[Marxism] the election over there

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Wed Oct 31 19:19:16 MDT 2012


Back on November 6, 2008, two days after the presidential election, I
wrote the following on this list.  I like to think that I called most of
it right four years ago.

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Obama has made no secret of his intention to govern as a centrist in the
Bill Clinton mode. He has certainly not hidden from the public his views
concerning a whole range of issues both foreign and domestic.

Liberals and progressives, it seems to me, have managed to do a bang-up
job of deceiving themselves concerning Obama’s true political
inclinations. It’s as if they have bought into the characterizations of
Obama that the GOP made during the campaign and put plus signs where the
Republicans had placed minu signs: that Obaba is really a “closet”
socialist who intends to engage in a massive redistribution of wealth and
so forth.

So, I expect that after Obama has been in office a while and he has
managed to make a few crucial decisions, and perhaps bombed a country or
two, that maybe a certain level of disillusionment will begin to set in.

The ascension of Obama into the White House merits comparisons with JFK’s
ascension of forty-eight years ago. Like Obama, JFK’s ascension was
greeted with very high expectations from his supporters. Eventually, a
certain level of disillusionment set in, and of course his assassination
would be the most disillusioning event of all. However, at that time
there were thriving social movements, most notably the civil rights
movement. So when disillusionment set in, for many people that would lead
not to a relapse back into apathy but to a radicalization which would
drive much of the politics of the 1960s.

So, it will be interesting to see how things play this time around.
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Jim Farmelant
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On Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:02:29 +1000 Gary MacLennan
<gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com> writes:
> ======================================================================
>
> I have no wish to be callous at all, but contemporary politicians 
> never
> waste a good disaster and Sandy has fallen right into the lap of one 
> of the
> great opportunists of our time. His lofty dismissal of a question at 
> a
> press conference that the 'election will take care of itself' shows 
> a level
> of appropriate cunning. Obama now gets to act out  and foreground 
> the "HEAD
> OF STATE' aspect of his office and he will do it with great aplomb.
> 
> 
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