READER COMMENTS ON
"Will WE Win?: A Reply to Frank Schaeffer's 'Obama Will Win'"
(56 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
Off the Grid
said on 12/23/2009 @ 10:38 am PT...
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 12:05 pm PT...
David Swanson:bravo for using "willfully ingnoring" instead of ableist language. You make a good case, as usual, often. I think "former religious Rightwing agitator" as self-identity says much, but I'm not exactly sure what, beyond "Rightwing". It suggests that he's meeting Obama at right of center and not much of a shift. What's sad to me, sadder, is the so-called (what word? liberal, left, progressive) who are making excuses for Obama.
I'd like to see a list, from one of them, as to differences by Obama's Administration from the Bush Administration - specifically ACTIONS not words.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 12:19 pm PT...
Very well written and well-argued, David. Thanks for the corrective. And thanks, Brad, for hosting this opposing viewpoint; I was close to tossing the blog away in disgust. I'll try to be a little more patient next time.
Frank, I'm not sure what you're looking for in life, but I don't think you've found it in the Orthodox Church yet. I admire your passion, but with spiritual maturity comes disciplined, true, radiant, and robust words, not fearful grasping.
Nevertheless ... Frank, David, Brad, everybody ... happy holidays to you, and carry on, carry on ...
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 12:31 pm PT...
Democracy and all, Symbiont. You remember that, right?
We need a legit debate/discussion on these legit differences, versus the phony D/R, Red/Blue, Right/Left, "Conservative"/"Liberal" "debate" that's been forced upon us all by the corporate MSM.
Thanks for sticking with us.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 12:48 pm PT...
Absolutely, Brad. Intellectual hospitality is a democratic virtue. Keep up the good work.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 1:50 pm PT...
Well, I know what you mean but we do actually have a weak president....
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 2:44 pm PT...
Remember Obama's bullshit attempts at hoorah tough-guyism by proclaiming he was going to take a gun to a Republican knife fight... and instead he took trillions of dollars worth of our money and gave it to the oligarchs with a smile?
Well, while Obama et al were planning on yet another leisurely backstabbing of American citizens next week... Jane Hamsher has done gone and pulled out a rocket launcher on his sorry ass.
And to quote that BSG episode title about the Cylon rebels... "Guess What's Coming To Dinner?"
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 3:00 pm PT...
David Swanson, It was terriblely unfair to knock him out with the first punch then keep on punching when He was out cold for 15 rounds. Where was the ref?I was pretty pissed yesterday but I feel better Today. Thanks.
Very well done sir!!!
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 3:33 pm PT...
OH. MY. GOD. JANE FOR PRESIDENT!
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 3:38 pm PT...
If we don't bring the troops home then we will be experiencing the old adage, "what goes around comes around" & we'll ultimately have revolt in America instead of fighting in foreign wars.
There's a new book out that's powerful cause it shows the citizen's of a small town in America who finally stands up to continual, foreign wars & tyranny & ends up starting the 2nd American Revolution. It all fits the French & Indian Wars & the colonist taking a stand.
It's a great book that takes on all the current problems today & shows what is in store for America soon. It's a must read.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 5:01 pm PT...
Thanks, David, for this response.
We are in the interesting and frustrating position of living in a country where the majority of people are consistently convinced to vote against their self-interest. Obama is a great example of how our system works; too many people who should know better are so relieved that Obama is not W that they refuse to see that they both serve the same masters.
Should we care that Obama has dedicated his administration to Goldman Sachs when W's was for the oil and war industries? Or should we notice that neither shows any interest in helping the average American?
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 5:04 pm PT...
I've read both articles, but I think Mr. Schaeffer's is better. The president has done a lot, and while there are bones of contention, to say he hasn't taken a lot of meaningful action is not true.
This article ignores the fact it takes 2 to tangle. The Congress and the Supreme Court have to do their part.
"Lasting and advantageous public policy, I believe, should come from the majority of the public and should be established by our representatives in Congress, and should be enforced by a weak executive who obeys the same laws we all must obey."
