The Eclectic Quill

November 3, 2008

The Axis of Liberals

Filed under: Politics — Kelly @ 4:01 pm

The new mantra of the Republican Party has been that America should vote for John McCain to avoid the trio of Pelosi, Reid and Obama running the show. They may be wondering why the strategy isn’t having its intended effect. I can’t blame them, it’s worked in the past. It’s always the same with them, try to scare you about the liberal running, and then you’ll make the "safe" choice, the Republican. There’s a big reason it doesn’t work anymore. They found out that whatever is going to happen if there’s liberals running the world, it can’t possibly be as bad as when the conservatives were doing it. But there the Republicans go, prattling on about how the "liberals" are going to ruin America and how the American people are going to suffer and so on. Incredibly, their campaign strategy has turned into "Don’t vote for Obama or you’ll get what you want!"

I was watching Joe Scarborough, (don’t ask me why) and he was telling us how America is still a "center-right" country. I read the same thing in column, (I believe form the Wall Street Journal but I’m not really feeling like looking it up). I love that, center-right, as though somehow that expression means something. It’s all relative. If Obama took the exact same platform to Europe he would be far right, but here he’s getting called by the right "The most liberal candidate ever." Again, as if that means something. Put it this way. If I have Bush on my left, and Hitler on my right, equal distances apart, and then take a baby-step to the right, am I center right? What does center-right mean when you take the relative position out of it.

I love it when people talk about how Obama and/or any liberal is "socialist." Pretty much if anyone does that I know for a fact they don’t have a clue as to what socialism means because if they did, they wouldn’t be calling the Democrats a socialist. I ask them which Democrat is advocating for the government to take over the means of production. At that point they look at me with a blank and stupid stare. I then refer them to this quote of Mussolini , "The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power." Then I ask them, which of these is closer to being true, 1) we are in danger of the state taking over them means of production, or 2) we are in danger of the corporations (i.e. the means of production) taking over the state. Then they stare blankly for another moment or two before they get it. The first thing is, the Republicans aren’t "center right" they are FAR right and, with apologies to Godwin’s law, on their first step to the road of fascism. When we literally have studies done to protect the public interest, which are then usurped, spun, and overwritten to protect private corporate interests that’s Corporatism, and a hairs-breadth from fascism. So whatever Joe the Pundit says, I don’t think that "America" agrees with the notion of corporatism. In fact I think that they are a far more "liberal" crowd than Joe the Pundit realizes.

On the subject of gun control Americans are nearly 2-1 for it. Again, by a nearly 2-1 margin Americans currently believe that those who are making more than $75,000 a year should be paying more than they are (which is a far cry from the $250,000 that Obama proposes). Since Gallup has done polling on the subject, those who are pro-choice outnumber those who are pro-life in every single poll . Americans, by a nearly 3-1 margin favor Universal Health Care. Again, by a 2-1 margin Americans oppose the war in Iraq, and 71 percent think the money we’ve spent over there is to blame for the economic crisis. Nearly 60 percent of Americans think there should be some sort of legal recognition of same-sex couples, either through marriage or civil unions. By a nearly 3-1 margin Americans favor Obama’s education policies over those of John McCain. Look, you could probably go on for quite a while here, but when you break things down issue by issue here it’s pretty apparent. America is, by Joe the Pundits standard, pretty darned liberal. In fact, if Obama is the most liberal candidate to ever run for the Presidency of the United States of America, then this might be the most liberal the country has ever been. Perhaps that’s why America is going to elect the "Axis of Liberals" to lead it.

This brings up one of the craziest, most idiotic things I’ve read lately, and I’ve read it more than once. It seems that a lot of the endorsements of McCain (which there are thankfully few of) are citing his superior ability to work out compromises in Congress. Ahem? McCain is going to do a better job of working smoothly with a Democratic Congress, which has already bent over backwards, perhaps too willingly, than a Democratic President who shares the same goals and views? That’s just plain silly. I think the "Axis of Liberals" are going to take a couple of years to just get the country back on track from where it is now. It’s high time America got what she wants, now that she knows there are scarier things out there than trumped up Socialism.



  1. All I am praying is that the GOP doesn’t fix the vote again, like they have done the past years for Govenor Bush

    I call him Govenor Bush because that was the last election he won – George Carlin

    Comment by Crazy Canton Cuts — November 3, 2008 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. Actually, the Democratic presidents and nominees from Kennedy to Carter were all more liberal than Obama. Humphrey (lost to Nixon in 1968) was almost certainly the most liberal major-party presidential candidate of the last century.

    Comment by Liberal is as liberal does — November 3, 2008 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  3. Thought I’d visit via TSN.

    Although this comment is a month+ late, seeing the part about “on the road to fascism” floored me b/c this is the first time I’ve seen someone else use that line. Thanks for the confirmation

    Comment by Frank — December 10, 2008 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

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