The frequency of so-called “progressive” attacks on Ron Paul are increasing….I read new ones every day from the largest sites to small-time bloggers…. They must be scared of truly progressive voters abandoning our Republicat president Obama. Earlier I wrote this about progressive orthodoxy http://rgdinmalaysia.blogspot.com/2011/08/ron-paul-and-social-issues-setting.html I posted this on an “Americans against the Tea Party” Facebook page earlier today.
"I consider myself somewhat progressive and I certainly don’t believe in all of Ron Paul’s beliefs but I have been surprised and a bit amused by a the load of criticism coming down him from the left….There’s seems to be a fear that he is going to somehow take votes away from President Obama and even though these articles don’t mention the president by name if you are criticizing a candidate and telling others not to vote for him then you must be indirectly telling them to vote for Obama….Well let me just say from a liberal perspective there are plenty of reasons not to vote for Obama.
1.)Increased hawkishness and increased drone strikes killing women and children not only in Afghanistan but Yemen and other places
2.) Maintaining and even increasing the drug war
3.) Continuing to kiss Israel’s ass and allow the slow motion genocide of the Palestinians
4.) Collusion with corporatistsm – Obama is the candidate of the banks, investment, and mortgage houses
5.) Continue to chip away at civil rights under the aegis of fighting terrorism
There’s nothing progressive about any of that!
I like the fact that Paul is around to state a point of view on issues (bombing Iran, the drug war) that other candidates (including the DEMOCRATIC president) won’t or can’t….He’ll never be president but Obama, at this stage, is nothing more than a huge disappointment."