Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

December 14, 2009

The Winter of Liberal Discontent

Filed under: parliamentary cretinism,swans — louisproyect @ 2:22 pm

(Swans – December 14, 2009)  When Obama took office last January, liberal voices in the United States greeted him as the second coming of FDR even if it was acknowledged that it might take a push from below to bring a new New Deal into fruition. The thought that Obama had more in common with Herbert Hoover never entered their minds, needless to say. In less than one year since inauguration day, the bloom seems to have faded from the rose.

On December 2nd, Politico.com reported that “Jane Hamsher leads left away from White House,” a reference to the fact that the liberal Firedoglake blogger has organized her supporters to challenge centrist Democrats willing to compromise with the Republicans over health care. As a 50-year-old survivor of three bouts with breast cancer, the issue is intensely personal as well as political. She told Politico that “I don’t know how you live through that” without money, having spent some $60,000 out-of-pocket despite being fully insured.

If you’ve seen Michael Moore’s Capitalism: a Love Story, you’ll surely remember how the documentary treated Obama’s election. Despite acknowledging that he had been the beneficiary of massive contributions from Goldman Sachs, the movie’s primary villain, he was seen as the possible coming of FDR.

Despite being a slavish backer of whichever candidate the Democrats dredged up in the last two elections, including mass murderer General Wesley Clark, Moore has shown signs that the honeymoon is over. He composed an open letter to the president on the eve of his speech calling for 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan:

When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.

Considering the fact that Obama ignored the filmmaker’s advice, one wonders if he will now regard him as continuing “the madness,” “the killing,” and “the insane idea” that the U.S. can do any good in Afghanistan.

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2 Comments »

  1. Amen!

    Comment by Cecilieaux — December 15, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  2. I wouldn’t count on anyone of these professional “progressives” doing a damn thing insofar as breaking with Obama and the Democrats goes. However much they may complain about this or that issue, they remain within the framework of “possibilism” and “lesser evil” politics. Don’t forget, 2010 is an election year and the last thing that the mainstream liberal-left wants is to “lose” Congress to the GOP after “taking it back” from them last year. It’s high-time for the left to dispense with this “progressive,” i.e. reformism, once and for all. What we need is a new version of the Seattle movement, only this time more working class in composition…and politics, and therefore, just as, if not, more independent from the Democrats than the “global justice” movement was…and certainly more than the liberal-led anti-war movement was.

    Comment by MN Roy — December 16, 2009 @ 1:38 am


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