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Memo to the White House: The Issue is Obama not the Economy


The economy is what is known as a self evident
Obama is what is known as a conundrum
Everyone knows the 2008 change agent
Now we need to know the change agent once again 
Since he has tasted the uncompromising racist bile of the enemy
In that contest we need the Obama of Philadelphia 
To reprise the story of the last two years
I trust the President to write that speech himself and to deliver it 
With the apposite timing that was Philadelphia and Tucson
People understand that the GOP has stalled the economy and why - to defeat Obama

The president once brushed off the fatuous the Hillary effort
He can brush off the recent past
But not without understanding that it is he not the economy that is the issue in 2012
He must personally unravel the conundrum he has become 
And explain how he sees an America beyond the great divide
He has not faced that because it is a scary move beyond oil and corporate dominance
Daley does not understand this Plouffe maybe a little
Obama knows it but has not faced it
I know it
Obama must speak it
Otherwise we will be delivered into the meaty hands of Bush 3
And the jaws of hell

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…