By tmcbpatriot | March 29, 2013 | 1 Comment
Hola! It’s Miguel! Hope you are all doing very well. Even since Señor Romney lost, we Latinos have been working tirelessly to ensure that Congress does not forget about us. As you might recall, Romney promised great things for Latinos, including encouraging Latinos to return to their homeland and bring prosperity there as a result of our American experience.
Sadly, his Presidency was not to be. But do not lose hope. Congress has taken up the fight and things are looking up. In recent months Congress has promised to take up immigration reform. The time has come for our people to finally have the respect we deserve.
In fact, a recent survey show that “a majority of Latinos — 56 percent — had a favorable view of Congress, up from about 35 percent who held such a view in November 2011. That could be in part thanks to work on immigration reform, an issue most Latino voters support and place high on their list of priorities.”
This is truly an exciting time. And while some of you might still be in doubt with all of the talk of us being “illegals,” I think you will find that this Congress is starting to change its canción. For example, just this week Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said:
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes…It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
You see? Republican’s know that picking tomatoes is important work and want to see us doing it while learning new technology too! What a country! And although machines cannot compare to an endless day of hard labor, it is important that they remember what our ancestors provided. And what is the big deal about calling us wetbacks? It is what we call each other. I always saw it as a term of endearment.
So get on board mi amigos! Republicans and Congress are looking out for us. Once the gay people are able to get married it won’t be long before we Latinos can marry this great country! Vaya con dios. Adios!
By tmcbpatriot | March 22, 2013 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | March 16, 2013 | No Comments
This week a gay man woke up from his coma at CPAC and wondered aloud what the hell he was doing there? Realizing, as if for the first time, that he and his gay friends were not welcome, he reacted the way any gay man in a room full of haters would. He became embarrassed.
Yes, this week while a bunch of racist and totally insane people gathered in Maryland to be crazy together, a gay Republican named Jimmy LaSaliva and his adorable club called GOProud was excluded from the festivities. As a result, Jimmy got his lace panties in a twist:
“I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican right now,” Jimmy LaSaliva, co-founder and president of the gay conservative group GOProud, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. The gay Republican was referring to GOProud’s exclusion from participation at CPAC for a second year in a row, banned as an official sponsor. LaSalvia attended CPAC as a guest of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a sponsor of CPAC which hosted a panel Thursday on which LaSaliva appeared, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.”
Ok, two things: That CPAC is happening in a place call “Mary-Land” is ironic and funny in and of itself and Jimmy should have brought that up. Second, that Jimmy is embarrassed by Republicans who are more embarrassed by him than he is of them is even funnier and should be the only reason for Jimmy to be embarrassed.
Being openly gay and a Republican is silly and, I would imagine, downright confusing too. It is a phenomenon I just need to learn more about. So I am heading down the street to the “He Man Woman Haters” convention. Sally Silverstein, member and president of HeManicures is protesting her snub at that convention for the third year in a row. Come to think of it, maybe she and Jimmy can meet and cry over their Mint Julep’s together while Sinatra sings Only the Lonely. If anyone understands loneliness, it’s Frank, trust me.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
My favorite part of this yearly Republican calamity is the snubbing on the only guy who shows any promise for the GOP in 2016, Chris Christie. The CPAC charman said this about Christie this week in response to questions about the Governor not being invited:
“Chairman Cardenas…defended the conference’s snub of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, indicating that the conference focuses more on “national matters than anything else” and that other governors had a “more excellent conservative record” worth highlighting.”
Funnier still is that this same guy defended Donald Trump’s inclusion as:
“a billionaire who creates jobs” and is “not afraid to talk about the failures of the Obama administration.” He said that Trump, who has spoken previously at CPAC, is “a persuasive speaker” who was brought “back by public demand” and that “the crowd here loves him.”
You can’t make this shit up. Nobody would believe you! In an event that promotes itself as finding the next Republican hero to save the Republican party from itself, the one guy who stands any chance of doing that job was not invited!
