Anti-War No More… Whatever happened to the Political Left?

Remember the Anti-war Left?  Back in the 1960s they protested the Vietnam War.  In the 1970s they agitated for the War Powers Resolution in Congress, moved to limit the powers of the CIA overseas and the FBI at home. In the 1980s they opposed Ronald Reagan at every turn. More recently, George W. Bush was decried as a warmonger, compared to Hitler (see MoveOn.org), accused of complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and assailed for the “Surge” in Iraq.(Full disclosure: I am registered as an independent voter and I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000 or 2004.)

Recall the wrath of the Political  Left when Bush increased US troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq?  Recall a similar outcry when Barack Obama sent 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan? You probably don’t, because there wasn’t one. Remember back to when Richard Nixon began bombing Cambodia without consulting Congress? Have you heard more than a peep from the Political Left today, as Obama’s ordered US intervention in the Libyan civil war enters its third month?  The War Powers Resolution that was passed into law in 1973 (largely by Democrats) requires the President to end any military action after 60 days unless Congress approves it. Not only has the Obama administration not gotten such approval, it has stone-walled Congressional efforts to obtain information about the Libyan operations from both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Department.  Can you see GW Bush getting such a pass?

In other areas, the Political Left has rolled over as well.  Suppose Bush had issued an executive order that any business seeking to bid on government contracts had to submit a list of all the political contributions it had made over the past five years? Obama is considering such an Order and there’s nary a peep.  Are we looking to play favorites or to subtly suppress the freedom of speech that political activity (including contributions) includes?

What if George Bush had created a Director of Conservative Media & Online Response position in his administration, with the task of attacking anyone in the media who reported unfavorably on Bush or his policies? Well, when Obama created just such a position two weeks ago (substitute “Progressive” for “Conservative”) it was met with acquiescence by the mainstream media, who themselves would fall under the administration’s review.  Hello?  Free press? Are you there? (And what, exactly, is “Progressive” about having such a Director within the administration?) When I think of Rapid Response Teams, I think of quick military action in defense of  US security, not administration goons trying to achieve electoral security by oppressing those who speak out in opposition. Free speech?  Where is Mario Savio when you really need him? (For those of you under fifty, Savio began and led the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley back in the early 1960s).  Savio’s memory is desecrated every time the Political Left attempts to silence speakers it doesn’t like on college campuses, or when the Obama administration attempts to intimidate people in the media or those seeking government contracts. And so much for diversity, I guess.

Barack Obama suckered many young, first-time and dissatisfied American voters in 2008. In less then two years he has revealed himself to be just another cynical politician in the worst sense of both of those words – a corrupt Chicago ward style of politics gone both national and global. Next week, I’ll present some more evidence to supports this contention. And if Jesse Lee and the Obama media goons want to get on my case for saying these things, they know where they can find me online.  I’ll even let them come aboard as subscribers.

And perhaps somebody on the Political Left can explain to us how selective moral indignation is defensible.  If Bush was held to be a fascist for his actions and policies, how is Obama any less?  Barack “Hope/Change” Obama is not the solution.  He is now part of the problem.

To conclude, I’ll leave you with the words of Mario Savio who saw a government that ran roughshod over human dignity,  liberty and freedom of expression:

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

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