Obama, Thatcher and the Class Line
by Steve X
Obama’s official statement about the death of Margaret Thatcher.
“With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend. As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise. Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will. Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.”
In politics, the clearest choice for all of us should be; which side are you on? You are either on the side of the oppressed and exploited or you are the side of darkness.
American liberals, ever hopeful, ever deluded, wring their hands and hope against hope that this time Obama really doesn’t mean it when he offers the remnants of the New Deal, and Great Society, reforms for the chopping block. Not a few so-called socialists, seemingly unaware of where the class lines are drawn, are similarly self-deluded. Obama has attacked democratic rights, waged imperialist war and attacked the gains of our class — and yet the so-called left has exercised their right to remain silent. Or, worse, acted as uncritical supporters.
Obama has chosen. His loyalties are with the richest one percent, not with workers and oppressed people. This is clearly demonstrated by his love letter to Thatcherism. Thatcher herself is almost universally reviled by her victims. She destroyed communities, attacked unions, and permanently damaged the social fabric of her country. She was a capable instrument of imperialism. To quote Richard Seymour, “Thatcher’s most important achievements were also what made her so vile, and reprehensible. Her energy, her ruthlessness, and her political guile were harnessed to such bigoted, class-supremacist ends, that it is hard to admire them. Reviewing the wreckage of those years, it is difficult not to be transfixed by horror”
Thatcher herself was eventually brought down by the mass resistance of working people. The best our homegrown liberals and house-broken socialists can manage is a strongly worded memo.
Perhaps we need to take notes. The only way to save the social safety net and living standards for working people from Obama’s “reforms” is mass resistance. The only way forward is to learn which side you are on. To put it simply, you can’t be on Obama’s side and that of the oppressed and exploited.