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Moyers to Obama: “Come on, Mr. President. Show us America is more than a circus or a market”

4:09 pm in Uncategorized by libbyliberal

Bill Moyers describes our unwellness so well:

Those crackpots on the right praying for Obama to die and be sent to hell — they’re the warp and woof of home-grown nuttiness. So is the creature from the Second Amendment who showed up at the President’s rally armed to the teeth. He’s certainly one of us. Red, white, and blue kooks are as American as apple pie and conspiracy theories.

Bill Maher asked me on his show last week if America is still a great nation. I should have said it’s the greatest show on earth. Forget what you learned in civics about the Founding Fathers — we’re the children of Barnum and Bailey, our founding con men. Their freak show was the forerunner of today’s talk radio.

Speaking of which: we’ve posted on our website an essay by the media scholar Henry Giroux. He describes the growing domination of hate radio as one of the crucial elements in a "culture of cruelty" increasingly marked by overt racism, hostility and disdain for others, coupled with a simmering threat of mob violence toward any political figure who believes health care reform is the most vital of safety nets, especially now that the central issue of life and politics is no longer about working to get ahead, but struggling simply to survive.

So here we are, wallowing in our dysfunction. Governed — if you listen to the rabble rousers — by a black nationalist from Kenya smuggled into the United States to kill Sarah Palin’s baby. And yes, I could almost buy their belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, only I think he shipped them to Washington, where they’ve been recycled as lobbyists and trained in the alchemy of money laundering, which turns an old-fashioned bribe into a First Amendment right.

Only in a fantasy capital like Washington could Sunday morning talk shows become the high church of conventional wisdom, with partisan shills treated as holy men whose gospel of prosperity always seems to boil down to lower taxes for the rich.

Poor Obama. He came to town preaching the religion of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder the Republicans kick him.

No one’s ever conquered Washington politics by constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying to cut your throat.

Let’s get on with it, Mr. President. We’re up the proverbial creek with spaghetti as our paddle. This health care thing could have been the crossing of the Delaware, the turning point in the next American Revolution — the moment we put the mercenaries to rout, as General Washington did the Hessians at Trenton. We could have stamped our victory "Made in the USA." We could have said to the world, "Look what we did!" And we could have turned to each other and said, "Thank you."

As it is, we’re about to get health care reform that measures human beings only in corporate terms of a cost-benefit analysis. I mean this is topsy-turvy — we should be treating health as a condition, not a commodity.

As we speak, Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, has been fined a record $2.3 billion dollars as a civil and criminal — yes, that’s criminal, as in fraud — penalty for promoting prescription drugs with the subtlety of the Russian mafia. It’s the fourth time in a decade Pfizer’s been called on the carpet. And these are the people into whose tender mercies Congress and the White House would deliver us?

Come on, Mr. President. Show us America is more than a circus or a market. Remind us of our greatness as a democracy.

Obama: Newest CEO of War Incorporated

7:47 am in Uncategorized by libbyliberal

The following are the final frightening remarks by Jeremy Scahill (author of BLACKWATER: THE RISE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MERCENARY ARMY) on a Bill Moyers Journal interview June 5th. He speaks of an eventual scenario, the way the Military Industrial Complex is evolving, whereby only corporations will wield private armies — militarized corporate/financial institutions wantonly and amorally preying on and devastating the lives of indigenous peoples, without even the cover of nationalistic and/or international law justification:

Well, I think that what we have seen happen, as a result of this incredible reliance on private military contractors, is that the United States has created a new system for waging war. Where you no longer have to depend exclusively on your own citizens to sign up for the military and say, "I believe in this war, so I’m willing to sign up and risk my life for it." You turn the entire world into your recruiting ground. You intricately link corporate profits to an escalation of warfare and make it profitable for companies to participate in your wars.

In the process of doing that you undermine U.S. democratic processes. And you also violate the sovereignty of other nations, ’cause you’re Read the rest of this entry →

Quote Worthy, Vol. 2 (including perris)

4:09 pm in Uncategorized by libbyliberal

perris @ FDL (

toast is relative;

when we found out the president’s aids were planning an attack on Iran years before bush took office, that is a smoking gun and he was toast

yet there he still is

when we found out the data used to lie us into war was forgeries perpetrated by Cheney and his sociopaths, they were toast

yet there he still is

when we found out the president tortured people, violated the constitution, “disappeared Americans”, he was toast

yet there he still is

when we found out they were listening to our private lives and sharing our intimate conversations for their prurient pleasure, they were toast

yet there they still are

write this down and keep it tucked away when it comes to republicans;

there is no toast

Glenn Greenwald (

Those who reflexively criticize every Obama action because they predicted long ago that he would be the same as Bush and want that prediction to be vindicated are but the opposite side of the same irrational coin as those who find ways to justify everything Obama does because they long ago placed the type of faith in him that no political leader should ever enjoy.

David Sirota (

Now, this pinstriped band of brothers [Summers, Geitner, Emanuel, Gregg] is Read the rest of this entry →