Like I said, you just can’t begin to understand the stupidity and short sightedness of Republicans. But who am I to ruin a good thing? Keep it up fellas. The country depends on it.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
With the Crazy People Are Conservative (CPAC) convention in full- on insanity mode this week, this next story seemed most appropriate. Republicans, as most of us know, live in a world of denial and fantasy. In their world Obama is a socialist, all blacks are on food stamps, gays are sodomites and pedophiles and latinos are, well, latinos. Most often, in this fantasy world, Republicans find themselves constantly challenged by a pesky thing called reality. It is a reality that is slowly, but surely, swallowing them up.
This week we saw yet another example of that as another Republican reversed his stance on gay marriage because, surprise, surprise, his son is gay. I am talking about Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Now, before you get any ideas, Portman did not make this decision overnight. It took him two years.
Portman said of his two year long change of heart on gay marriage:
“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.”
How touching, except of course for the fact that as recently as 2011 Portman was ”openly hostile” to gay’s and gay rights. In fact, his opposition of the gay “led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school’s graduation ceremony.” But hey, he’s come around. He’s now among the reality based. There’s hope for him, right? Well…
Portman, you might recall, was once considered to be Mit Romney’s running mate. In fact when a reporter asked asked why Romney chose Paul Ryan over him he assured the reporter it had nothing to do with the gay stuff.
“Portman, who was ultimately passed over as the GOP vice-presidential candidate in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, said the fact that his son is gay was not the deal breaker for Romney. How does he know? “Well, because they [Romney's campaign] told me,” said Portman.”
LMAO! Just as I was thinking Portman was one of us, it seems he still has one foot firmly planted in the rabbit hole.
By tmcbpatriot | March 12, 2013 | 2 Comments
Andrew Brietbart is still dead! That much is true. Not much else coming out of his namesake’s “news” blog may be though. For the second time in a month, Breitbart.com posted a false story that was later taken down after it turned out to be totally untrue.
Apparently, a story about Paul Krugman going bankrupt vent viral, getting picked up and reposted on the popular conservative website. Turns out, the story was satire, invented by a blog called The Daily Currant. Who knew? Well, Breitbart.com should have. However, before it was proven to be a non-story, it also wound up on Boston.com, which is actually a serious news source. Asked why Breitbart picked up the story in the first place without first vetting it for accuracy, they replied it was because Boston.com was a “trusted” news source. Great answer. It would later come out that Boston.com posted the story “by accident” while Brietbart did it on purpose.
It should come as no surprise that a hyper-partisan website like Breitbart.com would post satire as truth, especially when it is a story that bashes a well known liberal like Krugman. I am pretty sure too that the folks over at Breitbart wanted to believe this story, even if perhaps they doubted its veracity.
As a result, is it any wonder that our so-called news organizations are considered to be so untrustworthy? Additionally, can we even call them news organizations when stories such as this one trumps actual news stories that are actually true and virtually ignored?
For example, just this week a report came out saying that about $8 billion was wasted or unaccounted for that was suposed to be used for reconstructing Iraq. Sure, we could file this story under “No Shit” and move on, but it also begs the question: Are we in danger when supposed news organizations report made up stories as truth simply because they want it to be true or are we screwed because we, as readers, seem to care more about made up stories even after we know they are not true while ignoring the ones that are?
The answer is a bit unclear, but if this latest media screw up is any indication, I am pretty sure of what the answer most likely is.
By tmcbpatriot | March 11, 2013 | No Comments
Joe Lieberman has a new job. He will be co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute’s “American Internationalism Project,” let by former Senator Jon Kyl.
Of the AIP, Kyl writes: ”Fiscal constraints, weariness with war and isolationism are eroding the American will to lead. The nation has often chafed “at the burden of our obligations.” But what once appeared to be a truism of an earlier era – the willingness to shoulder “the burdens of leadership in the free world” – has ceased to resonate with many Americans. American internationalism has never been simply a response to threats, but an expression of who Americans are and what kind of world we want to live in.”
So Joe Lieberman, a man once considered for V.P., who turned his back on Democrats when they needed him most and who still pretends to be an Independent, is now going to work for a Republican think tank to help them find new ways to start wars, all in the name of bipartisanship.
Seriously, how does this guy sleep at night?
