Monday, September 3, 2012 One of the saddest chapters of American politics is the abandonment of the liberals' support of President Obama. By liberals I mean those who are bound by the liberal catechism, which is that if a public figure doesn't live up to his/her promises, they have been 'deceived'. What escapes their notice is the environment under which the President has had to govern.
The Washington Post, not known for its liberal credentials since the death of Katherine Graham, featured a long article on Obama's Presidency. One of the salient sentences summarized his term, and that was that since day one of his Presidency the Republicans swore to oppose any legislation he proposed or the Democrats put forward and to wage a war of words and lies about his birth and his so-called deceptions. The wall of fantasy the liberals had constructed around his very charismatic rhetoric during his campaign came crumbling down. And now, even the so-called pro-Obama columnists have begun to question his leadership and to even damn it with the standard of weakness.
Tom Friedman, the New York Times standard bearer of liberal politics and a true believer in the Israel is right no matter right movement, lobbed soft criticism again at Obama for his failure to live up to his campaign rhetoric. The only Times columnist to throw light on the reality of Obama's governing is Paul Krugman, a Chicago U. economics nobelist. But no-one can hear him above the din of Romney-Ryan's lies and distortions and the liberals' doubts about his leadership. I would ask anyone how they would deal with the inherited problems Obama faced and the unrelenting lies and criticisms he has had to bear not only regarding his mistakes in Afghanistan and his choice of economic advisers but also his achievements in starting to invoke universal medical care for all Americans and his saving of the millions of jobs in the auto industry.
Just like the capitalists' long history of adventurism and failure, which are regarded by economists as normal ups and downs of our economic history, the political situation in this country is regarded as just one phase in the long history of political antagonism against and later support of full democracy. Its abnormalities are just about the human condition of swings left and right, when the real issue is about how to maintain equity for all Americans.