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Philosophical binaries have roots at least back to Plato in Western thought. The railings of Dope, Jedi, and a few others on this board put that legacy in sharp . . . well, I could say "relief," but that's hardly the feeling inspired. ;)

As personally comforting as such an orientation may feel for some, not every political position comes down to "either/or." It's quite possible--though a source of unending rage to conservative purists--to adhere to mildly paradoxical propositions simultaneously without being a hypocrite. There's a common English word for such a practice; let's call it "complexity." In this case, I can comfortably claim that 1. Obama has fallen well short of progressive hopes on some foreign-policy issues (with a decided "assist" from intransigent Congressional Republicans); and 2. Obama was by far the better of the two choices for President.

We're now several decades into the Karl Rove-inspired tactic of attributing to liberals the worst political traits of the neocons: to wit, authoritarian tendencies, name-calling, and other clannish behaviors. Doing so muddies the waters and--in a sound-bite culture--fairly quickly neutralizes legitimate criticism on a range of policy positions. But the facts remain: many liberals identify as such precisely because they value independent thought and creative problem-solving. Many would be happy to vote for a 3rd party or 4th party candidate if our winner-take-all system better facilitated those options. Since it does not, they prefer pragmatism to apathy.

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