As a Democrat since I could vote, I ask the Monterey County Democratic Party to announce that it will not endorse President Obama’s reelection bid at this time. While there have been positive aspects to the current administration, most notably his two Supreme Court appointments, the past three years have been at best a grand missed opportunity to move this country away from the neo-con policies that are pushing our nation close to fiscal and moral bankruptcy.
At its worst, by, among other things, escalating the war against the Afghan people and pushing more ruinous “free” trade agreements through Congress, the President has made things significantly worse. In the current debt ceiling debate, President Obama has moved farther to the right than even his predecessor dared. Indeed, he is excoriating those fighting to ensure that seniors enjoy a decent standard of living and the health care many need to survive. Social Security and Medicare are Democratic programs which we should defend with great pride not scale back in order to maintain recklessly low tax rates for the super rich.
The President’s specific failure to defend the jewels in the Democratic crown and his general willingness to inflict more pain on poor and working Americans and none on corporate titans prove that he lacks our shared Democratic values. As such, Obama’s continued presence as our party’s standard bearer can only harm the Democratic cause. Accordingly, the Monterey County Democratic Party should renounce its support for President Obama, endorse another candidate in the 2012 primaries, and refuse to aid the reelection campaign in any way.