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Cult of personality

February 11, 2013 | By | 5 Replies More

Glenn Greenwald points out that many Democrats have been exposed as hypocrites, supporting abhorrent Bush era policies simply because Obama is now implementing them.

That many Democratic partisans and fervent Obama admirers are vapid, unprincipled hacks willing to justify anything and everything when embraced by Obama – including exactly that which they pretended to oppose under George W Bush – has also been clear for many years. Back in February, 2008, Paul Krugman warned that Obama supporters are “dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality.” In May, 2009, a once-fervent Obama supporter, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, wrote a column warning that Obama was embracing many of the worst Bush/Cheney abuses and felt compelled – in the very first sentence – to explain what should be self-evident: “Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House.” The same month, former Bush DOJ official Jack Goldsmith – who provided the legal authorization for the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program – went to the New Republic to celebrate that Obama was not only continuing the core Bush/Cheney approach to terrorism, but even better (from his perspective), was strengthening those policies far beyond what Bush could achieve by transforming Democrats from opponents of those policies into supporters.

Many, including Greenwald have repeated attacked our policy allegedly justifying the assassination of Americans. A much bigger concern to me is that we are, through the use of drones, waging illegal undeclared wars in a many other countries. Also consider these domestic and foreign policy actions of Obama. How many Democrats would support them if a Republican President had been responsible?

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On loving one’s enemies

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

Bill Maher takes aim at a common version of Christian hypocrisy: There is nothing more central to the teachings of Jesus than to love one’s enemies. This is rejected by many so-called Christians do in thought and deed. It would be like calling yourself a chef when you hate to cook. It’s THAT basic.

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Bill Maher disses conservative con men

February 2, 2013 | By | Reply More

Bill Maher points out that several prominent conservative pundits are getting rich by duping their followers.

On the same show, Bill had serious discussion about transparency in elections and the need to invest in very young children (0-3).

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Unending U.S. hypocrisy in the Middle East

January 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

Glenn Greenwald sums up a large part of U.S. Middle East foreign policy:

Obama administration has continuously lavished the Saudi Kingdom with a record amount of arms and other weapons, and has done the same for the Bahraini tyranny. He has done all this while maintaining close-as-ever alliances with the Gulf State despots as they crush their own democratic movements.”

According to a high-ranking adviser to four Presidents, including President Obama, this means:

“work even harder, do even more, to strengthen the Saudi regime as well as the neighboring tyrannies in order to crush the “Arab Awakenings” and ensure that democratic revolution cannot succeed in those nations.” The result is flagrant U.S. hypocrisy: “US policy to support the worst tyrannies that serve its interests, sitting right next to endless US pro-war rhetoric about the urgency of fighting for freedom and democracy.”

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Cherry Picking Liberals

January 9, 2013 | By | Reply More

Glenn Greenwald: “Watching self-proclaimed progressives attack and malign a courageous whistleblower, while defending the US military’s patently abusive detention practices and steadfastly defending the government’s extreme secrecy powers, is one of the most potent symbols of the Obama presidency.”

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Two billion dollars per week for 11 years, but our leaders won’t level with us about Afghanistan

October 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

The War in Afghanistan. We’ve spent enormous blood and treasure on this adventure, yet it almost never shows up in most daily papers. The candidates for president almost never discuss it. In eleven years, no one has articulated why it is that we have invested so heavily in being there for eleven years. The official platitudes are based on horrific lies. No politician wants to discuss that our “ally” Pakistan is encouraging the Afghanistan insurgency.

What should we say to the families of the soldiers who died there? Your loved ones died for what? “Freedom!” scream the politicians.

No politician has discussed all of the things we could have done with that money had we truly invested in something permanent and valuable rather than something wasteful, tribal and destructive. No candidate has stated the obvious: We have been propping up a corrupt regime in Afghanistan. And the media cooperates with all of the above ignorance, making Afghanistan a bloodless, vague, distant thing that we don’t know anything about, and we, as a nation, don’t care that we know nothing about it.

No one in power wants to admit that fighting wars is good insurance for re-election, or that it simply makes us feel like we’re doing something meaningful and patriotic to fight a war, even an insane war.

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Plain Broun Wrapper (or, What’s Really In That Bag?)

October 8, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More

I thought I might write about something other than politics this morning, but some things are just too there to ignore.  But perhaps this isn’t strictly about politics.

Representative Paul Broun of Georgia recently said the following.  I’m pulling the quote from news sources so I don’t get it wrong.

“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior. There’s a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I believe that the Earth is about 9,000 years old. I believe that it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.

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Hero worship of Bill Clinton

September 20, 2012 | By | Reply More

At Salon.com, Matt Stoller questions the liberal hero-worship of Bill Clinton:

Back in June, Clinton angered Democrats nationwide by calling for an extension of the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy. He also spoke glowingly of Mitt Romney’s “sterling business career,” getting in the way of an effective line of attack by the Obama campaign. And in terms of deregulation, Bill Clinton was one of the patron saints of the crisis: pushing through the final repeal of the Glass- Act, which legalized the heretofore illegal merger of Citigroup; signing the Commodities Future Modernization Act, which fully deregulated derivatives; and reappointing bubble blower Alan Greenspan to the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve.

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Jon Stewart comments on Mitt Romney’s spin machine

September 20, 2012 | By | Reply More

What is Mitt Romney’s spin machine? Jon Stewart points to FOX News.

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