Gonzalez Says Count Him Out

Matt Gonzalez, progressive VP running mate to Ralph Nader in their independent run for the White House, is not all peachy keen for the Democratic Party nominee. Read why.

PART OF ME SHARES the enthusiasm for Barack Obama. After all, how could someone calling themself a progressive not sense the importance of what it means to have an African-American so close to the presidency? But as his campaign has unfolded, and I heard that we are not red states or blue states for the 6th or 7th time, I realized I knew virtually nothing about him.

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Matt Gonzalez in Middle

Like most, I know he gave a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I know he defeated Alan Keyes in the Illinois Senate race; although it wasn't much of a contest (Keyes was living in Maryland when he announced). Recently, I started looking into Obama's voting record, and I'm afraid to say I'm not just uninspired: I'm downright fearful. Here's why:

This is a candidate who says he's going to usher in change; that he is a different kind of politician who has the skills to get things done. He reminds us again and again that he had the foresight to oppose the war in Iraq. And he seems to have a genuine interest in lifting up the poor.

But his record suggests that he is incapable of ushering in any kind of change I'd like to see. It is one of accommodation and concession to the very political powers that we need to reign in and oppose if we are to make truly lasting advances.

Gonzalez outlines and covers in some detail the miasma that passes for change in the Obama playbook:

  1. The War In Iraq...
  2. Class Action Reform...
  3. Credit Card Interest Rates...
  4. Limiting Non-economic Damages...
  5. Mining Law Of 1872...
  6. Regulating Nuclear Industry...
  7. Energy Policy...
  8. Single-payer Health Care...
  9. North American Free Trade Agreement...

and a few other loose ends Obama has left along the trail. Read it all.

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