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  •  sadly, Obama missed the chance (1+ / 0-)
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    slatsg

    In 2008, I thought there was a small chance that the Obama victory would lead to a transformative Presidency. In the Hegelian sense, he might have been the new synthesis, vaulting past the thesis of post-War consensus and its Reagan/neo-con antithesis.

    Alas, he turned out to be just another get-along/go-along centrist in the Clinton mold (I think he might be slightly to Bill's left, but being that close to what I often call "the best Republican President since Teddy Roosevelt" is hardly high praise). He's just kicking the anti-government can down the road.

    I agree with the diarist that FDR and Reagan did transform the Presidency. I'd add Lincoln to that very short list as well. Obama had the opportunity to approach that degree of influence, but that chance is long gone.

    Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

    by N in Seattle on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 01:41:57 PM PST

    •  If there are not significant philosophical changes (1+ / 0-)
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      N in Seattle

      in the second term then I will have to agree that, like Clinton, he simply kicked the anti-government can down the road.

      I don't believe the opportunity is gone, but he needs to act.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:04:55 PM PST

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