[Marxism] ‘Progressives for Obama' - a game of make-belive
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Dbachmozart at aol.com
Thu Jul 10 21:24:32 MDT 2008
Barack Obama's rush to disavow the "tag" of the "Left" should surprise no
one. The only people who pretend that Obama is a "progressive" are a few
Leftists, and Right-wingers that hate Leftists. "But the most important reason that
‘Progressives for Obama' should have never existed is its utter lack of
content." Progressives have been playing "make-believe" with the Obama campaign,
dubbing it both "progressive" and a "movement" when there is no movement or
progressive content to the campaign. Some progressives are guilty of providing
"a veneer of progressive credibility to a candidate who was nothing of the
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
"Leftists attempted to impose themselves on an electoral campaign where they
were not wanted."
The "_Progressives for Obama_ (http://progressivesforobama.blogspot.com/) "
project was always doomed, largely because the candidate was determined to
pull the rug from under it at his earliest opportunity. That time has arrived,
in such dramatic fashion that even the corporate media recognize that Obama's
sharp Right turns are irreversible and much more clearly reflect his
essential political nature.
Obama _chuckled last week_
(http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/688154.html) at the very thought of having been "tagged as being on the Left" -
and then unceremoniously jettisoned those Leftists that had taken it upon
themselves to claim him as one of their own. In case "the Left" didn't get the
message, Obama wrapped the insulting rejection in a Zanesville, Ohio speech
announcing his "faith-based" appeal to Reagan Democrats and Bush Republicans.
But the most important reason that "Progressives for Obama" should have never
existed is its utter lack of content. Leftists attempted to impose
themselves on an electoral campaign where they were not wanted, and yet persisted in
identifying with an organization over which they had no control, no ability to
provide content. It was a game of make-believe, that has run its illogical
course. Frankly, the project can also be seen as an act of opportunism, an
attempt to graft the Left onto a corporate campaign that at some point must
eject it like a foreign body.
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