Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Neither an Idealist Nor
Just an American Politician
Al-Jazeerah & ccun.org, March 1, 2010
Political conservatism went onstage this past week (February
18-20) in the nation’s capital with some new faces taking leading roles,
while the true and tried actors of old conservatism resorted to a thicker
coat of Obama-hate makeup in order to stay visible. It was the largest
annual gathering of conservatives sponsored by CPAC (Conservative Political
Action Conference) and the first major rally to unseat the Democratic
majorities now ruling Congress as the campaign trail for mid-term elections
There is little question that the old stalwarts of
the conservative establishment have lost favor in the composition of the
“new conservative movement.” Not just think tanks, i.e. the Heritage
Foundation, but groups as the American Conservative Union, the NRA, and
other organizations espousing religious and social activism – against
abortion or same-sex marriage – or even targeting national security.
The Bush-era Republican establishment, both acolytes and defenders, all
seemed to have lost ground, certainly trust, with the birth of a right-wing
populist movement, as yet not a political party... although its cacophonic
membership is commonly referred to as tea partiers honoring, we assume,
those pre-revolutionary events leading to the 1773 Boston Tea Party.
But these tea-partiers may not have to become a full-fledged political
party, just the fresh vanguard of a tired and decayed Republicanism,
reclaiming the long past-due fiscal responsibility advocated by Barry
Goldwater over four decades ago, while also maintaining the same
pseudo-patriotic attributes bequeathed by Reagan and Bush II.
should start to become obvious, to progressives and non-progressives alike,
is that change may be coming to America, all right, but not from Obama’s
administration but from the populist right. New emerging leadership is
likely to come from people such as Republican-Libertarian Ron Paul, former
House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the true igniter of the tea parties, and a
new breed of fiscally conservative jingoes such as Tim Pawlenty, the current
governor of Minnesota. No room for the old school, Mitt Romney or Newt
“Contract with America” Gingrich; not even for the celebrated Alaskan Dame,
Sarah Palin, who is likely to slowly drown in her own ignorance before the
2012 presidential elections.
Didn’t it dawn on Obama that the three
recent special election losses (in Virginia, New York and Massachusetts) had
not been to rooting tooting Republicans, but rather to silent-Republicans
wearing populist face masks, and espousing fiscal conservatism?
And all this while President Obama barking up the wrong tree,
childishly searching for a bipartisanship with the wrong rightist crowd!
On the morning following his State of the Union Address, still smarting from
those political reverses and an intransigent GOP leadership intent on
contradicting anything, good or bad, he might suggest, a seemingly confident
president was at the hornets’ nest, ready to be buzzed and stung by the
loyal political gendarmerie of American plutocracy.
Obama was more than truthful when he told those Republican leaders in
Baltimore, Maryland, less than a month ago, that he is no ideologue.
Only a fool, or a vitriolic demagogue, could accuse him of that. No
impractical idealist, this Obama, something totally obvious to anyone who
has followed his career… first as a community organizer, then as an elected
official for both senates: the State of Illinois and the United States. Only
a disingenuous or a confused individual could accuse him of complete or
blind advocacy for any particular ideology or cause. No, Obama did not
have to recite the obvious in order to make points with a committed and
immutable Republican audience: that he is no ideologue.
is Obama an idealist, a dreamer, or a visionary. Perhaps many of those
who helped him attain the White House, particularly the less-cynical young,
wished for a more romantic and quixotic president… one that would bring
about revolutionary, if bloodless, change; instead, they will have to be
content with a pragmatic evolutionary who will bring neither change of major
consequence, nor be a prophet, a precursor to much needed fundamental
change. Whether or not we are willing to admit it, Barack Obama is
just another politician tailored with an American-fit.
And just what
is an American-fit? Well, in this age of American forced-dominance in
the world, it is the dress de rigueur US politicians must wear, tailored to
this nation’s strict specifications in both domestic policy – abiding by all
corporate demands – and foreign affairs – abiding by the precepts of the
industrial-military complex in the running of the Holy Judeo-Christian
Obama had a clear and distinct opportunity to lead
progressives in the takeover of the Democratic Party simply by allowing
unregulated capitalism to remain in its knees, and in constant view of the
American citizenry, just as he inherited it from the irresponsible prior
administrations of Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II. Instead, he
surrendered to his instincts as a real corporatist, and the absurd notion
that he was capable of bringing bipartisanship to an ideologically and
economically splintered America.
Now, it is the rightist
tea-partiers who have stolen the thunder from Barack Obama with a populist
movement which has sequestered much of the independent vote, leaving this
last hope for change in America… as just another lost hope.
it that progressives in America still don’t get it… that
President Obama is neither an idealist, nor an
ideologue… but just another corporatist following on the footsteps of
every successful American politician to date?