A Proud Member of the Professional Left

January 20, 2009 – Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

January 20, 2009 – Obama abandons all liberal supporters and tacks hard to the right and center.

COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. The innovator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old system and only lukewarm defenders by those who would gain by the new system.

FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

(CUE SOUND. START ALPS OVERFLIGHT)

The Hill’s alive with the sound of mucus:”

During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”

The Gibblet must be taking clues from Rahm “fucking liberals” Emanual’s script. What amazes me is not how this White House not only takes the progressives and liberals for granted, it goes out of its way to attack us, just when they should be trying to energize us.

It gets better:

Larry Berman, an expert on the presidency and a political science professor at the University of California-Davis, said he has been surprised that liberals aren’t more cognizant of the pragmatism Obama has had to employ to pass landmark reforms.

“The irony, of course, is that Gibbs’s frustration reflects the fact that the conservative opposition has been so effective at undermining the president’s popular approval,” Berman said.

“And from Gibbs’s perspective, and the White House perspective, they ought to be able to catch a break from people who, in their view, should be grateful and appreciative.”

You know what would make us grateful and appreciative, Gibblet? How about showing some spine? How about coming to liberal groups, listening to our concerns, and asking for our support? How about treating us just lightly better than a one eye’d, crippled, unwashed, pock-marked, syphilitic, stepsister, who carries a highly contagious and untreatable form of the Black Plague?

Trust me, we WANT to support and assist you. But you make it so bloody hard. Let me give you a list, a short list, of why we may be less than enthralled and enthused, in no particular order:

FISA
PATRIOT ACT
DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE
GITMO
TORTURE INVESTIGATIONS
IRAQ WAR CRIMES
IRAQ CONTRACTOR FRAUD
DADT
PUBLIC OPTION
AFGHAN TROOP SURGE

Let’s just take that last one, for a bit, shall we?

We are losing in Afghanistan. Just like the Soviets, British and others before us, each of whom were far better armed, with the most sophisticated weapons of the time, we are losing. Worst of all, we’ve made so many changes in direction, and loused up the job so badly (admittedly, most of that took place before Obama’s swearing in), that we no longer have a discrete, well defined, or sensible role there. Ask the White House or the Pentagon what our current goal is, and you get some crazed, unintelligible Washington double talk as a response.

The presence of more troops does not increase security. Instead, according to Afghan, US, US military, UN, UK, and other experts, the presence of more US troops makes things worse.

So, when Afghans begin protesting our presence in front of our embassy, when locals take the side of the Taliban, against us, and when our aid and support for locals is being rejected, what did you decide? To increase the troop numbers? Thanks.

Your next step is even worse. Sending Petreus on some “Stay The Course” PR trip?  (Insert the slow shaking of head here)

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How about the Public Option? Instead of removing all the mindboggling and unnecessary complexity, making things simple and logical, and providing Medicare for all, what did you do? You gave the health insurance industry the second biggest gift ever received by a commercial, greedy, for profit industry. (The first involved the W’s invasion of Iraq, with KBR, Haliburton and others making even more unimaginable profits) Sure, the bill has some victories, but far fewer than you could and should have earned.

It wasn’t that you caved in on so many issues while getting Health Insurance Reform passed, it was the way in which you did it. Even before the GOP could muster a complaint, you’d hand away the keys to the store and make it a gift. Even after bending backwards on every single demand, just how many GOPers did you convince to support the final bill? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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You are pissed at us? Dude, the feeling’s mutual.

As for your lame, inside the bloatway excuses, “Oh those nasty GOPers were mean and spread lies about us!” Hey, no shyte Sherlock. What did you think would happen? That native Washingtonians would greet you in the streets with hugs and flowers? Ask Cheney how that worked out for him.

In the immoral words of one George W. Bush,  following his 250th vacation in less than  2 years,

Bush: It’s hard work.

Bush: … and it’s hard work.

Bush: It is hard work.

Bush: It is hard work.

Of course, with W, he might just as easily been talking about correcting his slice and his bunker shots, instead of his job as president.

Seriously, the political system was broken decades ago, mainly by two thugs named DeLay and Gingrich. It hasn’t ever recovered, in part due to the behavior of the Democrats, not the Republicans.  We know that the GOP has been on a path towards more crazy christianity, more thuggish behavior, more ultraconservatism, and more certifiable insanity. We know all this, and you especially, you in the White House, with all your brilliant strategists and brain trusts, YOU SHOULD EXPECT NOTHING ELSE FROM THE GOP. It was always going to be hard work. You should not have been surprised. If you were, well, then America made a huge mistake in November, 2008.

