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Save Obama's presidency by challenging him in the Democratic Presidential Primaries

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  • Those of us who worry that a full-scale Republican return to power in 2012 would be a disaster not just for those hurting from the Republican-policy-inspired economic meltdown but also the environment, social justice and world peace believe it is critical to get Obama to actually become the candidate that most Americans believed they elected in 2008.
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  • Lerner's Wash Post Call for Primary Challenge to Obama Shatters White House Calm
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  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction
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  • 10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat
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Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives

People who used to say, "Give President Obama more time," when the president was criticized for capitulating to the right, or who argued that Obama must have a plan to turn things around, are now largely depressed and angry. To many liberals and progressives, the president's unwillingness to veto any measure that includes continued tax relief for billionaires is the last straw, building on a record of spinelessness that includes his escalation of the war in Afghanistan, abandonment of a public option for health-care reform, refusal to prosecute those who tortured in Iraq or lied us into that war, and unwillingness to tax carbon emissions.

With his base deeply disillusioned, many progressives are starting believe that Obama has little chance of winning reelection unless he enthusiastically embraces a populist agenda and worldview - soon. Yet there is little chance that will happen without a massive public revolt by his constituency that goes beyond rallies, snide remarks from television personalities or indignant op-eds.

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Lerner's Wash Post Call for Primary Challenge to Obama Shatters White House Calm, Tikkun
After Rabbi Lerner's op-ed piece calling for a progressive challenge in the Democratic Presidential primaries in 2012 to Barack Obama appeared Saturday (Dec 4) on the top of the op-ed page of the Washington Post, a firestorm has erupted in D.C. with rumors flying that divisions have begun to appear in the White House itself about whether President Obama should take steps to institute a new New Deal or some other dramatic measure to win back his progressive constituency. Lerner's article seemed to touch an exposed nerve--over 600 responses on line, most of them extremely excited about the idea, some outraged and trying to ridicule it, others worried that it might weaken Obama in 2012 (though Lerner argues that unless Obama becomes more explicitly progressive and re-excites his base, he is "a goner" anyway; plus hundreds of emails to Lerner, some urging him to run for President (he respectuflly declines unless someone comes up with a billion dollars to run that campaign), ,many saying that they are ready to join a campaign if and when it gets launched; some saying that they disagree with this or that particular candidate, others saying that they'd be happy with any of Lerner's proposed candidates.

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The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

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  • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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