… the constitutional lawyer in the White House seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties. The principle of the presumption of innocence, which dates back to Magna Carta 800 years ago, has long been dismissed to oblivion.
… cont. (previously)
I’d use a Snopes link for ease of response, but these two no longer trust snopes.com because of its “obvious liberal agenda.”
You know… like that TRUTH shit. How annoying.
I just can’t anymore. I had to weigh in when Godwin’s Law joined the party for the 6th time in a week. Get serious already. Ugh.
Most Transparent Administration Ever™ — @GGreenwald
Apparently, Americans would rather spend their time watching Simpsons reruns or fiddling with their iPhones than listening to the pompous pronouncements of the Dissembler in Chief. And good for them. It goes to show that no one really believes that a junior senator with a pedigree in community organizing is setting policy for the world’s only superpower. The idea is ridiculous. Obama is merely the mask that conceals the ruthless machinery of Empire. The real power lies beyond the veil, in the Deep State apparatus which decides everything from drone strikes to Gitmo, from NSA dragnets to habeas corpus, from deficit-slashing austerity to the “pivot to Asia”. Obama has no say-so in any of these decisions. He’s merely a public relations invention whose job is to look sincerely into the teleprompter while announcing the latest round of budget cuts or more of the deeply-regressive social policies his puppetmasters crave. That’s his job and everyone knows it.
What does it say about the Obama Administration, and the United States generally, that the architects of torture remain free, even though authorities have no legal discretion to absolve them, while Edward Snowden, who exposed various NSA surveillance practices, stands accused of being a traitor to the United States? Obama avers that torture is a moral abomination that made America less safe; he denies that water-boarding helped us in the War on Terrorism. He also knows that Snowden’s revelations sparked what he called a needed debate on surveillance. Yet he rejects the notion of granting clemency to Snowden, even though he has the authority to pardon his release of classified information.
It says this… that Obama is engaged in the business of keeping his family (and himself) alive. See: JFK Nov. 22, 1963 for more info.
It’s not like consumer debt. If you or I have a bit of extra money, and we’re feeling conservative, we could put it in the bank. If the bank is conservative, it puts the money in U.S. government bonds. The bond is good because it’s backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. Alternatively, the bank could just fill a vault with paper currency … which would be a solid way to store value so long as the full faith and credit of the United States government backs the currency. The point is that pretty much all currency in the world is essentially an I.O.U. from one government or another. So some amount of debt is unavoidable if we’re going to have a functioning global economy. And, as the world reserve currency, “some amount of debt” is a really high number.
Total debt is far less important than the annual deficit. A very high percentage of the national debt is money owed by our government to itself.
The national debt helps global security. If we owe various people in China $1.3 trillion, we have $1.3 trillion in leverage over China. It’s a bit more complicated than that—because there are two ends to any lever. But having China dependent on us if it wants to see any of a significant portion of its assets again isn’t wholly a bad thing.
The perceived stability of U.S. debt is one of our more important assets. There aren’t a whole lot of things you could blow up that would be more damaging to the future of the country than that.
If you’re interested in things like “facts,” this is a good read.
Of course, if you believe Obama is the one responsible for a massive explosion in the size of our federal government, I think there just may not be any hope for you where “facts” are concerned… but whatevs.
This is a function of many factors the Dish has covered for years – the intellectual bankruptcy of conservatism under George W Bush; the rise of fundamentalist thinking in religion, economics and politics; the cultural marooning of the white rural poor; the substitution of a political party with a media-industrial complex that simply wants conflict for ratings and money; the collapse of anything that might be called a conservative intelligentsia able to converse with a liberal intelligentsia on common, empirical grounds; the cowardice of Republican elites in the face of their know-nothing wing, epitomized most brutally by John McCain’s selection of a delusional crazy person as his vice-presidential candidate in 2008; and the recourse to purism of an almost absurdist variety on the right – see Mark Levin’s influential view that the entire Constitution needs to be made over.
Something smells here. If this is the best the White House can come up with to make a case for starting a war with a country that poses no threat to the US, at a time when a majority of Americans opposes starting yet another war in the Middle East, and when most of the world, including America’s closest allies, are backing away from support for an attack, the conclusion has to be that there is no real case against Syria.
Rather, President Obama appears to have oratorically backed himself into a corner by saying he would bomb Syria for what he insists is a war crime it has committed, and now he feels he has to attack, committing an even more serious war crime, in order to defend his “credibility” as a leader.