Chris Hedges on the murder of Osama Bin Laden and more

Chris Hedges:

I talk to people all the time that have no idea why the terrorists hate us.  Conversations about politics have become this kind of rapid-fire, one sentence style of debate.  As Noam Chomsky observed over 20 years ago, it’s quite difficult to say anything but conventional wisdom in a conversation like that: They hate us for our freedoms!  We need to cut taxes on billionaires even more so they can create more jobs!  We need to cut the deficit by hurting poor people but not job creators so they can, well, create more jobs!  And more.  It’s quite hard to tell a story with historical context and boring Facts.

It really is crazy how conservatives and liberals literally live in different worlds nowadays.  Speaking with a friend, I kept mentioning the oil companies misdeeds, like the Gulf oil spill.  He said, “But the world runs on oil!”  I said, that’s not the point.  They don’t pay any taxes!  And they’re cutting welfare at the same time. (Which was kind of a mistake, because he hates people on welfare.  I should have mentioned them cutting regulations and opening more offshore drilling than Bush, which is another Faux News-driven myth.)

And still, that misses the point.  The world will only run on oil for so long.  And we have critical global warming happening, (March broke something like hundreds of temperature records) which he of course is skeptical about, being that his news diet consists solely of Fox News.  I couldn’t come to tell someone twice my age that he was being constantly propagandized by his channel of choice.  He had probably watched that crap for years straight, every day.  He probably believed every lie they come up with.  The toughest part about Fox lies is that it almost always takes a nuanced point to prove them wrong.  They do tell outright lies, but they obfuscate and twist facts much more.

Conservatives also rarely like to talk about corporate power, as if it either doesn’t exist, or they speak of it somewhat like libertarians, which is to say that corporations derive their power from the government, and if you “make it smaller” (whatever that means), then they will lose their power.  Which to me is absurd.  You just let loose private power that is largely already more powerful than our government, and obviously way more powerful than dozens of countries out there?  No thanks.  It seems to me that the Federal Government is the only thing holding back complete corporate control of this country and the world.  To mention this to conservatives is to commit blasphemy.

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FDR vs. Obama

If Obama is such a far-left socialist, why aren’t these words spewing forth from his mouth??

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, October 31, 1936:

For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.

I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.

We almost had him in 2009:

Shaking My Head.


They’re heading for a cliff

Lou Dobbs has gone full-on Glenn Beck, chalkboard and all.  Not sure how long they can push this communist tripe for.  If history is any lesson, the answer is: forever.


Oreilly-prop

More of Bill O’reilly turning May Day into a communist holiday…

It’ll never stop bothering me that millions of people believe what this fool is thinking.  You can see him smiling at the end, my guess is that he knows what he’s saying is bullshit, but who knows.  He’s one of the best propagandists around.

I’d really like to know what conservatives think our society should look like.  Apparently, it wouldn’t include “taking stuff from other people”.  I just really want to see them explain how/if we should pay for roads and what not.  Things like bridges generally involve taking from other people.  Even that is worth celebrating in my mind, never mind taking from people to make sure that other people, usually children, can eat.

Next, he lumps in Occupy with the tiny minority that unfortunately caused damage and violence.  No need for nuance here. This is another classic tactic.  The actual Occupy councils are vehemently non-violent.

He also mentions the Cleveland incident where people involved with Occupy were basically entrapped into agreeing to participate in an attempt to blow up a Cleveland bridge.  Of course the entrapment was not mentioned.

Bill O’reilly proves that truth is stranger than fiction.


The push to scapegoat the weak

It always amazes me the length to which people will go to ignore the abuses of power and wealth in order to scapegoat the weak and defenseless.  Conservatives are great at stirring up this stuff.  It’s quite sad, really, to see otherwise rational people promoting this stuff and getting huffy about it.

It is hard to tell how to interpret this, however.  A reactionary conservative might say that they don’t want to pay for foodstamps because they shouldn’t exist. (never mind the trope about them being “unemployable”, especially 42 million of them).   I don’t mind paying, but there should be far less of them, and they should be working at middle class or at least living wage jobs.   But to some conservatives, they are just “unemployable”, “lazy”, or whatever other coded language you like.

What should happen to these people once they are no longer worthlessly sucking the tit of society?  Free markets, baby.

Making these points take nuance.  Most people do not have that.  It’s also amazing how these posters grab so much attention, but if I just typed this trope out, I wouldn’t get nearly as many ‘likes’.

Numbers don’t matter.  3 million crackheads?  I don’t remember that checkbox being on the census.

 


Deluded

With how terrible our national news media are, it should be no surprise that so many people are so terribly informed on so many issues in this country, if they even care or pay attention at all.

And, contrary to popular belief, the prejudices people hold overwhelmingly lean conservative.


Occupy May Day

We need a new Left in this country.  Tomorrow is May Day, and Occupy is having protests throughout the country.  Spring is in the air…Look Out.  Big things are starting to happen.

And, take a look at the comments after the last article I linked from Bloomberg.  I’m not sure how long this goes on for, but holy sh*t.  Talk about incoherent, reactionary minds.  These are the people we need to show up at a teach in, big time.  They might just yell, though, judging by this drivel:

A non–event. If it wasn’t for a willing media to give them their 15 minutes, we’d never hear of these vagrants.