Hint, hint. Both Mitch McConnell and John of Orange have promised more of the same come November, 2010. That repulsive venomous reptile Isa (CA-R) has promised nothing but subpoenas should they retake the house.

Yes, the GOP has been on attack since your election. Yes,  “the conservative opposition has been effective at undermining the president’s popular approval.”  Yes, they are more concerned with regaining power, rather than let you fix a serious problem, like, say unemployment, or financial regulation. Much like a hooker in Reno, THAT IS WHAT THEY DO.

The reason that Democratic voters have throughout the country have become demoralized, (and not just us proud members of the  professional left), is that the Democrats in office, starting with the President, have had the political spine of a plastic slinky. Weakness is never rewarded, not in politics.

Personally, I still cannot forgive the mire of quag you created, Mr. President, with your pathetic, (yes, I use the word “pathetic”) waste of time and lack of leadership you displayed last July and August. You left Ds swinging naked in the trees, while health insurers filled in your vacuum with lies and deceit. Even the slightest course correction made by you back then would have prevented it. But, no. Rahm and others told you to stay the course, stay out of it, stay above the fray.

Guess what? Staying out of the fray cost you, and cost you dearly. Yes, Americans love winners.  But even more, Americans respect fighters, when they fight for something worth fighting for. Like our Constitution. Like the safety of our troops. Like Health Care. Like Jobs. Like Financial Reform.

Did you notice something, Mr. President? Other than your constant, gentle slide into under 50% popularity? Every time you stood your ground and fought, your poll numbers jumped up. Every Single Time.  When you go to Texas and start arguing for your policies, your poll numbers RISE. Let me repeat that, and for Rahm’s and Gibblet’s sakes, I will type this  v e r y . .  s l o w l y  so even they can understand it.  EVERY TIME YOU STOOD YOUR GROUND, YOUR SUPPORT INCREASES. EVERY TIME.

Your brain rust is telling you that your base is iffy on this next election, that your support among liberals and progressives is shallow, and that we are not enthused about voting. Except, when you stand up and fight, WE ARE THERE WITH YOU. Notice that pesky little requirement, that “when you stand up and fight” bit. You see, that is your job. Only you can do it.

Rather than send out Gibblet to express his (your) displeasure at the Professional Left, how about inviting us in, listening to our ideas and needs, and joining up with us? I guarantee that our response will be positive and longlasting. Instead of attacking your base, how about returning to it?  You’ve shown some good instincts out there, especially of late. That is why Gibblet’s most recent attack seems so out of touch and out of tune.

Maybe he should have gone to Spain instead of your wife.

One more point. That quote I cited in the intro? Do you recognize the words? Do you know who and when they were penned?

Machiavelli, 1513 AD.  His observation applies just as much to 2010 as it did to 1513.

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33 Responses to "A Proud Member of the Professional Left"

  1. Almandine  August 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    In typical Kezelis style, you have conflated “liberalism” with the “professional left”. True liberals are strong defenders of individual choice and private property; the bastardization of the term by the professional left, in anticipation of reaping the political rewards that clssical liberalism would bring, is the intended sleight-of-hand that cannot prevail.

    http://mises.org/resources/1086/Liberalism-In-the-Classical-Tradition

    • Rob Kezelis  August 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      I have style?

      • Almandine  August 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm

        No need to get warm and fuzzy – even a Marmoset has style.

        Of course, when it comes to style… you’re no Swaggart, Baker, Roberts, etc.

  2. Jim0001  August 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    “Yes, the GOP has been on attack since your election. Yes, ”the conservative opposition has been effective at undermining the president’s popular approval.”

    It’s always someone elses fault, isn’t it. Be man enough to stand up and admit this clown hasn’t a clue. I do not believe he could tell you his name without his teleprompter.
    You liberals own both houses of congress and the White House. You haven’t done anything except run up an unpayable deficit and pass legislation you haven’t read and have no idea how it is going to improve or damage the Republic. But you continue to blame Bush or anyone else. You won’t admit your policies suck.

    Barack Hussein Obama and Barry alone, has undermined himself. Why because he doesn’t have a plan except to blame Bush, I guess the Democrats are like the Republicans now , Neither party has fixed anything.

    I do know that a year and a half ago we didn’t have this much debt, We didn’t have Government Motors, ad naseum.

