The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Obama Discovers Populist Phrases

Dec 12, 2011

President Obama is on the campaign trail – dusting off some populist rhetoric he’d put in cold storage since the 2008 election.

Obama spoke in Osawatomie, Kansas, site of Theodore Roosevelt’s “Square Deal” speech in 1910. Obama echoed that speech, and borrowed some themes from the Occupy movement. He talked about fairness and income inequality and attacked “you’re-on-your-own economics.”

It seems that Obama is hoping to pull in many of the people mobilized by the Occupy protests, getting them to work for his reelection. Just like Democratic Party front groups like MoveOn.org pulled young people into his 2008 campaign.

Obama can spout populist rhetoric all day long – but his actions show whose side he’s on. It’s the same side as all the Republican candidates: the side of the rich.