There are a lot of people out there who like to contend that Barack Obama is a communist or at least a hard line socialist. I certainly concede that Barack Obama is a soft soft socialist and probably the most economically left wing President we’ve had since Lyndon Johnson.
However, do I fundamentally think that Barack Obama is a threat to the private sector? Largely I think the answer is no and I think you should ask some of the fiercer environmentalists in the state of Alaska for example. Environmentalists throughout the state of Alaska are extremely upset over some of the privatization of the fishing and mining industry throughout the state of Alaska. You can simply read some of the positions that Democratic candidate for the United States Senate Scott McAdams has taken on many of these mineral and resource management issues.
There are thousands of policy positions where environmentalists would be able to claim that the Obama Administration is “raping” the environment in the name of private enterprise. Nine times out of ten I agree with these positions and so would Ronald Reagan I would venture to say, but yet we still have people on AC who simply don’t like that a rich dude has to pay a higher income tax rate in comparison to a poor man so they break out the hammer and sickle, and the rest of the dog and pony.
I want to make it clear, I am NOT making the case that Obama is somewhere near the center of the American political spectrum. My point is that it can all be about perception. One gentlemen who happens to live in New York City (I consider this person a friend) constantly calling him the “radical in chief”.
On the other end of the spectrum there are people in the city of Des Moines who literally call Barack Obama “Dick Cheney Jr.” I have a friend who lives in Ireland who believes Barack Obama is a war criminal who “pocketed” the money from his Nobel Prize. We need to understand before we make wild accusations because of our primitive ideological instincts that this truly can all be a matter of perception.
I am NOT trying to blur the lines between right and wrong my friends, good people view things differently. Some people may think that FDR’s New Deal ruined the country while other folks may believe that the Great Society did not go far enough.
Take the spat between Bill Clinton and Rachel Maddow for example. Rachel Maddow considers Bill Clinton to be a Republican President because he wanted to finally push some of the crack heads, meth cookers, and coke snorters off the streets where at least they can waste their life in prison instead of dragging the rest of us in society down with them with the Three Strikes Law.
Or there is the Welfare Reform Act of 1995 which limits the amount of food stamps that single mothers can get without having to find a decent job and trying to build yourself up instead of blaming society for all of your ills. Newsflash, if someone is good enough to sleep with them, you better be willing to have a kid with them too because Bill Clinton made you accountable and that upsets Rachel Maddow, who is a moral relativist in so many more ways than I am.
Now on the other hand there are some people who consider Bill Clinton to be solidly in the progressive camp, as to how you come to be a “progressive” is beyond me because I consider it progress to encourage people who are struggling to try to make something of their life instead of cherry picking the Bible and justifying your poverty because other people have sinned according to the word of Christ. I’m an agnostic, was Jesus a socialist? Yes, but I also consider every President of the United States since Calvin Coolidge and a couple before that to be a socialist, its not a dirty word either, but once again we are talking about a matter of perception.
I did not proofread this before posting so if you can’t make sense out of it, too bad.