Obama: ‘If I Had Set the Same Policies Back in the 1980s, I Would be Considered a Moderate Republican’

by Yvette Carnell

Whenever anyone dares to say that President Obama is a right of center politician, he or she is usually maligned as a “hater”, or someone who clearly Barack Obamadoesn’t understand politics. (That sort of thing usually involves a trite chess vs. checkers reference as well.)  But in an all but unnoticed comment on Spanish-language television on December 14, Obama himself confirmed that, according to the traditional American political spectrum, he’s a moderate Republican. Said Obama, “The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.”

So why isn’t President Obama considered a Republican anymore? Well,  because 1) everyone’s been tricked by the Tea Party into believing that Obama has spooky socialist inclinations 2) the Tea Party has gone so far to the right that even moderate Republicans appear slightly liberal 3) He’s black.

And African-Americans are uniquely contorted  in a psychological braid which renders them unable to refute Obama’s conservatism because, in most of their minds, black conservative = sellout. So how in the world could they integrate their adoration for Obama with their hatred of all things both black and GOP? The amount of cognitive dissonance therein is enough to induce a psychic fracture.

Anyway, it’s good to hear Obama admit what many people who pay attention to policies, not personalities, already know.

h/t to The Fiscal Times

 

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10 Responses to Obama: ‘If I Had Set the Same Policies Back in the 1980s, I Would be Considered a Moderate Republican’

  1. Ms. Miller January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Republican President Eisenhower would have consider a DEMOCRAT in these times. Nixon might have even been considered a moderate Democrat in these times. Look at some of the things they did and said and compare it to what these rightwing nuts are saying today.

    For example — The TEA-PUBLICANS in Congress want to get rid of the EPA….they don’t want any regulations on pollution, greenhouse gases, oil spills, etc.

    BUT IT WAS REPUBLICAN NIXON that signed the laws that set up the EPA

    The real deal is that the DEMOCRATS moved more to the right…but still left of center. And the RE-THUG-LICANS moved all the way over past the fringe to the PSYCHO-WARD.

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  2. Truth be spoken January 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Some people will say anything to make excuses for the president even when he’s telling you out of his own mouth and miss me with that BS . On point as always Yvette.

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  3. Ms. Miller January 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    DO YOU KNOW WHO SAID THIS?….

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
    every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft
    from those who hunger and are not fed, those who
    are cold and are not clothed.”

    IT SEEMS LIKE SOME WILD LIBERAL…OR A SOCIALIST MAY HAVE SAID IT…. but no….

    **It was REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    People who don’t really know much about how the parties have changed, should not try to manipulate Obama’s quotes.

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  4. Truth be spoken January 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I usually don’t comment a lot on these sites but it just burns my ass when my intelligence is insulted . I know all about how the two parties changed I also know they used to be one in the same . It doesn’t matter which party you’re for they are all bought and paid
    for .

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    • Ms. Miller January 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

      The article was about the comment about Obama… “being a moderate Republican.”

      Ms. Carnell took that little statement and made a big deal of nothing. The Republicans of today…are now off in the fringe of rightwing psycho talk.

      A lot of folks post comments that are not even relevant to the article or the issue…such as yours. The article is not about whether the political parties are “bought and paid for…” That is a whole matter in itself.

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      • Ms. Miller January 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

        AFRICAN PROVERB:

        ” A fool may want to climb two trees at once
        … just because one has two feet.”

        – Ethiopia

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  5. Nixak January 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    ‘Whoop There It Is’ from the horse’s own mouth!

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  6. Think About It January 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Leave it to Yvette to be a Debbie Downer. Don’t you want to enjoy the party when the President is sworn in like all the rest of us Yvette? Why are you hating? You are just jealous. You just don’t understand politics. It’s too complicated for you. Don’t you want to get your double sized issue of Essence next month with the fold out double spread of the first Family? In color too. So what if Black people unemployment is at 14%. If that were other folks they would probably hunt Obama down but we love him. Yvette you are just a crab in the barrell. Why do you hate your own so hard Yvette? So what if he is killling innocent civilians with his drone strikes. We have to get them before they get us Yvette. Don’t you see when George Bush tapped and recorded all your electronic media he was a sicko peeping tom. But Obama is just doing it like a good parent watching his children to protect you. Instead of hating so hard Yvette, maybe you should try drinking some of the new Peach-Mango Kool-Aid. Not only is it delicious but I hear its Obama’s favorite. I’mma pray for you Yvette. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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  7. Ms. Miller January 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Some of the Black people who keep blaming Pres. Obama for everything wrong under the sun remind me of a bunch of slaves on a plantation who keep blaming their plight on TOBY (Kunta Kinte) because he ran away from the plantation.

    It’s just easier not to really look at the BIG SCAM that the rightwing nuts have run on all of us.

    Conservatives: aka: RE-THUG-LICANS act to protect the WEALTHY from higher taxes …and to get them subsidies. If Congress would STOP THE WARS…bring our troops home… cut off all the “Gov’t WELFARE” (subsidies) that go to OIL, COAL, GAS, NUCLEAR, rich FARMS…and other wealthy people… (AND REFORM THE PRISON SYSTEM) that alone might cut the deficit in half. But that is not the “spending” that the GOP is whining and complaining about…they want to cut the funds for schools, the elderly, children, health care, and unemployment insurance.

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  8. Truthbeliever January 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    So, in a statement made by the Presdient that says if he held the same political convictions now that he held in the 1980’s, he would be considered now be considered a moderate republican, Ms. Carnell was able to definitively conclude that the President is admitting that he is a republican? No wonder Black folk are so confused. You can’t even read a friggin a paragraph and draw reasonable inferences. I have to wonder why I keep reading these idiot essays.

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