Alex Blaze

Obama Is Not a Radical Leftist

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 07, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

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Tags: left wing radical, libertarianism, political test, politics, socialism, website

This political test has been around for years and digby recently linked it. quadrants.pngShe also has a discussion of how Obama was in the upper-right quadrant in 2008 based on his Senate record, which, in 2011, doesn't seem surprising at all. The only people who'd reject that assessment are those in the "Obama is a Socialist, Kenyan, Muslim America-hater" and "Obama is a savvy, 57-dimensional chess-playing radical doing the best he can" contingents. The fact that those people aren't just laughed out of our political discourse is a testament to how far to the right America has moved in the last forty years.

I took it again and found myself in the bottom-left corner, as I guessed I would be. I remember taking a similar little test on the Libertarian Party's website when I was 16 and being labeled a straight-up libertarian, which also makes sense since their test would naturally try to lead people to their ideology. That and libertarianism loses its appeal once people start working. (I found the test again but it isn't on the LP's website.)

It isn't serious but it's fun to see where people are on this. I suspect that the way we each define "agree" and "strongly agree" will account for a large part of the difference between where people end up on this thing. I used a lot of stronglies since I don't believe in doing anything halfway.

What about you all?

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Well, I would up more to the left and lower than Gandhi!

But he did a million times more good in the world than I could do in a hundred lifetimes. :)

I am curious, do you have any idea where MLK, Jr. would fall?

They have another chart on that site with more people that I didn't insert here:

http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2

There aren't that many people on the bottom half of that chart.

I'd guess MLK wouldn't be too far from Gandhi. He was definitely a leftist and supported wealth redistribution in various forms and didn't think property rights were absolute, but he rejected Communism. Since he was a devout Christian who was into the traditional family thing, I don't think he'd be that low on the chart.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | November 8, 2011 1:43 PM

Obama is a right centrist. Moreover, he's constantly moving right in terms of what he does, as opposed to what he says. His election season attempt to play 'Give 'em hell, Harry' is a pitiful failure.

The days when Democrats could expect loyalty from those they repeatedly fool are over. Soon only those who want to be fooled will be fooled. Radicalizing youth and union members (as opposed to bureaucratic union leaders) will not be among them.

Democrat politicians are right centrist and that includes the ones who pretend to be leftists like Kucinich. They're defined by their party.

Rank and file Democrats don't count in these political equations because they play no role in the leadership of the DP - they're onlookers and commenter's who are largely ignored by the real owners and leaders of the DP except at election time, when a great deal of effort goes into lying to then.

that was the mystique that people had about Obama from the beginning of his presidential run; i worked with him for his state and Senate runs; slowly, i started to see that he wasn't what he purported to be; when he ran for president i lost all trust in him; he broke a major promise he had made to us at a meeting when running for the Senate; one person asked him if he would complete his entire 6-year term; the fear was that he would run for Illinois governor; he used the word 'promise' that he would complete it;

the day he announced, i lost all trust in him.

my friends thought that he was exactly what i had always believed & stood for but they were sucked in by the 'hope of change'; i told them he couldn't really do it; they argued; i stopped talking; every one of them has come back to me & said i was right;

people want to see what they want to believe; i didn't vote for McCain, but neither did i vote for Obama; i wrote in Hillary's name, and not just because of my experience with Obama, but more because i strongly believed she was the right person to be president...

now, he has to get on board what he promised or lose it all, whether he ever believed or not; given the options, he is the only choice - AND i am going to need to put my cynicism aside...

that was the mystique that people had about Obama from the beginning of his presidential run; i worked with him for his state and Senate runs; slowly, i started to see that he wasn't what he purported to be; when he ran for president i lost all trust in him; he broke a major promise he had made to us at a meeting when running for the Senate; one person asked him if he would complete his entire 6-year term; the fear was that he would run for Illinois governor; he used the word 'promise' that he would complete it;

the day he announced, i lost all trust in him.

my friends thought that he was exactly what i had always believed & stood for but they were sucked in by the 'hope of change'; i told them he couldn't really do it; they argued; i stopped talking; every one of them has come back to me & said i was right;

people want to see what they want to believe; i didn't vote for McCain, but neither did i vote for Obama; i wrote in Hillary's name, and not just because of my experience with Obama, but more because i strongly believed she was the right person to be president...

now, he has to get on board what he promised or lose it all, whether he ever believed or not; given the options, he is the only choice - AND i am going to need to put my cynicism aside...

i only hit the submit button once - i swear!!!