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If Obama really wanted to do something about Fox and right-wing hate radio, he could. There are any number of ways, from tax investigations to antitrust legislation to licensing and regulatory 'adjustments' that could put the screws on the far-right extremist noise makers.

There would be ranting and yelling, but so what? The wackos aren't more than 25% of the population, and he'd gain votes from the moderates and the left for every move leftward. If the wackos turn violent, they're finished - most of the population will be sickened by them.

But - for whatever reason - he doesn't want to do this. The jury is out on whether Obama is simply bought and paid-for and his job was always salesandmarketing, or whether he's genuinely a softer black Reagan.

I can't even hazard a guess about the truth. Obama sometimes talks to the smart, non-serious, people, but he's clearly not listening to or hearing them.

Either way we have the situation yet again where as far as policy goes, the fix is in, and There Is No Alternative.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 11th, 2010 at 11:05:31 AM EST
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For Obama to try to shut down/muzzle Fox would be an open declaration of class war.  Whatever else Obama may have promised, he made no secret of his consensual/"bipartisan" approach to political problem solving. A hard left approach would certainly be to put the squeeze on the ultra-right wing and provoke them to violence - so as to isolate and criminalise them.  I don't see any stomach for that kind of fight almost anywhere within the US political spectrum.  So while arguably Obama could, he could not survive politically if he tried.  He would also probably be assassinated if he tried.  When politics turns to violence, it is almost always the ultra right which wins. The propertied simply have access to more guns and resources. Progressive change depends on keeping violence off the table.  A bit of venting by the extreme right is a small price to pay.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 11th, 2010 at 02:13:58 PM EST
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Well said.

We have to out think them, and some how educate around them.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Aug 11th, 2010 at 02:54:35 PM EST
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The jury has been in for many years: he's willingly owned by the money that pays for his political campaigns. That means, like Clinton, he has bought into the Thatcher/Reagan deregulation markets uber alles thinking, what is now called 'mainstream economics,' of the past 30 years. That being said, like any politician of 'my career first' leanings, he wants to win the next election. So it's always good to put public pressure on him and make him pay a price for right-wing moves, and recognize when he's done some good things.

Generally, however, we're stuck in no-alternative two-right-wing party politics, and mired in right-wing dominated media, and so there ain't much hope out in the real world now.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Aug 12th, 2010 at 09:29:55 AM EST
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