...That colored Harvard law college grad did as best as he could....FYI