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Did Obama's election kill the antiwar movement?
University of Michigan ^ | April 5, 2011 | Bernie DeGroat

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 movement—which has dropped off sharply the past two years—may 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."

(Excerpt) Read more at ns.umich.edu ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: antiwar; hypocrisy; hypocrites; libya; obamaswar
Imagine that
1 posted on 04/08/2011 4:14:22 PM PDT by epithermal
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To: epithermal

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.


2 posted on 04/08/2011 4:17:02 PM PDT by relictele
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

There never was an antiwar movement. Never has been. Never will be. Thanks epithermal.


3 posted on 04/08/2011 4:18:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: epithermal
Libya is Obama's War. Guantanamo is Obama's failed promise to shut it down. The Iraq war has no timetable to get our troops out.

Obama=War

4 posted on 04/08/2011 4:20:27 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: epithermal

Because war is only acceptable when a Dummycrap is president.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 4:20:44 PM PDT by max americana ( NF)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, come on, Civ.

Let’s give Obama a little more credit here.

He’s killed damn near everthing else.


6 posted on 04/08/2011 4:21:32 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: epithermal

Just exposed their hypocrisy.


7 posted on 04/08/2011 4:23:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: epithermal
Did Obama's election kill the antiwar movement?

No more so than Johnson's or Clinton's did.

8 posted on 04/08/2011 4:25:04 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (If every person were like Sarah Palin, this world would be a peaceful, beautiful world to live in.)
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To: epithermal

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)


9 posted on 04/08/2011 4:26:03 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: epithermal

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.”


10 posted on 04/08/2011 4:27:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: epithermal

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.


11 posted on 04/08/2011 4:28:14 PM PDT by Eva
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To: epithermal

According to the Democrats, they are the only ones who can tell when a war is justified.


12 posted on 04/08/2011 4:36:25 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thank you.

"Antiwar" is a euphemism for "Commie".

13 posted on 04/08/2011 4:41:27 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: thecabal

Antiwar just means you believe we are fighting for the wrong side.


14 posted on 04/08/2011 4:42:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: epithermal
Did Obama's election kill the antiwar movement?

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.

15 posted on 04/08/2011 4:58:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: max americana

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.


16 posted on 04/08/2011 5:02:37 PM PDT by bcr100
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To: epithermal

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.


17 posted on 04/08/2011 5:17:40 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: epithermal

They were useful idiots. They are not currently useful. When there’s another Republican President, they’ll be back on the news.


18 posted on 04/08/2011 5:18:04 PM PDT by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: epithermal

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.


19 posted on 04/08/2011 5:25:15 PM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: epithermal

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.


20 posted on 04/08/2011 5:54:11 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals: drooling buffoons (politicians/media/ bureaucrats) backed by satanic goons (union thugs).)
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To: epithermal

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.”


21 posted on 04/08/2011 6:21:47 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Eva

“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...


22 posted on 04/08/2011 6:25:43 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: FreeAtlanta

“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...


23 posted on 04/08/2011 6:28:20 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

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.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 9:45:20 PM PDT by Eva
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