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Obama Blasts Progressives in Berlin

"One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States...is a certain kind of rigidity..."

By NTK Staff | 04.08.2019 @9:55am

Former President Barack Obama blasted progressive Democrats in the United States for their “rigidity” and “purity” tests, accusing them of creating a “circular firing squad,” during an Obama Foundation town hall in Berlin, Germany over the weekend.

“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,’ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a circular firing squad, where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues,” Obama said. “When that happens, typically, the overall effort and movement weakens.”

“You have to recognize that the way we structure democracy requires you to take into account people who don’t agree with you,” Obama said. “That, by definition, means you’re not going to get 100 percent of what you want.”

“You have to know ahead of time: here’s what I’m willing to compromise on, and here are the things I’m not. You can’t set up a system in which you don’t compromise on anything. But you also can’t operate in a system where you compromise on everything,” Obama said.

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