Meet the New Boss
Posted by keithosaunders on January 22, 2010
I can appreciate that the right wing might pine for the days when our president spoke in monosyllabic sentences, but I do not understand how they can look at Obama as an extreme left-wing ideologue. The left wing, under Obama has gotten little or nothing of what they had hoped to achieve. I’m quoting Salon’s Glenn Greenwald here:
“The Left wanted a single-payer system, then settled for a public option, then an opt-out public option, then Medicare expansion — only to get none of it, instead being handed a bill that forces every American to buy health insurance from the private insurance industry. Nor was it “the Left” — but rather corporatist Democrats like Evan Bayh and Lanny Davis — who cheered for the hated Wall Street bailout; blocked drug re-importation; are stopping genuine reform of the financial industry; prevented a larger stimulus package to lower unemployment; refuse to allow programs to help Americans with foreclosures; supported escalation in Afghanistan (twice); and favor the same Bush/Cheney terrorism policies of indefinite detention, military commissions, and state secrets.”
Combine this with the news that Obama will detain 50 terrorists without due process and I really do not think that they have much to complain about. On the contrary, Republicans should be elated with the way events are shaping up. Obama is literally codifying the illegalities of the Bush administration. This will make it even easier for the next (inevitable) Republican administration to support and further these policies.