By tmcbpatriot | March 10, 2013 | No Comments
When I think if the GOP, I often hear the voice of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore as he sits in the helicopter looking down at the carnage he is dropping onto that vietnamese village. In a forever frustrated voice, he utters, as only he can: “Don’t these people ever give up?”
Well there’s that voice again because Paul Ryan is at it again. He is making the rounds in his forever lame attempt to remain relevant while touting yet another budget plan, same as the old plan, that promises to make the world a better place, provided of course that Obamacare is not part of it. Ugh. I feel you frustration Bill.
Thing is though, this boring regurgitation of repealing Obamacare, while tired and rote, continues to provide returns for the GOP and will for years to come. Obamacare is much like those other pesky liberal initiatives, like Medicare and Civil Rights, and much like those we intelligent people understand that Obamacare is here to stay while Republicans need to pretend it’s not. Politicians like Ryan need to play dumb in order to maintain support among their fast dying, brain dead followers who need to believe otherwise.
For anyone working in healthcare, you know that Obamacare is moving forward and is already deeply enmeshed in how things will work going forward. Repeal is virtually impossible at this point and Republicans know it. Nevertheless, they need to continue with the repeal meme in order to give their voting block something to hope for. It is a good plan because Republican voters are that ignorant and refuse to face reality. For the rest of us, we’ll just keep dropping liberal bombs on their heads until they finally surrender. Sadly, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
Maybe they should just title his clip “Here Comes The Democrats With Obamacare.”
By tmcbpatriot | March 9, 2013 | No Comments
Not much to say before you play this clip except that those who watch FOX are retarded! It’s been said many times before, but it must be said again…and again and again. FOX “news” is a channel for retarded people, and Republicans are retarded people!!
Now, by retarded I do not mean to insult mentally retarded people with down syndrome. They probably never watch FOX. What I mean are people who are grown-ups, who maybe went to college, but probably not, and who now live with the mentality of a small child who was possibly left back in grade school and who were slow learners who rode the short bus. I am also pretty sure their parents were equally as dumb and passed it on to their children who now make up FOX’s demo…a demo FOX understand very, very well.
So, if there is still any doubt who FOX’s audience is, this video should put an end to the debate. Period. Exclamation Point! End of Sentence!! Over and Out!!!
By tmcbpatriot | March 7, 2013 | No Comments
While Rand Paul filibustered for thirteen hours against Obama’s kill-anyone-with-a-drone-on-U.S.-soil policy, the state of Kansas was busy pointing their drones at women’s vagina’s all across this great land.
The Kansas state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed a 70-page bill that would tax abortions, establish life beginning at fertilization, require doctors to say that abortion causes breast cancer and prohibit state employees from performing abortions during the workday. The bill also would require doctors to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer, even though the claim defies scientific fact. The bill is likely to pass.
So for all of you so-called libertarians up in arms over what Obama is not doing, you might want to stop with the bullshit and actually pay attention to what people are actually doing. Imaginary drones are not going to drop out of the sky on your house. However, if you are a woman, I would be protecting those lady parts about now. Your freedom is about to go up in smoke. Will Rand Paul filibuster on your behalf? That’s a rhetorical question of course. But the answer is no.
By tmcbpatriot | March 7, 2013 | No Comments
Here we go again folks. Last week it was Bob Woodward looking like the fool while trying to boost sales of his book. This week it’s none other than shrub brother himself, Jeb Bush, making the rounds to sell his. I won’t mention the title of the book as I don’t want to help him sell any. However, I will offer that Jeb Bush has made a fool of himself by saying the exact opposite of what he wrote in his book on the topic of immigration. As a result, brother Bush has succeeded in his intended goal. You see, playing the fool on T.V. is all it takes these days to sell your wares. Fail to do that and you will come and go without nary a mention.
Case in point, in trying to promote his book this week, Bush did a complete 360 in his belief about what we should do with illegals. In his book, Bush wrote:
“It is absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences — in this case, that those who violated the law can remain but cannot [emphasis mine] obtain the cherished fruits of citizenship.”
