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The word is that Obama is a pragmatist, that he won't pander to the far, extreme left of his party. Instead, he will hew to the center.

The word is that the progressives on the left are expecting too much, that their positions, issues and stands are too extreme.

Are they?

Is it extreme left to see as immoral the USA's health care system-- the only one among developed world countries to not provide health care to every citizen, so people die for failure to seek diagnosis, treatment or medication, or they go bankrupt and lose their homes?

Is it extreme left to want to protect the environment for future generations, and to prefer a cleaner environment to favoring corporations?

Is it extreme to want to make sure that workers here in the USA are treated fairly and given living wages, even if it means a few dozen transnational corporations wouldn't make as much money as they would if cancelled our participation in global trade agreements like the WTO, NAFTA and CAFTA?


Is it extreme to expect equal justice for all colors and creeds, genders and kinds of people?

Is it extreme to expect elections to be completely honest and transparent, verifiable and recountable, instead of electronic experiments that mock true democracy?

Is it extreme to expect reasonable regulations that prevent the kinds of unbridled greed and irresponsible experimentation with the economy we have seen recently?

Is it extreme to want to trust the Judiciary system and all the other government departments to be free from partisan corruption?

Is it extreme to want our legislators to lead and guide the nation's industries to develop technologies that reduce our dependence upon foreign oil-- a dependence that hurts our economy and drastically makes us a less secure nation.

Is it extreme to see our military industrial complex-- the one Republican president Dwight Eisenhower warned us about-- as an out of control cancer on our economy that has grown so big, so unresponsive to oversight and regulation that TRILLIONS of dollars have disappeared without being accounted for? Is it extreme to want to rein it in and make if fully accountable?

Is it extreme to want to see our democracy represent all the people and not just the wealthy lobbyists who can give huge amounts of money to help doddering incumbent legislators stay in office? Is it extreme to want to see a change in congress so that the odds of someone defeating an incumbent are not twenty to one?

Is it extreme to want to have laws and regulations that protect workers so they can work in safe environments and are treated fairly?

Is it extreme to want the media to give voice to the full range of the political spectrum, not just the range from extremist right wingers to centrist and moderate democrats? There are greens and others further left, even socialists (like Senator Bernie Sanders) and communists who deserve at least an occasional voice on mainstream media.

Is it extreme to believe that our food supply should be safe-- not just from viruses and bacterial problems, but also from genetic experimentation and manipulations that we don't really know the long term effects of? And why should a handful of companies be allowed to eliminate lower costs natural seeds and food crops so they can control the market for growing food just like some companies have attempted to privatize water in third world nations?

