Taking a hard look at Obama’s political leanings
On Friday, former U.S. President Barack Obama warned young Democrats to not veer too far left, claiming becoming too progressive could cause the Democratic party to potentially lose voters.
Obama has been quite outspoken over the years, widely liked amongst liberals. Having been seen as a progressive president and revered for being the first black president in the United States.
Claiming to be progressive himself, could not be further from the truth. Other than becoming the first president of color in the United States, Obama has done nothing to earn the role of progressive. He has profited from his presidency and taken quite a conservative approach to his policies.
America is being stripped of its progressiveness through phonies such as Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
Barack Obama is a sellout. There is no valid argument claiming Obama is progressive. Just another corporate spawn in the democratic field. “There is good reason to suppose that [Bernie] Sanders would have won the nomination had it not been for the shenanigans of the Obama-Clinton party managers,” says Noam Chomsky.
Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic and political activist. Sometimes called ‘the father of modern linguistics,’ Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.
In 2016, WikiLeaks released the “DNC Leaks,” exposing DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for conspiring with mass media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. The leak showed emails from John Podesta and Wasserman Schultz discussing with CNN, MSNBC, etc. with the goal of shedding a negative light on Bernie Sanders whenever they got the chance.
This was to help propel Hillary Clinton into the Democratic nomination. This also suggests Obama may not be progressive, conservative or moderate, but a propagandist for the deep state.
As if colluding against his own long-standing party member wasn’t enough, Obama has profited from his presidency.
“Financial institutions were the core of funding for Barack Obama’s campaign. They expected to be paid back, and they were. They were paid back by coming out richer and more powerful than they were before the crisis that they created,” says Chomsky.
In 2007, Obama’s net worth was 1.3 million dollars. As of 2019, it has risen 2,977 percent to 40 million dollars. Not bad for someone with a salary of $400,000 per year. “We are now seeing full-scale corporate adoption,” says Leslie Page, media director of Citizens Against Government Waste, hinting more at Obama’s affection for corporations.
Not only has Obama stolen billions of dollars from working-class Americans, but he has also killed many civilians outside of America through drone strikes. From 2009 through 2011, Obama authorized 193 drone strikes in Pakistan, more strikes than Bush did in his two terms as president.
Unmanned aircraft have been around since the 1990s, but it was not until 2001 that then-president George W. Bush designed armed drones known as Predators.
Obama has not been progressive on a domestic front either. His highest tax rate was 39.6 percent, compared to Trump’s 37 percent. During World War II, the top tax rate was 94 percent, and during the 50s, 60s and 70s, the highest tax rate never dipped below 70 percent.
It was not until Ronald Reagan cut taxes in the 1980s from 70 percent to 50 percent. As if taxing the rich equally was hard enough, Obama did a pathetic job of drug crimes, keeping both marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms as schedule-one drugs, some of the most ‘dangerous’ drugs in the world.
To this day, zero people have overdosed from both mushrooms or marijuana, and both have proven to have beneficial effects.
However, Obama did open the doors to the opioid crisis and pharmaceutical crisis. Medical prices were through the roof, and mass prescription of pills has become an epidemic.
So when Obama says Democrats should be hesitant to become, “too far left,” Obama should take a good hard look in the mirror. Maybe he isn’t as progressive as he is perceived.