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  •  This is the most important thing about Obama (9+ / 0-)

    And what his defenders utterly fail to grasp. The true disaster of his presidency is not just his right wing policies, though they are a disaster in themselves, but the way he, as a Democrat, and a self declared "progressive", has legitimized the Right.

    Obama rode to the WH on the tide of revolt against the very right-wing policies he has embraced. Now, 3 years later, that tide has washed away. Especially among the Left. Obama has destroyed the Left in this country. There is no opposition anymore to the assault on our country by the oligarchs and the psychotic right. For to oppose all but the most insane Republican antics is to oppose Obama.

    This is why another 4 years of Obama would actually be worse than a new 4 years of Romney. I'm not sure if the Left can recover after the last three years. But I would rather have a vibrant left wing, reunited in opposition to this corporatist assault under a clearly defined enemy, Romney, than another 4 years of a fractured, disheartened Left that can't even stand up for our most basic principles out of fear of offending the Obama fanatics.

    Think about it. We've witnessed the most egregious violations of our constitution and our most fundamental civil rights - indefinite detention, assassinating US citizens, suspension of habeas corpus, secret, warrantless mass surveillance - and the Left has been almost entirely mute.

    Anyone who tries to claim that these same violations by a Republican president would have evoked the same response is a liar.

    •  Your initial statement may well be true - but when (3+ / 0-)
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      you digress to the point that you say:

      "This is why another 4 years of Obama would actually be worse than a new 4 years of Romney."
      ... is where you and I part company.

      I'm 50. I remember people saying that they couldn't believe that Ronald Reagan, a Hollywood Actor for pete's sake, was elected president - but hey, they continued, "he's just an actor, how much could he screw up?"

      and continued on in the same vein, when presented with the candidate in 1999 - George W Bush.  The lackluster, buffoonish son of the one-term George H W Bush, who appeared to lack any real smarts - but seemed like a nice fellow to sit down and have a beer with.

      No one took the danger of these men seriously - until it was too late.

      Look, the world is progressing. The fucking middle east is now full of young and younger people who have decided that letting psychopaths and egomaniacs run their countries is a bad thing, and they'd like to give Democracy a try, thank you very much. Even if they're getting hurt or killed in the process of changing how their country works.

      The Republicans are now the Party of the Olde Whyte Men's Club. Which, by the way, is going the way of the Dodo Bird - and those guys don't seem to have come to grips with this idea very well, have they? They're, instead, hell bent on turning the Legislative clock backwards as far they can, while they've still got their hands on the wheel. Because the day is soon coming when their clubhouse is going to close up it's doors - because there just won't be any of them left (or none with the requirements for membership, anyway: racism, sexism, misogyny, fear of every thing different).

      But if we cede that because our side, and even perhaps the man in the Oval Office, have done some of the same things or continued some of the same processes or policies as the Republicans - that that means that Mitt Romney at the Head of State might be a better long-term goal than re-electing Barack Obama...

      then, my friend, you have some serious re-thinking to do.

      I refer you once again to the start of this comment, re: GW Bush and R Reagan, and the expectations of the then Democratic Party and it's members about what their presidencies might bring.

      And the terrible, terrible consequences to the nation, and the world, eventually. Wars and economic disasters the likes of which the world has not seen since...

      the era of the Great Depression, and WWI and WWII.

      THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE.

      For me, this means preventing the ascension to the Presidency of a man who appears to have no ability to tell the same story about anything the same way twice. Beat cops will tell you, that's the behavior of a liar. A sneaky person in whom you should place no trust.

      To the highest office in the land?

      No thanks.

      I'll keep the guy we've got - and probably spend most of 2013-2016 yelling at him and his Administration about something they are doing that I don't approve of, and want them to stop or change.

      You know, participating in my democracy to my fullest extent.

      With a President who may be tarnished, but at least I don't believe him to be a liar and a mealymouthed front for a bunch of super-wealthy asshats who wouldn't have gotten that way in any other country in the world - but who don't want to spread that wealth around enough to ensure a healthy and well-educated workforce to continue to support them in their uber-splendiferous lifestyle.

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      "A Better World is Possible" - #Occupy

      by Angie in WA State on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 08:38:39 PM PDT

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      •  It is a tragedy that Obama hasn't (0+ / 0-)

        fostered transparency, separation of powers, and respect for the Bill of Rights, (...no person shall be deprived ... without due process of law. etc.)

        I guess he is doing as much as is politically feasible. That's my take on the Obama contradiction (liberal community organizer vs. the assassination president).

        Reaganomics: The belief that: 1) Unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources; 2) We can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

        by FrY10cK on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 05:56:50 AM PDT

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    •  Obama is doing what he was put there to do (1+ / 0-)
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      precisely as Bush did. He's just another corporate plutobot; a smarter one than Bush, able to manipulate the left.

    •  Maybe that's why the right IS trying (1+ / 0-)
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      to turn the clock back. I know this will take a little knot-untying, but having said that...

      Maybe they are, as an organization, trying to turn back the clock for a very utilitarian and simple reason:

      They want to turn back the clock to that point in history where their message and ideology became relevant.

      It's something to think about. This could be the only admitted way to save the GOP. I don't see anything else doing it, save a miracle election result within the next three cycles. It's worth a thought.

      I am an American citizen. I am a writer. You have been warned.
      Economic Left/Right: -7.75
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

      by Bud Fields on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:59:09 PM PDT

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