The “cherished fruits of citizenship”? Is he kidding? Is that supposed to be poetic? Anyway, while promoting his book, Bush went on MorningJoe and CNN to basically say the exact opposite of what he wrote. On CNN he said:
“I have supported both — both a path to legalization or a path to citizenship — with the underlining principle being that there should be no incentive for people to come illegally at the expense of coming legally.”
To recap, Jeb Bush wrote in his book that if you are here illegally you can forget about eating any of our cherished fruit, however, as he said publicly this week, if you are already here illegally he would support your partaking in the cherished fruit. We just need to make sure that anyone else thinking of coming here illegally should not get the wrong idea. After all, we don’t just hand out cherished fruit…even though he would support such a policy. Ya folla?
What is there to say except that when Jeb wrote his book Republicans truly believed that Romney would be President. After Obama won re-election, it suddenly became clear the GOP was dying a slow death. If they are to survive they need to somehow grab a bit of that coveted latino love and start dolling out some of that cherished fruit before their supply rots. This foolishness also proves that in our 24/7 media mayhem there is no better place to do sell your wares than on CNN and Morning Joe, and all the other popular news shows. After all, who knows better about selling crap to the American public than them. So, as Bush proved this week and Woodward last week, if you have something stupid to say and something worthless to sell, they will give you all the time you need.
By tmcbpatriot | March 4, 2013 | No Comments
This whole business of spending cuts, for what it’s worth, may turn out to be a while lot of nothing and that will not bode well for Democrats. Today, for example, Janet Napolitano said that sequestration was causing airport delays. Oh No! The Horror! But then “the Federal Aviation Administration reported Monday there were no significant flight delays in either Los Angeles or Chicago.”
Ok, well, there must be something devastating happening as a result of the sequester because Republicans are running scared…
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers, says that lawmakers should be commended for doing nothing to prevent billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration.
“With the sequester, Congress made a promise to the American people to cut spending. They deserve to be congratulated for actually keeping that promise…It definitely wasn’t easy given the pressure from the White House.”
With all the hubbub surrounding these spending cuts and with Republicans doing nothing to stop it, it makes one wonder if this was their ace in the hole the whole time. Put simply, if these spending cuts are nothing but a blip on the rader then Obama looks like a fear monger while Republicans can say: “See? We told you cutting wasteful spending would not harm the economy.”
And with no problems to the economy, Republicans can stay true to form and tout a victory against reckless spending and out of control deficits while Dems look like they are hoping for an economic disaster just to prove Republicans wrong.
Time will tell who comes out the victor in this latest game of chicken. Republicans are currently 0-everything. Statistically speaking, they may be due for a win.
By tmcbpatriot | March 3, 2013 | No Comments
Sunday is game day and today we have a fun one. The game is called Guess Who Said It: Al Qaeda or Conservatives? Here how to play: I will post an image below and you decide who said it. It’s pretty simple.
Ok, ready? Let’s play.
Recently, a magazine printed an advetorial with a captions that reads: ”The Nation Standing on No Values,” along with a wedding photo of Barney Frank and a caption about President Obama’s “evolving” stance on marriage equality.
Here’s the image:
So who said it? Is this advetorial in the NRA’s magazine? A FreedomWatch newsletter? A call to action from that nutjob preacher Terry Jones? Or is this a page taken from Al Qaeda’s magazine “Inspire”?
Enter Jeopardy music here…
If you said all of the above you would almost be right. It is in fact from Al Qaeda’s latest edition fo their incredibly onion-like magazine “Inspire.” Inspire is a frighteningly hilarious read with articles such as “NO PARKING! Are there any safe parking lots out there?” and my favorite “Are you ready for an ambush? Following simple instructions, you can carry out a lethal ambush.” I clicked the link to the magazine and I am sure the FBI started a file on me immediately afterwards.
Well, thanks for playing! My next question is: I wonder what it must be like for Conservatives to know they share such similar beliefs and values with Al Qaeda?
I guess it just goes to show that conservatism and extremism are really not that hard to tell apart. Hilarious, if it wasn’t so damn frightening.
