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What Obama Could Do if He Really Wanted to Implement Change

By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
Barack Obama was elected because millions of people believe that he can change the political direction of this nation from the fascist trajectory that the Bush regime has been traveling over the last 7 plus years. When he takes office in January he will have the power to undo some of the damage of the Bush administration. But he will not do so because he does not owe his political allegiance to the masses of people in this country, but rather to the small class of people who live on the exploitation of the masses here and throughout the world. These are the people he will serve, regardless of the wishes of millions of people that voted for him.
 
I have listed a few of the actions Obama could take if he was a real agent of change. I invite readers of the World Can't Wait site to add others in the comment section after this article. I do not expect Obama to actually accomplish any of these items, but I think it is worth reflecting on how much damage has been done and then to think about what it will really take to reverse the course set by the Bush regime. We can not rely on false saviors from the ruling class such as Obama. We must rely on the masses to become politically active in a mass movement to actually have any hope of making real change possible.

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Nancy Pelosi: Governing from the Middle

By Dennis Loo

Relief that at last the evil warlocks will be gone can be felt everywhere.

The day after the election Nancy Pelosi declared, while basking in the glow of the GOP getting drubbed in the elections, exactly the same trend that swept the Democrats back into the majority in the 2006 mid-term elections, that a "new President must govern from the middle."

The GOP's defeat happened despite Congress' approval ratings being even lower than the White House's. It happened because of the deep and wide revulsion towards the Bush Regime's policies. But the American people's political sophistication isn't yet high enough. The belief and hope that voting for a candidate who sounds like he's going to bring a change - and that that is all it's going to take - exists broadly among the people. Obama's campaign skillfully appropriated phrases from the movement and Obama speaks repeatedly of this cause being something that requires people's participation. But what he means by this is very different from what most people think.

Pelosi said what she said not because she's an idiot, like Palin, but because she's dishonest. Her comments are the equivalent of an army soundly defeating the other side and then having the victorious general say: "No hard feelings. You and I are still going to rule in tandem and with equal regard for each other's views." Apparently, "change" isn't supposed to mean a change from the "bipartisan" debacle that got us to this point.

The election results were meant by the voters to be understood as precisely the opposite of Pelosi's claim.

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Against Lawrence Summers

By Dennis Loo 

Former Harvard President, eventually forced out for a number of reasons, including his extraordinary abrasiveness, arrogance, and blatant sexism, Larry Summers is being widely reported as having the inside track for appointment as Obama's Treasury Secretary.

 

In the following article by John Wilson we hear such gems from Summers as this memo that he signed while vice-president and chief economist at the World Bank in 1991: "I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that."

 

And then there's this:

 

"Back in April 2008, Summers was predicting that 'There is a reasonable chance that from a financial market, Wall Street perspective, the worst has passed.' That doesn't sound like a smart economic prognosticator.

 

"Just a few months ago, Summers declared: 'Alan Greenspan had a tremendous record as Fed chairman.'

 

"And in April 2008, Summers proclaimed, 'Any honest Democrat will admit that we are now all Friedmanites.'"

 

I don't know about you, but this is change I can believe in! Install as Treasury Secretary a guy who thinks that the free market cures all ills, the same ideology that has created the terrible crisis we are suffering from in the country and world. Capital idea!

 

So much more, see the Wilson article at OpEd News.

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The Obama Victory: Handle as Little and as Gently as Possible

By Kevin Gosztola
 
Both Sunday editions of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times provided souvenir pullouts or sections for those wishing to have another item to commemorate this historic election.
 
Since Wednesday, November 5th, Obama supporters and those who realized the historic significance of Obama's win have been buying up or grabbing anything with Obama on it so they can be sure they "remember" this moment forever and have memorabilia to share with their children and grandchildren later on in life.

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Illegal Religious Activity in the Military SOULD BE PROSECUTED

By Larry Jones

It's enough to make any rational person very upset over the way some right wing fundamentalists can lie through their teeth and still claim to take the Bible literally, including the commandment not to lie. Fortunately they often get caught by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) not only in their lies but also in their flagrant breaking of federal laws, violations for which a right wing religious group should definitely be held accountable and prosecuted.

The November video of the month on MRRF's website shows a virulent anti-Obama and anti-Muslim sermon by Cecil Todd, founder of a Christian fascist group called Revival Fire, followed by a few comments by Navy Chaplain Brian K .Waite, who appears illegally in uniform.

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Re-Branding the World Can't Wait

By Kevin Gosztola
 
Ever been to a protest event and said to your self, "What's with all the orange?"
 
The organization responsible for the prevalence of orange at rallies and marches across the U.S. (which calls attention to the Bush Administration's use of torture) has been the World Can't Wait---Drive Out the Bush Regime.
 
Now that Obama has been elected, the organization is holding its national meeting in Chicago to discuss how to respond to the election of Obama and how to re-brand itself to create real change.
 
Allow me to give you an update on how the meeting is going---an insider's point of view from an insider who really wants this group to succeed but at the same time wishes to objectively address this group's status in America.
 

