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Friday, January 13, 2012

Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals

Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals

I had to post this article, because it really lets you know exactly what's going on with supposedly Leftists supporters of Ron Paul.

Wow.

THIS:


This commentary is rated MA for mature audiences. It contains some foul language, although honestly, only so much as is needed to get the damned point across. Parental discretion is advised…
Attention to all self-proclaimed liberals and progressives.
I would like to properly introduce you to a man about whom you’ve heard much — especially from his enemies and those who prefer a continuation of the status quo — but at whom you might wish to take a second look, and whom you might consider supporting for president.
Unlike Barack Obama, he supports an immediate end to our current and ongoing wars abroad.
Unlike Barack Obama, he supports an end to predator drone attacks by the United States military, which kill innocent civilians and foment growing hatred of America. He believes that the so-called “war on terror” as we’ve engaged it has undermined American freedoms at home and contributed to greater tensions and anti-American sentiment abroad.
Unlike Barack Obama, he supports an entirely revamped Middle East policy, in which the U.S. will no longer subsidize the oppression of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel.
Unlike Barack Obama, he supports either abolishing or fundamentally reforming the Federal Reserve system, and he opposed bailing out the banks with public funds.
Unlike Barack Obama, this individual opposes government spying and believes in absolute freedom of speech and the press, and as he puts it, “reduced government intrusion into our lives.”
Clearly, with such a progressive vision, no one of the left would want to pass up the opportunity to support a candidate such as this for president! Surely it would be a vast improvement over Barack Obama, that Wall Street- friendly, imperialistic, war-monger, who promised to close Guantanamo but didn’t, among other unforgivable crimes.
So by all means, let’s get behind someone who will close down the national security state, stand up for civil liberties, and stop handing out money to bankers.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the left, I give you your perfect candidate for 2012:
David Duke.
Oh I’m sorry, did you think I was talking about someone else?
Yes, that David Duke: former head of the nation’s largest Ku Klux Klan group and lifelong neo-Nazi, who once said Jews should go into the ashbin of history, and that it would be possible to do what Hitler did, even in America, if white supremacists could just “put the right package together.”
But ya know that whole racist thing doesn’t matter, right? Because he’s against wiretapping.
I mean, yeah, he has analogized Jews to cancer, has called for the partition of the United States into distinct racial sub-nations, and believes in a eugenics program to create an Aryan master race. But who cares? Because he’s against the Patriot Act.
And hey, I mean, let’s be real, none of that really awful stuff he believes in — ya know, like the racial sub-nations, or the eugenics, or the sterilization of welfare recipients, or the whole Hitler-in-America thing, could really happen. I mean, Congress would never agree to all that stuff. So the fact that Duke believes so many truly horrible, inexcusable, thoroughly fucked up, one might even say evil things, shouldn’t deter us from praising him, or even supporting him for president. We have to stop Obama: that spineless coward who didn’t stand up for single-payer. And no, Duke wouldn’t support single payer either. But so what? At least he’d tell the TSA to back off with their whole nudie-picture-body-scans-at-the-airport thing. And that’s what really matters.
And he’d end that Iraq war. Yes, I know, it’s already ending, but he’d end it faster. Like tomorrow. Because ya know, that’s possible: A president can just snap his fingers and poof! The troops all suddenly appear at Andrews Air Force base! It’s fucking magic!
And he’d shut down the Fed! Woo-hoo! That would be awesome: so then interest rates and the money supply could be controlled entirely by private banks, without even a theoretical modicum of public accountability! What progressive wouldn’t love that? And sure, the Fed was created by an act of Congress, but that doesn’t matter: a president with the determination of David Duke can just snap his fingers and poof! All the central bankers will be begging on the streets for change! Like I said, it’s fuckingmagic!
So yes, he may want to abolish all welfare programs for the poor; and he may want to crack down on immigrants who are trying to make their lives better, by repealing birthright citizenship as guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment and militarizing the border; and he might want to repeal Roe v. Wade, by way of a constitutional amendment that would grant full personhood status to zygotes, thereby limiting the reproductive freedom of women; and he may want to slash taxes on the rich, and give tax breaks to parents who want to homeschool their kids and perhaps teach them that dinosaurs and humans co-existed, but who cares? He’s a straight-shooter who stands on principle and will shake up the system and break the political stranglehold exercised currently by the approved establishment candidates. Take that!Zip-Zow!
Alright, enough. Can we just cut the crap?
Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and even the most retrograde political candidates are capable of stringing together a few ideas that make sense. Even David “The Holocaust was made up by some Jewish script writer in Hollywood,” Duke.
And yes, I realize that Ron Paul — this election season’s physical embodiment of the broken clock — is not, literally, as bad as David Duke. Yes, he supports all those incredibly ass-backwards policies rattled off above (about welfare, immigration, abortion, taxes and education), but he is not, like Duke, a Nazi. Heis supported by Nazis, like Stormfront — the nation’s largest white nationalist outfit, which is led by Don Black, who’s one of Duke’s best friends, and is married to Duke’s ex-wife, and is Duke’s daughters’ step-dad — but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Surely it’s not because Paul wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act, and allow companies to discriminate in the name of “free association.” And it couldn’t have anything to do with those newsletters that went out under his name, with all kinds of blatantly bigoted commentary about black people being IQ-deficient predators, at a time when he was promoting those very newsletters (and so, presumably, reading them), and not objecting in the least." 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ungrateful Emocratic Pundits

