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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Dems and the Progressives are tearing each other apart by criticizing Obama...?

joshua holland expostulates extensively in an alternet post about how obama really isn't doing so bad and how liberals, progressives and democrats really do - and certainly SHOULD - support him... he conveniently ignores the fact that obama has done nothing less than perpetuate and, even worse, deepen the worst abuses of the bush years while selling what was left of his soul (a possession i'm afraid was already heavily mortgaged before he even took office) to wall street...


[T]here is a real danger that refusing to acknowledge the administration’s accomplishments has the potential to sour activist zeal in the run-up to the election. But so far, that doesn't appear to be the case. While Obama saw a decline in liberal support during the debt ceiling negotiations, he still remains quite popular with the base. As of late July, Obama enjoyed a higher approval rating among Democrats at this point in his presidency than any president since FDR – higher than Clinton, Kennedy or Truman. Recent polls show that 72 percent of self-identified liberals (and 77 percent of Democrats) approve of the job Obama has done – a number one would be surprised to discover after reading liberal blogs and listening to progressive talk-radio.

i'm afraid i was ticked off enough after reading it to fire back... (and, btw, i don't know what fucking "base" he's talking about... if i'm not part of that "base," i don't know who is...)

here's the comment i posted in response...

We're not tearing each other apart, Joshua. We're being torn apart by those who are intent on vacuuming up every last trace of money and power and putting it in their Scrooge McDuck money bins.

The whole notion that we should even bother "sticking together" in a completely fraudulent two-party system is absurd. Calling myself a Democrat is meaningless when there is absolutely no daylight between Repubs and Dems. Democrat vs. Republican in 2011 is a distinction without a difference and it has been for a long time. That we're just waking up to that fact is strictly a function of how thoroughly we've been propagandized.

Now that the 18-month run-up to our endless, American Idol-esque reality show is in full swing, are we supposed to, once again, tremble in fear at the evil, extremist R's and instead cozy up to "our" guy Barack who presides over such policies as extrajudicial assassination, mass murder by remote-controlled, video-game inspired technology, and the biggest transfer of wealth and power to the already super-rich the world has ever seen?

You tell me, Mr. Holland, exactly where the hope of our country and the rest of the world lies. While it sure as hell ain't Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann, it sure ain't Barack Obama either. What a choice we have. We can shit or go blind.

I think I'll go to McDonalds. I'm lovin' it.

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