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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I'll take it one step further. I believe that ... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:56:08 PM
Your questions and expectations arer NOT too left.... by robert braunstein on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 11:58:21 PM
the far left is gay rights--abortion--no prorerty ... by TRADESMAN on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:28:23 AM
sorry, but tax avoidance is not a progressive valu... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:46:16 AM
Hi Rob,I consider myself a religious, libertarian,... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:02:01 AM
The two principles are diametrically opposed. ... by Starbuck on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:01:01 PM
You just can't see what you need to see. ... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 9:32:44 PM
There is nothing inherently inconsistent with bein... by WML on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 at 7:28:05 AM
You argue that the two are not in opposition yet y... by Starbuck on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 at 3:21:06 PM
The term "liberal Christian" is rather u... by Ed Buffey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:02:56 PM
Your take on "Liberal Christian" is nons... by WML on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 at 7:50:40 AM
i did not say all taxes--i stated property taxes--... by TRADESMAN on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:46:35 PM
"To paint the left with the same brush as the... by David Hastings on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 11:45:19 AM
Anthony,"Great Piece Rob"!  God lor... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:01:18 PM
I'll wait, you blowhard.... by David Hastings on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 11:10:45 AM
The majority center has a very weak voice (if any ... by August Adams on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 11:31:20 PM
Excellent, excellent points.The corporate media is... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 11:34:47 PM
But Achin out duz ya.... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Dec 20, 2008 at 11:40:56 PM
You’ve got it right Rob. Let me add that it&... by Mark Whittington on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:24:40 AM
What a self-contradictory term.  Did you come... by UncleSim on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:40:34 AM
If we   see at least one  main ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:01:01 AM
I did an article which Mark disagreed with and sud... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:20:16 AM
I  was expecting this. I used myself only as ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:06:28 AM
HA HA HA!!!Are you serious?!! WE brought him to po... by UncleSim on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:47:57 AM
The new UN Ambassador Dr Susan Rice has sugge... by Jason Paz on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:43:23 AM
Sure, there are a few war criminals who I'd li... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:51:32 AM
Rob great article but I refuse to endorse any viol... by tjb on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:52:56 AM
As for war criminals, I don't see anything alo... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:58:43 PM
I respect your reasoned and just approach. We agre... by Jason Paz on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 3:09:41 PM
What is the "middle" today?  It'... by jersey girl on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:45:13 AM
I find myself asking that question more and more. ... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:40:22 AM
moving one, tiny step toward Sweden.Then we can st... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:12:42 AM
We dissolve the federal government, then if Jersey... by UncleSim on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:56:36 AM
Me, I'd like a place where people respect each... by MARGARET BASET on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:16:49 AM
you can't see it for the trees. All these issu... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:15:50 AM
As usual.  Thanks, Mr. M.... by UncleSim on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:05:07 PM
  What no one seemed to notice... was the eve... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:39:32 PM
...slaves are made in such ways..... by kato krause on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:28:33 PM
Mike, you write, Rob, In response to JG you ask qu... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:19:05 PM
Rob, I am not seeking a rose garden or personal ga... by kato krause on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:01:43 PM
... we don't have to re-invent the wheel. We h... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:58:26 PM
ya thanks mr m--i think people are not looking at ... by TRADESMAN on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 7:13:21 PM
"I think that when the new administration ass... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:21:29 PM
If Lucifer himself sprang from the Gates of Hell h... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:09:20 PM
This would be a very interesting indulgence if the... by sommers on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 7:06:23 AM
your Xes are an insult to all the people who DID p... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:21:00 PM
Because THE INTERNET IS THEATER.And who know what ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:16:14 AM
... don't ask me how I know, just take my word... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:15:38 PM
for coming to my defense.  You are a true sou... by jersey girl on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:43:08 PM
... weren't noth'n Mam'... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 7:10:34 PM
That is one thing I like about this site. For bett... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 10:47:15 AM
All of the issues you listed are centrist to left ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:27:19 AM
As it is, people generally fear change. Change is ... by Jack Harrington on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:56:01 AM
Rob, You must be taking notes.  That was the ... by kato krause on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:38:18 AM
Rob, your list appears to be reasonable and is pro... by Simple Truth on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:41:00 AM
I'd say it's extreme to consider these thi... by Spartacus Jones on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:51:14 AM
When I was younger, I expected to say about my you... by John Bessa on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:55:30 AM
I think Anthony is close to the point and Mark, on... by virginius "gin" arnold on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:12:33 AM
and BTW, if you go to Anthony's article there ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:27:24 AM
but you have to understand, I'm not smart enou... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:05:25 PM
When reading all the commentary on OEN, do you eve... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:59:30 PM
because you sound like some extreme, caricature of... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:33:28 PM
Yes indeed! I am a cartoon, and in this episode:&n... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:43:19 PM
Jesus Rob, you chastise people for trite remarks a... by Mr M on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:38:30 PM
What did you find cartoonish about William's r... by jersey girl on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:40:48 PM
maybe I should have said broken record, but it did... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:58:03 PM
how you read what someone says depends on your per... by jersey girl on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 5:49:43 AM
how you read what someone says depends on your per... by jersey girl on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 5:57:15 AM
