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Can a Conscientious Liberal Back Obama?
Townhall.com ^ | October 2012 | Jeff Jacoby

Posted on 10/21/2012 2:01:04 PM PDT by Kaslin

YOU'RE A PASSIONATE and committed liberal. Four years ago, enthralled by Barack Obama's biography and inspired by his oratory, you voted for him with pride. You embraced his promise of hope and change. You were deeply moved by the racial progress he symbolized.

But above all you voted for him because he expressed such enlightened views.

You didn't just want a Democrat back in the White House, you wanted one who would bring progressive clarity to US national policy.

For eight years, you'd fumed at George W. Bush's offenses against the Constitution; now at last, you believed, you were supporting a president for whom civil liberties would be an unshakable priority. A president who wouldn't be beholden to Wall Street and its rivers of cash. Who would prosecute the war on terror without abandoning core American values or trampling basic human rights. Whose administration would function in the sunlight, a jewel of transparency, accountability, and due process.

That was the president you expected. It wasn't the president you got.

"I will make clear that the days of compromising our values are over," Obama had said in 2007 as he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an address to the Woodrow Wilson Center, he had excoriated Bush's approach to counterterrorism – the excesses of the Patriot Act, the warrantless wiretapping, the indefinite detention of terror suspects – for reflecting a "false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand." In an Obama administration, he vowed, things would be different.

Yet the president you voted for hasn't abandoned Bush's antiterror legacy, not by a long shot. Since Obama took office, warrantless wiretapping of Americans' domestic communications has skyrocketed. According to a new report by the ACLU, "more people were subjected to [electronic] surveillance in the past two years than in the entire previous decade." Instead of repealing the Patriot Act, Obama signed a law extending it through 2015.

The president who was going to shut the US lockup at Guantanamo is now spending millions of dollars to upgrade it. Far from doing away with trials by military commission, he ordered them resumed. The eloquent progressive who vowed to roll back Bush's post-9/11 wartime excesses has become almost a caricature of what he used to condemn. He meets regularly to review a "kill list" of terrorist suspects and decide who should be targeted for death. He has drastically expanded the drone war that Bush began, raining down missiles on countries where we aren't at war, killing or maiming hundreds of innocent victims in the process. Astonishingly, he has even claimed – and exercised -- the power to order the extrajudicial killing of American citizensterrorist operatives. he believes to be

Neocon hawks may not blink at such things, but conscientious liberals like you were always appalled by them. "We have compromised our most precious values," Obama said as a candidate. Will you compromise your values by voting for him again?

And what about all those other values you counted on Obama to uphold?

On the campaign trail, his top priority was to codify Roe v. Wade. "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," he declared. Once in office, it dropped from his agenda.

You trusted Obama when he said his administration would be "the most open and transparent in history." Instead it launched an unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers and leaks, and retreated into a "bubble of non-accountability."

When you voted for Obama in 2008, could you have imagined that he would extend the Bush tax cuts? That he would commit US forces to war in Libya without the congressional approval he himself had said the law required? That he would show so little concern for pro-democracy dissidents and protesters resisting tyranny? That he would expel 1.2 million undocumented immigrants in three years, more than any president since the 1950s? That he would load his administration with so many former lobbyists – after having promised that he wouldn't?

If a Republican president compiled such an atrocious record, you would do everything you could to prevent his reelection. Can you vote in good conscience for a Democrat with such a record?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; campaign2012; lamestreammedia; liberal

1 posted on 10/21/2012 2:01:09 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m a conscientious conservative and yet I’ll probably vote for Mitt, so why wouldn’t the opposite be true?


2 posted on 10/21/2012 2:03:46 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Kaslin

>>YOU’RE A PASSIONATE and committed liberal. Four years ago, enthralled by Barack Obama’s biography and inspired by his oratory, you voted for him with pride. You embraced his promise of hope and change. You were deeply moved by the racial progress he symbolized.

But above all you voted for him because he expressed such enlightened views.<<

Nonsense. You voted for him because he is Black and a democrat.


3 posted on 10/21/2012 2:05:19 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: Kaslin

“Render Unto Caesar” By Archbishop Charles Chaput

During the 2008 election cycle a Catholic legal scholar, Douglas Kmiec attempted to use the Archbishop’s book as a basis for supporting, then “candidate” Obama.

The Archbishop objected:
“Unfortunately, he either misunderstands or misuses my words, and he couldn’t be more mistaken…”

“I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ‘abortion-rights’ presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973,” he added.

“Despite what [...] Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ‘pro-choice;’ it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing.”
The prelate affirmed that the platform of the Democratic Party that emerged from its national convention in August “is clearly anti-life.”
“Kmiec argues that there are defensible motives to support Senator Obama,” continued Archbishop Chaput. “Speaking for myself, I do not know any proportionate reason that could outweigh more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortion and the many millions of women deeply wounded by the loss and regret abortion creates.”


4 posted on 10/21/2012 2:06:53 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Kaslin

The coolaidith runith outith!


5 posted on 10/21/2012 2:07:30 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny (If it weren't for coffee I would still be living with my parents!)
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To: Kaslin

I feel the real question is “can the black American who calls himself a Christian vote for Obama?” And the obvious answer is no. Obama and the Democratic party stand for so many anti-Christian things it would take a book to list them all. It is a travesty that black Christians allow themselves to still be owned by the Democratic party.


6 posted on 10/21/2012 2:13:21 PM PDT by Haddon
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To: gorush
Conservatives think. Liberals feel.

I rest my case.

7 posted on 10/21/2012 2:48:08 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Kaslin

There’s a lifelong liberal lady at church I’d like to send this to. But she’s so mad at me I doubt she’d read it. :o(


8 posted on 10/21/2012 2:50:38 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child that's got his own." Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog Jr)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t be rediculous, there isn’t such a thing
as a conscientious liberal.


9 posted on 10/21/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&feature=player_embedded

Life, freedom, marriage video — Obama is on the evil and morally wrong side.


10 posted on 10/21/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Haddon
I feel the real question is “can the black American who calls himself a Christian vote for Obama?”

Without trying to be too judgmental, I would say there is decent chance, they either don't know the Lord, or they don't know the issues.

11 posted on 10/21/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: Kaslin
YOU'RE A PASSIONATE and committed liberal...


12 posted on 10/21/2012 3:34:38 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Mark17

I would venture to say that there is no such thing as a “conscientious liberal”.

Feeling, clueless and childlike is the order of the day.

Logic escapes the mind of those that can’t see.

The real question is that in which determines whether logic or emotion is the deciding factor.

Faith

Naturalism

Truth

and why do we care.


13 posted on 10/21/2012 3:40:29 PM PDT by Zeneta (Why are so many people searching for something that has already found us ?)
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To: Haddon

If the DNC wants blacks to vote for a black Christian, they should have nominated a black Christian instead of nominating a tan Arab Muslim.


14 posted on 10/21/2012 3:56:22 PM PDT by abclily
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To: Mark17

And I agree 100%.


15 posted on 10/21/2012 4:01:01 PM PDT by Haddon
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To: abclily

With all due respect, that is silly. Of course the DNC does not want blacks to vote for a black Christian. The point is they are doing just fine running a communist-muslim and getting their vote already.


16 posted on 10/21/2012 4:10:16 PM PDT by Haddon
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To: tet68
Don’t be rediculous, there isn’t such a thing as a conscientious liberal.

I have never seen those two words "conscientious" and "liberal" used in the same sentence before.

17 posted on 10/22/2012 4:45:01 AM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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