Friday, September 7, 2012
The Daily Beast: "Representative Dennis Kucinich Disappointed by President Obama's Jobs Record": Congress Losing a Progressive Lion
There's this old saying that when a politician is getting hit from both wings, left and right, especially the far left and far right. And both of these sides are disappointed with this person, that the person is probably somewhere in the middle and not extreme enough for either side, I'm paraphrasing this saying. But thats pretty close, thats a good way to describe Barack Obama, Progressives don't like President Obama because he isn't a Socialist, which is what they were expecting. Him to be when they threw their support behind in 2007-08, the far right especially Neoconservatives doesn't like President Obama, for several reasons. One because they believe he's a Socialist, two they believe he's a Muslim, three they believe he's an African Muslim, four they believe. He's an Illegal Immigrant from Kenya and probably don't even buy the fact that Barack Obama is half Caucasian and celebrates St. Patrick's Day because he's something like a quarter Irish. I swear most of Barack Obama's enemies and thats exactly what they are, are either current Mental Patients or escaped Mental Patients or former Mental Patients who are currently off of their medication.
I'm not saying that Barack Obama is a Centrist I definitely don't believe that but he's certainly not extreme either way. He's not a Socialist, he's not a Neoconservative and he's not a Corporatist, he's a Moderate minded Liberal, sorta in the classical sense as it relates to Foreign and Economic Policy. That government can't do everything as it relates to the economy, that it shouldn't be trying to run things or heavily taxing industries and individuals, so the Federal Government. Has more authority and revenue to take care of people but he's not an Economic Conservative either, that the Federal Government should have little to no role in the economy either. He believes that the Federal Government has a role in providing opportunity for people who don't have enough of it and need it, so they can get themselves the skills that they need to take care of themselves. So in this sense he's an Economic Liberal.
I call Barack Obama a Moderate Liberal not because as it relates to Economic or Foreign Policy but as it relates to Social Issues. On issues as it relates to National Security, Patriot Act, Indefinite Detention, the War on Drugs, up until recently Same Sex Marriage, where he has more Big Brother leanings. Which are the main reasons why Liberal Democrats such as myself are unhappy with him. But President Obama is clearly not an extremist, either right or left.