By tmcbpatriot | March 2, 2013 | No Comments
Mark Gongloff is not a Dilbert fan. Well, maybe that’s not true. He might like the cartoon, but he does not like the guy who draws it. In a scathing blog post, Gongloff tries to make short work of Dilbert creator Scott Adams as he argues against a theory Mr. Adams has about the stock market.
Mr. Adamas said: “My prediction is based on the observation that the stock market appears to move as if it is manipulated by a network of big players. They lure in the excitable small investors by allowing the market to show a year or two of solid gains then they sell their shares, spook the world with predictions of doom, and buy back into the market at the lower prices.”
Mr. Gongloff responded: “Still skeptical about Adams’s theory? “Think it lacks a certain, how do you say, logic? Perhaps you have doubted Adams’s judgment ever since his half-baked endorsement of one Willard M. Romney for the presidency, which Adams based on his anger over President Obama’s tough stance on medical marijuana…Maybe you think Adams is once again pulling something from the vicinity of his ass and holding it up for the world to view.”
Wow! See what I mean? He hates the Dilbert guy. But what is Gongloff so upset about? Why does he have such a hard time believing that perhaps the stock market is rigged? Does he not remember what happened two years ago when the S&P downgraded the U.S.’s credit rating? I wrote a post about it back then:
At the end of the day it is always, always, always about profits. Never, ever think otherwise. America is built on profit and it will always be that way. For anyone to tell you differently is lying to you and what we are seeing now may very well be one of the largest profits ever made in American history.
Unable to pay our debts, you say? Going broke, you say? Please. The almighty dollar is like a Dorito. You can’t eat just one and if you finish the bag, “don’t worry, we’ll make more!” Those with the lions share of the crispy delicious chips have nothing to worry about. As for the rest of us, our best hope is to get some of the crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Most likely though we will be left with nothing more than orange fingers and no napkin to wipe it off.
Maybe this Gongloff fellow needs to do some more reading and take the time to understand how the world of huge money really works. It might not make him any more money in the markets, but at least he won’t look so naiive.
By tmcbpatriot | March 1, 2013 | No Comments
Sickening, but true. In the days of declining newspapers and irrelevant print publications whose stories are already a week old by the time they hit newsstands, journalists are getting desperate. The internet age has brought with it insurmountable challenges for journalists and publishers which are being met, not with creativity, but with sheer desperation to remain relevant.
This past week we witnessed two high profile stories that may have jumped the shark in terms of desperate journalism. In one week we saw Bob Woodward’s made up stories on Hannity about veiled threats, Bill Ayers and seeming to not understand the constitution while Bloomberg Businessweek published their latest issue with not only a racist depiction of blacks and latinos, but also with perpetrating the lie that these same people caused the housing bubble.
Of course, when Woodward and Businessweek are called out on their blatant media whoring they then try to walk it back claiming that they either never said what we all heard them say or they didn’t realize that depicting blacks and latinos with hilariously exaggerated features while clutching money was offensive.
Of course, the media that reports these stories are also part of the problem. With 24/7 news demanded by internet users everywhere, it is required that they share every story, all the time. In doing so they perpetuate the cycle of desperate journalism and help increasingly irrelevant people like Woodward and dying magazines like Businessweek to create free viral marketing campaigns to sell books and magazines at the expense of anyone with a shred of decency.
Someone once said that bad publicity is better than none. I am inclined to believe that holds true more than ever in the crowded news market where dying, purist journalists are clinging to relevancy. In the words of a one-time relevant, but now totally defunct comedian, Dennis Miller: Of course, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Breaking: Wolf Blitzer is on CNN right now in black face singing mammy.
Nope! I’m not wrong.
By tmcbpatriot | February 27, 2013 | No Comments
There is an orgasm happening the Supreme Court of The United States this week and it’s gonna be a messy one. The conservative justices who make up the majority of the court are fixing to make it possible for white folks to screw black folks once more as the Voting Rights Act is about to be tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged by republican drivers into oblivion.
From the HuffPost: “Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”
Whenever you hear a conservative spouting off about entitlements you know the outcome will not be good.
