Friday, August 12, 2011
Left ideologues are angry at Barack Obama for not being a stubborn ideologue himself. But most of us on this side are pissed off more because we don't like where he positions himself before he even tries to negotiate a compromise. We wonder what principles he actually holds that he's willing to defend. Even Hillary Clinton has principles. I can't, for instance, imagine her putting vulnerable American children at greater risk. I have some idea, on domestic issues at least, where she would draw a line in the sand. Sure, she'd put a lot of stuff on the auction block we wouldn't want to see auctioned off, But we'd have a pretty clear sense of what she intended to protect, She'd be traveling around & reminding the Democratic base that she was doing it. One of Obama's problems is that he's better at explaining why he does what he does than at explaining what he's doing.
It's on the so-called "social values" issues that Repugs are increasingly losing touch with reality. Most Americans support marriage quality or partnership rights for gays & lesbians & an end to discrimination. Despite a variety of misgivings about abortion, most Americans support access to safe, legal first term abortions; very few take the hardcore stance of Rick Santorum. As a matter of social values, most Americans believe wealthy Americans aren't sharing the sacrifice & contributing their fair share of taxes, & want them to pay more as part of any budget deal.
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