'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tom Hayden Rides Off Into the Sunset 

As does Bill Fletcher (please see the comments to the excellent post by Louis Proyect linked in the title of this one). I'd pretty much given up on Hayden awhile ago, but it is disappointing to discover that Fletcher has likewise decided that it is more important to defend Obama than hold him accountable for his serious failings. But, then, when you chain yourself to the electoral process as the be all and end all of political activity, there's not much else you can do, previous advocacy for a radicalized labor movement notwithstanding. Of course, by condemning a letter issued by protestobama.org, a letter urging the progressives who publicly supported Obama's 2008 presidential campaign to protest his betrayal, Hayden and Fletcher have revealed that their insistence that it was necessary to get Obama elected so that he could be presssured to enact more liberal policies was nonsense from the inception. But, as you might have guessed, Fletcher has already provided us with an explanation: we just didn't work hard enough to make that happen.

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