Blue Dog Obama Treats Far Left Like a Hydrant!
It was jarring to read how the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President recently mocked the far left for an "overzealous" advocacy for world peace. Evidence of a colossal callousness, in my humble and "unprofessional left" oriented opinion. It is right up there with his memorable and repellant drones joke.
Eric Alterman in a provocative article entitled "How Obama Screws His Base" quotes the President's references to liberals as Obama addressed a recent $30,000 a person Democratic National Committee Fundraiser in posh Greenwich, CT.
"Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get -- to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health-care bill passed—oh, well, the public option wasn’t there. If you get the financial-reform bill passed—then, well, I don’t know about this particular derivatives rule, I’m not sure that I’m satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven’t yet brought about world peace and—(laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker." (Laughter.)
As for "historic" healthcare, I say just because the President labels it "historic" certainly does not make it so. Universal expanded-Medicare-for-all would have been historic. Corporate-bonanza Obamacare? Not so much. As for the estimated $12 trillion of American taxpayer money that ended up benefiting the corporate elites? No, I am not satisfied with that. Should I be?
To joke about world peace when the U.S. illegal wars have killed over 1 million people, displaced 4 million people? When thousands of our own soldiers and those of our allies have been killed? When hundreds of thousands have been psychologically and/or physically maimed? When reportedly 18 troops commit suicide every day? When innocent people were and are kidnapped, caged and maybe even still tortured?
Yeah, we do tend to throw on our negative wet blankets, Mr. Prez! See your point. Call them surreal-reality checks.
Alterman seems dismayed that even though frustrated by the left, Obama would choose to ridicule ANY POTENTIAL legacy Democratic party voter during a mid-term election period with a so-called "enthusiasm gap" of Grand Canyon proportions.
I suppose Obama is savvy enough to appreciate that his "look how hard I'm trying" act and walkless talking-the-talk no longer works on us of the far left. Rahm Emanuel didn't hold back his frustration earlier calling us "f*cking retards" and Robert Gibbs snapped that we all require drug testing.
I call what they are doing "attacking the messengers." Triangulating us as the soon to be declared "spoilers" responsible for the upcoming election failures. With the help of the corporate press and our "pragmatic" faux-progressive brothers and sisters, the legacy Dems have done a great job marginalizing us, of minimizing our message and numbers. Now they will undoubtedly demonize us for handing over the country to the irrational and dangerous right.
It is the Obama administration and a corporate-crony Congress that created an amoral vacuum where a government should have been. Nature abhors or is it loves a vacuum? Of course this vacuum begs for filling by the only other major party in our pathetic, corporate-captured political system.
Obama campaigned as a "person of conscience". I see him governing as (what Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report once declared) "the inside man" for the oligarchy.
Obama argues he is making "incremental" progress toward restoring post-Bush America.
Incremental progress? His assassination program? His lack of support for gay and women's rights? The non-restoration of habeas corpus? His abuse of state secrecy protection? The military commission system? His unwillingness to prosecute those responsible for the illegal and savage torture policy and the continuation of illegal renditions and detentions? His escalation of the Middle Eastern wars? His expansion of drone warfare despite the immoral and terror-inciting resultant collateral damage a/k/a murders of innocent people? An economic team that enables corporatists at the devastating sacrifice of working class Americans? His efforts to cover-up and spin away evidence of war crimes, to harshly persecute whistleblowers, rather than exploring and ending such crimes?
To name a few of the profoundly troubling issues for the left.
Obama and the legacy Dems are right about the horrifying anti-empathy of the Republicans and the Tea Partiers. But where is their empathy? Seriously. There when they talk the talk, maybe. But in reality?
Obama cannot forgive us, I suppose, for expecting him to honor his campaign promises.
We cannot forgive him for leading without a moral compass.