You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #5: Obama = DLC [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-18-08 07:07 AM
Response to Original message
5. Obama = DLC
The "progressive" movement, since 1988, has dogged the DLC. The vitriol has gotten particularly shrill since 2000. The hate the DLC for welfare reform. They hate the DLC for stressing the free market. They hate the DLC for it's stance on private investment accounts to compliment social security. They hate the DLC for suggesting the Democratic party must make a turn to the right away from the post 1960s social upheavals. They hate the DLC for finding 'third ways' in classic conservative-liberal conflicts. They hate the DLC for suggesting public education reforms, including merit pay for teachers. They hate the DLC for it's concept of public service, believing it to be a back door draft. They hate the DLC for wanting a strong military.

Yet here comes Barack Obama who...

... believes in welfare reform.
... believes in the free market.
... believes in private investment accounts to compliment social security.
... believes the Democratic party must make a turn to the right away from the post 1960s social upheavals.
... believes in finding 'third ways' in classic conservative-liberal conflicts.
... believes in public education reforms, including merit pay for teachers.
... believes in public service.
... believes in a strong military.

So I can't for the life of me see the difference between the DLC and Barack Obama, policy wise. So where is the attraction for "progressives?" He's a good speaker? So is John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich. If they want a good speaker who pushes DLC policies, they should love Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they hate them.

So where is the attraction? I contend the desire to elect the first African-American president trumps any policy concerns.

Not all 'DLC hating' progressives have fallen for him. Those are the ones I respect. At least they're honest and consistent.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC