The friend of mine described in my piece “Telling the Truth and Tarantino…” decided to respond formally . We agreed that his pseudonym should be “Liberal Scum.” Here it is: (JD)
I believe I may have either failed to communicate or you (conveniently?) misunderstood some of my stances First I do not offer a defense of everyone of Obama’s actions, and I believe he is as prone to mistakes as any other leader… however I believe he is a wise leader and is guided by an ideology of liberty and peace both of which resonate well with my own personal values.. Also I laud his and Hillary Clinton’s ability to transform America’s narrative in the international community to that of a restrained peacemaker despite 6 times the drone strikes than his predecessor. There is something to be said about diplomacy and image management. Sometimes these can be more potent weapons for peace than all the war machinery in the world.
Second I do not believe that random killings of Americans should ever be condoned, but in the interest of peace if we through covert means were to facilitate the removal of a destabilizing leader versus invading a country resulting in thousands of deaths including american soldiers, I prefer the former any day. To me, the sneaky strategic removal of a “Hitler” like leader is far far more moral than a righteous war that kills millions.
Three I do not agree with the concept of big Government or redistribution (irrespective of Obama or the liberal stand on this), I believe in free enterprise and that the role of government is to promote it. However I do believe that taxes are a necessary evil and that it is the moral obligation on a people that can afford it to not see their lowest strata of society die “involuntarily” of hunger or lack of medical care (basic human needs). I have seen too much of that in the third world and believe it is immoral and makes us less of a civilization.
Also I do respect your extensive experience, scholarship and reading , which is why I pay attention to what you say even if it sometimes makes no sense to me I typically have faith that what you tell me is rooted deeply in your beliefs and your scholarly background, versus the propaganda one hears from right wing TV shows.
Frankly I was also a little disappointed as well that Obama’s inaugural speech was a bit too much to the left and did not focus as much on the economic agenda. I believe or hope he may have in some respects been pandering to some of his more staunch constituents as his inaugural victory lap, and will take a more pragmatic approach to resolving our economic challenges once the rhetoric is done. So my support for Obama is driven not so much by his rhetoric or political affiliation but my faith in him as a wise leader who believes in doing the right thing.