Originally Posted by Mumbo Jumbo
dmz, do you think that Barack Obama is remodelling the United States as a socialist, or even a Marxist, country?
That's a pretty dense question -- given what we are seeing.
Everything right now points one undeniable fact: giving the Liberal party essentially Carte Blanche (starting in 2006 with the democratic sweeps), and putting a president, who as a candidate, offered unprecedented levels of simple-minded, flowery BS... promises upon promises upon promises...
Nothing has changed.
What should that tell you?
First, that should tell you that the constraints of our activity as a nation are limited, and have always been limited -- somewhat by groupthink, somewhat by outside influence. Second, it might be worth considering that the democratic process works
-- and that these elected people are simply struggling to give the people what they want in the face of these outside constraints.
People behind Glen Beck or DailyKos are entertainment, no more, no less -- they oversimplify the complex processes, ignore what they don't want in their narrative, then SELL that sitting-in-a-warm-diaper narrative to the unsuspecting and uncritical.
"Obama is a Marxist"
"Bush is Hitler"
"Bush was a meanie, and that's why no one likes us."
"Obama will say nice things at a podium, and those Chess-playing Russians will "like us" and change their foreign policy."Sorry folks, but the world isn't run by teenage girls.
If the fairyland that these people are selling existed anywhere, we would all be riding magical unicorns, be out of Iraq, and Afghanistan, all the foreign detainees would no longer be detained, Russia would have stepped on Aquadimijihad's nuts for us, and we would have Universal Health care, and the cure for AIDS from stem cell research.
The same goes for Reagan, and Newtie's CWA. Window dressing promises, but the hard realities of staying in power by being popular, pandering to a morally anemic population that want's their Jimmy Dean sausage on a stick, and
their free angioplasty -- gets in the way of a soothing narrative.
Edit: And Newtie [insert proto-ideologue here] may have believed what he was doing, but still -- the realities shut him down. But right now, there is almost nothing standing in the way of the liberal party in America -- and nothing is happening.
listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.