The Occupy Movement is bogus, it’s pure Socialist propaganda that’s against Liberty, Freedom and Democracy in the world. Occupiers DO NOT represent the 99% of ANY population.  NOBODY wants what the Occupy Movement is selling.  They’re welcome to protest all they want, but they should TELL THE TRUTH about their actual goal, which is to DESTROY your right to determine your our destiny.  Socialism sucks, and so does the Occupy Movement.

These anarchists have no rights. They are less than human, wipe them out.

No, OWS is a purely Socialist movement that originated in Canada, the product of an advertising agency; and it IS, in fact, backed by billionaires in Washington and New York and Hollywood.  If you think the OWS is some sort of grassroots PEOPLES movement, you’re a deluded FOOL.

Unlike the Tea Party, the OWS is pure Socialist propaganda.

So … how many OWS parasites will be reading these comments on their corporation created iPads and smart phones?

Stay home punks! You have such little understanding of the Economy it’s sad. Supporting Obama and Unions is supporting the real greed in America. Obama’s number one golfing partner is the president of the largest Swiss Bank and also his largest fundraiser, hmm, nothing illegal about that.  Obama has his hands in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, he’s their largest recepiant of campaign donations, ten to one over Republicans. All you fools are doing is being used by Obama to stir the pot and eventually cause mass rioting where he can declare martial law and take the weapons. Once this Communists group of Czars gets our guns, we’re done. We’ll no longer be able to defend ourselves against the government or any of his outside recruits like Nation of Islam. Stop letting Obama use you against freedom. Should he try to take away guns there will be a Civil War and millions of Americans will be killed by each other. Instead use your 2nd amendment rights and buy a gun to prepare for the race war that is coming.

Tazers.  Lots of Tazers.

And that’s just on the first two pages.  Funny how lots of people are deluded into thinking that OWS is promoting many of the things they’re actually protesting.

By the way, just ’cause I use the internet and computers (ironically, government financed technology) doesn’t make me a hypocrite.  I like products.  They just, simply, shouldn’t be produced in slave-like conditions.  It can’t get much simpler than that.

The comments section has become my favorite part of news sites.


White House correspondents’ dinner

I don’t like a lot of what the president’s doing, policy-wise, but this is absolutely hilarious:

Except for the last part:

I do want to end tonight on a slightly more serious note – whoever takes the oath of office next January will face some great challenges, but he will also inherit traditions that make us greater than the challenges we face.  And one of those traditions is represented here tonight:  a free press that isn’t afraid to ask questions, to examine and to criticize.  And in service of that mission, all of you make sacrifices.

Tonight, we remember journalists such as Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin – (applause) – who made the ultimate sacrifice as they sought to shine a light on some of the most important stories of our time.  So whether you are a blogger or a broadcaster, whether you take on powerful interests here at home or put yourself in harm’s way overseas, I have the greatest respect and admiration for what you do.  I know sometimes you like to give me a hard time – and I certainly like to return the favor – (laughter) – but I never forget that our country depends on you.  You help protect our freedom, our democracy, and our way of life.

I highlighted that part not to talk about the deceased journalists, but to point out the obvious hypocrisy when it comes to Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, never mind the unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, which definitely serves to intimidate journalists and/or people that support them, with dollars or speech.

I don’t think anybody, even very sober characters would have thought Obama would be worse than Bush in some aspects on foreign policy.  I know Democrats always have to look like tough guys to compete with the unending machismo of the right, but this is terrible.

 


Stephen King: Raise my taxes

Stephen King has joined the club of the 1% who want their taxes raised.  He penned an op-ed entitled, “Tax me, for f*cks sake!” in The Daily Beast today.  One good part:

Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check—go ahead and write it.”

Another:

Here’s another crock of fresh bullshit delivered by the right wing of the Republican Party (which has become, so far as I can see, the only wing of the Republican Party): the richer rich people get, the more jobs they create. Really? I have a total payroll of about 60 people, most of them working for the two radio stations I own in Bangor, Maine. If I hit the movie jackpot—as I have, from time to time—and own a piece of a film that grosses $200 million, what am I going to do with it? Buy another radio station? I don’t think so, since I’m losing my shirt on the ones I own already. But suppose I did, and hired on an additional dozen folks. Good for them. Whoopee-ding for the rest of the economy.

King picks apart many of the arguments about charity over government, citing the BP oil spill as an example.

I think the most amazing thing about this piece is the comments afterward.  After he argues against the absurdity of rich people just donating their money to the government instead of being taxed, many of the comments make that same assertion:

Mr. King is welcome to kick in all the extra money he wants if he feels he’s not paying enough.

You know, I am so sick and tired of left-wing millionaires whining that they are not paying enough taxes where there is NOTHING stopping them from giving all they want to the government. And, PLEASE, tell them to stop trying to donate MY money to the government.

Stevie,

Just send the check for F@%&’s Sake! You f@%&’ing hypocite!!!!

I love that last one about being a hypocrite.  They apparently do not know what that word means:

A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.

He would be a hypocrite if he advocated higher taxes, and then when they were due, cheated on them or claimed that he had a special obligation not to pay.

You see a lot of this out there.  A rich person is not a hypocrite if they advocate higher taxes on themselves.  That is, well, virtuous.  However, a rich person advocating higher taxes, less opportunity and safety netting for the poor, well, that’s just mean spirited.  Or “serious” and “courageous” if you’re Paul Ryan.