Friday, June 17, 2011

Quote of the Day, Jr.

I'm not going to officially "quote" myself, but I thought I'd also bring back this one paragraph from a piece from August of last year called "When Complaints Go Marching In" because it really kind of sums up the point I've made quite a few times here when it comes to self-defeating liberals:

"I've voiced my irritation about this kind of thing before so it's not really worth repeating at length, but suffice it to say these days I actually read far fewer left-slanted political op-ed pieces than I do those from the right. That's because it boils my blood a hell of a lot less to hear Obama's occasionally psychotic sworn enemies rake him over the coals than it does those who claim to share his general ideals -- the whining brats who can't tell the difference between demanding "smart accountability" and constantly complaining that because they didn't walk outside their front doors the morning after his inauguration to find that marijuana and gay marriage were mandatory, we'd abolished the military and built a giant cruelty-free food co-op at Ground Zero, Obama had somehow let them down."

Again, I'm not saying you don't hold Obama accountable -- I'm saying that you do it in a way that recognizes political reality and doesn't help hand your enemy an easy victory. You don't do the other side's job for them.


Captain Splendid said...

Which would be find if there weren't a well-coordinated, and well funded effort to keep shifting that 'reality' constantly to the right.

Plus, and this can never be mentioned enough, the far left is still far more based in reality than the far right will ever be, yet look who gets the media coverage.

Anonymous said...

I've come to two stark conclusions:
1) We will never have meaningful reform until the US reaches a major political crisis
2) There is no effective voice for anything left as long as sycophants keep telling us to enjoy the shit being spoon fed to us.

Ergo I believe the most effective course for meaningful political change is to pick the worse possible candidate and do all I can to get them elected.

A President Bachman or Ron Paul would do more to change the political landscape (abet after their disastrous tenure is over) than four more years of Obama and his followers acting that there is substantial difference between him and President Bush.

Or at least it would be entertaining as hell. Besides, I'm an engineer...I can easy emigrate.

Anonymous said...

In 2002, President George Bush established the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to house detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. Administration attorneys issued an internal memo stating that prisoners would in the future be classified by the United States as "enemy combatants." Based on the fact that the administration ignored opposing legal interpretations, he, his Vice-President and the two attorneys have been labeled war criminals. Groups have worked to have the attorneys disbarred.

In 2011, President Obama ordered military intervention into Libya, under certain restrictions. After conflict with Congress and the definition of military intervention, Obama and 2 administration attorneys have rejected Congressional interpretation under the War Powers Act and have embraced its own internal interpretation. Congress is arguing that the President is acting outside of his constitutionally authorized powers in a military action.

The question posed: Is there a difference?

Anonymous said...

The answer is yes. Because Obama didn't commit thousands of American ground forces to a campaign in Libya with little allied support, miring us in two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

He hasn't changed as much as all us liberals projected onto his campaign. But at the same time, I think he's handled the literally ridiculous amount of crises an administration has had to handle since probably the 60's, with an amazing amount of care.

Yes he could have pulled us out of Afghanistan and Iraq by now, but we fucked up their country, it's our job to un-fuck it as much as possible before leaving as smoothly as possible.

John Foley said...

In short, we can't expect FireDogLake to be offering you a position any time soon.