I watched Seattle's own Dan Savage on MSNBC the other day, and he couldn't seem to acknowledge Obama's kept promise in the repeal of DADT. His "we MADE him do it" meme strikes me as profoundly ungrateful, as if Obama really didn't want to do it. Maddow credited President Obama, but grudgingly, and had to make the point that it was a Democratic law that was repealed, as if that made this historic accomplishment somehow less.
 I watched Michael Moore gush all over our President's "new tone", as if he'd been backing Obama all along. 
Really? That's all it took? They need yelling and screaming, not actual achievement?
Ralph Nader, appearing on Lawrence O'Donnell failed to acknowledge *any* accomplishments of President Obama, including the repeal of DADT.
He preferred to pontificate about why it's a "great idea to Primary Obama", so "Real Progressives" could "challenge Obama" on far-fetched ideologically pure Progressive stances that we could argue about all day, and that have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever being taken seriously by the majority of Americans. These people are fickle, disingenuous, and full of bitterness that they were , and still are wrong.







Monday, September 19, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

An Emocratic Tea Party?

One of the things that's been driving me craziest over the last three years is how Democrats and So-Called Progressives have become our worst enemies.
Yesterday, Thom Hartmann continued spreading the meme that we Progressives "need to have our own Tea Party." Meaning that we should stand on principle and obstruct any progress that doesn't fit in with our ideology. So, which ideologies are those? Some of us keep forgetting that there are so many different platforms within the Democratic party-- not to mention the Greens, the Socialists, the Anarchists...not to mention more Mainstream Democrats...and let's not forget Southern Evangelicals, and other people of Faith who have been belittled and ridiculed by us--right out of the Democratic Party and into the not-so-loving arms of the TeaPublicans. The problem of creating a Progressive version of the Tea Party and trying to take over the Democratic party by infiltrating it is this--unlike the Tea Party, a lot of our views would be seen as "fringe" views by a good half of the country. It might be easier if we tried taking...dare I say it-- a middle path; a Pragmatic path that we can all get behind, and have a snowball's chance in Hell of coming to fruition.
Rev. Al Tells It Like It IS and takes on the Democratic Crybabies in Congress.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pragmatic Obots Unite!: Rants From Atop of My Soapbox: White Male Privileg...

Pragmatic Obots Unite!: Rants From Atop of My Soapbox: White Male Privileg...: This is a rehash of an older blog, it is apropos, considering the latest crap that Michael Moore said about the President on The View recen...