Why is Obama is called the most liberal president in the history of the US?
His domestic policy is pretty liberal, but his war policy is even more intense than Bush in terms of drone attacks and his war activity in Afghanistan, going against his own party in terms of doing that. Based on his war policy, does that make him the most liberal president in US history?
- 9 years agoBest Answer
Obama himself said he wasn't anti-war, just "stupid wars". He favored Afghanistan, but not Iraq. At least that's what he said. He is no different from the others, either. The Dems haven't fielded a SERIOUS, CONSISTENT anti-war candidate yet. That's why even some leftys began to favor Ron Paul. Libertarians are the only consistent, honest anti-war movement. Most of the guys like Kerry and Dean were not truly anti-war, they just posed that way as long as MoveOn was writing the checks. Which isn't my opinion, MoveOn itself bragged they had bought and paid for the Democrat party.
If you want the war over with, you have to fight hard and fight to win. A wussy war leads to a longer war.
Besides, the perception of the Left or the Dems as anti-war largely stems from anti-Vietnam marches. But who started Vietnam? And Johnson escalated Vietnam after pretending he wouldn't and telling voters Goldwater was some war mongering maniac. Who presided over every war in the 20th century except for the Gulf war? Democrats. Many of them good "progressives".
In the early 20th century, "Progressives" were not anti-war either. Until WW2, the Right was anti-war(and got slagged off as "isolationist"). Neither Wilson or FDR, Progressive guys mind you, could wait to go to war in both cases. The Right accused Progressives of wanting to build a "warfare/welfare state". Funny how times change huh?
It's hard to picture the left as all that anti-war, what with all the people the Soviets invaded, hah. In any case, the idea of Democrats as anti-war is a relatively recent phenomenon. And even then, it's a spotty one. With people like Kerry usually supporting it when a Democrat is in power, and hating it when a Republican is in power.
I know it's hard to perceive that the Dems or the Left is anything but gentle anti-war lambs, but those perceptions are the result of modern images, and perhaps you need to question that.
Until the last ten years with the War on Terror/Jihadist business, usually the Left was anti-war whenever the subject was a communist country. Cough Cough.
In any case, his war policy is one part of his entire agenda, and you admit he's domestically very "liberal". So, for whatever that's worth.
- Zee-sterLv 79 years ago
He's no liberal. His foreign policy looks pretty much the same as his predecessor's and his handling of the gulf was just as bad as Katrina. Outside of rhetoric & empty promises, there's not much difference between the 2 major parties. Both are own by corporate interests. Conservatives may point to the healthcare reform as socialism, however, it's a far cry from socialized medicine and it is really a healthcare industry bailout by requiring Americans to cover insurance whether or not they can afford what the govt mandates. Fact of the matter is there's no way in hell we can afford socialized medicine and the corporate/military complex. And Obama loves his war games.
- barbreLv 43 years ago
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- 9 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks#p/u/23/I... This video clearly demonstrates that Obama is actually right of center. He's left of Bush, but right of Clinton.
He is not a socialist. He did not at all push for single-payer healthcare, he is for gay rights, but NOT for gay marriage, and he constantly compromises with the Republicans. The healthcare bill did not even have a public option!
He put forth a weak financial reform bill.
Obama put a troop surge in Afghanistan.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
People in this country have weird ideas of what liberal is.
Obama is center left on domestic issues and center right on foreign policy. Some might argue that he's far right on foreign policy but that simply isn't true by todays standards.
And anyone who says Nixon was liberal is a complete air head that knows nothing about history. Nixon was very conservative and he did not want to pull out of Vietnam he wanted to stay in to win but political pressure made him pull out. Just as political pressure might make Obama pull out or stay in as the case may be.
- Mujer AltaLv 79 years ago
He's called that because people don't know the history of the U.S. Nixon was more liberal. Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Carter were all more liberal. Even Ford was more liberal.
The most liberal presidents from 1900 to the present based on the policies they esposed are:
Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
- ZonieGirlLv 69 years ago
My guess would be.... because he is. He has taken over the auto industry, banks, health care, wall street, and is working on big oil. His economic policies are proof that he does not know a thing about the economics. He has spent more in 20 months than Bush spent in 8 years in office. He has aligned himself with far left radicals and academics with no real world experience and who appear to have disdain for this country. Obama has felt the need to apologize for the US instead of recognizing our contributions to the world and the fact that many countries owe their very freedom to Americans. Obama is taking this country in a direction that will lead us into disastrous results. Before being elected Obama stated that he would "fundamentally change America". Why would you change a country that has been the very envy of the world and had such great success. A country that people from oppressed, tyrannical nations are willing to risk their very lives to get to?
- marc2oniLv 59 years ago
hes a moderate. anyone with eyes can see that. certain things he does are more liberal, ie fiscally. certain things more conservative, ie socially. put them together and you get a moderate.... now remember, clinton was a moderate and he was a fantastic president. best in my lifetime. lets see how obama turns out.Source(s): independent.
- AntithesisLv 69 years ago
He's a moderate, left of center. anyone who says any different is brainwashed, or just ignorant about leftist ideologies. People call him a socialist, but us commies and others on the far left can't stand him any more than the neocons can!
And I like how people are giving me thumbs down for this as if me saying that as a communist I dislike Obama is part of some huge scheme to trick people into thinking that Obama is not a communist or something lol.
- ObserverLv 59 years ago
He is what he is, you refer to him as president and yes he bought/bribed his way into the oval office but he is anything but presidential he is little more than an impostor. IMO.
In other words, he is backroom Chicago dirty politics from the get go.