Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Five Years Ago

I realize that my post on Monday was critical of Barack Obama and in particular his decision to allow a Super PAC, Priorities USA Action, to work for his reelection. Some friends have commented that this might not be the time for a a supporter to be criticizing the President during the Republican primaries, but it is hard to keep the faith when that faith demands blind followers. I want a candidate who is accountable to his/her constituents and willing to talk and listen to their feedback.

I have never met President Obama and know no more than his books and our objective media reveal (yes – intended!). But something in his grassroots campaign resonated with me: the hope, the honesty, the optimism.

That campaign kicked off five years ago last week. This might be a good time to remember why we got energized half a decade ago.


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (@alonshalevsf).

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4 thoughts on “Five Years Ago

  1. Count me as one disappointed in Obama. And scared to death of the alternative.

  2. If Obama is re-elected, he will be a lame duck for the next four years with no reason to pander at all to his progressive base. Free to do what he wants: what his bosses on Wall Street pay him to do. A Rep will do the same if elected, of course. Long past time to look at other choices. One small thing is to send a message by voting for a “third” party or independent candidate: a small gesture of refusing to comply.

  3. Have to disagree with you my friend. Revolution cannot come from without. This is a two-horse race. It’s our guy or theirs. I fear a protest vote will only bring in a Republican President.

    We need to find other ways of showing dissatisfaction without exposing ourselves to a worse option. We also need to give President Obama a government that will work with him and not derail every effort to create change.

    What say you?

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