Posted by: Dan | September 23, 2006

Obama and a Progressive Vision for America

Here’s a weekend post before returning to blogging on cell biology next week: Barack Obama on Bush and Republican values, and the Progressive vision for America:

They have a sense that, in fact, Government is the problem, not the solution. And that if we just dismantle government piece by piece, if we break it up in tax cuts to the wealthy and if we make sure we privatize social security and we get rid of public schools and we make sure that we don’t have police on the streets, we have private security guards and we don’t have public parks, we’ve got private parks, if we just break everything up that, in fact, everybody’s going to be better off. That we don’t have obligations to each other, that we’re not in it together but, instead, you’re on your own. That’s the basic concept behind the ownership society. That’s what George Bush and this Republican Congress have been arguing for, for the last six years. And it’s a tempting idea. Because it doesn’t require anything from each of us. It’s very easy for us to say that I’m going to think selfishly only about myself.

(HT: Mary at Dryden Dems, who has a more comprehensive post)


Responses

  1. Good stuff. Thanks. Welcome back to the blogosphere.

    Obama is one of the few people in national politics who can express progressive values coherently.

    That coherence is exactly what George Lakoff’s political books encourage. I’ve gotten a lot of value from Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think , and I’m looking forward to Lakoff’s new book, Thinking Points. The first chapter is online at the Rockridge Institute:

    http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/rockridge/thinkingpoints

    As we all become clearer in thinking about our values and expressing them, we all benefit.

    Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  2. Dan, thanks for posting this. There’s still amazingly little attention to this speech. The more people who see it, the better.


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