Liberal denial over Obama plan to “reform” Soc Sec, Medicare


Apparently there is nothing liberals like better than another punch in the mouth from their supposed leaders, this time from President Obama. Liberal denial over Obama’s stated plan to gut Social Security and Medicare has become comical Liberals have a multitude of excuses. Obama has bad advisers. Republicans are evil meanies. Surely if we just somehow get through to Obama he will suddenly morph into FDR and become a fightin’ liberal after all.  Labor organizer Big Bill Haywood said, “a liberal is the guy who leaves the room when a fight starts,” so maybe it’s not surprising liberals never seem to fight for much of anything. However, Obama has become so overtly Bushian that even his loyalists are having second thoughts about him.

Daily Kos has proven to be a bellwether of the change in sentiment. After being one of the leaders in pushing the “lesser evil” trope, its commetariat and most of its diarists are up in arms over Obama’s budget, which includes Social Security and Medicare cuts. Kos waded in yesterday and in all seriousness wrote, “I can’t imagine President Barack Obama actually wants to cut Social Security. I’m not that cynical.”

I don’t even have to shred it. Go read his comments section. His readers cite chapter, book and verse the overwhelming evidence that this is exactly what Obama wants to do.

Kos continues in his delusion:

So I actually take him at his word, that he is simply trying to give Republicans what they want in order to appear compromising and reasonable. Why does he need to appear compromising and reasonable? Who the hell knows, but he sure has a pathological need to appear that way.

Rubbish. Obama has a will of steel when it comes to giving the banksters whatever they want. He has shredded civil liberties and the Constitution, ordered innocents tortured and killed, yet Kos thinks Obama has a pathological need to appear reasonable? Puh-lease. Kos is an apparatchik who wants to claw his way up the Democratic Party pyramid. He will never seriously fight the party and its leaders because that would hurt his chances for moving up.

Big Bill Heywood was right.

"Did you just call me a liberal?"
“Did you just call me a liberal?”

Tell me again, why do liberals defend Obama?

Ian Welch details how Obama without fail sides with the rich, making sure they get huge and unjustified bailouts while the rest of us get screwed. He concludes Obama must lose in 2012, whether in the primary or the general election.

If President Teabag gets in after 4 years of Obama, the US will be in better shape at the start of his wrecking than it will be if he gets in after 8 years of Obama. Obama is a disaster, who is making things worse, not better. He’s just making it worse more slowly than a Republican.

Hey liberal bloggers, Obama is not your friend. Why do you continue to defend him and pretend that Republicans are the source of All That Is Evil? Because it’s simply not so. The Democratic Party is equally complicit in the endless wars and in the financial collapse. Is it so you can build up your itty bitty PACs and fund-raising efforts in bedraggled hopes that one day you too may be a player in the corruption that is the Democratic Party and somehow reform it? But the two parties cannot be reformed from within, the rot is too deep for that. Reformists are rendered neutral, driven out, or compromised. Both parties are quite skilled at doing that.

Instead, look to the Middle East, where tyrants are falling from power. Those protesters are not working within the system or within established parties. Instead they are forcing change from the outside. That’s the way it will happen here too.

Hippies punched by Democrats, Tea Party betrayed by Republicans

Poli-Tea details how some liberals and progressives in the Democratic Party continually go back for more abuse. This is mainly because they are unable to envision alternatives, so they resolutely fight for change within a party that systematically kicks reformists in the teeth every chance it gets.

This just happened to the Tea Party too. Most of the legislators they helped to elect are now ignoring them and the budget that just passed was no actual reduction in spending at all.

Our two party duopoly doesn’t want change.

Polizeros Radio podcast. Fractures on the Left over Obama

While the two parties have genuine differences on issues like abortion, the environment, and a safety net, they are in complete agreement about foreign policy (American exceptionalism rules) and corporatism (Hey Wall Street, want more money? can we ignore more laws for you?)

The DFH’s, as well as many liberals and progressive, miss this, thinking Obama somehow is one of them, and is just misguided or has bad advisors. Surely if they keep working for change within the Democratic Party then Obama will see the error of his ways and morph into Liberalman.Not going to happen

This becomes bizarre and sickening when you realize that party loyalists will praise their own politicians for something they attack opposition politicians for doing. Like what, you ask? Like Democrats defending Obama’s approval of the brutal treatment of Bradley Manning when they would have foamed at the mouth if George Bush had done it.

With Josh Mull of Firedoglake & Rethink Afghanistan and myself. Steve Hynd couldn’t make it this week.

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Where liberals go to feel good. Conferences!

A fine rant by Chris Hedges

The moral outrage of the liberal class, a specialty of MSNBC, groups such as Progressives for Obama and, is built around the absurd language of personal narrative-as if Barack Obama ever wanted to or could defy the interests of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase or General Electric. The liberal class refuses to directly confront the dead hand of corporate power that is rapidly transforming America into a brutal feudal state.

That’s only part of it. Many liberals are wedded to large government through jobs, consulting, media, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, etc. They don’t really want to rock the boat much.

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference. This, along with letters and cries of outrage circulated on the Internet, is its preferred form of expression.

Conferences, petitions, and the like are indeed often quite ineffectual. But that’s secondary. Their real purpose is to build the mailing list, contribution base, and membership of the group sponsoring them.

Such conferences can also be comical in their pomposity. And it’s not just liberals. When I was in a far left group a few years ago, they would hold conferences and then announce deep solidarity with resistance struggles across the planet (without ever actually doing anything to support the struggles, of course.) Tragically, those engaged in the actual struggles were unaware of such crucial support coming from a micro-cult in the States. Fiery manifestos were read, announcing the revolution would most certainly be here soon, and that The Workers would inevitably follow the selfless leadership of the group. In a stunning feat of irrelevance and overreach, like that of a chihuahua fancying itself to be a wolfhound, the group once released a ponderous 200 page statement expounding their views on whether China was still socialist. I doubt if many of their own members actually read it, much less anyone else.

Such foolishness is simply building the group for the sake of the power base of its leaders while pretending to be revolutionaries and helps actual struggles not a whit.