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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Sep 19th 2011, 07:47 PM
I was told by the media that the reason we helped the rebels in Lybia was that Obama was overly influenced by the women around him,i.e. Clinton and Jarrett. Now I see from Suskind's book that he ignores women on policy matters. I know I am supposed to be mad at Barack, I am just confused as to why.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Jan 12th 2011, 09:54 PM
detailing the heroism of the ordinary citizens who risked their lives, Obama moved the focus of the nation from the depravity of one individual to the basic goodness and courage of so many others.He,like Lincoln, truly calls us to our better angels.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Jan 12th 2011, 09:39 PM
He pointed out that the US is rare in that the Head of State and the Head of Government are the same person. For the first 2 years of his term, Obama has been seen as a man grappling with governmental issues. Tonight, he was speaking as the leader of all the American people. Krauthammer went on to remind us that Reagan increased his rapport with voters with his talks at the Challenger disaster and the D-Day Remembrance. Clinton turned his presidency around speaking to the nation about Oklahoma City. Tonight was Obama's opportunity to speak directly to the country, uncut and unfiltered on a matter of significance with all of the networks covering it. And President Obama was masterful.Tonight was a very important night.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Jan 11th 2011, 08:35 PM
the GOP is very concerned about the fall-out from Tucson. Limbaugh is unhinged in his comments; Beck is trying to make it the Reichstag fire and Zogby is in the field with a poll asking questions about which Party is the more inflammatory. While the GOP attacks Democrats for politicizing the event, our leadership has been pretty restrained in its comments. The truth has been spoken not from DC operatives, but by a courageous survivor of the attack and an honest sheriff. Maybe the truth of the matter will seep into the American consciousness no matter how much Crowley, Gergen and their ilk try to supress it.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sun Jan 09th 2011, 01:30 PM
Kyle is attacking the sheriff. Palin is denying that those were gun sights on Gabby's district. Alexander is shilling for the Tea Party. Meanwhile our spokespeople are being measured in our remarks being very careful not to make statements that are inflammatory.
This situation underscores our inability to influence a story line.The nation was already in an uproar before we clarified that the mosque at ground zero was really a community center at a former Burlington Coat Factory. We need one of our people would go on record citing the incidents of violence, threats and intimidation that have been recently unleashed on Democrats.Those attacks on our democratic procedures are related to this event. We ought not be afraid to shout it from the housetops.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jan 08th 2011, 08:51 PM
The Republican leadership knew that a successful Obama presidency would sentence them to wander in the political wilderness for at least a generation. They need the ridiculous charges from the Becks, Limbaughs, Palins and Tea Baggers to provide them the cover they need to work tirelessly against the interests of the bulk of the American people. But for the ludicrous on their face charges of socialism, despotism and non-American charges, the cravenness of their legislative nihilism would be impossible to refute.
The events in Arizona today are the absolutely predictable result of the RW inflaming the populace with lies and fears as the GOP has winked and nudged them onward.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Oct 30th 2010, 08:26 AM
The RW has done an effective job in creating the impression that the Democrats have no chance next Tuesday. They have turned the polling industry into a partisan weapon to mold public opinion. The second phase of their strategy will unfold next Wednesday when we surprise the pundits with wins in areas that had already been ceded to the GOP by the corporate media. At that point the cry of voter fraud will be heard at full pitch. Faux and its many imitators will conclude that the only way we could have won was through cheating.
A key rallying point against Clinton was to proclaim his election illegitimate. They have used the same tactic against President Obama. The suggestion that our elected officials are in office through illegal means is not only reprehensible but extremely dangerous in a situation where the Republican national apparatus has thrown its support to a candidate who believes the second amendment was drafted to secure the right of the people to engage in the violent overthrow of the government.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Sep 14th 2010, 12:37 AM
I'm reading Washington Rules. It contains extensive quotes from Fulbright's book on Vietnam, The Arrogance of Power. You would not have to change one word of the excerpts to update what he said in the late '60's about US policy. I'm 64 years old and one of my fondest hopes was to not have to relive the idiocy of the Vietnam War. Yet here we are again. Republicans spouting phony patriotism. Weak-kneed Democrats posturing to be thought as tough as the craziest anti communist or anti-immigrant or anti-gay or anti-feminist or anti Islamist or anti whoever the latest scare industry has targeted for their vitriol and lies.I refuse to give into the RW bastards but I sure wish the American people would wise up to their tactics.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Sep 11th 2010, 02:26 PM
That's what our president said today. It is sad that it needs to be said loudly and often. For the 8 years of the Bush regime, the main strategy of the GOP was to fan fear. They have ratcheted up their efforts with the election of President Obama. One of the more reprehensible aspects of the RW's best hope for electoral success is their need to scare the American people. Whether it is immigrants or terrorists, the message is always the same "be afraid, be very afraid. The Democrats are soft and only our strength will save you". Although this is readily demonstrable as baloney, a substantial portion of the populace is susceptible to the lie.A nation which defeated Hitler, withstood the very real existential threat of nuclear war is constantly called to listen to their worst instincts rather than their values and their own history.
