Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

The Center is for Losers

Unlike some I have criticized only SOME of Obama’s “moves to the center” the last 3 weeks.  Some of the others, such as his statement on Iraq, I did not think showed any real flip-flop on policy, just a stumbling in terminology. But EVEN APPEARING to move in a conservative direction is a strategy for losing.

George Lakoff shows why in this important article.  I have sent the link to the Obama campaign and urge all others to do the same. We should also cite in major political blogs, which the Obama folk watch.


July 7, 2008 - Posted by | U.S. politics


  1. Obama is going to change his position on Iraq. Bet on it.

    The reason he will change his position on Iraq is because his current position–get out in 16 months no matter what–is stupid. And when he goes to Iraq, Petreaus will tell him it is stupid. The moveon, Huffington, Lakoff, pacifist supporters of Obama notwithstanding–He knows he has this crowd in his pocket, so there will be no downside politically. (He has already sold the left down the river on FISA, DEATH PENALTY, PRO-ISRAEL, FINANCE REFORM, FAITH-BASED FUNDING etc.)

    Besides, he is saying that a troop drawdown in Iraq will be offset with an increase in Afghanastan. That makes perfect sense to me. We need to be killing (not using stun guns) the Taliban. But to suggest that ALL troops can be withdrawn from Iraq is just plain dumb.

    And Obama is not dumb.

    Rev Wright had is right–the guy is a politician and he will say what he has to say. (that was when Obama threw him under the bus, you will recall)

    Comment by Dan Hollander | July 7, 2008

  2. For those of us who don’t know, could you post a list of, say, the top five major political blogs that the Obama folks are likely to be watching (and on which we might want to be commenting on this issue).

    Comment by haitianministries | July 7, 2008

  3. http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/07/a-clarification.html

    A Clarification
    A Message to American Voters
    By Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

    My Fellow Americans:

    You may have read recent news reports that suggest I have modified my position regarding the redeployment of American military personnel in Iraq. Unfortunately, these reports have been the source of much confusion and anxiety among the millions of voters who have supported my campaign, and I would like to take this opportunity to address their concerns.

    Let me be crystal clear: if elected president, my first act will be to call for the immediate withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. I have always been consistent and forthright in this position, and I want to reassure my supporters that my recent statement backtracking from it was just some bullshit my staff came up with to tack to the center for the general election. To win this election, it will be critical to appeal to the dwindling but stubborn group of idiots who cling to fantasies of American “victory” in this tragic disaster. It’s an unfortunate part of the complicated game of presidential politics, but let’s face it: I can’t stop this war if I’m not in the White House. However, you should know by now that whatever I may say from now until November, once elected I will immediately pull the rug from these gullible pro-war rubes.

    Or will I? As is obvious to all but the most deluded HuffPo retard, the surge in Iraq has produced dramatic improvements in security throughout Iraq, and the roots of a stable pro-American democracy. We have the terrorists on the run, and it would obviously be crazy for us to pull our troops from the region just as we are on the verge of victory. And it is equally obvious that everything I said in the previous paragraph was designed to placate the naive hipster moonbats I brilliantly exploited to destroy the Clintons. (You’re welcome.) Now that the nomination is in the bag, I am finally free to stake out my genuine pro-victory Iraq position, and have a good laugh while the dKos morons screech like a bunch of apoplectic howler monkeys. Let’s face it: at the rate I’m heading right on national security, I’ll be raining nukes on Tehran by February.

    See what I mean? That previous paragraph should be a signal to all of you in the progressive community just how committed I am to an immediate troop withdrawal. If that’s the kind of shameless bellicose jingoism it takes to temporarily fool the neocons and extra-chromosome Jebus tards, I will do it. Just as I was willing to wear the stupid flag lapel pin to satisfy their lust for empty “patriotic” symbolism. But deep in your heart you know my real goal: to end this war, and atone to the world for the 28 nightmare years of Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush fascism. Imagine the looks on the multinational plutocrats’ faces when I sign the bill that nationalizes their stupid oil industry!

    And that there is exactly the kind of transparent commie crap that left wing lunatics eat up. It’s unfortunate that I had to participate in it during the primary season, but just look at all of the comsymps and pinkos I’ve thrown under the bus in the last 6 weeks – Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, Samantha Power, Jim Johnson, the list goes on. And you know what? I enjoyed it. Ask yourself this: when was the last time John McCain stabbed a lefty asshole in the back? Then ask yourself: who’s the real conservative in this race?

    In conclusion, this should make it clear to the broad moderate middle mainstream of independent American voters that I am willing to reach out to both sides of the contentious war debate, and forge a new national consensus based on unity. Together, we can build a new era of hope, and bring an end to politics of cynicism.

    Comment by Jennifer | July 7, 2008

  4. I agree completely with Mw-w. Obama should stand firm in opposing FISA, stick by a promise to get out of Iraq NOW, stick by his earlier decision on public financing, re-join Rev. Wright’s church and apologize for repudiating him for political reasons, adopt a welcoming and affirming relationship with gays that would include open support for gay marriage, encourage all those in the Armed Forces to follow WW’S courageious stand and become conscientious objectors, embrace pacifism, confront the Taliban exclusively with non-violent methods, tell Israel that no matter what the US not use military force to support them. And he should immediately release all prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and apologize for any harse interrogation. They could take sanctuary in a certain Baptist church in Kentucky Yeah! I sure hope the Obama camp listens to w-w. In fact, I’m going to do my best to know that they are aware of the brilliant political advise offered by w-w.


    Comment by Jesse Rivers | July 9, 2008

  5. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”


    “For the time that has passed is sufficient for doing what the Gentiles like to do: living in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and wanton idolatry.

    They are surprised that you do not plunge into the same swamp of profligacy, and they vilify you…

    If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let no one among you be made to suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as an intriguer.

    But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name…”


    Comment by Dan Trabue | July 9, 2008

  6. You are indeed truly blessed Michael.

    with best wishes, steph

    Comment by steph | July 10, 2008

  7. Jesse’s got a point. Obama has been making a point of screwing over folks like w-w. You would think that FISA was the last straw. But I disagree with w-w–no way obama can win by sticking to these left-wing positions. that’s why he screwed his former mentor and pastor and why he voted for the FISA bill.

    Comment by Dave J | July 10, 2008

  8. Evidently Obama thinks the LEFT IS FOR LOSERS. Which is why I agree with w-w on this point. I think Obama needs to repent of his FISA vote, his support for the death penalty, his embrace of faith-based stuff, his support for war against Iran, his sell-out on campaign finance. but it ain’t gonna happen, cause this guy has LURCHED to the RIGHT.

    Dude–you thought you were getting something close to Dennis Kucinich and you end up getting Dick Nixon. You been played like a fiddle! All that’s left is for you to say something like “at least he is better than McCain”

    Have you asked for your money back yet?

    Comment by Dan Hollander | July 11, 2008

  9. After years of Reagan/Bush/Bush and even Clinton, I’d be glad to get a Dick Nixon back in the office!

    Comment by Dan Trabue | July 11, 2008

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