Monday, June 18, 2012

New Left Slogan: President Obama Must Be Defeated!

Harvard Law School Professior and former Brazilian Minister of Strategic Affairs Robert Mangabeira Unger puts forth a harsh manifesto at the end of this video (6:10):
President Obama must be defeated in the coming election:
  • He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States. 
  • He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.
  • He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.
  • He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice.
  • He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money.
  • He has reduced justice to charity.
  • His policy is financial confidence and food stamps.
  • He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle.
Unless he is defeated, there cannot be a contest for the reorientation of the Democratic Party as the vehicle for a progressive alternative in the country.
Well, I thought the Democratic Party had already wed itself to a new orientation, but then what?
There will be a cost for his defeat in judicial and administrative appointments.
Yes, the opportunity to remake the Supreme Court in a second Obama term would be lost, but don't worry about the cost being too high, Mitt Romney can be trusted:
The risk of military adventurism, however, under the rule of his opponents will be no greater than it would be under him.
There is an upside, he prophesies:
Only a political reversal can allow the voice of democratic prophesy to speak once again in American life. It's speech is always dangerous, it's silence is always fatal.
I don't know quite what to make of this. I will note that Roberto was born in Brazil and brought to the United States as a baby. His parents were quite possibly legal immigrants. But if they weren't, he would be protected from deportation under the President Obama's recent change in enforcement policy.

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