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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.

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Submitted by jawbone on


But, what an image, Libby. What a grabber of a headline. And it says it all.

Mocking of parts of the Dem Party base? Either this DINO prez is tone deaf or a completely arrogant elitist. Or just recognizes which side his bread is buttered on and in future will have added carviar.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Mocking the peasants to his crony or pseudo-crony elites. There is something creepy in all this ... like the superciliousness of the nouveau rich trying to belong? Where are some molecules of evidence of a sense of honor and decency? Memory of passionate promises? Conscience is the word I am seeking.

But then again, decency and honor among the rest of the establishment? Those values have continued to circle the bowl with the non-stop, ever-escalating political corruption.

Meanwhile Obama is my nomination for "Judas of this century"!

And the pols are really annoyed that citizens, ANY citizens actually have critical thinking skills. Anti-feeling culture, numbing out more and more. The heart of darkness of America is truly horrifying. And the annoying lefties just won't STFU and they are trying to disturb the cozy little Obama/beltway bubble.

Let the non-Obama orbit eat cake, or get incinerated by a drone, or whatever.

I often wonder who actually is calling the shots for Obama. He has lost all credibility with me. I am in awe of his apologists of which there are still many. Though now there is more pity than admiration. But still ... he inspires protection and denial. And internationally ... have they caught up to his callowness? Callousness?

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Submitted by Historiann on

Lest we forget, he was one of the delusional leaders of the bandwagon back in 2008.

(I've tried some old links to his articles in The Nation back in 2008, but they're behind a subscription wall now. But trust me: he was convinced that Obama would be "the most progressive president in more than half a century!")

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Yes, single payer expanded medicare for all is still the "Rumpelstiltskin" name that must never be uttered or acknowledged, the insulting verbal boycott continues .... and the rat bastards all equate liberalism with the public option as if there hadn't been a whole wave of advocates for really sane health care reform that had a structure and was win/win for all. Agggggggghhhhh. And with real education would not have been partisan but appealed to all without the shitloads of disinformation and fear-mongering.

historiann--Alterman ... kool aid withdrawal of his own ... interesting... this article seemed rather personal in its frustration, which is probably why I liked it so much ... I am not a steady reader of his. Archived his kool-aid stuff, huh?

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Submitted by vastleft on

It remains the big, fake lost opportunity for tribal Dems to shed not-too-many tears about, in between bouts of Palin panic.

I've yet to hear any evidence that "PO" isn't properly defined as some sort of undetermined amount of access to some sort of undetermined program with some sort of undetermined benefits and some sort of farcical hope of creating some sort of competition to Big Insurance.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

sigh ... it boggles the mind how the wave of public option pragmatists hi-jacked the air waves and helped sabotage such a sane movement. were so obnoxiously righteous in their pragmatism. everyone talking about this amorphous thing. anything to anyone. kinda like Obama himself.

You put it all so well!!!

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Submitted by vastleft on

It's pragmatic to assume that a wholly undefined program, designed by health industry players and their kept politicians, would somehow provide earnest competition to health industry players? That's somehow more pragmatic than kicking the profiteers out of the temple as every other modern country has done?

Submitted by libbyliberal on

what also stunned me was the ferocity the public option advocates went after the single payers. very reminiscent of how the "lesser of two evils" sky-is-falling peeps will demonize us, not the deserving do-nothing Dem pols and dino prez for not encircling the moral dead zone. what is that definition of insanity again?

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Submitted by twig on

alone -- brilliant!

Just one little addition: I'm 99% certain that the Department of Death suicide statistics don't include those that occur after discharge from the service. So unfortunately, that figure should be a lot higher.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Yes, I thought of that. The suicides among the vets, too.

Seems horrifying statistics don't have much impact any more. Well they do with the choir but who else is listening ... and feeling? These stories won't make corporate media, anyway. Sometimes make it to npr.