I have recently posted links to articles on the many ways President Obama has violated his campaign promises and betrayed the hope he inspired . It is true that many have registered disappointment:
But few have expressed outrage.
If George W Bush had targeted American citizens for assassination, or killed so many civilians in drone strikes, or had expanded presidential powers at such an alarming rate we would, I am convinced, be near something like a revolution.
But because so many on the left hold on relentlessly, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, to an illusory Obama, the quasi-messianic figure of national transformation, the Man of Peace, the One, there is little resistance to his imperial presidency. There are notable exceptions to this, like the Counter Punch blog, Glenn Greenwald, the late Alexander Cockburn and Noam Chomsky, but for the most part the left is oblivious. I saw a car the other day with many bumper stickers denouncing war and an Obama sticker as well, apparently without irony.
In light of this one can make a good case for voting for Mitt Romney.
Nothing would awaken the left like a Republican pursuing similar aims. Especially a Republican like Mr Romney: rich, elitist, clueless. One can foresee massive demonstrations again, widespread resistance to the empire. How about a bumper sticker that says: “Vote Romney. Do it for the Left”?
But…on the other hand one must consider what Romney is likely to do.
While he is pretty non-specific, he has surrounded himself with neoconservative advisors and has seemed particularly hawkish. More wars are not unlikely.
And while he has recently presented himself as the champion of the middle class there is little in his background as an oppressive capitalist to suggest he would really care much about the 47% he so recently denounced. And he did choose Paul Ryan as a running mate and he did once endorse Ryan’s proposed budget, which increases military spending while slashing social programs. Cutting benefits for poor women would of course add to their economic stress. It is no great leap to assume that this would increase the number of abortions.
And a Romney presidency would almost certainly assure a continued economic disparity, if anything accelerating the trend of the last 30 years.