Well, Mr. Swanson, how do you propose we get our government to operate like that? Because quite clearly in your opinion, elections aren't working.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 5:08 pm PT...
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 5:48 pm PT...
Thanks for your links, I'll be looking forward to seeing you on Jan 5th in Seattle.
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 7:55 pm PT...
Schaeffer: Obama "...picked the best choice regarding war in Afghanistan..."
Not only is this wrong. It hides reality. Here is what he wants you to ignore.
...one white crest in a sea of thousands, but Kira knows Colin's grave like home.
She comes to it in the morning, before the air fills with the sounds of idling tour buses and rifle salutes. She comes bearing gifts, an armful of fresh flowers or some plastic ones when it's cold.
For more than three months, she has come to Arlington National Cemetery to talk to Colin about the minutiae of her life, to kiss his narrow white headstone and to stretch out her slim body next to his as if they were lying together again.
Kira is no war widow. She is 19, and just barely, at that. The young couple's only talk of marriage had been a joke about their similar last names, hers Wolf and his Wolfe. But they fell in love at once, the kind of reckless, consuming love available only to the young.
"The kind of love where your whole world is on fire and you can't stop smiling," she said. "The kind of love where you dance around and you don't feel like you're part of this world anymore."
They dated for one perfect month before he shipped out to Iraq with his fellow Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., in July.
The day he left, she gave him a gift - a camera, and instructions to photograph everything he saw. As he rounded the barracks without so much as a glance behind, she told herself he would be back in seven short months. She could wait.
But he came back much sooner, just seven weeks after his departure, his burned remains laid in a flag-draped coffin. He was buried at Arlington on Sept. 11, five years to the day that inspired his journey, killed in a war that began when he was 16 years old.
—Washington Post | Monday 1/1/07 | p A0
So let's have less pontification about abstract "choices" and more action to stop agony...
[Fusion is Ret'd USAF - From Fifth Air Force, Southwest Pacific, WWII and ARDC, Korean War]
[ed note: Comment format edited. And here it is in pictures.... —99]
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 12:11 am PT...
Swanson is an intellectual lightweight, egotist...why you stand behind this fool, I don't really understand.
COMMENT #17 [Permalink]
Grizzly Bear Dancer
said on 12/24/2009 @ 2:40 am PT...
To Comment #16: The DS comparative view of Obama's work and accomplishments stands on it's own. Hurling insults at the author DOES NOT change the facts unfortunately.
Since your comment does not address any particular aspects of this rebuttal to Frank Schaffer's original article, your inflammatory opinion has no value and adds nothing to the conversation.
COMMENT #18 [Permalink]
Grizzly Bear Dancer
said on 12/24/2009 @ 2:42 am PT...
Sorry Frank: Frank Schaeffer
COMMENT #19 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 4:56 am PT...
Thank you Brad, for having these two opposing views openly and honestly discussed on your blog. That sir, is Democracy at it's finest!
Jane Hamsher for President!
COMMENT #20 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 5:03 am PT...
Thank you Brad for posting the opposite viewpoint here. Both posts make me think and this is the education I need for understanding left, right, middle and far out craziness.
As a newcomer to politics (in middle age), I do have to thank Obama for making me pay attention. Neither of you mentioned that very important point. For me, politics started about 3 yrs ago. I don't know all of the history, the back room deals but I do know that it was Nixon that said "I'm not a crook" and that kept me away from this left, right tug of war before.
I look forward to 2010 to expand my knowledge of the history of politics and look forward to learning more on your blog Brad. Thanks again for all you do. It is appreciated.
COMMENT #21 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 7:21 am PT...
Thanks, Brad, for all you do. It's good to see reaffirmed my belief that this is the finest blog going. Happy holidays, son, and may the new year treat us all at least a bit more kindly...
COMMENT #22 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 7:41 am PT...
Hi All: thanks for the comments on my article and for David's article too.
Meanwhile back on planet earth the US Senate just made history with the first step in meaningful health care reform.
