Archive for March 25th, 2009

Without a doubt, many of the attacks from the far-right against President Obama have amounted to nothing more than the political equivalent of speaking in tongues. The attacks are only marginally more coherent than Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland character from Anchorman shouting “LOUD NOISES!” for the sake of shouting something. Anything.

The most ridiculous of the loud noises are the ones that entirely ignore the legacy of the previous president. Specifically, the very same people making the loudest noises about President Obama have also spent the last eight years spastically applauding President Bush’s worst trespasses every step of the way. The far-right’s staggering disregard for the significant flaws of the former Republican president confounds logic when measured against their ridiculous attacks on the current president.

ATTACK: President Obama took a vacation to Hawaii.
REALITY: President Bush set a record for presidential vacations during two wars and a major hurricane.

ATTACK: President Obama’s budget could double the national debt.
REALITY: President Bush’s spending actually did.

ATTACK: President Obama is “shredding the Constitution.”
REALITY: You mean there’s a Constitution left to be shredded?

ATTACK: President Obama chuckled while talking about bailing out the auto industry.
REALITY: President Bush routinely smirked and grinned while talking about the significantly more serious issues of war and military casualties.

ATTACK: President Obama is incompetent.
REALITY: Do I even need to do the list?

ATTACK: President Obama is presiding over a one-party fascist government.
REALITY: This is not a joke.

So. Loud noises!


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ap_gingrich_puffy_300mom saw gingrich on tavis smiley the other night- and when smiley asked him why the gop hasn’t delivered any solutions to any issues and just seemed to be griping about stuff- gingrich referred him to american solutions. i should have known better… sigh.

newt may or may not run for president in 2012.  he left the door open by saying it depended on his family.  uh huh.  looks like he just recycled his old ‘exploratory’ website from 2008.  and i guess i wonder what kind of polling they did- i must go read about that- because i can honestly say that out of the pages of platform i read- they aren’t my ideas of the direction america should go towards.

“The structure is now in place to advance a core set of “tri-partisan” (i.e. majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents), principles and solutions that will unite a majority of Americans and effect real change now and beyond the 2008 elections.

That blueprint for real change is codified in the “Platform of the American People” – a solutions-oriented agenda that represents a fundamental break from the red-versus-blue status quo. This unique political document validates our belief that the scale of change required is so large that a new approach (e.g. a Red, White and Blue Platform) to public policy is necessary and should be implemented across all levels of government, in all 513,000 elected offices.
Top 10 Reasons YOU Should Support the Platform

  1. English should be the official language of government.
  2. We want our elected leaders in Washington to focus on increasing the energy supplies of the United States and lowering the costs of gasoline and electricity.
  3. The option of a single rate system should give taxpayers the convenience of filing their taxes with just a single sheet of paper.
  4. Every worker should continue to have the right to a federally supervised secret ballot election when deciding whether to organize a union.
  5. Keeping the reference to “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is very important.
  6. Congress should make it a crime to advocate acts of terrorism, violent conduct, or the killing of innocent people in the United States.
  7. We should dramatically increase our investment in math and science education.
  8. We believe that if research indicates we could build clean coal plants in the United States with no carbon emissions, it would be important to build such plants as rapidly as possible.
  9. Illegal immigrants who commit felonies should be deported.
  10. We support giving a large financial prize to the first company or individual who invents a new, safer way to dispose of nuclear waste products.

so, this is the ‘core ten’ ideas. guess they should have proofread the website because in the page i linked to there’s a place to download the ten—- en espanol. yep. whatever newt.

the platform– is in pdf format- and from what i have read- it’s 12 pages or so- it looks like a goddamned rehash of the last 8 years under bush and a retread from when newt led his ‘republican revolution’ in 1994. nothing new- same god bullshit, illegal immigrant bullshit- what he doesn’t get is that there are already laws on the books and in the constitution to handle just about all of this platform. bush and cheney were too busy looting our life savings to be bothered.

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Do the Secret Bush Memos Amount to Treason?  Top Constitutional Scholar Says Yes

By Naomi Wolf, AlterNet. Posted March 25, 2009.

Legal expert Michael Ratner calls the legal arguments made in the infamous Yoo memos, “Fuhrer’s law.”

In early March, more shocking details emerged about George W. Bush legal counsel John Yoo’s memos outlining the destruction of the republic.

The memos lay the legal groundwork for the president to send the military to wage war against U.S. citizens; take them from their homes to Navy brigs without trial and keep them forever; close down the First Amendment; and invade whatever country he chooses without regard to any treaty or objection by Congress.

It was as if Milton’s Satan had a law degree and was establishing within the borders of the United States the architecture of hell.

I thought this was — and is — certainly one of the biggest stories of our lifetime, making the petty burglary of Watergate — which scandalized the nation — seem like playground antics. It is newsworthy too with the groundswell of support for prosecutions of Bush/Cheney crimes and recent actions such as Canadian attorneys mobilizing to arrest Bush if he visits their country.

The memos are a confession. The memos could not be clearer: This was the legal groundwork of an attempted coup. I expected massive front page headlines from the revelation that these memos exited. Almost nothing. I was shocked.

As a non-lawyer, was I completely off base in my reading of what this meant, I wondered? Was I hallucinating?

Astonished, I sought a reality check — and a formal legal read — from one of the nation’s top constitutional scholars (and most steadfast patriots), Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has been at the forefront of defending the detainees and our own liberties.


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