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  •  The problem is that ideologically Obama is (2+ / 0-)
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    to the right of Reagan. The pendulum may have swung back to the left in terms of election results, but the left has not been able to build a coherent strategy for implementing a progressive agenda. Instead, the left seems content to recycle the ideas and plans of Republicans from 30 years ago, which now seem very liberal in a nation that has continuously drifted toward the right ideologically in the last few decades.

    Even on Daily Kos, a frequent defense of Obama's plans is that Reagan would have approved of them. How sad when one of the most common arguments for a Democratic president's ideas is that the great hero of the Republican Party would also have liked them!

    Until the American left can create a new, coherent ideology, and use that to change the debate in our culture so that the debate takes place on our turf, without the Republican minority being able to set the political agenda even when they are out of power - until that happens, the left has not really won, even if more Democrats are in office than Republicans.

    •  Although I agree with this... (0+ / 0-)

      I almost feel as if a gradual shift is the only way to turn the country around. As if Obama's center/center right stance (vs the GOP wingnuttia extreme right) is the only way to ween America off the right-wing extremist mindset.

      I could DEFINITELY be wrong.

      However, IMHO the electorate is slowly liberalizing itself again under Obama.

      1. We are actually seeing republicans have to grapple with raising taxes on the wealthy (this was UNTHINKABLE in previous years).

      2. The electorate is also war-weary, and we haven't started any new wars (easy to do after 8 years of clusterfuck Bush presidency), drones notwithstanding.

      3. The slow drift of states towards banning abortions seems to have stalled this year as well (no small thanks to Todd Akin/Richard Murdock!)

      4. Democrats FINALLY said the word climate change this year, in relationship to policy (hell, even Bloomberg said he endorsed Obama for that alone, too bad it took Hurricane Sandy, but you get my point).

      5. The conversation about income inequality has entered the mix (thanks OWS).

      However, I agree with you that the country is almost too far gone, but at the same time, I get the feeling that we are gradually making a left turn in part because of Obama.

      And of course, I need to truly see the rich lose their Bush era tax cuts in order for me to feel any good about all that I have said. However, with Obama easily reelected and the conversation trending where it is, i have hope again (unlike mid 2011, when i wanted to pull my hair out).

      UNINSTALLING MITT ROMNEY..... █████████████ 100%

      by saxoman1 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:28:33 PM PST

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    •  Oh yeah! (0+ / 0-)

      And for the first time ever, we have an openly pro-LGBT president (Oh yeah, and that other part where he is young and of mixed race).

      UNINSTALLING MITT ROMNEY..... █████████████ 100%

      by saxoman1 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:31:20 PM PST

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