A commenter asks if I know my Right from my Left. The problem is that in the US anymore, the Left is absolutely dead. So is liberalism. “Liberalism” in the US is now represented by Barack Obama and the DNC Democrats. There is nothing even slightly or remotely liberal about these people. They are all rightwingers. Therefore, the liberal brand is shot dead and gone full of holes. “Liberalism” in the US now means some kind of hard rightwinger, but just not as extreme rightwing as the Republican fascists.
A lot of us on the US Left, mostly the left wing of the Democratic Party, or what might be called the liberal base, do not believe that there is anything leftwing about this guy in any way, shape or form. He’s a rightwing Republican. The choice is between the “Democratic” rightwing Republicans and the “Republican” rightwing Republicans. The latter are much more extreme, but they are both parties of the Right.
The Left in the US stands for many things. Barack Obama represents and stands for almost none of those things. In fact, he is a hardcore sworn enemy of most of the hard and fast tenets of the Left here in the US. The Right in America stands also for many things. Barack Obama believes in the vast majority of those things, but he is just not as extreme about it as the Republican Republicans.
Both parties are moving us far to the rightwing. The Republican Republicans are moving us there very fast, the Democratic Republicans are moving us to rightwing Hell more slowly. It’s the slow boat to Hell or the fast boat to Hell.
It is time for everyone in the US who calls themselves as liberal to forcefully reject Barack Obama. What kind of liberal are you?
There are several types of US liberals.
FDR or New Deal liberal
LBJ or Great Society liberal
MLK or Martin Luther King liberal
I am all three of these things. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the DNC corporate Democrats represent a total rejection of everything that FDR, LBJ and in particular MLK stood for. The DNC Dems think that the New Deal and the Great Society and in particular MLK’s view represent “socialist” baggage that the Democratic Party needs to get rid of if it is going to win any elections. The DNC is based on the premise that only a very pro-corporate Democratic Party can possibly win elections in corporatized America.
I will say that Bill Clinton was much less of a Republican than Barack Obama is.