Originally Posted by O-Mac
Instead of trying to figure out how to help this country get out of this terrible economy and everything are just throwing negative spears at everything the new administration is doing AND worrying about their own image and survival.
Typical Conservative Republican BS.
Of course, the Democrats would probably be doing the same thing if the GOP were the ones in power right now but that doesn't make those Conservatives any smarter or better.
Do you think the GOP if they were in power would extend a hand to the Democrats to work together to fix the countries problems? I don't think so.
and does anyone think that the GOP planned putting a black man as the head of the RNP and have an Indian-American give the GOP's response to the President's address?
Please, if THAT wasn't planned then the Yankees and the Red Sox aren't going to be on ESPN 100 times this summer.
Off the top of my head.. yes, a little oversimplistic, but whatever.. pull it apart, chew it over....
The premise which is becoming more irrelevant by the day is the "divide between left and right". This division may be the perception amongst the unwashed masses, highlighted and exploited by the mainstream media and politicians campaigning for votes... but the real war that is really tearing this country (and many others) apart is now being waged by a corporate/banking/mercantile etc. etc. elite, far above the law, who, alongside their whores in government, see we-the-regular-people increasingly as "an enemy", or a part of the enemy, upon whom some degree of maximum security society must be imposed.
Their broad program includes "financial terrorism" and this is nothing new. It happened in a severe form in Indonesia in the 1970s under Suharto, or Chile under Pinochet.. and also in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Honduras Guatemala, Peru, Poland, Russia and many other nations to a greater or lesser extent. The old M.O.s of coups and dictatorial regimes, were mass disappearances, tanks in the streets, secret police, bans on public gatherings etc. Such blatant methods probably would not work that well today in modern westernized industrial nations... (it's not worth soiling one's own living room when we can use our military and intelligence agencies to trash that of others', on the taxpayers)... but what does seem to be currently working rather "well" domestically, is the "softly softly" approach. Like the proverbial frog in the bowl, the water is very gradually being heated up in small increments so as to not be overtly noticeable.
Actually, the capacity of the masses to realize their lot, especially when herded by the constant bombardment of (largely faked or imaginary) terrorism threats, is reduced still further, allowing a faster track to tyranny. In just eight short years, what has changed, without any resistance from the people? What is new? (1) the repeal of the centuries old Habeas Corpus legal framework (2) and (3) The "Patriot" Acts I and II (4) The Department of Homeland Security (the framework of which was modeled after the German S.S.) (5) Torture as an officially approved punishment for people not even found guilty of any crimes (6) The Military Commissions Act (7) Signing Statements (8) The wholesale criminalization of dissent (9) The politicization of domestic law enforcement (10) the repeal of Posse Comitatus (11) No Fly Lists (12) the KBR detention center program (13) "Terrorism" watch lists (over One Million people so far) (14) Spying on US citizens (15) "First amendment zones" (16) rigged elections (17) a war on reason and science.... the list goes on and on...
The above were all Bush Administration measures... but has the Obama team made any attempt to repeal, or halt any of this CRAP
? Not a chance in hell, and I would bet the farm, and some, that after 4 years, all this legislative cesspool-slime will still be in place, and probably strengthened and streamlined. People had hope when Obama was elected. But after just two months, this is evaporating like snow on a Sahara summer afternoon, as it becomes plain that we have gone from an Oil Industry Croney Administration, to a Wall Street "Bankster" Administration. Yes, Obama has made a couple of cosmetic alterations in a halfbaked attempt distance his administration from the previous one, to pander to his alleged base and shore up the perception of a real "difference" between the two parties. The side issues of stem cell research and abortion are obvious candidates: they traditionally distract large numbers of people from the important stuff which is changing their lives for the much worse.
Back in the 1950s, a gas station attendant could afford to put money down on a modest home, and pay a mortgage... the American Dream. Wow! These days, a gas station attendant's pay probably pays half the rent on a grotty apartment, and he's working two other jobs just to pay for necessities. This is the way of the future, as America slides towards an ugly hybrid of 1984, Brave New World and Blade Runner, with most people seemingly eager to embrace it, because, like the frog, they don't know they are being boiled. And... the guy with his hand on the temperature control knob is intelligent, good looking, a great speaker, and... he is black. It is much harder to criticize the new guy because he's also got the all important weapon of political correctness on his side as well.
We are on a hiding to nothing. Welcome "Junta Lite".