    • Rob Kezelis  August 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

      when the senate stupidly enforces (only the Ds do this for some reason) a 60 vote requirement for any decision, and when DINOsaurs control the 57th, 58th, and 59th votes, that cherished majority becomes a sad, empty fraud. If only liberals did own both houses and the White House. Alas, we have a decent chunk of the House of Reps, and that is is. The other two? Not so much.

      • Almandine  August 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

        You still don’t get it Rob. The oligarchs are in charge… not your beloved Dems.

        http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/188551

        • Rob Kezelis  August 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

          with that, there is no argument. but shouldn’t we spell it
          “oil-garchs?”

          • Almandine  August 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

            Spell it how you want, especially if there is another energy source(s) that can run the world in better fashion. But in my view it’s the banking cartels that are in control – illegitimately.

      • Jim0001  August 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

        Rob, it’s your Senate. Not GWB’s. With your majority, you superthinkers can push your feces on the rest of the country, A simple majority won’t work because then there will be no GOP or Bush to blame it on.

        • Rob Kezelis  August 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

          there are several on both sides of the aisle that I deny.

          Besides, how could they be “our” senate? K Street has invested far more in senate bribes and ownership than anyone else. Exhibit A: Health Care Reform. While you may have political theories of your own, apparently ones with which I probably would disagree, neither your ideas or mine will ever see the light of day. The only winners with these mostly spineless SOBs are the ones who own the pursestrings.

          • Jim0001  August 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

            If we find an honest politician (oxymoron) let’s vote them in. I doubt I will live long enough to see it though.

  3. Bill  August 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Hey! Rob K finally wrote something interesting and funny!

    Bout time.

  4. dvl666  August 11, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Apparently the 11 trillion debt rung up from 1981-2009 doesn’t matter cuz it was done by the GOP.
    Rob is right on..when O shows some fight/passion his polls go up. His biggest mistake was to let Conservatives write Health Care, while the parts never enacted were demonized by the right. Instead of a government take over of health care as “Obama care” is so widely preceived, the actual bill is a massive gift to Health Insurers. Ironically since Obama only signed the bill, we should be calling it Baucaus(sic) Care.

    • Jim0001  August 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

      Let’s see dvl666, you started with the GOP and finished with Bacus the senior Damnocritic senator from Montana.
      And what has the annointed one done to the debt in a year and a half?
      I keep asking to hear a plan, any kind of plan, all we hear is it’s Bush’s fault.
      I guess when this waste of skin gets voted out in 2012 it will be Bush’s fault too!
      Here again you libs have no plan except to blame Bush.
      I would not know how to start choosing the best candidate from you people if I had to hire the new “Blame Bush Czar”!
      All that hoped for change tsk, tsk.

    • griff  August 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      Doesn’t Obama have a veto pen? Methinks he does.

      • Carl Nemo  August 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm

        Thanks Griff for mentioning the power of the “veto pen”. All chief executives have that power and if Mr. “faux populist” Obama cared about us he’d be giving strict guidance to Congress as to what he will sign and what he will not and buck up to the task of nixing bad, citizen unfriendly legislation, but he doesn’t and he won’t because he’s one uv’em; ie., a traitor the Republic and the Constitution for which it stands. I loathe them all…!

        There’s no place in a Christian hell that’s hot and torturous enough for the lot of them… : |

        *****

        “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” …Sam Adams

        *****

        Carl Nemo **==

        • griff  August 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

          The ultimate display of partisan blindness. All the liberals/progressives were behind ObamaCare despite not knowing what was actually in the bill. Now that we do know, they aim to blame any one but Obama and the Democrats for its passage.

          Any one with at least two functioning, independent-minded brain cells knew this monstrous legislation was nothing more than a gift to the medical-industrial complex and a boon for the federal bureaucratic machinery, at the least, but that didn’t matter.

          It was a Democrat-sponsored bill, and the Republicans were opposed to it. That’s all they needed to know.

      • Teresa  August 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

        Excellent point, Griff.

  5. woody188  August 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Since when is privatizing profit and socializing loss (fascism) center and right?

    Since when is colonization and resource control (imperialism) center and right?

    Since when is increasing soldier and police numbers (militarization) center and right?

    Just curious…I consider myself a Jeffersonian Liberal. You’d probably call me Conservative.

    • Carl Nemo  August 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      A prime example of “doublespeak” in our interesting times Woody. Let’s see, a “Jeffersonian Liberal” to modern era leaders is an “enemy of the state”…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Almandine  August 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

        A la Murray Rothbard… no ?!

