Tellingly, as Chait writes for affluent urban liberals who railed against the Bush Administration’s excesses in the War on Terrorism, he neither desires nor feels compelled to grapple with President Obama’s approach to foreign policy, national security, or homeland security.
Well no. Of course liberals keep sanitizing the Obama story, because the truth is too depressing to deal with. It’s tough to accept that no one, not even the annointed one, will stop the imperialistic war mongering, the assassinations of American citizens, the warrantless wiretapping, the state secrets, the corporatism.
Conor Friedersdorf says, “Telling the story of Obama’s first term without including any of it is a shocking failure of liberalism.”
It’s a feature, not a bug, of liberalism to gloss over government failures. If you admit that when “good liberals” are in charge they trample on rights just like the other guys, well then you have to take a step back. You have to consider the possibility that far-ranging coercive powers, no matter who has them, lead to rights violations. That war-making powers lead to war, that economic interventionism leads to crony capitalism and bailouts, that executive privilege leads to some shady motherfucking shit.