Skip to comments.Did Obama's election kill the antiwar movement?
Posted on 04/08/2011 4:14:18 PM PDT by epithermal
ANN ARBOR, Mich.Since 2003, the antiwar movement in the United States has had much to protest with Americans fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, but the movementwhich has dropped off sharply the past two yearsmay be more anti-Republican than antiwar, says a University of Michigan researcher.
A new study by U-M's Michael Heaney and colleague Fabio Rojas of Indiana University shows that the antiwar movement in the United States demobilized as Democrats, who had been motivated to participate by anti-Republican sentiments, withdrew from antiwar protests when the Democratic Party achieved electoral success, first with Congress in 2006 and then with the presidency in 2008.
"As president, Obama has maintained the occupation of Iraq and escalated the war in Afghanistan," said Heaney, U-M assistant professor of organizational studies and political science. "The antiwar movement should have been furious at Obama's 'betrayal' and reinvigorated its protest activity.
"Instead, attendance at antiwar rallies declined precipitously and financial resources available to the movement have dissipated. The election of Obama appeared to be a demobilizing force on the antiwar movement, even in the face of his pro-war decisions."
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They had one of the Code Pink reanimated corpses on FNC a while back. I’m not sure but I think it moved a couple of times.
There never was an antiwar movement. Never has been. Never will be. Thanks epithermal.
Because war is only acceptable when a Dummycrap is president.
Oh, come on, Civ.
Let’s give Obama a little more credit here.
He’s killed damn near everthing else.
Just exposed their hypocrisy.
No more so than Johnson's or Clinton's did.
The anti-war movement was one of either two things.
1. A bunch of old, washed-up hippies and neo-hippies looking for any excuse to trash Bush.
2. A bunch of old, washed-up libertarians or neo-hippies looking for any excuse to get together, smoke pot, and say prayers to Ron Paul. (Ohm Ronnie Paul Hmmmmmm)
Back during Kosovo, Janeane Garofalo was asked about where all the anti-war protestors were, and she said, “It’s just not hip to protest Clinton’s wars.”
The leftist anti-war movement was never really anti-war, they were always anti-US. They opposed every single war that could ever be termed, a “just war” by the US and sided with every anti-US despot.
Now, Obama sides with the despots in most cases, as well, and he has turned our military into a uniformed version of the Peace Corps.
According to the Democrats, they are the only ones who can tell when a war is justified.
"Antiwar" is a euphemism for "Commie".
Antiwar just means you believe we are fighting for the wrong side.
The question presumes that they ever were against war. They will kill you if you try to take away their "right" to kill a million babies a year.
Exactly! War is ok when a democrat is in the WH according to the emptyheads on the left. Just like wealth is bad unless it is in their pockets.
The media stopped covering them when it would only hurt their gay prince, so the war movement “moved on” and went back home.
They are all old hag publicity hounds who just wanted TV face time. I doubt they were all just anti-bush. They wanted to be on tv. They are doubly sick.
They were useful idiots. They are not currently useful. When there’s another Republican President, they’ll be back on the news.
There are no anti-war movements. There are just anti-liberty movements, that occasionally parade around in different costumes.
If there is no one in power who is getting in their way, then they have nothing to protest.
There was never an “anti-war” movement, only a “protest conservatives and Republicans over any and everything we can think of to reduce their popularity so we can get people to vote for Democrats” movement.
While Obama’s election was heralded as a victory for the antiwar movement, Obama’s election, in fact, thwarted the ability of the movement to achieve critical mass.”
“he has turned our military into a uniformed version of the Peace Corps.”
I remember when that accusation was leveled at Clinton; I don’t think anybody sees anything peaceful about Obama’s presidency (except the Peace Prize). He has added another war on a Muslim country, had in own troop surge in Afghanistan, and is still in Iraq. I’m sure Muslims will tell you there’s not much “Peace Corp” going on yet...
“The media stopped covering them when it would only hurt their gay prince, so the war movement moved on and went back home.”
Yeah, why don’t they find that woman who lost a son in one of the wars; she was a useful tool in attacking Bush; I’m sure she has nothing positive to say about the Kenyan Pirate. I actually forgot her name, but I remember the pictures of her at a book signing, with no takers...
Peace Corp-like activity is all we have seen in Afghanistan under Obama. The military has not yet made an appearance on the ground in Libya, at least not openly.
Obama is a fool, who thinks that the world loves him for tearing down America. Unfortunately, for the country, I doubt that Obama will ever face the truth.