When Obama is your moderate voice…
If you needed a simple example of how far off the left side of the beam the Democratic Party has fallen of late, you could do no better than to consider the fact that Barack Obama is now the party’s moderate voice.
Here is America’s first overtly Marxist-inclined president, quoted at Patterico’s site, addressing today’s “woke culture”:
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff,” Mr. Obama said. “You should get over that quickly.”
“The world is messy; there are ambiguities,” he continued. “People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”
“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, there is this sense sometimes of: ‘The way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people,’” he said, “and that’s enough.”
“Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb,” he said, “then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, cause, ‘Man, you see how woke I was, I called you out.’”
Of course, Obama is laughably “calling out” the radical youth that he himself helped to radicalize. But he is calling them out for being too intolerant of differences, too self-assured in their posturing, and too quick to cast the first stone. This is the same man who said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” and that he would stop the rise of the oceans, and that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin, and that it’s better for everyone when you “spread the wealth around,” and that “you didn’t build that.”
That same community rabble-rouser, Bill Ayers protégé, and admirer of Marxist professors, is now the Democratic Party’s moderate voice.
There’s your progressive ratchet in action, “folks.”
If you want a more complete analysis of this historical dynamic, see my “Redshift: How Obama’s Marxist Transformation of America Succeeded.”