Did Barack Obama ever belong to the liberal party?
First, in the United States, there is no "liberal party." The major political parties are the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Green party. There are also some smaller parties. Perhaps you are asking whether Barack Obama is a liberal, a common claim on certain Republican talk shows. Based on his voting history as a candidate and his policies in the White House, we can say he is a centrist Democrat. He leans left (liberal) on social issues, but he leans right on issues related to defense.
First, it should be noted that most objective sources regard Barack Obama as a centrist Democrat, rather than a liberal. He tends to lean more liberal on social issues, and mo…re center-right on issues such as defense. "Liberal" has become a conservative, Republican talking point that is used as a negative against Democrats, but it is unclear what the label really means in today's corporate-driven electoral politics. That said, here are comments left by others over the past four years. Some comments go back to 2007, and are based on assertions about what Mr. Obama "might" do as president. Opinions from prior to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 : Conservative opinion : The following is according to National Journal , Washington's leading online and print publisher of in-depth non-partisan news and analysis of the people, issues and trends driving the federal policy-making process. Its publisher also owns The Atlantic , the magazine Andrew Sullivan writes for. Per its poll, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was voted most liberal senator in 2007, followed by the other leading Democrat for President Hillary Clinton. Per its ratings the previous 2 years, he ranked as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate. See Related Links) ( Ratings from Democratic, independent, and liberal sources have not been provided. The poll was released on January 31, 2008, well after Obama was considered one of the leaders for President. ) The National Journal rating system does have problems: . Their idea of what counts as liberal and conservative is based on a poll and subjective restrictions. . Many Senators are not even rated. For instance Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., did not vote frequently enough in 2007 to draw a composite score. He missed more than half of the votes in both the economic and foreign-policy categories. So according to the National Journal he is neither liberal nor conservative. McCain is a non-senator. Once regarded as a centrist, Mr. Biden was rated by the National Journal in 2007 as the third most liberal member of the Senate. Biden was also a candidate for President at the time the vote was released. In this year's poll of Republicans, both Obama and Biden are further to the left than Bernie Sanders, who comes in fourth. He is more liberal than 90% of the Senate on economic issues; 88% of the Senate on social issues; and 98% of the Senate on foreign issues. His composite "Liberal" score is 93.7% -- and Bernie Sanders identifies himself as a Socialist, a statement that has been frequently responded to by Liberals as a falsifaction, some saying, quote, "Liberalism and Socialism are two completely separate things. while some Liberals may hold views that wish for the standardization of [a few] institutions, this in no way makes them a Socialist." (anonymous source) . A definition of "liberal" is: Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs. 2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform. 3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism. 4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties. 5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers. 6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies. 7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners. 8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc. 9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor. 10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation. 11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule. 12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts. 13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman. -noun 14. a person of liberal principles or views, esp. in politics or religion. 15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, esp. of the Liberal party in Great Britain. Right-Wing Rebuttal That may be the dictionary definition of liberal but it is not the actual definition of today's Liberal Politician. To see the definition of today's Liberal politician you should look up the definition of socialist. Also, the politician's by in large that call themselves conservatives are also a discredit to the label. On economic issues Congressman Ron Paul is probably best represents the values of a conservative. It is a shame he is a crackpot on the other important issues we face is America today. As to whether Senator Obama is a liberal I would suggest looking at his voting record. He has voted along party lines 98% +/- of the time. Since he is in the "Most Liberal" category I would suggest he is more a socialist then a liberal. Based off his voting record, not off his campaign speeches. Media critic response : It should be noted that right-wing Republican sources will always say Democrats like Barack Obama are liberal. That does not make the assertion accurate, however. Many other sources, from the left and from the center, dispute that Obama is "the most liberal," since many of his policies have also been championed by moderate Republicans and centrist Democrats.
Actually, most objective analysts would say Mr. Obama is a centrist Democrat. He is liberal on social issues, but leans more conservative on issues such as defense. He believe…s the government should stay out of people's bedrooms and private lives, and he believes that the government does have a role in solving the problems and improving the lives of Americans.
Barack Obama is a member of the Democratic party. Most objectiveanalysts of politics would consider him a Centrist Democrat,leaning somewhat left on social issues and somewhat… right ondefense and other military issues.
Current United States President Barack Obama is a member of the Democratic Party.
None, however he is an honorary member of two greek organizations. None, however he is an honorary member of two greek organizations.
Barack Obama is a centrist. Liberals, like the Socialists and Green Party, decry Obama's use of SuperPAC money, his failures in human rights, and his support for the military …industrial complex. In most European countries President Obama would be considered a moderate conservative.
Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii. He lived there for much of his life (12 out of 17 years) till he went away to college. He later settled in Illinois, where he mar…ried, bought a house, ran for political office for the first time, and established his legal residency. So, in some ways he could claim both Hawaii and Illinois as the states he belongs to. It should also be noted that he spent some time living in Los Angeles, New York, and Cambridge MA while he was attending college and then law school. His home is in Chicago, IL.
Actually, he is neither. Most of his political opponents want you to believe he is a liberal (which to them is something negative); but the truth is he has governed as a centr…ist Democrat, leaning slightly to the left on social issues, and slightly to the right on certain foreign policy issues.
He has only been with one political party-- he is a Democrat.
Barack Obama is a member of the Democratic Party, which is traditionally represented by the color blue in the reports of election results.
Barack Obama is a Democrat. Most people would say, based on his policies, that he is a centrist Democrat. That means he is generally liberal on social issues like equal rights… for women and gay people, but he leans more conservative on issues like defense.