For many reasons, I have concluded that Barack Obama cannot win a second term and the time has come for the nation to focus on choosing his successor rather than arguing incessantly regarding whether he is a man of good character with honorable intentions who has been victimized by evil Republicans, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing applying the shock doctrine to eviscerate organized labor, eliminate the safety net, and so impoverish everyone except the rich that they are willing to work for peanuts in sweat shops to avoid starving to death.

The bottom line is the Main Street economy is moribund, real unemployment is over 20%, there is little demand for products and services because millions of people lack money to spend, the president’s pivot to creating jobs is not going to git ‘er done, and his proposed austerity measures constitute a clear and present danger to our health, safety, and prosperity.

The time has come for him to go and for we the people to put aside our petty differences and get down to the serious business of electing a candidate who will represent our best interests rather than the best interests of the banks, corporations, and the military industrial complex.

I vastly prefer resignation to announcing that he will not seek a second term because of what he might do before his term in office ends. While I do not believe he would push the War-with-Iran button as a lame duck president, which is something he might do if he is running for reelection and his political fortunes continue to founder, I am worried about Catfood Commission II. I think the commission members would be far less likely to carry out their mission, which is to gut social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, if Obama resigned.

Why risk political oblivion by disturbing the third rail in the midst of a pitched battle for the presidency between as yet undetermined candidates?

I am concerned that even if he announces that he will not seek a second term, he will continue to push the commission to carry out its mission, and that is the scenario that I hope to prevent.

We the people need to have an informed and thorough discussion about, but not limited to:

1. Whether corporations or people should determine our nation’s future;

2. Whether our nation should continue to engage in endless war for natural resources;

3. Whether we need to bring our troops home and close more than 800 military bases in foreign countries;

4. Whether it is time to end the Global War On Terror:

5. Whether globalization and free trade agreements are in our best interests;

6. Whether we are a nation that follows the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and practices equal justice under law or a nation that ignores civil rights in favor of maintaining a vast surveillance state while exempting the rich from the Rule of Law;

7. Whether we will be a nation that believes it is more important to protect insurance company and Big PhRMA profits than it is to provide affordable health care to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, or religious belief;

8. Whether the banks should be held accountable for the housing bubble, crashing the economy, and Forfeiture Gate instead of blaming the victims of criminal frauds and theft;

9. Whether the torturers and the people who lied us into the aggressive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq should be held accountable or rewarded for their war crimes;

10. Whether saving the environment is more important than maximizing corporate profits;

11. Whether public education should be abolished and replaced with privatized education; and

12. Whether government should be privatized to the maximum extent possible and its assets, including highways, buildings, parks, and forests sold to the highest bidder.

We absolutely need to have a national discussion regarding these and many other issues and the pressure to do so will continue to build until we do it peacefully or violently.

Barack Obama is an impediment to that discussion.

If not now, when?


Cross Posted at my blog and the Smirking Chimp.

Author’s Note: I am going to add this to the final manuscript of Namaste: If not Now, When?

Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.