Re Obama, responses to my pro-Obama piece, and responses to the responses.... etc. Note that Andrew Sullivan says it well in the Atlantic. So rather than go back through everything again and again for the Obama critics here it is from Sullivan. (The Atlantic Dec 23, 09).
By Andrew Sullivan
My own view is that 2009 has been an extraordinarily successful year for Obama. Since this is currently a minority view and will prompt a chorus of "In The Tank!", allow me to explain.
The substantive record is clear enough. Torture is ended, if Gitmo remains enormously difficult to close and rendition extremely hard to police. The unitary executive, claiming vast, dictatorial powers over American citizens, has been unwound. The legal inquiries that may well convict former Bush officials for war crimes are underway, and the trial of KSM will reveal the lawless sadism of the Cheney regime that did so much to sabotage our war on Jihadism. Military force against al Qaeda in Pakistan has been ratcheted up considerably, even at a civilian cost that remains morally troubling. The US has given notice that it intends to leave Afghanistan with a bang - a big surge, a shift in tactics, and a heavy batch of new troops. Iraq remains dodgy in the extreme, but at least March elections have been finally nailed down.
Domestically, the new president has rescued the banks in a bail-out that has come in at $200 billion under budget; the economy has shifted from a tailspin to stablilization and some prospect of job growth next year; the Dow is at 10,500 a level no one would have predicted this time last year. A stimulus package has helped undergird infrastructure and probably did more to advance non-carbon energy than anything that might have emerged from Copenhagen. Universal health insurance (with promised deficit reduction!) is imminent - a goal sought by Democrats (and Nixon) for decades, impossible under the centrist Clinton, but won finally by a black liberal president. More progress has been made in unraveling the war on drugs this past year than in living memory. The transformation of California into a state where pot is now more available than in Amsterdam is as remarkable as the fact that such new sanity has spread across the country and is at historic highs, so to speak, in the opinion polls. On civil rights, civil marriage came to the nation's capital city, which has a 60 percent black population. If that doesn't help reverse some of the gloom from Prop 8 and Maine, what would? And, yes, the unspeakable ban on HIV-positive foreigners was finally lifted, bringing the US back to the center of the global effort to fight AIDS as it should be.
Relations with Russia have improved immensely and may yield real gains in non-proliferation; Netanyahu has moved, however insincerely, toward a two-state solution; Iran's coup regime remains far more vulnerable than a year ago, paralyzed in its diplomacy, terrified of its own people and constantly shaken by the ongoing revolution; Pakistan launched a major offensive against al Qaeda and the Taliban in its border area; global opinion of the US has been transformed; the Cairo speech and the Nobel acceptance speech helped explain exactly what Obama's blend of ruthless realism for conflict-management truly means.
The Beltway cannot handle all this. And that's why they continue to jump on every micro-talking-point and forget vast forests for a few failing saplings.
But when you consider the magnitude of shifting from one conservative era to one in which government simply has to be deployed to tackle deep structural problems, the achievement is as significant as his election year.
I remain, in other words, extremely bullish on the guy. There is a huge amount to come - finding a way to bring down long-term debt, ensuring health insurance reform stays on track and reformed constantly to control costs, turning the corner on non-carbon energy, reforming entitlements, finding a new revenue stream like a VAT, preventing Israel from attacking Iran, preventing Iran's coup regime from going even roguer, withdrawing from an Iraq still teetering on new sectarian conflict, avoiding a second downturn, closing Gitmo for good, ending the gay ban in the military ... well, you get the picture.
Change of this magnitude is extremely hard. That it is also frustrating, inadequate, compromised, flawed, and beset with bribes and trade-offs does not, in my mind, undermine it. Obama told us it would be like this - and it is. And those who backed him last year would do better, to my mind, if they appreciated the difficulty of this task and the diligence and civility that Obama has displayed in executing it.
Yes, we have. And yes, we still are the ones we've been waiting for - if we still care enough to swallow purism and pride and show up for the less emotionally satisfying grind of real, practical, incremental reform.
