MoveOn.org is a pro-Obama / liberal imperialist organization that pretended to be “anti-war” while Bush and the Republicans were in office, but has now squarely positioned itself as an Obama liberal imperialist org.
Most recently the organization has attacked an African American New York City councilmember, Charles Barron. Mr. Barron has taken a number of strong anti-imperialist stances that MoveOn has listed as its reasons why the people of New York City should vote against his candidacy for a congressional seat.
Following are some stands that Charles Barron has taken for which MoveOn.org opposes him:
“Out there, they don’t know that [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi was our brother. People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything.’”1
When asked about the gay rights movement, Barron said, “I don’t consider it a civil rights issue of our time.”2
“The biggest terrorist in the world is the government of Israel.”3
“I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.”4
Barron explained his opposition to gay marriage by saying, “I believe simply in an institution of marriage between a man and a woman. My wife and I believe that. We support every other thing regarding gay rights and we support everything but the marriage thing. We don’t want to have people impose their values or beliefs on us and we’re not imposing ours on you.”5
Barron invited Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe to speak at City Hall despite the fact that, “Amnesty International holds President Mugabe and his government responsible for the attacks against opposition politicians, against members of civilian society, against African farm workers and for creating an environment of fear and intimidation.”6
MoveOn further likens the above stance to the right wing “tea party” movement in the United States. That is of-course bogus, the tea party folks (aside from those who support Ron Paul) are basically right wing imperialists with whom liberal imperialists should find much in common cause. While the tea party folks may oppose gay marriage – they would support the NATO attacks on Libya, would have little or no objections to israel, and express their hatred for independent minded African Presidents such as Mugabe, and would certainly not point out the racist attitudes of many white people in the United States. In fact, of the 6 items mentioned above – the tea party would be in agreement with MoveOn on four of them… This makes MoveOn a lot closer to the right wing Tea Party than Charles Barron.
MoveOn is correct in pointing out that “Those tea partiers, frankly, don’t belong in Congress.” And nor do their liberal allies such as whomever MoveOn might endorse in opposition to Charles Barron.