I propose we start imagining "social-actualization" at the top of the pyramid. We're moving from an era when "rugged individualism" was foundational to how we defined success to an era when collaboration is essential for both personal and societal success.
I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.
The Sierra Club's ability to successfully advocate for environmental causes doesn't depend on access to politicians. But they have opted for an "inside" game, and have thus dropped the ball on pressuring officials from the outside.