COMMENT #23 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 7:42 am PT...
re comment #16--
Equivalent nonsense=Styve is an intellectual lightweight and egotist who should be paid no never mind. This is all too evident by the fact that he doesn't know how to spell the name Steve and then adds self-delusion to ignorance by inserting the letter "y" in the middle of it to give the false impression that he is always questioning.
COMMENT #24 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:02 am PT...
Andrew Sullivan? ANDREW SULLIVAN?!?
What does "Meanwhile back on planet earth" mean? Are you implying that those of us who don't agree that some "meaningful health care reform" has been achieved are not living on planet earth?
Really, Frank, how disappointing to back yourself up with the likes of Andrew Sullivan, and then toss around the passive-aggressive insults to those with whom you disagree.
COMMENT #25 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:09 am PT...
re comment 22--
Seems to me Sullivan's own piece starts off with some rather significant caveats as he's going through the list of "achievements"--Gitmo remains enormously difficult to close and rendition extremely hard to police, civilian cost(in Afghanistan) remains morally troubling, and Iraq remains dodgy in the extreme. That's the first paragraph. Furthermore, just about every claim in the piece I would take extreme issue with as Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, Naomi Klein and others have been doing brilliantly covering much of this material.
I've admired a lot of your recent work Mr. Schaeffer but I think you're a bit wide of the mark on this one. I imagine we'll all be keeping track to see who's right, who's wrong, and continuing to do our own interpretations of reality. Here's to common ground in the future.
COMMENT #26 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 9:53 am PT...
Re #24. Ditto. Exactly.
Brad, thanks for the blog and happy new year. Your platform is so small; why are you sharing it with Mr. Schaeffer? #24 sums up his style precisely.
COMMENT #27 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:13 am PT...
And to Mr. Schaeffer, because I just can't let it rest.
How much has the United States given away in benefits to Wall Street millionaires under the new administration? How many foreclosures has it prevented?
Why is "too big to fail" an unchallenged statement? How many direct emergency loans could have been made to homeowners with the billions given to the banks, in order to allow them to pay their mortgages? How many homes could have been partially purchased by the government, so that the existing homeowners could have continued to live in them, but they'd owe the government a portion of any future sale? Why was a plan like this impossible, when it was apparently possible to get around all laws preventing billions from the Treasury being used to rescue banks (and bankers)?
The theme of the government rescue has been that by saving the banks, the government has helped people. The theme of the government rescue could have and should have been to help save the people from the banks.
Yes, Obama is a master at obtaining "victories." He gives away whatever he deems necessary in order to obtain the "victories." The mainstream media in the United States, owned by the very people to whom Obama has buckled, then issues the necessary congratulations to convince people like you, Frank.
President Obama got into office by riding a unique tidal wave of support that resulted from the total and transparent failure of his predecessor's policies and attitudes. He had a total and complete mandate to turn the ship around, despite a loud, insane minority that would complain no matter what.
When Mr. Bush got into office on a one vote margin from his corrupt electorate of nine, he proceeded to do exactly what his backers wanted, ignoring the fact that he hadn't even won the popular vote. He took the nation into an unneeded war, he attacked the poor in every way possible, and he opened the Treasury to his friends.
What has President Obama done with his real, honest, overwhelming mandate? He's crafted a sixty person health care deal in a chamber that requires a fifty one person majority; a deal that emasculates the better deal crafted in the people's chamber. If that's leadership, and it is, he's a fine leader. The question is, who benefits from this leadership?
COMMENT #28 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 11:01 am PT...
Lifted from the comments of yet another scathing piece on O-Dacity:
The uniqueness of President Obama is his ability to recast what were, just one year ago, the off the wall, outrageous crimes of the mad cowboy from Crawford into reasonable and permanent fixtures of American democracy, with bipartisan support in Congress and the near universal admiration of most of the world.
I think she was wrong about the admiration everywhere else. They seem to be cooling on him much faster than we are, but the point is still as chilling and deadly as the arctic storms freezing the European homeless to death right now. That is precisely what he is doing... especially obviously from seeing the center right's praise of him.
COMMENT #29 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 11:13 am PT...
