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Obama’s Vague Promises = Inevitable Leftist Dismay

December 20, 2008

The deepening disenchantment on the far Left with Barack Obama has sparked a campaign here in New England to track Mr. Obama’s appointments and moves as he prepares to take office. Folks at The Phoenix group of alternative newspapers (Boston,Providence, Portland) have started a site named Take Back Barack.

Jeff Inglis, a commentator at the site, writes yesterday (excerpts,emphasis added):

….I’ve come to a deeper understanding of this visceral feeling I have of worry about Obama….

….Only time will tell whether Obama will do the right things, the things we voted for him to do – withdraw from Iraq, improve our education system, fix healthcare, green the economy. Many liberals and progressives are counseling us to wait and see, to give Obama a chance to make change.

That is the wrong path. We cannot sit back on whatever laurels we may have heard by electing Obama and let him do what he and his advisors want. We must remain constantly involved, a constant force to push Obama, his advisors, and Congress to do what we know needs to be done.

He might just do the right things, even if we left him alone. But we can’t take that chance - especially with the advisors he has chosen. Maybe he can take the Clinton out of Hillary and the McCain out of Jim Jones. Maybe they will come around – or even already have – to share Obama’s views on many topics. But I’m not willing to bet my future, my country’s future on that….Obama called on us to stand up and take our country back. We need to do that - and we start by Taking Back Barack.

Ralph Nader is not happy either. On Democracy Now (Dec 5) here is Nader in an exchange with Amy Goodman (excerpts):

…after appointing all the heavyweights, keeping Gates as Secretary of Defense, Hillary Clinton at State Department, and other positions—Treasury, for example, coming from Wall Street—the article said, well, it’s time now to consider some liberal appointees….Well, what’s left?….As long as liberals and progressives gave Obama a pass during the election and didn’t demand anything in return, he knew that he had their votes and he had their support regardless and moved right, moved to the corporate. And that’s reflected in the appointments that he has been putting in place….Now we look forward to the second level. Who’s going to be Food and Drug Administration head? Who’s going to be the head of the Auto Safety Agency or EPA? Will so-called liberals and progressives get their share of the Obama administration at that second level? It remains to be seen. But the signs are not very auspicious.

….(Obama) defeated Hillary Clinton in a close race, and now he’s reinstalling the Bill Clinton administration. Now, there are two interpretations, briefly, here. One, it could reflect his insecurity. That way, by putting Clintonites all over the government and keeping Gates, he is basically eliminating a lot of potential centers of criticism and challenge to his administration after January 20….

Amy Goodman asks about the Marine General Jim Jones nomination as National Security Adviser:

Jim Jones is basically the representative of what President Eisenhower cautioned us about, the military-industrial complex. He is experienced. He’s clever. And now he’s in the White House. So the question is, who’s going to run what? Is Obama going to transform Jim Jones? Is Obama going to transform all these establishment appointees? Or are they going to, in effect, transform him, in contrast to his more liberal rhetoric?

Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin is with Nader in this discussion and she has much to say about Iraq and Afghanistan; we’ll leave that for a later post. Stay tuned.

h/t Brian Maloney: Radio Equalizer

Obama Dismays the Left

Socialist = Black: Latest Left Lunacy!

October 22, 2008

The good old English word Socialist has become the latest code word for Black and is now a designated smear according to at least one dunce on the Left. Dunce Lewis Duiguid, a Kansas City Star columnist has come up with the idea that when Republicans speak of Obama’s socialist agenda they want the listener to decode that word as black. He writes:

The “socialist” label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots…..McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.

