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A Confession of an Obama Hater

Reform Dem has quite an interesting theory on why the left and the right dislike Obama. He even had the audacity to claim it is because they both fear Obama will move our politics to the left. Reform Dem starts with the most nonsensical thing I have ever heard.

While it’s easy to see why this bothers the right, you might think that the far-left would be pleased with the prospect. But many are not because they believe in revolution, not evolution. In their world anybody who makes things better, short of the true revolution, is a threat. A threat because revolution can only occur when the people are made to suffer.

So Reform Dems’s theory is those on the left are opposed to Obama because they feel threatened that he will make their lives better. It sounds to me like Reform Dem has read one too many right wing critiques of Marxism. I have to assume that the “far left” he refers too is myself, because it is clear his knowledge of “leftism” is rather limited. For the record, I don’t identify with the far left, but that bitter, hard left in its truest economic sense.

It seems Reform Dems analysis get even whackier,

The Proletariat is a guy who would never vote for Clinton, yet he waxes poetic about what he sees as the unfair way she’s been treated by Obama, the media, and the DNC. His real goal, of course, is simply to damage the Democratic nominee, whoever it may be, and Clinton is just a convenient club with which to whack Obama.

The fact of the matter is I did vote for Hillary in the primary. She would give me pause in November, if she was the nominee, and I would certainly vote for her as an independent, which may happen before this is done.

My goal was not to damage the nominee, but frankly to save Democrats from themselves. The Democrats did a very similar thing in 1972, and it turned out just as bad. There is no way in hell that Obama will win the general election. This is the classic egghead / working class tension that has existed since FDR formed his coalition. The Eggheads – Obama, Kerry, Gore, McGovern, Dukakis – always lose because they are liberal elitists unable to connect with the people.

Maybe Reform Dem can describe what’s progressive about Obama. What is progressive about being against universal health care? What’s progressive about NCLB? What’s progressive about teacher merit pay, What’s progressive about nuclear and dirty coal. What’s progressive about voting against a 30% interest rate cap? What’s progressive about the death penalty? What’s progressive about free trade? What’s progressive about the Cheney Energy bill? What’s progressive about increasing Social Security taxes? What’s progressive about race baiting? What’s progressive about referring to a reporter as sweetie? What’s progressive about attacking universal health care as a forced mandate? What’s progressive about being against a housing foreclosure freeze?

No, Obama is no progressive. He is another George Bush and eight years of that was quite enough thank you.

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3 responses to “A Confession of an Obama Hater

  1. Bigtime ⋅

    Amen.
    Hillary or McCain 08 .
    This says it all.!

    “Hmmm, now we know why the RBC did what the did. She had over 100 delegates from Florida and 73 from Michigan. If he got zero from Michigan and both states had been able to seat with full strength, she could have added over 86 delegates and he would have lost 59. Hmm, that brings her total to 1725 and Obama’s to 1707. Day-um! I wouldn’t concede either.”” riverdaughter”

  2. Ouch! Looks like I hit a nerve. You’ll probably just dump this comment, as you’ve done to all my others, but for what it’s worth here’s my response.

    Obama isn’t perfect. No candidate is. I disagree with some of his positions, and I think Hillary is better on issues like health care. But Obama’s voting record in the Senate is consistently more liberal than Hillary’s.

    While you can pick and choose individual issues to slant things any way you want, if you examine overall Senate liberal-conservative rankings you won’t find one (or at least I haven’t) that places Hillary to the left of Obama.

    The other big reason that I support Obama is that he inspires and motivates people, particularly young people, to become politically active in a way that no other politician on the left has been able to do in my adult lifetime.

    The key to long-term ideological change in a democracy is citizen involvement. Ronald Reagan succeeded not because of his intellectual or policy firepower, but because he inspired a generation of young people who are now running this county. I see the same potential in Obama, but with an ideology much more to my liking.

  3. I am not sure what nerve you are talking about.

    I would like you to define liberal and its relation to Obama’s voting record. Is Cheney’s energy bill a liberal vote? How about the Patriot Act, war spending, or voting against interest rate caps. That you see these issues as a slant really speaks to your progressivism.

    As far as inspiration, so did Hitler. Most progressives would argue that his inspiration came with great cost. I will be honest what I fear most with Obama is his fascist tendencies. He only relates to people as a mass never as individuals. I am reading a book currently on Obama as the post modern facist. Thus far it seems rather accurate.

    There is nothing democratic about Obama. Is it democratic to steal votes from one candidate and give it to another. Is it democratic to take votes that are unverifiable. Is it democratic to take votes that were never cast. Is it democratic to abuse ballot access laws to knock off all your competitors.

    I think we agree on the last point, and it is post modern fascism. This is exactly why I see Obama as the greater evil in 2008. I will vote Nader unless its close, and then go with Mac.

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