By Craig Hardegree | 

Obama ain’t yo momma. And he ain’t Santa Claus. And he ain’t Jesus. So stop expecting him to wipe your bottom and bring you gifts and save your soul.

If you were “disappointed” with President Obama’s regular routine year-end given-every-year news conference yesterday because you were expecting him to announce Trump would not be able to take office due to one of the utterly-fantastical foolishly-naïve theories being pushed by click-bait sites and money-sucking petitions, you don’t have any concept of the character and core of President Obama.

Never has he had a finer moment. Never has he exemplified the greatness he embodies, more than yesterday. He squarely placed the blame on Putin for directing the hacking and on the rudderless media for gleefully disseminating it and on voters who are more okay with a foreign dictator interfering with our elections than with a First Lady encouraging schoolchildren to eat a healthy lunch.

But then, as he always does, he exhorted us to find and follow our better angels; to realize and recognize that no outside force can alter the character of who we are; to work towards preserving what we have accomplished.

It’s past time to move on. And by that I don’t mean to quit or forget — I mean to be smart about the use of our energy and the focus of our activities. Nothing is going to come from calling the DOJ or signing petitions or lobbying electors — nothing.

And nothing is going to come from the dramatic takings-on and hand-wringing claims about the “end of America” or the “final breath of democracy” or the “return to Nazism.” Equally impotent are the notmypresident and nevermypresident hashtag campaigns.

Come January 20, Trump will be sworn-in. Period.

What we need to focus on is how we stop him and the Republican-controlled congress from dismantling everything we have accomplished and how we effectively oppose harmful change.

Our liberal principles didn’t lose. We won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes; we lost the electoral college on the “strength” of less than 100,000 votes concentrated in three states where voters forgot their steel-mill jobs left in the Eighties under Reagan; we gained two US Senate seats; the North Carolina governor was booted-out because he insisted on sticking by the asinine and outdated concept that people must use the restroom that matches the gender stamped on their birth certificate.

We “lost” because Trump recognized that conservative Christians are selfish, self-centered, me-first voters who had been less than impressed with the conciliatory tone of McCain and Romney and who could easily be manipulated into turning out in record numbers if only he were willing to tell them want they wanted to hear…that they are victims; that they are downtrodden; that their whiteness is under attack; that their guns are in danger; that their Bibles are about to be confiscated; that they face an existential threat from Islam in the form of a coming Crusade; that they are better than all other of God’s children; that he will do everything to ensure their existing privileged status.

And we “lost” because for the first time in history, a foreign government interfered in our sovereign elections, stealing and disseminating the private communications of one party in a concerted specific effort to help the other party.

And for that, Trump’s “win” will forever be in air-quotes; always asterisked; permanently footnoted — just like the “wins” of Lance Armstrong and Mark McGuire. It won’t limit his power as president, but he will never achieve greatness.

Current Senate rules still allow for a filibuster of Supreme Court nominees and legislation. It takes 60 votes to end a filibuster. They only have 52. If at least 41 of our 48 Democratic senators can summon the backbone to stand firm, we can stop all harmful legislation and block all Supreme Court nominees. Conservatives have set a precedent for blocking a vote on a Supreme Court nominee for one year — there’s no reason we can’t do it for four.

This will take applying constant concerted coordinated pressure on Democratic senators for the next two years until we can change the makeup of congress by putting all this wonderful new energy to work in turning out the Democratic vote like never before in 2018.

The last time conservatives had a total-lock on government produced 9/11, the Iraq War and the decimation of our jobs and economy. But then President Obama rode in on the winds of change and gave us hope; lifting our spirits; soaring with us to new heights of greatness.

But now…

“We feel the difference now. See, now, we are feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes. He and I and so many believe that — what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” ~ First Lady Michelle Obama, December 16, 2016.

But hope, like character and dignity, can’t be taken from you — it has to be relinquished.

And many of you have relinquished it.

It’s time to reclaim it.

It’s time to live in it.

It’s time to speak it and spread it.

“But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes, we can.

Yes, we can, to justice and equality. Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes, we can, heal this nation. Yes, we can, repair this world.

Yes, we can.” ~ President Barack Obama, 2008

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