Obama: Transnational ProgressiveBarry Obama has led his life along a leftist path, ably documented at Global Labor and the Global Economy, which could bring one to the conclusion that he is being called a commie, which makes quite a few Americans yawn and lose interest. Who could really be a communist? Not a well compensated lawyer couple who have their eyes on the White House, surely? It just does not play well - it tastes sour in the psyche. It is counter-intuitive. But he is a Tranzie, undoubtedly.
Transnational Progressivism had a light shined on it a few years ago by one of my early blogging heroes Steven Den Beste, but then seemed to fade away as an explanation of the beliefs of certain leftists. It is a long, cumbersome title and seems too hard to understand. But it is really simple. What it is is a philosophy that begins with the belief that the individual can never rise above his group, and it shuns individual rights. (A fine summary of its precepts can be found here. I will not try to rewrite it, since I could do no better.)
It is pretty frightening that a Tranzie might find his way into the White House, but it is even more frightening that many conservatives are willing to allow it, as a way to teach a lesson to the American people. That is playing fast and loose with history, and our very lives. It is entirely too dangerous to allow malevolent leftists to occupy the halls of power in our great nation, and I for one am not convinced that our institutions are robust enough to withstand the onslaught.
Decision time is only a few months away, but an entire presidential campaign covers a lot of ground. This thing is setting up in a way that any opponent of Obama will be called a racist, even as it is the racists who are throwing the names around. In our society the emperor wears no clothes, and the general knowledge is always wrong. This label is likely to stick, however, so even after Obama is defeated, the racist label and the national divisions so created will long endure. Or even worse, Obama might just sneak in.
Even though Obama's opponents do not use the lingua franca of racists - we do not ever call him violent, stupid, or lazy - but that will not stop the name from being called, or even sticking. The republicans need to wage a high concept campaign, and keep it personal. That will not help much, but it will set the stage for our defense for the charge that we would not vote for their guy for the simple reason of his race.