Finally! Finally a nationally syndicated columnist, Richard Cohen, got it right. Finally I find someone who recognizes the truth about Obama and about liberals and about liberalism. Whew! What took so long?
In his column "The liberal Obama that never was," published nationally on July 12, 2012, Richard Cohen writes as follows:
"The left, not the right, gets Obama. [by default] It faults him for what he is not now and never was: a left-winger. They note that he has not closed Guantanamo and that he kills terrorists with drones -- American citizens inclluded -- and that his health care plan adopted the mandate once favored by Republicans and used by Gov. Romney in Massachusetts. As for his stimulus packages, liberals find them unstimulating -- not audacious enough to really lift the economy and send everybody shopping."
I support Obama because there is no liberal around in a major role. There never has been in American history. America has always been controlled and manipulated by big businesss, big corporations, big financial power groupings, big insurance, big war machines. Our wealth, often brought to us by our innovation and the blending primarily by immigrants, allowed us to overlook some of the greed and selfishness because we were building a strong middle class. But the greed and selfishness were more manifest than we like to acknowledge. The wealth in other Western World nations was sometimes spread more universally in those countries than in the U.S.
Blessed with an abundance of natural resources and the hard-working labor force from various immigrants, we built a powerful military and often pressured the world to accept our evaluation of it. We acted selfishly internationally as we had done domestically. In a word, it was too often our way or the highway.
It is easy to point to the right-wingers who served as President of the U..S. However, contrary to popular belief, we have never truly had a liberal or left-wing President. What about Franklin D. Roosevelt? Faced with a disasterous Great Depression, the general public demanded action from its elected officials. But even FDR's programs were rescued from failure by the mobilization, sacrifice, and support thrown to the military-industrial complex by World War II. The spending of the federal government in World War II led to the greastest economic boom in the history of the U.S. Failure to take advantage of this amazing boost has led to the current economic plateau and downward slide. The very thing that catipulated the U.S. economy is now being criticized. Government spending is now mostly "allowed" for military-industrial expenditures. The middle class, who built this nation, is being thrown to the wolves Globalization means in the U.S. that workers are serfs and either underpaid, benefits taken away, or their jobs moved to where even more advantage is taken of the workers there.
We had gotten very cozy and comfy buying the myth that it was private big business that did it all for us. And so we glorified big business, and bought the whole program hook, line, and sinker that what was good for big corporations was good for America.
There is no liberal on the horizon to lead us. And the conservative side of the ledger has gone farther and farther to the right. The emergence of a New Fascism is everywhere. Democracy in America means continuing the myth about everything being good for and by corporations, and everything bad related to workers and labor unions. As we continue to buy that myth, our well-being in the U.S. is slipping away. And calling Obama a "socialist" only serves to embellish the mythology.