One more merrrrry christmas wish from the "downer left," Frank. Why not read Helen Simpson's fiction in the current New Yorker --- it was written before Obama's victory at Copenhagen, but otherwise it could have been inspired by our shiny new President and all his wins.
COMMENT #30 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 12:52 pm PT...
Merry Christmas to all at Brad Blog.
Evidently, Jane Hamsher is hitting a nerve. DKos is devoting itself to knocking back anybody and esp. Jane who would dare ask that Rahm Emmanuel be fired and investigated for shady dealings with Freddie and Fanny Mac.
This war is interesting.Obamarhama wants bipartisan co operation between parties. Little did we know it would be just between republicans and the DLC.Jane is reaching out to all who are tired of a corporate led govt.
I personally am a democrat from way back.But I think Ron Paul has some great ideas. Harry Reid, Chuck Shummer, bill, hill and rahm Never ever vote right. Continuing to fund an illegal war particularly bothers me about democrats.TARP
COMMENT #31 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 2:50 pm PT...
[Yer totally way so welcome, Fusion. —99]
COMMENT #32 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 5:38 pm PT...
Mitch Trachtenberg comment #27
Killer post. Nice!
COMMENT #33 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 5:44 pm PT...
@Zapkitty #7 and Agent 99 #9: I read the Jane/Grover letter yesterday and sent it out to a few people and got crickets for a response, while I think it's explosive. However, here is a comment I saw today on another blog:
"With this, whoever has ever said "there's no such thing as Christmas miracles" have been proven utterly wrong.
"With that said, considering that Rahm Emanuel is more slippery than an eel clinging deep inside a barrel full of warm grease, and that (so far) Eric Holder has shown about as much independence (and integrity) as Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf (Baghdad Bob) during Saddam's fast fall from power, I won't be holding my breath while Holder (pretends to) ~consider the validity and worthiness~ of Hamsher's and Norquist's "demands"."
Unfortunately, I don't sense this is going to get much traction. We'll see if Jane can get some face time on Rachel's show with it but I don't sense it.
And thanks to David for such a well written response to Frank's piece. To Frank: Do you really think Andrew Sullivan refutes any of David's points just by repeating the same bland "accomplishments" that you did that aren't factual?
COMMENT #34 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:09 pm PT...
I don't think either Jane or Grover thinks it's going to faze Rahmbo or Holder, but one thing is for certain: Jane Hamsher took a two by four and smacked Obama's teeth out of his smug puss. And that was gorgeous. She means it. She means it like everyone in our government, everyone in our country should mean it.
Grover Norquist! Oh-my-god-oh-my-god-oh-my-god! Just dazzling! This might be the thing that redeems that hardass dirty fuck, even though he doesn't mean it like she means it.
People make the mistake of thinking the Republicans don't want this bill, that they were filibustering to sink it. They were filibustering and tea partying to turn it into what they got, and to make Obama look like shit while getting precisely the legislation that he too was after. Mission accomplished. I don't know why people fell for The Party of No shtick with this Republicans' wet dream bill, but they sure did.
Even though lots of Republicans wanted this "healthcare" bill to fail for the wrong reasons, doesn't mean it shouldn't have failed for the right reasons. I hope Howard Dean gets in bed with Sarah Palin next. I hope Bernie Sanders wakes up and calls Newt Gingrich. I hope Russ Feingold calls Dick Cheney. I hope everyone with decency in their hearts gets together with these rotten sons of bitches and fights to the death to stop this filthy business once and for all.
SINGLE PAYER, AND OUT NOW, AND 350, AND MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET!
COMMENT #35 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:15 pm PT...
I flipped, and emailed everybody I know, and I too got mostly crickets. Terrifying, really. It really scares me how many can't see past this partisan warfare song and dance. Scares me how fascists in both parties can keep the minions hypnotized with it. Scares me how fast people will turn on one of their own when that one wakes up and goes to the mat for them.
COMMENT #36 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:23 pm PT...
Hang in there 99! This is gonna be a long and wild-ass rollercoaster ride!! We're just getting going! You know the windmills aren't going away tomorrow. Keep tilting! Keep tilting!!