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
Shorter Scalia: The damn coloreds are making it hard for conservatives to win elections these days!
But perhaps my favorite part of all this is the utter and sickening hypocrisy that these conservative justices dare to put upon us.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote between the Supreme Court’s liberal and conservative blocs, didn’t offer progressives much hope that he would find Section 5 constitutional, saying that while the provision was necessary in 1965, this was 2013. ”The Marshall Plan was very good, too — the Northwest Ordinance, the Morrill Act — but times change,” Kennedy said.
So, laws passed in 1965 are outdated? What about those from 1791? Maybe it’s me, but muskets seem more outdated than black people being able to vote more fairly. But what do I know? I am no Supreme Court Justice.
By tmcbpatriot | February 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
I wonder if Reince Preibus was screaming this to some elderly Republican after Marco Rubio’s rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address. It seems pretty obvious after watching it that there is some kind of curse that has befallen those who dare take up the challenge of following Barack Obama’s SOTU, or any of his speeches really.
This weirdness all started back in 2010 when Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell thought it would be a great idea to respond to Obama’s first SOTU speech in the House Chamber of Virginia’s Capitol, making it look like, for those waking from a coma, that perhaps he was the President. Needless to say, those of you reading this probably have no idea who Bob McDonnell is. Perhaps it’s because you don’t live in Virginia or maybe its because he is not nearly as scary or insane as Ken Cuccinelli. Insanity defiantly helps people remember you when you are a Republican. Still, there is no denying that the chairs are defiantly moving by themselves.
After Obama’s second SOTU in 2011, Paul Ryan gave it a shot. He was, at the time, the next great hope for Republicans. I have no idea what he said in response to Obama’s speech nor do I care because thankfully his presidential hopes were dashed. See where this is going?
Next came Mitch Daniels. If you are wondering who Mitch Daniels is, think of him like that Indian from Poltergeist or maybe even Carol Ann, I.E. doomed for simply taking part.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Marco “These pretzels are making me thirsty” Rubio. He is the GOP’s latest flavor of the month; sort of like the Latino Paul Ryan for all intents and purposes. Rubio gave it the ol’ college try and he will forever be remembered for it, just not in the way he hoped. Instead of being seen as the next great hope for the Republican party, the rebuttal curse has forever cemented his legacy as an also-ran who couldn’t get through a 15 minute, tele-prompted, rehearsed speech in front of nobody, without completing losing his shit and reaching for the water left for him in case he lost his mind and decided to drink from it on live T.V.!
It would seem that Republicans should be wondering by now what the hell is going on? Why are the lights blinking on and off? Why is a crazed man showing up at their doorstep shouting “You’re All Gonna Die in There!?” Or is that just Dick Cheney?
Republicans are 4-for-4 at this point; 6-for-6, if you count Bobby Jindal’s man-boy speech that followed Obama’s address to Congress, and of course Crazy Michelle Bachmann’s Tea Bagger response to the President which, as usual, took viewers on a surreal journey into crazy town.
I would suggest that at this point it might be time to take a good hard look at this and pull out all the stops. It might be time to do what anyone would do in a situation like this. It might just be time to call Tangina and hope that she can pull this party back into the light because let’s face it, at this point shit’s just getting weird.
By tmcbpatriot | February 14, 2013 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | February 12, 2013 | No Comments
Over at the Sticking’s blog live blogging with the fellas.
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By tmcbpatriot | February 11, 2013 | No Comments
Droning on about the drones. Obama is killing Americans without due process. Yawn.
Ha! Just kidding! I bet you thought that just because I support Obama that I must also support the killing of Americans without due process.
Glenn Greenwald thinks so: “The sharpest edges of President Obama’s counterterrorism policy, including the use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad and keeping open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have broad public support, including from the left wing of the Democratic Party.”
OMG! Do I support this? How can this be? I didn’t support this during the Bush years. What makes it different now?
This is a question Glenn Greenwald was wondering too when he posted an article on Salon.com in which he argued that the left wing of the Democratic Party are being hypocritical, repulsively so, because they are supporting some of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies, policies that are eerily similar to or go further than those of the Bush/Cheney era.