  Rob Kall has provided a public forum to dis... by William Whitten on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 3:12:46 PM
echo chamber talking points. They are as annoying ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:03:44 PM
describing political philosophies. Here are some f... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:29:13 AM
You hit it right on the spot. Why do we have to ha... by Sharon Roach on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:00:23 PM
See my above response to Rob.and sorry for the Fla... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:30:13 AM
We all have but one body.  Just to shout &quo... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:34:53 AM
If properly polled, I think you'd find that TH... by lindasutton on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:35:41 AM
I have to admit, that I am American--born and rais... by Ben Gardner on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:48:05 AM
The left/right dichotomy is an historically recent... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:49:30 AM
A brilliant comment.A comprehension of the mechani... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:52:51 AM
YES, ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE "EXTREME LEFT"... by lenngray on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 10:52:43 AM
You wouldn't have to even ask this "extre... by shirley reese on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:02:02 AM
First, I commend you for being willing to stand in... by Starbuck on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:49:44 PM
just having a constitution is a restriction on fre... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:03:19 AM
Surely you know the difference between an individu... by Starbuck on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 8:24:12 PM
not get.People ask governments place restrictions ... by Steven Leser on Thursday, Dec 25, 2008 at 12:31:59 PM
...Libertarians say stay out of people's priva... by Starbuck on Thursday, Dec 25, 2008 at 5:54:53 PM
...if life were fair?... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:04:19 AM
Crook media uses exaggeration to lie against anyth... by John Hanks on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:16:16 AM
Thanks so much for writing this, Rob. I get really... by David Gruder on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:26:42 AM
The problem is the scale you've asked us to us... by UncleSim on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:32:31 AM
The monkey's secure in their cages are delight... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:41:22 PM
Well, this is certainly what OUR government wants ... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:30:09 PM
The problem isn't that extremely poor women co... by UncleSim on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:54:31 PM
why do you think they do that?... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 3:31:03 PM
One thing I think we all can agree on: This c... by Jay Farrington on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:43:21 AM
I'll put up TEN, not just five.  But what... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:54:19 PM
 I can tell you that is the words you will he... by Kimberly C. Townsend on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 12:54:41 PM
Thank you Rob for another excellent article. Howev... by Munich on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:26:52 PM
As usual the extreme left wants to make it sound l... by Chester Marzolf on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:48:55 PM
They're called sociopaths -- ie: those not con... by lenngray on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:07:56 PM
... do conservatives really want clean air/water? ... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:13:01 AM
...of what you ask for, you just might get it.... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:01:46 PM
Rob, Closet Republicans like "Anthonly" ... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:14:15 PM
I've known anthony for at least five years and... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:52:49 PM
I almost responded to his first comment but when i... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:59:27 PM
All of the language and concepts describing i... by robert braunstein on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:15:39 PM
Anyone who fully grasps that in a very real way, J... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:28:31 PM
Make that triplets, not twins. And Libery will sit... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:56:22 PM
Yes...responsibilty.And just what is our highest r... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:29:24 PM
The discussion in this country has moved so far to... by Joel Myron on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:21:11 PM
Very well put!!... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 7:49:13 AM
OK I'll bite.  I've heard the MSM, pe... by Starbuck on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:55:17 PM
Before Marx ever walked the earth..., in the indus... by Wally on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:22:46 PM
As we "progress", it seems class warfare... by STEVE RISK on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 2:52:02 PM
Rob,I assume that you have permission for publicat... by Edip Yuksel on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:36:18 PM
The myth of the extreme left is the idea that ther... by Ed Buffey on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:37:23 PM
...they think a crime is a crime is a crime and th... by Starbuck on Thursday, Dec 25, 2008 at 9:41:14 PM
Maybe through bribes and multi-billion marketing c... by joseph a. mungai, RN on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:05:41 PM
 Each of us here is in reality defending his/... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 4:22:52 PM
I have no issue with you. I honestly think you mis... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:04:58 PM
  Assumptions.  Every opinion expressed ... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 5:50:33 PM
So many other commenters have already posted such ... by jersey girl on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:10:25 PM
$100,000 x 300,000,000 Americans = $30 TrillionTha... by UncleSim on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 7:42:33 PM
Oh come now. Do you really think that getting "mad... by Tom Ellis on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:41:49 PM
at a civic level, getting involved in local and st... by jersey girl on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 7:02:07 PM
Mr, Ellis says, "If this is "revolution,... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:30:17 PM
Life, and the political spectrum, are far too comp... by Maxwell on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:53:18 PM
Rob, It's very interesting that you would... by John Little on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 6:59:18 PM
The question is “Too left for whom?”I ... by Michael Bonanno on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:31:44 PM
A wise man once wrote the deeds of corrupt accuser... by boomerang on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 8:52:07 PM
Like our illustrious "Leaders" have said... by William Whitten on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:43:26 PM
So very well stated.  But there are none so b... by jersey girl on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:57:35 AM
So very well stated.  But there are none so b... by jersey girl on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 5:05:04 AM
we have all that we need without labeling liberal ... by TRADESMAN on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 9:39:49 PM
1. Yes. The left seems to hate free markets. Inste... by Parke Nicholson on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at 11:34:40 PM
Good article, Rob. But then, I never thought Obama... by Marnie Parker on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 1:20:05 AM
It is in the twenties in Pittsburgh, and I have to... by UncleSim on Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 4:40:18 PM
Corruption and Lobbyist are the main reason for th... by Jaff Sassani on Sunday, Dec 28, 2008 at 3:07:46 PM