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    The "leftist economic beliefs in the progressive era" were beliefs which promoted the possibility of a universe of greater economic equality.  The fact that neither Obama nor Congress believes in resurrecting such a universe into the realm of possibility does not make either Obama or Congress "left," not even "for this era."

    Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves and raped at least one of them, still believed in the possibility of a universe of human equality, because he believed that slavery was eventually going to come to an end.  Those things don't make him a "conservative" in the same sense that Barack Obama is in fact a conservative because he strives to maintain the corporate profit rate in an era of declining global growth, and because he strives to maintain the military-industrial complex in an era of its fading relevance.

    Your idea of "left" is that Presidents who were born on third base should be credited for hitting triples.  Leftist achievement, not inherited legacy, makes people leftists.

    LBJ's signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promoted progressive social change in a way in which no act of Barack Obama's ever did.  The fact that Barack Obama came to the Presidency long after LBJ, and with no apartheid regime to remedy in the US, does not change that.

    "I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless/ And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all" -- Bruce Cockburn

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 02:49:37 PM PDT

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