The Populist President
Gone is talk of civil discourse to resolve ideological differences for the betterment of the nation. Gone is compromise. Confrontation is now the order of the day. Let the battles begin!
For that you need a populist superhero… a man of, for and all about the people!
As the election heats up President Obama shed his ivory tower professor’s robes to reinvent himself.
Barack Obama stepped into a telephone booth, dawned tights and a cape and emerged ‘The Populist President!’
In front of the cameras the President has transformed into an avenger for the downtrodden. He boldly stands up to the rich and their powerful lobbies.
Behind the cameras he flies Air Force One all over the country and slips quietly, like a thief in the night, into $38,500-a-plate fundraisers to meet with big buck campaign bundlers.
The President is a very, very clever man.
The Rise of Populism
One of the President’s latest reelection efforts reinventing himself as ‘The Populist President’ is through a very likable forum created at the White House’s own web site:
“We the People: Your Voice in Our Government“
Its admirable that President Obama never stops thinking. Its even more deviously admirable that he is clever enough to get taxpayers to help fund his reelection.
What is “We the People”?
It is a great idea, a simple yet elegant concept. It allows ordinary citizens like you and me to create our own petitions for causes important to us. And it is given legitimacy and a national audience from none other than the White House itself.
Its like having the backing of the President and the Executive Branch of government to collect signatures for your personal causes. No more hassling people on street corners or public squares. Its much easier to reach a whole lot more potential supporters.
The petitions forum has simplified instructions and a video showing ordinary citizens how to create and publish their own White House backed petitions. You just sign up, create the petition and then plaster Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and the rest of the Net with pointers to your petition.
Then just kick back, smoke a doobie and watch the signatures roll in by the thousands without getting wet outside or making your feet ache!!
There are many ways provided to find petitions of your liking to sign.
What is not to like about that? I could hardly restrain myself from standing up to wave the flag around and shout out “Yes we can!”
As of this writing there are 78 petitions so far published that you can browse and sign at your leisure, but there are sure to be hundreds or thousands more.
The Top 10 Petitions List
The most popular petition having 38,631 signatures as of this writing is:
“#1 – Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol. – 38,631.“
With just a click of the “Sign this Petition” button you too can be added to the throngs demanding legalization of marijuana.
Break out the ol’ water pipes from the attic. Its practically the law of the land!
Its something that probably should be done anyway.
The other top 9 petitions:
“#2 – Abolish the TSA, and use its monstrous budget to fund more sophisticated, less intrusive counter-terrorism intelligence – 22,075“
Nobody cuts the TSA a break
“#3 – Call an Investigation into Allegations of Prosecutorial & Judicial Misconduct in the Case of Sholom Rubashkin – 19,567“
Don’t know who Shalom Rubashkin is but he has a lot of friends.
“#4 – Edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase “Under God”. – 13,939“
Who allowed that in there in the first place?
“#5 – Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once Again – 12,175“
Yup, another marijuana one
“#6 – Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. – 11,666“
Uh, huh… more marijuana… appeals to deficit-aware conservatives!
“#7 – Direct the Patent Office to Cease Issuing Software Patents – 11,554“
I’m sure software programmers that work their butts off night and day for years creating new programs will sign this one. I hear there is money to be made in hacking.
“#8 – Stop Interfering With State Marijuana Legalization Efforts – 10,890“
Sure, the top 10 list reads like a throwback to the 1960s. What did you expect? There is nothing wrong with that.
The idea of giving ordinary citizens a free-access, high profile government-sponsored forum for their causes is a good one. It appeals to people’s sense of individual rights and individual freedom within a democratic society.
It won’t appeal much if you are into personal privacy, though. You have to create an account with an email address to participate and you are identified by name and city in every petition you sign. Anyone smell targeted political marketing here?
That aside, this newest effort by President Obama to paint himself as a man of the people is yet another attempt by an increasingly desperate reelection campaign to bolster President Obama’s dwindling list of supporters.
Its both clever and appealing and helps shore up his base support in a kinda-sorta positive way.
It goes to show the great lengths the President is willing to go in order to get reelected, even to using taxpayer supported government web sites.
If President Obama put as much creativity and effort into job creation as that he’d be reelected in a landslide.
In that case he really would be ‘The Populist President’!