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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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What ever happened to the anti-war left?

In foreign policy, protest, war and peace on March 31, 2010 at 1:45 am
 
 
When President George W. Bush spoke of spreading democracy to other nations during his second inaugural speech, liberals cringed. In 2005, many on the left realized what most on the right did not — that such rhetoric was nothing more than a thinly veiled declaration of an aggressive foreign policy. But that was 2005.
 
How I long for the liberals of those days: anti-war, noninterventionists, skeptical of their government.
 
Sadly, as libertarian author and editor Lawrence Samuels points out, most former anti-war liberals have abandoned their posts.
 
It was not long ago when almost every progressive leader and newspaper voiced harsh words for Bush’s war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Samuels said. Now that Obama is in charge, that anti-war sentiment is changing. It appears that it is okay for a Democrat administration to engage in war, but not a Republican one.
 
Are libertarians the only consistent voice of anti-war opposition? What ever happened to the angry protesters, celebrities, and progressive media railing against the Afghanistan and Iraq wars? Perhaps their moral convictions changed with the new administration.
 
 

Ron Paul: The anti-war left has just left (5:37).

Future of America vs. the establishment

In politics on November 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm

The Republican Party is a sinking ship. Or at least it will be it the not-so-distant future.

There is a major shift happening in the mind of the average Republican/conservative and it does not involve the agenda of the long-established party elite. Unless GOP leaders like Lindsey Graham and John McCain can devise a way to quickly makeover the image of the party of bailouts an war, its future doesn’t look so bright.

What these powerful men fail to realize, or refuse to realize, is that their out-of-date marketing model is dying with the generations that bought into it. The youth of today are less concerned about being a Republican and more concerned about the U.S. Constitution and the liberties it’s intended to protect.

Seventy-four-year-old Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), is more in-tune with America’s future than most young politicians. In a recent interview with CNN, Paul challenged the GOP establishment, suggesting that he and his followers are the future of conservatism:

“And one thing that nobody seems to pay attention to is that, why should they run us off? We’re the ones who reach the college kids, the young people, how many Republicans really reach the teenagers and the college kids? Those are the people that are gathering at our rallies and they have to ask why?

What are they going to do with the party pandering to the old, country club Republicans and acting like Democrats and bailout funds and tarp funds, and those kinds of things just won’t hold up for the Republican party. That’s why the Republican Party has been losing and we’re suggesting that they live up to what they profess to believe in.”

Hopefully, our friends leaning left and will similarly ditch their half of the archaic two-party model. It’s encouraging to watch the growing progressive movement, which seems to have convictions that transcend the Democratic Party.

If only the potheads and the gun rights people would get together, for liberty …