“A new poll shows deep support among liberals for the very Bush/Cheney policies they once pretended to despise…It’s hard to imagine that Dems and liberals would approve of such policies in quite these numbers if they had been authored by George W. Bush.”
In other words, Greenwald bases his argument on the fact that just because a liberal is doing it we automatically support it and this therefore pre-supports an argument he made back in 2006:
“Whether one is a “liberal” — or, for that matter, a “conservative” — is now no longer a function of one’s actual political views, but is a function purely of one’s personal loyalty to George Bush. . . .”
Now, I don’t work for Salon or have the political clout that Mr. Greenwald has, but I will say this: Glenn Greenwald is being reactionary. He is having a moment of anxiety and it is clouding his judgement. Further, he is doing what almost every other pundit and journalist always does. He is framing the issues as black and white, with a “you are either with us or against us” mentality. Thing is, the reality is once again far different from this common, simplistic view and something Mr. Greenwald fails to consider.
For example, if you poll the left about gun control you will find large support for it. If you ask the left about Obama’s economic, social and immigration policies it would be largely the same. So what’s the deal with his counterterrorism policies? How is it that the left supports killing Americans without due process, keeping Gitmo open, and pushing eavesdropping or detention initiatives further than Bush/Cheney? It doesn’t make sense, unless the left is doing as Greenwald suggests and are blindly supporting the President because he is one of them. Could it be that simple or could it be that the left is actually experiencing or reacting to something far deeper than what Glenn finds on the surface?
For example, by 2006 Bush had anointed himself a war-time president. He did this after creating the very war he claimed to be fighting. Also, aside from saying he would fight steroid use in his fourth SOTU address, his two terms were nothing but noun+verb+9/11. In other words, couldn’t the left’s supposed support for drones just be a rection to our collective PTSD of a Bush presidency?
Next, aside from invading a country based on a lie and looking confused on 9/11, Bush stole the Presidency from Al Gore and destroyed the economy. At this rate, if Bush wanted to give everyone a puppy, the left would have said “screw you!”
I will concede, however, that Glenn is right about one thing. The left and right are similar in that we both live on a constant diet of 24/7 news where the media dictates what to care about. For example, go back and check the polls over the Bush and Obama years and look at the hot button issues. I am pretty sure you will find support, or lack thereof, based on whatever the media told us were the issues to care about, e.g. war, “keeping us safe,” Benghazi, birth certificates, the economy, guns, immigrants and gays. You could add abortion to the list, but then Obama won a second term. In other words, Obama and drone strikes? Way too complicated, not sexy enough, not happening here, and not a major talking point on either side for any of the election cycles.
Bottom line, Glenn, the left are not blindly following Obama. What the left is doing is following history, past experience and what the Glenn Greenwald’s of the media world are telling us to think about on a daily basis. Are we different from the right in this sense? I don’t think so. For example, did Occupy Wall Street really spring from nothing or was that a direct result of the media’s narrative about the economy and Wall Street? If you want passion over drones in 2013, make it so! We are not able to do that on our own. This might be tough medicine to swallow, but is it really that shocking to consider? Besides, we wanted a President who would be tough on terror and we got one. Not only that, but when Obama supports something that the right loves, like drone strikes, we on the left enjoy watching those at FOX chase their tails as they try to figure out what the hell is happening.
Greenwald went on to say:
“How any of these people can even look in the mirror, behold the oozing, limitless intellectual dishonesty, and not want to smash what they see is truly mystifying to me.”
Perhaps it is Mr. Greemwald and the other’s who professionally feed us the news who need to take that long look in the mirror and ask themselves if the economy today, or 9/11 in 2006, both fed to us ad nauseam, should have been the most important topics of the day. You all brought them to us on a silver platter, non stop, for years and are now surprised that we are unable to do an about face and simply be outraged about something that has not been in the forefront of our minds?
In other words, Glenn, we, the voter, are not simply and blindly supporting Dear Leader Obama just because he is one of us, and I suspect many of us do not support these and other policies. However, your not taking the time to understand that makes me wonder and worry that perhaps the one wearing blinders is you.