When I was in grad school, I had a real good Chomskyite friend. We argued about politics all the time, about whether or not our media was in the tank for big money (I didn’t believe it was), about what American foreign policy was really about. He was right about 90% of the time. Many of the things I said to him weren’t that different from the things you read on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. But on the biggest thing we ever disagreed about, I was right and he was wrong, as he readily admitted. He voted for Nader in 2000, he said at the time that there was no real difference between Gore and Bush. By 2004, he had changed his mind. Now he’d be the first to tell you that the Iraq War and $400 billion a year in tax-cut-and-war-driven deficits are real differences, things that likely would not have happened under a president Gore.
I’m sure I’ll articulate why I can’t support Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012 at great length in the future.
I’m not sure exactly what this means, whether it means voting third party, supporting a primary challenge, or just sitting out the 2012 election. Regardless, I don’t see how any of those actions helps empower the working class.
You think it’s tough for liberals now, imagine how much tougher it will be after president Bachmann ends collective bargaining, turns all the internets over to Fox and Clear Channel, and sends all of our educators to Heritage Foundation re-education camps.
In this country, we have one mostly corporatist party and one full-on Francist/Randian party. And while members of the corporatist party are (productively) tweaking some proposal to get better
CEO CBO numbers or (unproductively) debating whether the most liberal president in 30 years is liberal enough to support for a second term, the Francist/Randian party is planning its thousand year Reich. You may think I’m exaggerating — talk to people in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida.
I wish we had more choices, and at the local level we may, but at the national level we don’t. You go to war with the neoliberal party you have, not the social democrat party you wish you had.