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On the juvenile rhetoric of the American Right our Right is right…

07 Apr

Gerard Henderson is an Australian conservative commentator with whom I at times agree. While he may be many things, insane is not one of them. Today he exposes the overblown rhetoric of the US Right while not himself being a total Obama groupie: All the way with Obama’s world.

…Obama is not the left-wing socialist that some of his right-wing critics in the US maintain. On Fox News, Glenn Beck runs the line that Obama is some kind of leftist fascist intent on destroying individual liberties. This view has been challenged by, among others, Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly. But, due to Beck’s polemical force, it is likely that his opinion will have some impact on the American electorate.

The evidence suggests that, on foreign policy and the economy, Obama is acting a bit like a liberal politician in the JFK mould. Obama once advocated the withdrawal of all US forces from Iraq by mid 2008 – he now wants the US troops to pull out when the elected Iraqi Government, under the leadership of Nouri al-Maliki, is regarded as capable of surviving. Also, Obama has committed additional forces to Afghanistan and the US remains active in hunting down Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

On the economy the Obama Administration is in the tradition of Democrat predecessor Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. This approach may, or may not, be the most appropriate response to the global financial crisis. However, it is not redolent of socialism, still less fascism…

While surfing through the now excellent again BlogExplosion I have encountered some mindblowingly awful “conservative” US blogs – rank and unbelievably bad some of them. Honestly, I wonder where their brains are! They certainly don’t make good advertising for their own country – but then of course there are many other US political and current affairs blogs that are first rate. But there is something about US conservatism that is totally sui generis, and quite terrifying to an outsider like me. Our local wingnuts look good in comparison, and Henderson – not really a wingnut – even better.

Meanwhile the Earl of East Sydney is in all sorts of bother.

KEVIN Rudd’s mid-air outburst at a female RAAF cabin attendant has done nothing to dent the Prime Minister’s popularity, which has soared to near-record levels as Malcolm Turnbull’s rating has hit a new low.

The Opposition Leader’s rating as preferred prime minister has fallen to 18 per cent, putting Mr Turnbull on practically the same rating six months into the job as his predecessor, Brendan Nelson, had after the same period.

Mr Rudd’s satisfaction rating jumped by five percentage points in the latest Newspoll, which was conducted exclusively for The Australian from Friday night to Sunday afternoon – a period during which Mr Rudd’s apology for his angry outburst, the outcome of the Group of 20 leaders’ meeting and the imminent arrival of the Government’s $900 stimulus cheques were all headline news. Labor maintained its strong and steady primary vote lead: 47per cent compared with the Coalition’s 36 per cent.

The two-party-preferred result, based on preference flows at the last election, puts Labor’s lead over the Coalition at 16 percentage points, close to its post-2007 election record high, as voters choose to stick with Labor to manage the economy through the global crisis and rising domestic unemployment.

Just as his popularity increased despite the August 2007 revelation he had been drunk in New York strip club Scores, Mr Rudd is preferred as prime minister by 67per cent of voters, while Mr Turnbull recorded his lowest preferred prime minister rating of 18per cent, down two points on the previous poll…

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2 responses to “On the juvenile rhetoric of the American Right our Right is right…

  1. Benjamin Solah

    April 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I agree that Obama is not a socialist, though I think the difference between me and Henderson is that he must think that’s a good thing, though I think it’s a bad thing 😉

     
  2. Bruce

    April 10, 2009 at 1:15 am

    It feels odd to be in agreement with Hendo. Glenn Beck is crazy on the Obama conspiracy theories.

    After the vitriol of the last presidential election campaign, and in light of the fact that Sarah Palin is still acting a bit bitter (complaining for example that the McCain crew wouldn’t pray with her before her debate with Biden), it gave a bit of perspective to see her interview with Glenn Beck.

    At 1:30 in this YouTube video, after praising Glenn Beck about how good his show will be for America, you should see the pause Palin makes when Glenn Beck asks her if Obama is her president. The pause screams “oh crap, he’s crazy!”, louder than she could have screamed through a PA system.

    At least, it seemed that Beck’s questioning was unwelcome and a bit of a shock to her, rather than just generic spotlight shock. She didn’t exactly give him what he was fishing for.

     
 
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