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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 12:26 PM
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56. I was not surprised
because I'm familiar with Chomsky, and I knew what Obama was, and is.

My screen name fits. I'm a lone wolf in many ways, including politically. I'm that introvert who trusts few, and trusts my own judgement more than anyone else's. I'm not impressed by, nor much affected by, rhetoric and propaganda, and that's what most speeches of any kind are. I'm always evaluating someone's words by how specific they are, by what generalities they spout that will allow them to twist them to fit opposing actions, by how well they walk their talk.

I recognized Obama as a neo-liberal 1%er from the very beginning. As a matter of fact, here at DU in '08, when so many were telling me frantically, "but he's the NOT DLC candidate!!!" I clearly saw his centrism. It wasn't funny to me that one particular DLC DUer laughed and posted that while he was supporting Clinton, this argument was amusing to him, since Obama's positions aligned perfectly with the DLC.

I was a pariah for pointing this out.

It was clear, if you were looking for it, what Obama was all about. He admired Reagan's "transformational" presidency, the way he opposed the "excesses" of the 70s. I interpreted "excesses" to mean those things the liberal left worked for and achieved. I was right; we've seen a faster, more aggressive rollback under Obama than we did even under GWB.

When asked in a Fox News interview what he thought Republicans got better than Democrats, he responded with...education. And said that teachers would be unhappy with him. An understatement. I'm a teacher.

He was a hawk on the war on terror, and left unilateral action against Pakistan open.

I don't know why ANYONE was, or is, surprised at the direction his administration has taken. It was clear from the moment he started making appointments, before he was even inaugurated.

My philosophy? Politically? I'm to the left of most Americans. I'm to the left of the Democratic Party. I didn't used to be, and I haven't really moved. The party has "left" me behind.

What else can I tell you?
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