COMMENT #37 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:34 pm PT...
Heh, David, you maybe have an idea how many of my friends just simply respond to me by saying, "Yes, yes, which windmill do you want me to start with?" Smartasses!
COMMENT #38 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 8:43 pm PT...
As it happens we can help Iran get windmills instead of bombing it for trying to produce energy and protect itself from, you know, us bombing it:
Not that Obama's bombing of Iran won't be a WIN, of course.
COMMENT #39 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 9:40 pm PT...
So much of the common cognitive dissonance comes from the two party system and the loyalties needed to sustain it, to make the ping pong work, so that people don't realize they are the ball being batted back and forth by both parties' elites (and the special interests funding them). But what if real progressives, true conservatives, libertarians and greens could unite on the big issues listed by Agent 99?
COMMENT #40 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:08 pm PT...
COMMENT #41 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:12 pm PT...
Yeah, it's a strange world these days. Like Jane & Grover, I find myself on the same side as the right wing kooks --- only, of course, for different reasons. Jane's in it for social and economic justice while Grover just hates Rahm Emanuel, probably --- not a bad reason but not good enough (because probably Grov should be in the cell next to his pal Jack). On the right/left scale, it's basically all politicians and the media on the right and most of the people on the left.
I also think this issue of Freddy and Fanny is too complicated for most people to understand or give a shit about. I will lay down money that Jane will NOT be on Rachel with or without Grover talking about this.
COMMENT #42 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:19 pm PT...
Somebody find Floridiot so he can name our new Indy ProgressiCon Green party for us....
He's really good at that.
COMMENT #43 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:23 pm PT...
Well, Kim, I care like hell that Rahmbo be stopped in his tracks at last, and, I dunno, if Rachel is half the hero she's being made out to be, she sure had oughta have them on. If she's really only on there to stoke the rubes, then it's time we found out about it!
So here's another beautiful thing about Jane's heart: It will show just exactly who's on our side and who's shilling for the big boys.
COMMENT #44 [Permalink]
said on 12/24/2009 @ 10:25 pm PT...
Way too many tryin' to get on that chuck wagon... and all their fans not realizing the harm.
COMMENT #45 [Permalink]
said on 12/25/2009 @ 10:35 am PT...
99 - I do NOT think Jane will be on. I don't know if you noticed, but in the beginning, Rachel was going after O for all his backtracking on campaign promises, etc. Round about February or so she stopped --- lucky for her all that C Street crap started coming out. I read that she and Keith were told to lay off the Prez. And she pretty much has. She does the best she can but it ain't Democracy Now. And we'll see if even Democracy Now reports on it! Hey, Brad, you're doing Molloy next week... got all your guests lined up yet???
COMMENT #46 [Permalink]
said on 12/25/2009 @ 11:24 am PT...
Maybe Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert!
COMMENT #47 [Permalink]
said on 12/25/2009 @ 11:25 pm PT...
comments from 24 on are spot on.
Gracias to all ya all. It all brings to mind a point a friend made to me about Frank's piece last week. What's the point of all this? At best we're noticing how useless and distracting it is to get caught up in useless corporate Left vs corporate Right crap. At worst, we're being distracted by all this corporate L vs R crap and not doing/reading/writing something more useful.
Thank you Brad for David's Swanson's dose of sanity. Thank you David. Thank you Frank for your effort. Hope that 12 step program to quit 12 step programs works out for you.
For the rest of us, I'm thinkin we oughta recognize Obama for the Gorbachev he is. And probably the US for the USSR-just-before-the-former-USSR it is. I'm not sure where that leaves us and am more interested in such practical matters.
Who knows though? Obama could team up with Conyers, Sanders, Boxer et al. He could take the senate bill next month, reconcile it with the house bill, strip the corporate welfare, reinstall a decent public option (or even single payer) and ram it all down Lieberman et al's collective throat in one day before big Pharma and health insurers can drop a money bomb of $2B on the fascist media with lies that make OReilly look sane.