Obviously, World Can't Wait---Drive Out the Bush Regime needs to be updated since on January 20th (provided that major incidents do not occur which conspiratorial nutcases will probably delight in bringing to my attention via the comments section of this article) there will be no Bush Regime to drive out anymore.

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Can the World Wait?

By Kevin Gosztola
 
 "America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered." -Louis D. Brandeis Success at the World Can't Wait (WCW) National Meeting this weekend rested upon whether those participating would be able to deliberate and synthesize ideas so that an agenda of goals and objectives could be formulated in the not-so-distant future. It depended on whether this deliberation and synthesis of ideas could be productive or not. When considering this, the WCW National Meeting was very productive especially since it features voices on the "left" that range from Revolutionary Communist to those willing to enter the voting booth on Election Day.
 

Such diversity could be a barrier to conversation. But unlike the U.S. Congress, which likes to put on a dog and pony show for Americans that features so-called right wingers squaring off with so-called liberals, the WCW is a group deeply invested and deeply confident in the necessity for WCW to produce real change in this country.

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The Way Forward in Resisting and Stopping the Crimes of the Government

The following is the speech given by Jill McLaughlin, national Steering Committee member, at the opening session of World Can't Wait's conference in Chicago; November 22 2008.
 
We meet at a time where there is much euphoria and hope among the people of this country after eight long years of the Bush Regime and its crimes. America has elected its first Black President. This is something that many people never thought possible. And this is significant and it would be wrong to try to say otherwise or disregard it. Many people in this country from all sections of society became politicized around this campaign in a way they never had before.

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Stopping the Crimes of the Government: An Audacious Idea, a Challenge to Act

By Debra Sweet
 
(This is the text of the speech given by National Director Debra Sweet at the opening session of the Chicago conference of World Can't Wait, November 22.)

Download the Audio of this Speech
 
In 2005, when we embarked on this audacious idea of "driving out" a sitting president who had just been re-selected, by bringing forward a movement from the people that was independent of the government and stifling framework of politics as usual, we didn't know what would be possible.
 
But we knew that many people felt as we did: the idea of waiting through four more years of this Bush juggernaut of war and repression loose on the world was intolerable. We knew that passivity and denial were very dangerous when the Bush Regime was nailing into place fascistic new legal norms and changing the whole culture. Evolution, abortion and dissent were in a state of siege. Habeas corpus, privacy and fundamental rights were coming undone.
 
Where would this lead if the people did not resist?  The people needed to come into action to stop this, but most were in terrible paralysis which would only take them toward accepting more and even worse horrors.  People needed a vehicle for their inchoate, palpable anger and sense that the Bush regime was not legitimate. The people needed to be a force that could change history.

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The Importance of Holding the Bush Regime Accountable - a Talk by Dennis Loo

The following is from a forum entitled "Stopping the Endless Wars and Torture; Resisters Speak Out" that was held on the evening of November 21, in conjunction with World Can't Wait's national conference in Chicago. The powerful event was emceed by Jill McLaughlin and Dennis Loo of World Can't Wait's Steering Committee, and featured talks by Iraq veteran Phil Aliff, IVAW founding member, and Matthis Chiroux, a military resister who refused deployment to Iraq; Jorge Mujica, organizer of huge marches against the attacks on immigrants in Chicago; and Marc Falkoff, editor of "Poems From Guantanamo" and an attorney, representing sixteen Guantanamo detainees. This video is from Dennis Loo's introduction to the event.

 

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Bill Kristol Calls for the Medal of Freedom for Torturers and Spies

by Dennis Loo

I hardly know what to say about this commentary from Bill Kristol, in the current issue of the right-wing Weekly Standard. It's damning on its own without any comment. But then, the premise on which Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, and prominent member of the Project for the New American Century, operates here does deserve comment and deconstruction:

"Bush should consider pardoning--and should at least be vociferously praising--everyone who served in good faith in the war on terror, but whose deeds may now be susceptible to demagogic or politically inspired prosecution by some seeking to score political points. The lawyers can work out if such general or specific preemptive pardons are possible; it may be that the best Bush can or should do is to warn publicly against any such harassment or prosecution. But the idea is this: The CIA agents who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and the NSA officials who listened in on phone calls from Pakistan, should not have to worry about legal bills or public defamation. In fact, Bush might want to give some of these public servants the Medal of Freedom at the same time he bestows the honor on Generals Petraeus and Odierno. They deserve it."

So waterboarding, which is torture, and NSA spying (on all of us) that the White House was caught red-handed doing in express violation of the 1978 FISA law, are not crimes against humanity or felonies deserving not just of impeachment but criminal prosecution at the Hague and in U.S. courts. No, according to one of the more influential voices from the extreme right and from the ranks of those who are making policy in the U.S., these acts are worthy of the Medal of Freedom.

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  • Debra Sweet

     Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

    She can be reached at debrasweet (at) worldcantwait.org. You can read her writings at debra.worldcantwait.net.

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  • Dennis Loo
     Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com
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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.