Here's a commentator from San Francisco: "How can any progressive vote for someone who won't vow to defend the Constitution by reversing all of President Bush's abuses of power and by prosecuting those who have committed crimes in the White House? How can any progressive vote for someone who favors a puny 20 percent tax on dividends and capital gains?"
How far we've fallen from the principles that have made us great, mostly in the name of "progress." But all is not lost. Here is how one reader responded:
God forbid an American politician should advocate a careful disengagement from Iraq! The gall of a candidate who will not pledge to rip most of the earned profits/income from the pockets of individuals and companies who have done well for themselves! How dare he vow to send more troops to rid the Taliban and Al Qaeda of an Afghan safe haven! Are you kidding me? Get real.
The only thing I "consume" is the wisdom of this nation's founding fathers. That includes an abiding faith in the dynamism, opportunity, and beauty of a nation in which individuals are free to choose their own paths in life unhindered from government, and are responsible for their own failings.Sen. Obama wishes to alter that fundamental precept, by vilifying those who have wealth as if it is somehow at the expense of those who do not.
And one more:
Lindorff clearly doesn't understand politics or America for that matter. The people do NOT want a FAR LEFT President. Liberals do, hence the Primary struggle to be more Socialist than everyone else. 0bama is falling behind because isn't a viable candidate. We are all learning more about him and we don't like what we see. He is a fraud, like Edwards, like Kerry, like Gore (who lost), like the Clintons...he is more of the same the Left has to offer. What are you San Fran nuts and berries going to do when he loses?
Unfortunately, there are almost as many nuts on the left, who continue with their mantra:
McBush is just another corporate puppet mouthing the words written for him to speak. He's intellectual equivalent of gomer pyle and about as charismatic. All the corporate lackeys mouthing off about "liberalism" wouldn't recognize the Constitution if they sat on it. Calling Obama a socialist is not only stupid, it's wrong.
So on and on, the same old thing. But there is hope. We need to keep working. Many will never get it, but some will. That is all we can ask for.