The funniest, and most intelligent, part of the affair is the comments from the paper’s readers, to wit:

….I had a good chuckle at what can only be a called a Freshman College Student’s failed attempt at linking his argument to the facts in this article. There are virtually no White Americans that associate Blacks as a race as being Socialist. Code Word? Indeed!….Obama IS a Socialist. Obama isn’t Black he’s a Mulatto. IF he gets elected you will have to say there’s a Half White Man in the White House! That must drive you crazy because that will leave Bill Clinton as the First Black President! (As Proclaimed by your own beloved NAACP!)…. and

….In point of fact, A. Phillip Randolph was a labor union organizer, with more than a few socialist leanings. Paul Robeson was an avowed Marxist, a celebrated member of the American Communist Party, and a winner of the Lenin Peace Prize. W.E.B. Dubois was a known Trotskyite and Maoist, ran for office as a member of the American Labor Party, and also won the Lenin Peace Prize. He once wrote, “Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature.” Dr. Martin Luther King was never an official member of the Socialist party, but several of his advisers were (Hunter Pitts, Stanley Levinson). Dr. King founded the “Poor People’s Campaign,” an attempt to “spread the wealth around,” as Sen. Barak Obama would say.

M. Rizzuto over at ConservativePunk remarks:

This most laughable aspect of this charge, is that author Lewis Diuguid expects us to believe that something like J. Edgar Hoover’s use of the word socialist to describe blacks is somehow fresh in the minds of Americans, leading it to be the natural connection we make when we hear the word. Not to mention that W.E.B. Du Bois was in fact a socialist.

Also see Bob Parks/Black and Right
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Liberal Damage Near Impossible to Undo….

October 18, 2008

We reported Thursday at Habits Not Peculiar (The Liberal Supermajority) about the danger to our nation from an Obama victory in Novermber. This issue is further amplified in an essay at Claremont Review of Books by Charles R, Kesler entitled “The Audacity of Barack Obama”. This essay is published in its entirety at RealClearPolitics. PowerLine blog reports today (emphasis added):

As the history of the Reagan administration tends to show, each wave of liberalism has produced results that are extraordinarily difficult if not impossible to reverse. Now Obama stands posed to generate a fourth wave of liberalism that will do great damage to American prosperity and freedom. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal editorial “A liberal supermajority” sketches out the most obvious elements that would roll up on the shore with the fourth wave of liberalism.

Fall 2008

Cover Image Claremont Review of Books: Fall 2008

Obama Change = Clinton III

July 18, 2008

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There is no change evident in the Obama campaign. What we see is a potential third Clinton term; many of the Obama foreign policy advisers are holdovers from the Hillary campaign or retreads from the Bill Clinton administration. According to New York Times today a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, (are assembled) to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.” Here are some snippets to show the huge influence of ex-Clintonians in the Obama camp:

….an infrastructure that has been divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues, and that has recently absorbed, with some tensions, the top foreign policy advisers from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Most of the core members of his team served in government during President Bill Clinton’s administration and by and large were junior to the advisers who worked on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. But they remain in charge within the campaign even as it takes on more senior figures from the Clinton era, like two former secretaries of state, Madeleine K. Albright and Warren Christopher, and are positioned to put their own stamp on the party’s foreign policy

Most of them, like the candidate they are working for, distinguished themselves from Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy camp by early opposition to the Iraq war. They also tend to be more liberal and to emphasize using the “soft power” of diplomacy and economic aid to try to advance the interests of the United States. Still, their positions fall well within centrist Democratic foreign policy thinking,

Mr. Obama’s core team is led by Susan E. Rice, an assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration, who has pushed for a tougher response to the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, and Anthony Lake, Mr. Clinton’s first national security adviser,

The core group also includes Gregory B. Craig, a former top official in the Clinton State Department who served as the president’s lawyer during his impeachment trial; Richard J. Danzig, a Navy secretary in the Clinton administration
(emphasis added)

Source: NY Times 7/18/08

Lefhandedness and Left Politics….

April 11, 2008

Wadda you know, Obama’s a lefty. I had no idea. I suppose lefhandedness and left politics don’t necessarily go together. A 1998 study found that 7-10% of the population to be left-handed, and left-handedness more common in males than females. American presidents who were lefties: James Garfield, Herbert Hoover,Harry Truman,Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan,George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. (A surprising cluster of names in the 20th century)


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