We really are in a battle for the soul of America.I think Obama is up to the challenge. I worry that Democrats in Congress are not.I wonder if Democrats, Liberals and all on the Left can put aside their disappointments and work to assure that Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and Demint are not in leadership positions after November. If so, I admit that it is I who will be very afraid.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Mar 27th 2010, 09:48 PM
They are wrong. What they are finding out is that Obama has given them the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to this country. Instead the GOP has shown itself to be irresponsible and irrational with an average emotional age of a 2 year old . 2010 is looking better and better.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Mar 25th 2010, 09:35 PM
It is true that there have been incidents of intimidation/threat against both Republicans and Democrats. The difference is that GOP leadership is actively involved in stirring up hatred and animosity. I have no doubt that Cantor is telling the truth about threats he has received because of his religion. But there is no nexus between the threats and anything that any Democratic office holder has said. A key part of the RW game plan is to demonize Democrats, to cast them as alien and figures deserving of hate. No Democrat stood on a balcony of the Capitol and slapped a picture of Jean Schmidt as Rep. King did to a pic of Speaker Pelosi.
It is easier and consistent with the media's owners' goals to couch the story in terms of a plague on both their houses. I have reluctantly come to believe that there is a substantial portion of the Tea Party who just don't care what is true or not true. But the sad fact is that for those who might care, the 4th estate fails them time and time again. If future historians chronicle a story of how the American experiment with democracy ended with the rise of a corporate, imperial state, the abject failure of journalists will be assigned a major share of the blame.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Feb 13th 2010, 08:08 PM
Although he took a lot of heat for it, Barack was correct in characterizing Reagan's tenure in office as transformational while Clinton's was not. Reagan confronted the conventional Liberal wisdom and supplanted what had been the ruling consensus since the thirties with a philosophy that scorned regulation, unionization and social welfare and replaced it with a deep seated and tragically mistaken faith in markets and self reliance. Reagan often ended up with less than he wanted from a legislative viewpoint and his supposed conservative orthodoxy didn't prevent him from running up massive deficits.But whatever any of us think about his disastrous time in office, he and the RW gained the upper hand in one of the debate over one of the essential questions facing any democracy, i.e. the role and size of government
Clinton focused on multiple extensions and modifications to the government as it existed. And there are many things that he accomplished for which he deserves high praise.But for all the good done, his white flag declaration that the era of big government is over haunts us still.
So now we have a new president, younger and probably even more brilliant than Clinton. I love him and support him. I recognize the burden the hapless W left him and the enormous difficulty that governing in a town populated with big money interests, nihilistic Republicans and weak kneed Democrats adds to the equation. Key legislative goals may not be met in this term. But if the President doesn't deploy his incredible gift for oratory and logic in support of the concepts that have bound Democrats together for decades, he will have squandered his opportunity to be the transformational figure he wants and clearly has the talent to be.He has maneuvered the Republicans into a very vulnerable position. The public knows that he has tried and tried to work with these lackeys of capital. If he articulates our beliefs, if he explains that government is the only instrument available to the great majority of people to channel and restrain the greed of big business, if he preaches the common responsibility we share with others to help those that need our help the most rather than those who need it the least, he will be who we have been waiting for.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jan 30th 2010, 12:58 PM
success. FAUX invents lies while the rest of the media is content to be the GOP's steno pool.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jan 30th 2010, 08:57 AM
Yesterday demonstrated conclusively how supportive of democracy television could be had it not been turned into the main huckster for a consumer economy. The information content contained in that hour and a half far surpassed a month of cable news preening pols and bloviating pundits. It ought to spark a debate on how to create similar events and how to assure that the sophisticated communication assets we possess are harnessed to butress self government not just sell viagra.
MSNBC deserves huge kudos for turning over its Friday schedule to cover the meeting. It eschewed the standard TV practice of slicing and dicing complex issues into 26 second sound bites which only obscure rather than illuminate issues. Good on you Chris, Keith and Rachel.
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Posted by chieftain in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jan 09th 2010, 10:26 AM
If they try to oust him it will be a replay of the Florida firing of Jim Greer. But it will be on the biggest media stage with devastating effects on the national rather than a local level. I admit to a prurient interest in watching the barbarians of the Teabaggers devouring the effete Republican elite that spawned but can no longer control them. For all the gloom and doom being prophesied by Chris Mathews and Charley Cook, the real danger of political party implosion is on the right. As they have sewn so shall they reap.
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