Whom would you prefer to protect America: the party that brought you 9/11, or the party that got bin Laden? Of course it's more complicated than that, and the fight against Al Qaeda continues. But progressives should claim credit loudly and regularly for the basic fact that Obama's progressive Democratic administration got bin Laden.
Obama is far from perfect, but imagine going back to 2008 and having the chance to elect a president who would stabilize our economy after it suffered its worst crisis since the Great Depression, pass universal health care, end the ban on gays in the military, and kill Osama bin Laden. That guy would be a pretty fucking good president. And that's what we've got in Obama. He's proof that a pragmatic progressive government can solve problems when it actually focuses on them, as opposed to conservative Republican leadership that imagines that by invading Iraq we'll defeat bin Laden, or by cutting taxes we'll plug the deficit, or that we don't need to worry about global warming because it's a fairy tale. As Obama said Sunday night, "We are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to." Obama is proof that progressive politics can make a safer world.
It's a moment to be proud. Celebrate what progressive politics has accomplished lately. Hope.
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Greg Cook can be reached at gregcookland.com.
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