The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
Is climate change too much of a psychological challenge for the president? Is it simply too much for him to confront the near-almighty power of the fossil fuel industry and the Republican (and some Democratic) politicians who are that industry's acolytes?
Instead of the Affordable Care Act becoming President Obama's Waterloo, the Kochs' war against it may turn out to be their Iraq. Who, after all, believes Bush actually intended to strengthen Iran and the Shia?