Barack Obama has been called everything from a gun-hating, closet-Muslim hiding socialist to a big-government loving, deficit exploding,
tax increasing, class-warfare waging liberal elitist. He's been
compared to Hitler and denounced for wanting to destroy capitalism
and/or America. He pals around with terrorists. They say he wasn't born
in America and secretly hates white people.
For partisan Democrats, the Right's deluge of attacks
on Obama over the years might be seen as a great gift, as it has
understandably painted conservatives who echo these sentiments as
laughably crazy (or brilliant propagandists adept at appealing to the
fears of their base). But for those that get their news from outside the
right-wing echo chamber, the
truth of these smears is well understood. Most of the critiques that we
hear of Obama in the media are thus totally bunk and readily laughed at.
this has given the mainstream debate about Obama's successes and
failures a false illusion of depth. On one hand you have all the lies
and myths of the Republicans representing Obama's fiercest critique, and
on the other hand you have all the defenders of Obama singing his
accomplishments and virtues while debunking all the myths constructed by
What this left/right positioning of the debate has accomplished is
to shut out and marginalize legitimate, reality-based, deeply meaningful
and truly damning critiques of the Obama presidency and his
Moderates, independents, and casual progressives
not tuned in to alternative media are left to wonder, "If Republicans
hate him so much, and the baseless attacks from Republicans is all they
have to complain about, he must be doing something right... right?"
following 4 articles and two videos challenges this falsely constructed
spectrum of opinion and offers a true (reality-based) critique of
Obama. Just imagine if these perspectives were allowed to enter the
is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under
Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.The election is now just
weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line
with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one
of your priorities during this period.Romney and Obama exchange fingers
in Tuesday night's debate. (Reuters)An...
One Response to Daniel Ellsberg's call for swing-state lefties to vote for Obama
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moral philosopher Cornel West, if Barack Obama's ascent to power was a
morality play, would be the voice of conscience. Rahm Emanuel, a cynical
product of the Chicago political machine, would be Satan. Emanuel in
the first scene of the play would dangle power, privilege, fame and
money before Obama. West would warn Obama that the quality of a life is
defined by its moral...
certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote
for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in
Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote
for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him
on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of
left-leaning Americans would understand. But...
last refuge of Obamaphiles is that no matter how many times the First
Black President double-crosses us by cutting Medicare and Medicaid, no
matter how completely be betrays his voters by ignoring black
unemployment, by deporting one million Latinos, by protecting the
banksters responsible for the foreclosure crisis and by invading,
bombing, occupying and subverting even more countries than...
author, journalist, and film maker John Pilger speaks at Socialism
2009. Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Women's Building in San Francisco
7-4-09. Pilger offers a stinging critique of Obama
and his administration's policies in his first six months of office, as
well as the recent silence of the left and anti-war movement.
1. Lifting the Veil: Obama and the Failure of Capitalist Democracy (2011) (Documentary)
film explores the historical role of the Democratic Party as the
"graveyard of social movements", the massive influence of corporate
finance in elections, the absurd disparities of wealth in the United
States, the continuity and escalation of neocon policies under Obama , the insufficiency of mere voting as a path to reform, and differing conceptions of democracy itself.
My top pick for this feature - Lifting the Veil - is a significant achievement. The 114 minute film offers the most definitive
critique of the Obama administration from a reality-based perspective
(IE, a critique not based on propaganda and spin). It thoroughly
deconstructs the hypocrisy of U.S. politics, democracy, capitalism and
other aspects of the American brand.
At once disillusioning, the film inspires and offers a great message of
hope in it's evocative finale and excellent choice of music. It also
points to the most immediate alternative for building a new, directly
democratic and liberated world within the shell of the old (workplace
democracy). In a nod to Occupy Wall Street, the film exemplifies the movement's bi-partisan
critique of the status quo, its deep rejection of surface-level reforms
or solutions, and the deep insight that comes from waking up to the way
the world really is.