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Left Behind (Obama has turned his back on us liberals. So why aren't we screaming about it?)
Foreign Policy ^ | SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 | Todd Gitlin

Posted on 09/07/2012 11:03:09 AM PDT by nickcarraway

In May 2009, Barack Obama delivered a speech in Prague about global threats that required, he said, "action coordinated across borders." This not-so-ringing phrase he intended to apply to "a global economy in crisis, a changing climate, the persistent dangers of old conflicts, new threats and the spread of catastrophic weapons." To address the global economy, he called for "investments to create new jobs ... [and] a change in our financial system, with new rules to prevent abuse and future crisis. "We must confront climate change," he said, "by ending the world's dependence on fossil fuels, by tapping the power of new sources of energy like the wind and sun, and calling upon all nations to do their part." He declared that the United States would lead the world away from nuclear weapons and "seek a new treaty that verifiably ends the production of fissile materials intended for use in state nuclear weapons." Most of these imperatives emanated from an agenda of the American left -- albeit one that was not inclined to give him much credit for these words.

When President Obama spoke at Cairo's Al-Azhar University one month later, much of his rhetoric, again, derived from the American left. He deplored colonialism and the former habit of treating Muslim-majority countries as "Cold War proxies." (Later in the speech, he specifically deplored the fact that during the Cold War "the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.") Addressing Islam, he invoked "common principles -- principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," along with the rights of women. He declared that the United States would hold to a presumption against the use of force, quoting Jefferson: "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: left; obama; philosophy

1 posted on 09/07/2012 11:03:18 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Cult of personality. He could literally kick them in the teeth, and they wouldn’t bat an eye.

SnakeDoc


2 posted on 09/07/2012 11:24:16 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: nickcarraway

Why is Todd Gitlin still walking around alive and free?


3 posted on 09/07/2012 11:27:16 AM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” Paul Ryan)
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To: nickcarraway
All the DemoRats care about is their party staying in power. If oslama came out with conservative policies, the Rats would still vote for him.

On the other had, if the GOP nominee came with liberal proposals, the GOP would abandon him\her....oh wait a minute...nevermind.

4 posted on 09/07/2012 11:30:26 AM PDT by deadrock
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To: nickcarraway

Hillary’s problem is triangulating a position away from the person she originally had slotted for her VP.

Going to Indonesia during the Rat convention was part of this effort, as well as never coming back to the US during her 4 years lighting the world on fire as SoS.

Now, with this kind of essay above, her policy wonks are squirming out an argument space for her, like someone straining with constipation.

Hillary Clinton, the consitipated block that refuses to move, decade after decade, making fools out of every supporter she ever had.


5 posted on 09/07/2012 11:31:15 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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Where else are they going to go?

As a ‘small government’ conservative, I can relate given the insane spending and foreign adventurism of the second President Bush.


6 posted on 09/07/2012 12:17:46 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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