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Liberals ‘Losing Hope’

In protest, war and peace on April 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

“Obamas message of hope and change, so exciting a year ago, now rings hollow for those of us hoping he would usher in an era of peace.” — Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, CODEPINK

I was beginning to lose faith in the anti-war left and those that pride themselves progressive. But just as conservatives and libertarians became abhorred with George W. Bush’s and the neo-cons’ unique brand of conservatism, so it seems many on the left are beginning to see through Obama’s liberal facade.

Liberals are losing hope — and gaining insight.

In fact, Losing-Hope.org is a website entirely dedicated to reviewing and criticizing the Obama administrations’ empty promise for “change” and pressuring the president to make good. It was created by the women of CODEPINK and boasts a list of liberal supporters.

The website’s homepage meets visitors with a letter addressed to the president titled Losing Hope, Taking Action. The letter asks Obama to “stand up to corporate interests” and bemoans the failed foreign policies of the previous administration being continued by the current:

“In 2008, I was one of millions united for hope and change. As 2010 dawns, change looks to me like more of the same.  Instead of peace, we got more war.  Instead of healthcare reform, we have an industry win that requires Americans to buy health insurance without any real cost controls.”

It’s encouraging to see those on the left waking up to the failed promise that is Barack Obama. Hopefully, they will not repeat the mistake of their conservative counterparts and forget the painful truth their own party has revealed to them.

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Moore (almost) gets it right

In Federal Reserve on October 6, 2009 at 1:38 am

Ive never been a big fan of Michael Moore. His film Fahrenhype 911 suggested the September 11 attacks occurred simply because our leaders were incompetent. And his film SICKO painted a totally inaccurate, rosy-colored picture of Cubas healthcare system. But Ive got to hand it to him, his most recent film, Capitalism: A Love Story, released on Friday, hits the nail on the head.

In the film, Moore goes door-to-door to the benefactors the Bush bailout, holding an empty cloth sack with a dollar sign painted on it and demanding the American peoples money back.

Representative Marcy Kaptur (Dem), is featured in the film discussing the bailout:

This was almost like an intelligence operation, she said. 

Kaptur, while pointing to Congress, tells Moore, The people here really arent in charge.

Similarly, the short film The Fed Under Fire features author of the book Secrets of The Temple, William Greider, denouncing American corporatism and the Federal Reserve. In the film Greider says:

The Federal Reserve, from its origins, is very, very close to the  biggest banks and financial houses in the country. Always has been and always has governed with that in mind.

I have one problem with the film, and thats Moores use of the word capitalism. What Moore is really addressing in his new film is corporatism — not capitalism.

Corporatism is a:

Political system in which power is exercised through large organizations (businesses, trade unions, etc) working in concert with each other, under the direction of the state.

Simply put, it is the merging of business and government. The separation of corporations and government is, in my opinion, equally as important as the separation of church and state.

Its exciting to see Moore revealing the bailout and banks for what they are. In time, I hope he realizes it was the fusing of government and financial institutions, not free markets, that led to the heist of the American people.