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A Progressive Interview with Matt Gonzalez

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“The corporations are pretty happy with him. He’s not a threat to them. He is definitely somebody that they can count on. I think you see that in these voting patterns. He is voting with the Republicans on many things that they care about. He has a running mate who has made a career out of running interference for credit card companies. They’re quite pleased with him. I think they’re more scared of McCain to be honest with you.”

Since that’s the case, what’s wrong with progressives and liberals in this country?

“For me, I think that there is intellectual dishonesty going on in the progressive community where they want to cling to Obama and make him something that he’s already proven himself not to be. You know, his rhetoric is wonderful, but the rhetoric starts to come off as extremely ugly when you consider that it’s so vacuous. You can’t say that you’re going to defend us from George W. Bush when you’ve been voting with Georg W. Bush. I think that’s the fundamental problem. And if people don’t want to accept that, that’s fine but spare me the insult when in a democracy the rules are laid out---we’re running under the rules.”

Gonzalez talked about what it means for progressives and liberals if Obama wins:

“If Obama wins the contest, the new line of defense by the progressives is that they’re going to build this social movement that makes Obama do what they want him to do. [But], they can’t build that social movement now because the support for Obama is premised on charisma. It’s not premised on issues. I think you’re going to slowly see an erosion and a deep deterioration in enthusiasm for him. And unfortunately, a lot of people are going to turn off to politics instead of agitating for a better outcome. This is the kind of politician that does a lot of harm to the progressive movement because he actually takes energy out of it."

Gonzalez added, “I hope I’m proven wrong. I hope the progressives out there get what they think they’re going to get. I think it’s fanciful to sit around and expect that given this guy’s voting history.”

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And then went into this great anecdote:

“It’s like anything---If somebody came to your house because you wanted to hire them to paint your fence, and they’re talking about how they’re going to make it the most beautiful color and it’s going to just look dynamite, etc. and you call their references and you check every job in the past and you find that they leave fences painted half way, that they do a rotten job, etc., would you hire that person? Would you go into your house and tell your partner, “Wow, we just hired the best guy around to paint these fences.”? Come on. You’d be so glad to get the information and make the decision and say this isn’t going to work out."

Gonzalez suggested that concerned citizens check out the vice presidential debate scheduled for Sunday, November 2nd at 6 pm Pacific Time.

Gonzalez graciously took the time to address my condition but more importantly, the progressive movement’s condition in America.

All I can say after that is onward to November!

Oh, and shift the power from the few to the many.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)

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Another excellent article, Kevin.  I'm pr... by Catlover on Friday, Oct 31, 2008 at 1:11:18 PM
it is long overdue.  We do not need delegates... by Penel on Friday, Oct 31, 2008 at 3:59:29 PM
Last February, I was posting comments to Ralph Nad... by GLloyd Rowsey on Friday, Oct 31, 2008 at 9:40:24 PM
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"He's for people who believe change can c... by Kevin Gosztola on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 1:33:48 AM
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