        • Carl Nemo  August 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm

          Agreed my friend in thought. : )

          I thought I’d post a Wiki link to Murray Rothbard for those that are not familiar with the name for quick reference. Murray and I are one when it comes to analyzing the order of the day as yourself Almandine. Therefore we too are “enemies of the state”…no?

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Rothbard

          Carl Nemo **==

          • Almandine  August 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

            Enemies of oppression, indeed.

            Murray was a man for all ages, as the wiki link shows. Almost all of his writings are available for free download at Mises.org, as are writings of many other scholars in the Austro-libertarian tradition.

          • Teresa  August 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

            I love the way you think, Nemo.

  6. Jim0001  August 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Additionally, what is a professional left? the connotations I conjure up are of a counter- clockwise circle jerk.

  7. griff  August 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Gee, thank God we avoided a “Bush’s third term” by electing this puke-inducing chameleon! Woo hoo!

    Didn’t you champion the healthcare bill prior to and after its passage? Or was that just because “your team” won and the other lost?

  8. griff  August 12, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Hey Rob, how much do you love your iPad?

    • Rob Kezelis  August 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

      LOADS. I only wish I could get cutting and pasting down pat.

  9. Almandine  August 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I wish the website could get columnizing od your article down right, as I am missing the first few letters on every left-justified post. As for cutting and pasting, follow tyhe Chinese model.

  10. AustinRanter - AKA Gregg  August 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I think that if we could agreeably establish and accept who the right and left Washington Royalty truly work for, it should tone down the divided outrage amongst the serfs.

    I see the Dems and Repubs in Washington to be the equivalent of professional wrestlers.

    In the ring, we see a spectacular battle between opponents, which most people are aware that the battles are actually a demonstration of choreographed acrobatic skills. Yet people attending the predetermined battles exhibit passionate and even aggressive displays of support for their favored warrior. Some love the antagonist. Some love the protagonist.

    Outside of the battle arena, we would see an altogether different relationship between the two warriors. Behind closed doors we would see individuals who amicably collaborate to ensure that their performances provide a great show for their audience, who by the way, pay a pretty good sum to see the show.

    Both sides work for the same promoters. The promoters are the risk takers. They control who will engage in the battles – how the battles will be conducted – and the outcome of those battles. They control the concessions. Etc., etc., etc. You get the gist.

    While the promoters divert our attention with the show…they pick our pockets and steal our cars from the parking lots. Then when we’re down and out…no money, no car…no way to get home, the promoters offer to lend us the money to get home. Of course the collateral for the loan is the deed to our home.

    At that point – they own us lock, stock, and barrel.

    And damned if we don’t bust our asses to earn enough money to go back to the same place – to see the same warriors play out the same choreographed show – only to have our pockets picked and our cars stolen once again.

    Our debt to the promoters become more and more and more…

    We can’t lose sight of the fact that there is a carefully planned strategy by the promoters (corporations) to create both the antagonist and the protagonist, which are nothing more than a means to an end. The “end” is obvious: profit and control.

    How could we possibly have allegiance for either side – when we clearly know that they aren’t putting on the show for our benefit?

    • Teresa  August 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      That was a PERFECT analogy, Gregg. Well said. Now, how do we snap our fingers in front of the audience to get them out of their trance-like state of rapturous viewing of the wrestling match so they can catch the car thiefs in the act? ;-)

  11. DejaVuAllOver  August 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    “I think that if we could agreeably establish and accept who the right and left Washington Royalty truly work for, it should tone down the divided outrage amongst the serfs.”

    Man, truer words have never been, eh, “spoken.” Just to finish the song:

    “The shills are alive, with the sound of mucus. With lies they have spun, for a thousand years. My heart will desist, to the sound of their mucus. But they’ll spin, some, more.”

    My apologies to the writer(s) of one of the worst songs, ever.

  12. issodhos  August 15, 2010 at 1:10 am

    “The Gibblet must be taking clues from Rahm “fucking liberals” Emanual’s script. What amazes me is not how this White House not only takes the progressives and liberals for granted, it goes out of its way to attack us, just when they should be trying to energize us.”

    The problem you have here, Ron, is that he and this administration know that they own you and your fellow “liberals”, and you have no where else to go. They expect you to continue to propagandize for your party and show up to vote Democrat because, as a partisan, the thought of the other side winning is simply too much to bear. Doesn’t matter that one bum replaces another bum as long as it is your bum.
    Yours,
    Issodhos
    P.s. Vote Dem, vote Repub, or vote American (no American in the race? Then stay home and do something useful.:-))

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