noun [usu. in sing. ]
an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.
• a neglected or abandoned area of a garden or town.
• figurative a position of disfavor, esp. in a political context : the man who led the Green Party out of the wilderness | [as adj. ] his wilderness years.
Liberals, depending upon whom you ask, have been outside the political mainstream since our heyday during the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and The New Deal that we barely know what the mainstream is, though many of us thought that with the Barack Obama Presidency that that would change.
Now some are not too sure.
To be sure Mr. Obama was a far better alternative than his Republican competition, but some of his cabinet picks have concerned some amongst the liberal camp. For example, Pastor Rick Warren who will be giving the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration, is hardly an example of liberalism and tolerance to some.
The rub for liberals is that many people’s beliefs are not as simple as some would like them to be, and it is quite possible to support human rights in the broader sense while not being in favor of such things as gay marriage. So does Mr. Warren’s perspective disqualify him for consideration? Clearly not for the Obama camp, and I don’t think that it should for any one else (based upon what I know of Mr. Warren, though that could change the more I learn about his position on such matters).
Personally, I am less bothered by Mr. Warren, than by his choice of Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. He supposedly (for I have not been interested in the former governor of Iowa before his nomination) was quite amenable to Monsanto during his governorship in Iowa (Monsanto being one of the leading ‘providers’ of Genetically Modified Organisms), which for me is a deal breaker because I think that genetically modified foods will do us more harm than good in the long run for numerous reasons.
I would be more concerned about his choice of Lawrence Summers for his National Economic Council because there some say that he has connections to the current recession.
I suspect that if you look closely at his picks positions in his government, you will probably find numerous people that for whatever reason you mistrust, though in his favor the Obama Administration has engaged people in what our government is doing in a way that I have not seen in many years.
And when you look at it that way, then perhaps Obama’s choices are not all that bad.