Could Obama’s Left Wing Flap him to Death?
By: Warner Todd Huston
Naturally from our vantage point, Barack Obama is a left-wing terror as president. To name just a few things, he is turning our system from one of capitalism to one of socialism, he is attempting to undermine the Constitution by placing an activist on the Supreme Court, he is weakening our national security by frittering away the gains of the previous administration and by bending over backwards for our enemies while constantly flipping off our allies, he is looking to destroy our national healthcare system by introducing a disastrous single payer system, and he is attempting to give anti-business unions the power to destroy what is left of the business community that he himself hasn’t gotten around to crushing as of yet. We on the right are alarmed by his trip down the ruinous road that Europe has already well traveled to rueful results.
One would think that the American left (or the anti-American left as the case may be) would be thrilled that their most fantasized about social, political, and economic sledgehammers were being wielded by their Obammessiah. But, one might be surprised to see that the extremists on the left are beginning to rumble in seething anger over the fact that, to date, Obama hasn’t gone fast enough or far enough to the extreme left to suit them. One of these wild-eyed, bomb-throwers has even just called for his resignation.
So, are we beginning to see waning the far left’s love affair with The One? Might this disappointment turn into the sort of lefty outrage that it did with Lyndon Baines Johnson? Will Barack Obama’s left wing flap him to death?
It is too early to tell, of course, but there are rumblings that seem to be revealing a great disappointment in Barack Franklin Fitzgerald Abraham Hussein Obama.
For U.S. News, Kenneth T. Walsh has written an interesting brief treatment of the left’s dissatisfaction with Obama. In it, Walsh outlines some of problems the left is having with President Obama. Some of the items rattling the far left are the continuation of the Bush era’s idea of utilizing military tribunals for terror suspects, the seeming squeamishness to go directly for socialized national healthcare, and Obama’s stated desire to ramp up U.S. presence in Afghanistan in contravention to the left’s “peace” ideals.
Naturally, Walsh blows off the far left’s growing annoyance with Obama as of little importance, but it is no less virulent for being dismissed. Accordingly, as if on cue, the spittle specked former cartoonist, now tin-foil-hat wearing columnist Ted Rall called for Obama to resign because the President has been revealed to be a lair the likes of which “makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.”
Conservatives might agree with Rall’s disdain and desire to see Obama resign — but for far different reasons, of course — but Rall is all fired up, nonetheless.
Obama is useless. Worse than that, heâ€™s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss.
Naturally, Rall is upset because Obama didn’t instantly turn the United States into a communist, third-world nation the second he got his key to the Executive Mansion washroom. Rall wanted all of Bush’s administration in jail, the entire corporate world summarily fired, the government to take over the economy, the Constitution wiped clean to be replaced by some manifesto or another, and all U.S. troops to be dismissed from service and he’s mad that all the things that Obama promised he’d do seem to have come with an expiration date of January 20, 2009. But Rall is not alone as this rumbling is being felt in many quarters on the left-wing.
A quick Google search finds many disappointed voices out there among the left. From lone voices, to some common folks at a Yahoo Answers page, to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, and half-baked lefty economist Paul Krugman the rumblings of Obama being a failure seems to be building. After initial praise, some gays aren’t happy with Obama and even the whack-jobs at the DemocraticUnderground are busy deleting comments that attack Obama as a failure. If one looks carefully, some rumblings can be found at The Huffington Post and the DailyKos, as well.
And now that Obama has just reversed himself on his supposed policy to ban lobbyists, will the left further call him a hypocrite?
So, what will this do to the Obama presidency? Will it drag him wildly to the left causing centrists to grow tired of him? Will he be able to successfully steer a safe path between the un-American left that got him to office and the rest of America? Will Obama continue to ignore his patrons of the far left until they LBJ him? I won’t pretend to know the answers to these questions, especially seeing as how early we are into the era of Obama. But it is interesting to see the once starry-eyed left sour on this president so quickly. After all, he only has five months under his belt!
For now this is all nothing but an amusing anecdote, but it could develop into something that might vex the Obama administration. It is certainly something to keep our eyes on, at any rate.