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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:39 PM
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105. I think you're wrong. Obama has been the most progressive Democratic president
that we've had since LBJ. Even President Carter was very socially conservative and did a lot of things that were not traditionally in line with Democratic Party principles when he was president.

People make excuses for Clinton when it comes to the DADT/DOMA issue, but look at the totality how he governed: to the right of Obama in many instances.

It was Clinton who was responsible for NAFTA; Clinton responsible for the repeal of Glass-Steagall; Clinton responsible for the deregulation of the communications industry that gave us the Corporate Media we have today and a talk show circuit dominated by wingnuts; Clinton responsible for the Omnibus Crime Bill that put more black/Hispanic people in jail; Clinton responsible for welfare reform that was too harsh and demonized the poor.

I could go on and on.

Now, think about what Obama has done to undo some of that damage. With a recalcitrant Democratic Party in the House and Senate, and a Republican Party that is a whole lot different than the Republicans were during LBJ's and Clinton's tenure, you can't really blame Obama alone for the outcome.

But if we get rid of these wingnut Republicans and start working from the bottom up, electing more progressive Democrats at the local levels, I believe that we'll begin to see a change.

Change doesn't happen overnight. It takes time.

I don't think Obama ever said that he'd make changes in X time.

We need to try and be patient, and work to get more progressives in office.
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