Obama’s Audacity of Fake Centrism
Some liberals are concerned by his pivots towards the middle. They needn't be.
July 29, 2008 - 7:35 am
On the left, they’re not friends; they are allies, as long as there’s more money coming in. But at the end of the day, they all want to use the government to bring money and power to them[selves].
Centrist Barack Obama? Well, I suppose that phrase of ideological incoherence is no more fabulous than anything else we hear pertaining to the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. His current masquerade as a moderate might well be the only “audacity” his campaign contains. Few candidates are so burdened by a history showcasing radical affiliations and associations. Indeed, the would-be savior’s established voting record reveals him to be anything but a conservative, and one media outlet even rated him the most leftward-leaning member of the senate.
Obviously, a Democrat abandoning many of his more progressive (read: regressive) stances in the months preceding an election is not usual, but one would hope that Obama’s past derails his ability to cast himself as a non-partisan figure. Peter Kirsanow correctly observed that “even with his recent attempts at moderation he retains positions on several significant issues indistinguishable from those of Dennis Kucinich. Most of those positions are opposed not only by overwhelming majorities of all Americans, but in several cases, majorities of Democrats as well.”
The alleged uniter is in fact a leftist’s leftist. Obama has never once “reached out” to the opposition in regard to any issue or subject. Nothing suggests that he even knows folks whose opinions lie outside the “statist” region on the Nolan Chart of political affiliation. After all, what is more in keeping with radicalism than an officeholder who wants to redefine patriotism in such a broad fashion as to include himself and who also plans — in the midst of an economic situation he terms recessionary — to initiate $800 billion in government spending? Barack brims with dreams of the Leviathan. As president he will make us pay to satisfy his imagination in both hard currency and human suffering.
Given Obama’s known disdain for the behaviors and mentality of his countrymen, his fabricated maneuvers should be a quixotic endeavor. However, due to the electorate’s pervasive disinterest and ignorance in regard to political matters, he might succeed in fooling a majority of “undecided” voters come November. Hopefully this is not what will occur because the Democratic candidate is a libertarian nightmare. He demands that the people serve the government and his wife summed up their fantasies for popular control when she proclaimed: “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation. … Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”