Monday, November 21, 2011

Fighting Words


For a couple of weeks now on the podcast, Bob and I have discussed the fact that while everyone's busy pointing out Rick Perry's inability to speak without tripping over his own stupid tongue, no one's paying attention to how asinine and dangerous the things he's trying to say are. Like a couple of weeks ago, when he couldn't remember that he wanted to shutter the Department of Energy, which controls the country's nuclear weapons -- or this gem from Saturday, where he seems to be saying that he wants to end civilian control of our military:

"There is a time and a place for us to intervene, and intervene militarily. But when we intervene militarily, we best make the decision on how we are going to win and how we are going to win convincingly and quickly, send those young men and women with the equipment to win. Don’t let some congressman sitting in an air-conditioned office in Washington DC deciding what the rules of engagement are. … And for us to micromanage them, in a civilian way, without their commanders truly in charge, is absolutely irresponsible and as commander-in-chief of this country I will not let it happen."

I bring this up not because it's so outrageous, which it of course is, and not solely because it's indicative of how far a candidate like Perry has to go to get noticed at an event like the Christian Family Leader "values forum" when he's way down in the polls. No, I mention it because it's crap like this that makes it 100% clear how offensive it is when self-righteous clowns like Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, etc. make the claim that the Obama Administration is essentially the same thing as any given Republican presidency would be these days, and when they threaten, as Greenwald has, that allowing one of these Perry-esque far-right malignancies into the White House would be a necessary sacrifice if it meant that it would finally bring the country around to how destructive the current GOP model of thinking is.

Right. Because Obama, although by no means someone willing to give the left everything it wants, is the same as a guy who wants to take the reins completely off the U.S. military, who wants to kill the Department of Energy, who thinks the Occupy Wall Street protesters are dirty hippies who are just looking for a handout and who need to go take a shower and get a job (as Gingrich so cleverly intoned on Saturday), who thinks God told him or her to run for office (as half the GOP hopefuls have enthused), who thinks homosexuality is some kind of social disease (Bachmann and Santorum), and who believes that individual towns should be able to ban mosques if they choose (Herman "Toucan Stubs" Cain).

These people are fucking crazy and dangerous. And refusing to accept that because you're all in a huff that the current president simply isn't liberal enough for you is just as crazy and just as dangerous.

10 comments:

Peter L. Winkler said...

Obama committed US forces to intervene in Libya without Congressional debate or approval, violating the War Powers Act. You are so blinded by your love for Obama that it's ridiculous.

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Chez said...

Ha. That's funny, Peter. Really -- hilarious. If you can't see the difference between that -- which, while controversial, toppled a dictator without losing one American life -- and, say, the absolute insanity that Rick Perry or any of the other GOP hopefuls advocate, I can't help you. But that's alright, man -- I couldn't anyway. I'm not going down this road yet again. Got a problem? Think I'm wrong? Think I'm way off base? You go right ahead and wail to your heart's content in your own corner of the internet. Or do it here. Could not care less.

pea said...

There's also something super-skeevy about promoting one's work so blatantly in the comments section of someone else's blog. What, a link on your name isn't enough? Might as well be selling v1agra, Pete.

Villemar said...

Peter, you were, of course advocating for impeaching Bill Clinton over the NATO action in Kossovo (which wasn't even sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council). Because you are ideologically consistant.

Chez said...

Actually, yes, while I wasn't going to say anything, someone else has now brought it up -- it's generally a courtesy to ask if you can advertise on somebody else's site before just going ahead and doing it, Peter.

IrishGirl said...

It just occurred to me that to some of the self-righteous clowns on the left it matters little if a President does occasionally something in their eyes despotic or if the President does everything despotic in the open. To them it is one and the same. Although I am by no means agreeing with Peter above--I think Pres. O acted within his powers in Libya.

However, I would bet dollars to donuts that these same people if given a seat at the table in D.C. they'd pal up to either one of these so-called Presidents (I'm looking at you, Jane).

Anonymous said...

While i agree that Obama is most certainly not Bush, the democratic platform, and thus Obama is quite similar in the things that really matter. No financial criminal investigations, escalating wars or engaging in new ones-- even while winding one down, although starting other actions/wars/etc....on balance leaves us with a similar situation, just not concentrated in Iraq-- wiretapping of EVERYTHING, trade agreements that benefit only corporations and more specifically the major execs and investors in those firms (fuck labor), the extension of indefinite detention (Bush doctrine), due process free killing without the much vaunted constitutional rights that we pretend to care about, etc...shall I go on. You're right, Obama isn't nearly as much of a neanderthal in rhetoric and how he presents himself. But the major military, economic and judicial bench marks that define a just, equal and freedom loving society are not being perpetuated by Obama and associates, it's just Bush lite. Merry Christmas!

Villemar said...

Anyone who says Obama is "Bush lite" is intellectually lazy. May I extend the intellectual laziness to you by not wasting my time refuting all of your points, which I can, easily. But because you want to listen to the Firebagger cool kids who think for you instead of you taking the time to separante fact from fantasy, I'm not going to waste my time. That's your job as a citizen and if you want to blow it off that's your business.

Anonymous said...

Oh goodie, I suppose Villemar is too delicate to get a response to his intellecual laziness. Good for you.

Villemar said...

Nah, just go with "Obama sux lolol." That seems good enough for you, and way more concise than the standard Firebagger/Greenbeck talking points (Obama = Bush 3, killed the public option, Baby Jesus Manning, 87 illegal wars, drones, Gitmo, puppet of Wall Street, boo hoo Rahm called us retards, hippie punching, hates his base, hot water burn baby, etc.)...you know all the things we've been hearing screeched at volume 11 for the past 3 years, 24/7.

Remember, K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.