Challenging Obama's Anti-Progressivism - by Stephen Lendman
Believing Obama is progressive is like calling a cat a dog. Only the delusional think so. He's, in fact, hard-right, a neocon, a warrior president, a corporatist pursuing anti-populist policies favoring wealth and privilege, not social justice when more than ever it's needed.
He's a fraud, an elitist, chosen years ago, then put on a fast track to power. Big monied interests love him. So do war profiteers and members of America's aristocracy. He's one of them.
Only the voting millions who backed him were defrauded. Will they awaken, finally understand, and express their ire publicly more strongly than in mid-term theatrics, throwing out bums for new ones. It's high time. A year two Obama assessment is coming. Watch for it, parts I and II. A year one analysis can be accessed through the following links:
Definitions of Progressivism
Merriam Webster defines it as people "believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action." The Oxford Dictionary says it's anyone "advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas." Wikipedia calls it a "political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reforms through governmental action."
Progressivism began in the 19th century to end slavery, support women's rights including suffrage, small farmers, and political populism - namely:
-- social reforms benefitting ordinary Americans;
-- citizens having more control over government;
-- establishing comprehensive education as a universal right;
-- curbing excessive corporate power;
-- eliminating corruption and waste;
-- supporting organized labor;
-- laws to prevent child worker exploitation;