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Moving Opposition

The ground has just shifted under our feet.

For eight years, we have been struggling against the agenda of George W. Bush – against attacks on the Constitution such as government spying against Americans without a search warrant and electronic database dragnets, against anti-environmental shams such as the idea of “clean coal” and expanded offshore drilling, against the blending of Church and State through corrupt government kickbacks to politically active religious groups (known as “faith-based initiatives”).

We thought that if we were able to get rid of George W. Bush, we would get rid of these rotten programs and bring America back to its tradition of liberty and progress.

Now, we’re learning that the problems go far beyond George W. Bush. These issues aren’t just problems with Bush Republicans. They reflect a pervasive decay in American civic culture.

You see, with the 2009 change in the White House, we’re learning that Barack Obama supports every one of the right wing programs I just listed. Barack Obama, in spite of his promise of change, is following many of the same policies as George W. Bush.

It’s a disorienting thought, but the struggle against Bush’s ideas is far from over. The struggle has just entered a new stage that, in many ways, will present more of a challenge to our idealism than anything we’ve experienced so far.

When the champion of progress turns out to be its enemy, there’s no one left on the big stage to stand for us and tell us where to go.

We’re on our own.

(Moving Opposition Video Podcast)

5 thoughts on “Moving Opposition”

  1. qs says:

    I just read your 2007 blog entry ron paul voting against a resolution for Aung San Suu Kyi.
    I think this is the first time I’ve ever somewhat disagreed with Paul although I can’t say for sure if I disagree with him for sure or not.

    btw- do you believe in interventionism in Burma or do you think they’re best of with the non-violent approach?

    I think General Than Shwe is ill right now and pretty old. The last time a general left power was in 88 was when there was last large pro-democracy uprisings so maybe in the next couple years?

    The non-violent approach is the LOOONNNGGG path as Daw Suu says.,

  2. Tom says:

    Disconcerting, isn’t it? It’s beginning to look like the same scam all over again – the people somehow “elect” someone, they take the reins of government and immediately change from the campaign image to something else and now we have to hope he’ll deliver on the progressive issues we voted him in on. Now it’s out of our hands, as it was with Bush. i’m not sure this is going to work out, but i know we only have this last chance to get it right or we’re on our way out as a nation and as a planet. Oh, it won’t necessarily happen in “our time”, but give it about 100 years and the dire consequences of our inaction or wrong action will come back to make life on earth very difficult. (i think these changes will happen in less than 50 years.)

  3. Tom Paine says:

    Get a life, lefty idiots.

    George Bush is out of office as of Tuesday. Who are you going to blame when everything turns to shit in 6 months?

    Your guys and your party run everything. God help us all.

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      When everything TURNS to shit? TURNS to shit? Are you paying attention, TP? The problem with Obama is that he’s continuing Bush’s problems.

  4. Rayshelon says:

    One or two to reemmebr, that is.

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