During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
He and his boss should have thought about all this when these left wingers became his base. Those of us who are products of the 1960’s and early 1970’s know that the modern (or more accurately post-modern) American left was birthed in that era, and has been working on making its tenets reality ever since. Gibbs is either exceedingly dense or intellectually dishonest not to know this.
Let’s start with the drugs: any self-respecting 60’s style liberal would be proud to fail a drug test. To be positive for controlled substances is a badge of honour, and these days legalisation of such substances is closer than ever.
Then there’s his statement that “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” Isn’t eliminating the Pentagon what these people have been fighting for since the days of Berkeley and Kent State? Why should they give up now? Didn’t they vote for Obama believing that he would get us out of Iraq? (Let’s throw in Afghanistan and do it right!) As far as Canadian health care is concerned, that’s a compromise for a true leftist, because the real model is a Soviet style system, both single payer and single provider.
Yes, I know that not all of the “Netroots” base are superannuated hippies whose use of controlled substances has significantly reduced the number of working brain cells they started with. But those who do fit that category have done a reasonable job of their own version of Proverbs 22:6. It’s really the same cause, just some new standard bearers with new weapons of warfare.
But some things the left does these days defy their own principles. Would someone tell me why we’re still fighting over civil marriage when it should have gone the way of fault divorce?