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Leftists Upset by Obama Flip-Flops

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:58 pm - August 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Liberals

Well, it’s not just we conservatives who are noting Obama’s flip-flops. Turns out a number of “high-profile liberals” (as Jim Geraghty defines them) have realized that the primary change this guy stands for is in his positions.

This new type of politician is just a more charismatic and rhetorically gifted version of the standard issue politician who’ll do what it takes to get elected, even it it means shifting stands which once defined his campaign. In other words, Obama’s just an opportunist.

As he indicates that he’s shifting on offshore drilling, the far-left Nation magazine published an Open Letter “calling on Barack Obama to stand firm on the principles he so compellingly articulated in the primary campaign.“:

Since your historic victory in the primary, there have been troubling signs that you are moving away from the core commitments shared by many who have supported your campaign, toward a more cautious and centrist stance–including, most notably, your vote for the FISA legislation granting telecom companies immunity from prosecution for illegal wiretapping, which angered and dismayed so many of your supporters.

They list a few of the issues where the presumptive Democratic nominee has changed his views since the primary campaign. While the Nation editors claim the positions he had embraced “are essential to sustaining” the movement they favor, they neglect to mention how out of step most of their policies are with American voters. Run on that left-wing agenda and he’s certain to lose.

Obama’s smart enough to realize that and determined enough to win this fall, that he’ll change his positions wherever necessary to further his own election. After all, he is the candidate of change.

It seems the only change Obama really believes in is that which makes him more palatable to the political audience at hand. Which makes him a lot like his vanquished rival in the recent contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. And her husband.

UPDATE:  Maybe Obama’s changing his views so readily because he’s brought on veterans from the campaign of another Democratic flip-flopper to his team.

UP-UPDATE: In a similar vein at the Huffington Post, Alex Castellanos writes, “It is Obama’s campaign that presents their candidate as an ever-changing work-in-progress” (Via Instapundit).

The Final Words of an American Hero

“The U.S. Army has provided me such a wonderful opportunity to realize my dreams to go to college and see parts of the world that I had only read about in schoolbooks. I’ve been to countries that many only dream about. Walked the streets of Europe: Paris, Greece, Spain, Germany, England, Italy, Czech Republic. I’ve seen Asia, South America, and, of course, the Middle East. . . . As you know I’ve been raised in the Church and have always had a love, reverence, and fascination for God. I am blessed to be saved by His grace, and so I know that I am going up yonder to be with my Lord. Please tell those who remain not to grieve too much but to have a big party and celebrate. . . . My only regret is that I have never found that special one to grow old with and watch the sunset with.” — US Army Major Alan G. Rogers.  Killed in action – Jan. 27, 2008.

I am posting this after just reading a lengthy story about Major Rogers in the August 4 edition of The New Yorker.  It is a very moving piece and I’m thrilled that the reporter, Ben McGrath, took the time to learn all of the aspects of Major Rogers’ life, friends and personal struggles. 

I was made aware of Rogers’ sexual orientation shortly after his death and I struggled how to report on it at the time.  I think it is much more appropriate that McGrath’s profile puts some time between Rogers’ death.  Most importantly, the article doesn’t just focus on one aspect of what made Major Rogers a special man.

The words I have quoted at the top are Rogers’ own from an unfinished letter he was writing to the executor of his will.

I urge you to read the entire article.  Rogers was a very complex man who served this country honorably and was by all definition a true American hero and patriot.

Also, please stop by his remembrance page at the Washington Post’s site.  If you have any doubt how this man impacted those he knew, and those of us he protected, just read the tributes to him.

[RELATED STORY Remembering Alan Rogers on Memorial Day – GayPatriotWest]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)