In modern American political discourse, one of the mysteries that continues to baffle me is the overwhelming cognitive dissonance of the mainstream Left in regards to their loyalty to Obama. In case you missed it, here is a video I posted about a while back that featured Obama supporters being told about Romney’s planned policies. None of the people being interviewed liked them. However, the interviewer reveals at the end that all of these measures were in fact already implemented by Obama. Many of these people then refused to believe it or became defensive.
Why is this the case? Why are so many ready to rush to the defense of Obama when there is no way they would do the same thing for someone with an “R” after their name?
To be fair to all those who hold political parties in higher regard than principles, I suppose I could ask the same thing regarding W. Bush’s supporters. Many of them expressed support for economic freedom and smaller government, yet by large held their tongue when these ideals were being disregarded by Bush.
Though it is open to debate, I think the hypocrisy is greater on the part of the mainstream Left. As a whole, those of the mainstream Right don’t hold economic liberty as nearly as high of a priority as they do the military and social legislation. In this sense, Bush gave them what they wanted (mostly; even with Republican-controlled legislative and executive branches, Planned Parenthood still received federal funding). But it seems that Obama has betrayed nearly everything the mainstream Left holds as ideal.
Without question, Obama has one of the worst records on civil liberties. He has welched on several campaign promises in this matter, not the least of which is his failure to close Guantanamo Bay, where people whom no one has charged with any crime are kept, some of whom are force fed.
Revelations about the NSA just confirmed what many of us already believed what was going on: mass spying on the American people. Why else would the NSA have been building a gigantic data center in Utah?
Watch NSA Collects ‘Word for Word’ Every Domestic Communication on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
And who can forget the Constitution-free zones we call airports? Apparently, the frog has been boiled and the only ones still making a peep about the TSA are us who actually care about freedom.
He also kills Americans without trial.
Any rational person can see that Obama’s promise to be the most transparent regime in US history is a joke. Just look at the treatments of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Indeed, Obama’s website deleted its promise to protect whistleblowers. As well, there has been spying on journalists, along with pressure to get them to reveal their confidential sources.
The Peace Prize-winning president escalated a war in Afghanistan, conducts drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, started a war in Libya, gives weapons to Syrian rebels who have beheaded Christians and used child soldiers, etc., yet I can’t remember the last time I saw an anti-war protest.
Of course, there is no end to the federal drug war in sight. The DHS continues to encourage the militarization of local police forces.
Helping the Poor
I’m surprised one doesn’t hear about this more, but do you think someone actually cares about the poor when he attempts repeatedly to limit the tax deductions for charitable giving? To me, this sounds like someone who would rather have the poor dependent on government than out of poverty.
I suppose I could go on, especially regarding how corporatist Obama is, how fascist his health care plan is, whatever. I’ve heard many on the Left say, “Obama isn’t liberal.” According to modern definitions of the term, I would agree. But then, why do so many people who call themselves “liberals” support him?
Note: Even though it was a bit cumbersome, I took care to make it distinct that, in the context of this post, I am talking about the “mainstream” Left and Right. I would like to acknowledge that there are those who consider themselves Leftists who are vocally opposed to the Obama administration’s assault on civil liberties and continued warfare state.