According to Glenn Greenwald, Romney and Obama are in complete agreement on foreign policy in spite of their differences on domestic policy. I think this is true. And I personally don't find Obama's domestic policies very enlightened, even if he could get more of them implemented. For example, why doesn't he champion public education? Could it be because he never went to public school? I think it matters that he was educated to be a member of the elite. He shares the views of people who attended private schools and the Ivy League universities. They always think big, even when they are paying lip service to the concerns of the little people. There is that hint of condescension in Obama's attitude toward ordinary folks, even when he is being charming and ingratiating. He has calculated his every move in life, and his mode of operation has carried him to the top. How could he believe anything but that everything he does is right? He may modestly claim the opposite, but deep down does he really believe he could be mistaken about anything, in the light of his incredible success? And it really worries me that he claims he, a constitutional lawyer, has no problem ordering the deaths of people deemed enemies of the state, without any due process.
Of course I have no choice but to vote for him anyway. Even a lame domestic policy with some improvement in health care and modest improvements in the lives of the poor is better than the nothing we would get with Romney.
I share Jeremy Scahill's indignation over the killing of innocents carried out by our government. Scahill has been getting a lot of hate mail from the left for his stance on drone attacks, but he says with justification that he has been over there and faced the danger that people in Somalia and Yemen experience every day, so he might just have the right to protest. Maybe we don't notice these things that much as long as we personally feel safe, but these actions have badly damaged American's reputation abroad. But I guess we have gotten over caring what the world thinks of Americans. That was so 60's. The deal these days is: project power.
Greenwald and Scahill have stuck to their guns, so to speak. I would rather believe they are wrong, but I know they are right.
More: A reminder of why Obama has to be re-elected, even as Progressives like me wring our hands about his shortcomings. This is a very good background piece on Romney's rich backers from the Rolling Stone. Thanks to Ronni of Time Goes By for linking to this.
More: On thinking it over, Romney could be worse on foreign policy if he were elected than Obama has been. What if he were unleash another horror like Iraq I or II? Or what if he decided to invade Iran? We have been spared that, under Obama. I remember people saying there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between Gore and Bush. How wrong that was! Still, Obama's seeming lack of empathy for drone victims really bothers me.