Saturday, January 02, 2010


The liberal intelligentsia, once again with the
  • least-worst mindset.
Some still believe that sometime, somewhere, Obama will
  • show his liberal stripes.

They are no longer loyally silent in the face of,
  • escalating war in Afghanistan
  • near collapse of key provisions in the health insurance legislation
  • likely anemic financial regulation bill
  • obeisance to the bailed out Wall Street gamblers

Bob Herbert, columnist for The New York Times, treated
  • “as if they have nowhere to go.”

Brainy Gary Wills, upset over Afghanistan in a stern essay of admonition, calling the escalation
  • “a betrayal.”
  • “If we had wanted Bush’s wars, and contractors, and corruption,
we could have voted for John McCain.
At least we would have seen our foe facing us, not felt him at our back, as now we do.”

Progressive Populist shows the velvet verbal gloves are coming off

Jim Hightower, “I had hoped Obama might be a more forceful leader
  • who would reject the same old
interventionist mindset of those who profit from permanent war

Obama signed on to the Wall Street and military-industrial complex from the get-go

Norman Solomon, “President Obama accepted the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize while delivering—to the world as it is—
  • a pro-war speech.
The context instantly turned the speech’s insights into flackery for more war.” Strong words indeed!

Arianna Huffington, her disillusionment is expanding. “Obama isn’t distancing himself from ‘the Left’ with his decision to escalate this deepening disaster [in Afghanistan].
  • He’s distancing himself from the national interests of the country.”

John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, never an Obama fan, upset with what he calls “the liberal adoration of Obama.” In the Providence Journal
  • Frank Rich of The New York Time,
  • Hendrick Hertzberg of The New Yorker
  • Tom Hayden
all showing mild discomfort in the midst of
  • retained hope over Obama’s coming months.
They have not yet cut their ties to the masterspeaker of “Hope and Change.”

The liberal-progressive commentariat has another two years to engage in challenge and chagrin

For in 2012, silence will mute their criticisms as the stark choices of the two-party tyranny come into view and incarcerate their minds into the least-worst voting syndrome. It is hard to accord them any moral breaking point under such self-imposed censorship. Not much leverage in that approach, is there?

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