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  •  Hello, Peoples of the Morning (10+ / 0-)

    In my retirement decadence, I'm fairly seldom here to comment, though I often read and rec later in appreciation for the diaries and comments.

    As usual, there's so much interesting information, that one hardly knows where to begin to attempt commentary, but I thought this part of the Time article was so essential to understanding and so articulate and concise in encapsulating our present dilemma, that I wanted to re-emphasize it by repeating it below.

    American politics continues to repeat the practice of buying domestic power by inflicting misery and destruction on third world nations. In my view, Obama’s own contribution to statecraft in this regard has been his ability to lobotomize almost the entire Democratic base. The same people who were screaming about Bush’s illegal wars, unconstitutional surveillance, lack of due process, etc., are now silent or singing Obama’s greatness.
     Even when Democrats can see how Mr. Obama has disappointed them, the insanity of Republican politicians provides the Democrats a ready rationale to excuse Obama. (By the way, does anyone notice that if Hagel is confirmed it means two of Obama’s three SecDefs will have been Republicans?)
     The Republican party, with a few exceptions, is so visibly crazy that they have become an indispensable foil that permits Obama to govern as he does. The conventional wisdom of liberals is that Obama’s heart is in the right place, but he is conflict averse and therefore must govern as a centrist (really a center-rightist), because the GOP is crazy and intransigent. But in reality, Obama actually is a center-rightist who uses his image as a diffident compromiser as a cloak to hide his pro-corporatocracy given aways.  And because most people prefer center-right governance to out-and-out fascism, the GOP plays an essential role as a “bad cop” to the center-right “good cop,” which is why Democrats went along with  Obama’s plan to enshrine the Bush tax cuts for the bottom 99.3%, and a huge giveaway on the estate tax, in perpetuity. My fear is that, in the same way, Democrats will go along with Obama’s inflated defense budgets and his permanent conflict foreign policy.
     Anyway, that is the view of one clapped out retiree from the cheap seats in Versailles on the Potomac.
    Though I know that most here, as well as most informed traditional liberals, are well aware of the "gaming,"  I hope that perhaps it'll catch the attention and thought of some silent readers.

    I'm off for the day, but wish everyone a happy and personally productive one.  And may the nation itself enjoy a few of those soon.

    More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

    by blueoasis on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:14:59 AM PST

    •  there it is (7+ / 0-)

      hammer meet nail.

      Good to see you here, blue.

      If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

      by Lady Libertine on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:19:11 AM PST

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    •  Morning, blueoasis (4+ / 0-)

      I'm glad that you pointed that out.  It's not often that you find someone writing about it to begin with, but it's even more rare to find someone who summarizes what's going on so well.  

      Always glad to see you, my friend.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:17:09 AM PST

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      •  And yes (4+ / 0-)

        it really is our dilemma.  That is the perfect way of putting it.  It is, imho, the dilemma of the Left.  And I don't see many people even admitting it let alone figuring out what to do about it.  

        I still think the same thing I've always thought about it -- we have to challenge our own side instead of just railing and yelling about the terrible horrible Republicans.  They are defeating themselves with little help from us.  Our biggest problem is not the Republicans, it's our own side and the article very nicely lays out why.

        These Dems don't care what we say when we consistently pledge our loyalty and votes no matter what they do.   It's just common sense.  But where is that common sense among the leading voices on the Left?  

        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:21:24 AM PST

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