by Scott Creighton
The Leftwing blogs (the few that remain) are all a dither over President Obama’s announced 3 year discretionary spending freeze and they are right to be upset.
But most of these sites were heavily pro-Obama in the run-up to the 2008 general election and for many months afterward as they continued to blindly support him in spite of his neoliberal leaning policy decisions. Some of the regular contributers and administrators of these sites went so far as to shout down or ban outright the “far left wing” dissenters who were warning them against the possiblity of what we are seeing right now; an Obama administration extension of the Bush regimes’ criminal activities under President Obama, the protection and even the hiring of former Bush officials who could and should be investigated for various crimes (including but not limited to; election fraud, making false statements to congress, false imprisonment, systematic torture, embezzlement, tax evasion, banking industry RICO Act violations, fabricating false evidence, crimes against humanity and war crimes), the continuation and even the expansion of illegal wars of aggression in service to the imperialist agenda of the military/banking/industrial complex, and the dire consequences of putting more DLC type Clintonistas in charge of our already failing economy.
Being angry about President Obama’s Hooveresque announcement is all well and good, but the fact is, you’re still missing the point just like you did nearly two years ago when the “radical left” tried to warn you and you paid them back for their courage and their integrity by banning their IP addresses from your sites so as to silence progressive dissent prior to the election (Remember such classics as…”don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”? or ”He’s just faking to the center-right in order to win the election” or my personal favorite ”He’s playing chess while you’re playing checkers”? Remember those? Ring any bells? How’s that “he’s just faking center-right” theory working out for you these days? Does he look like he’s “faking” now or do his neoliberal structural reforms look deadly serious?).
In a follow-up article I am going to explain to you exactly why you are incorrect about your current assessment of Obama’s most recent and most painful neoliberal IMF structural adjustment policy. Why it is not, in fact, “stupid”. Why it is not, in fact, “just a rouse”. Why it is not, in fact, a “mistake”. Why he is, in fact, going to follow through with it because it is exactly what the neoliberal IMF/World Bank supporting Clintonistas have been planning and working towards since 1996.
But before I do I would just like to say that right now most of the “progressives” administrators who are currently beating their breasts and gnashing their teeth in the left-wing echo chambers they call “open forums” should probably take this opportunity to look back over the period leading up to the election in 2008 and unban many if not all of those “far left wing radicals” they dismissed so easily and insultingly back in the days of “HOPE for CHANGE”.
The truth is, those radicals were right and you were wrong and the progressive movement, which is absolutely littered with institutionalized partisan “yes men”, needs all the qualified help it can get these days.
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