If Progressives Don’t Wake Up to How Awful Obama Was, Their Movement Will Fail


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uza2-zombienationI can understand why pro-establishment liberals are defending this man; he stands for everything they stand for. If all you stand for is vapid tribalism and vanity politics and you are willing to sacrifice integrity along with economic and social justice and the lives of other people’s kids in corporatist wars overseas in order to feel like you’re on the right team, Obama is your man. But if you’re an actual, real progressive and not just a latte-sipping NPR listener with a sense of self-righteousness and a pro-choice bumper sticker, you’ve got no business regarding Obama with anything but disgust.


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3 thoughts on “If Progressives Don’t Wake Up to How Awful Obama Was, Their Movement Will Fail

  1. I think the answer to the authors question, why do “progressives” still support Obama, is in her definition of “progressive” ..First of all, what is a “progressive” ? In the way the author seems to define it, I can only take it to mean, liberals of a more “left” flavor. In fact the term “progressive” was adopted by democrats and liberals because they didn’t want to identify as “democrats” and “liberals”, because those terms had become toxic. The reason they support Obama ,even now, is because they agree with his policies, and even those who find them mostly repugnant have no means of criticizing him, or even understanding why they should. They have no social or political theory that would free them from the two faced liberal milieu they exist in, and from the bourgeois political candidates they continue look to helplessly. The author says :
    ” But if you’re an actual, real progressive and not just a latte-sipping NPR listener with a sense of self-righteousness and a pro-choice bumper sticker, you’ve got no business regarding Obama with anything but disgust.”
    But this is who liberals actually are.Liberalism itself as a social theory is decaying . Liberals support, policies of “humanitarian imperialism ” – naked aggression in the name of phony human rights objectives. Liberals support divisive Identity politics, which place the blame for the depredations of the overclass irrationally on “race” (skin color) or sexual identity. The great civil rights crusade of the present era has
    been for intersex public restrooms…………….. Real “progressives” must join themselves to the cause of fighting the class war being waged against them .Real progressives must begin to work for the overthrow of capitalism and its replacement with a scientific socialist order. President Obama, the first black president, left working class black communities devastated , right along with white proletarian communities. Clearly simply his simply being black did not prevent this. If one is black and a millionaire,k Obama policies probably increased ones wealth. As the author freely admits, the wealth of white million and billionaires was trebled or quadrupled by the first black president’s policies . So for an end to aggressive war, an end to the gross exploitation of the many by the few – socialist revolution! For a real end to racism, we must end the social class that invented and reproduces it as a weapon against working class unity, the bourgeois.

  2. “So by attacking these moronic right-wing narratives, we often wound up tacitly taking his side, which fostered sympathy.” THAT is so accurate. The fostering sympathy part – so human a tendency, especially for those who hunger for truth and justice. But it sure can trip us up in many situations. Thanks for your clear-eyed and reference-filled info here.

  3. A bunch of SJW’s attacked Trump for the Saudi arms deal on Reddit. I made them aware that it was Obama who approved the entire deal. Got downvoted tremendously. Basically, never fk with people’s world-view, no matter how distorted it is.

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