Then again we might all be afflicted with simian aviator exiting rectum syndrome. I'll be looking for the monkeys. And something more useful to do/read/write.
Gracias again. Hope to see more on Sibel Edmonds soon. peace out.
COMMENT #48 [Permalink]
said on 12/26/2009 @ 9:56 am PT...
Kim Kaufman @ 45 asked:
Hey, Brad, you're doing Molloy next week... got all your guests lined up yet???
Not all of 'em. Requests?
COMMENT #49 [Permalink]
said on 12/26/2009 @ 12:58 pm PT...
(This whole post is OT, but since you asked:)
BEV HARRIS, please!
It'd be just grand to hear an EXTENDED interview with her about the anomalies BBV discovered on NY23's untried Sequoia-Chavez voting machines. I'd also love an in-depth explanation of the status of the ES&S/DIEBOLD/PREMIER merger. (A substantial perk would be having an audio link to send every damn sentient voter with a working index finger in the U.S. so they can hear about that, too.)
I'd also love to hear from any of the wond'rous, heroic, underfunded, underplugged voting right's groups (from Florida) who've signed on in support of the ES&S anti-trust investigation? (Susan Pynchon / Ion Sancho would be awesome, too...)
With 2010 looming, it's more important than ever that we listen to our expert front-line election investigators/ mathematicians / computer programmers/ friendly election officials. In fact, we should be vocally supporting and amplifying their work by reporting it, repeating it, and shouting it from the effin' rooftops with all of our repetitive megaphoning cyber-might. From our perches on remote, high-tech mountaintops we should be beating out our SIMPLE MATH AS CONSTANT MANTRA, with metaphoric war paint smudged all over our (clothing optional) bodies.
As Karen from Illinois is right to point out, everyone understands impossible numbers - more votes than voters, more voters than votes, erroneously inflated / deflated vote totals. Not only that, but if we've learned anything from the teabaggers (because Lord knows they can't learn anything from us) it's that if we can let our crazy hang out, we're more likely to make headway with getting our (correct, rational math) some play.
If I had to do Florida 2006 all over again, I'd walk into the board of elections office with my video camera, barge into Kathy Dent's office and accuse her of killing kittens and lesbianism. Then I'd sit back wait for CNN to call.
Respectfully, we need a tight(er) coalition of social networking news. It's so easy to do and costs nothing to just COMMIT to each other here as community contract - please, my people: 'Digg', 'Reddit', 'Twiit', 'Retwiit', 'Stumble upon', Repost, Embed, and circulate the articles / info / video here on Bradblog. It makes such a huge difference.
Can't wait to tune in, Brad n' Des! Hope we're getting the live chatroom, too.
(@ renzoku bb.com: "simian aviator exiting rectum syndrome." BwwahhahHHAHHAHhh-hAA!)
COMMENT #50 [Permalink]
said on 12/26/2009 @ 8:41 pm PT...
Glad the expression pleased Jeanie D.
Brad. Sibel? Don Siegelman? Dmitry Orlov?
COMMENT #51 [Permalink]
said on 12/27/2009 @ 9:20 pm PT...
@ Brad: Requests??? Jane and Grover!!! Together for the first time on radio! But at least Jane... She will never appear on any other show regarding this, I think.
COMMENT #52 [Permalink]
said on 12/29/2009 @ 7:16 am PT...
I enjoyed you on the Mike Malloy show. Frank made me think of the possibility of what could be without Obama in the White House. I guess that is scary. But fear, although a great motivator, cannot be the basis for our action, or we will all be responding to the latest and greatest fear that is out there.
I want to remind Frank Schaeffer of what was going on 30 years ago when his father was at his peak. The tolerance for his father's writings came from the same logic - it is not as bad as what could be. So I, while I was in seminary, hated his father's writings and what was going on with the evangelical movement. But, for the sake of tolerance and the fear of what could be, remained silent. Many of my silent friends from the past are now in seminaries and private schools teaching. They still remain silent. They will be the ones who like what you have to say because they are part of the religious who now cannot speak out. They tolerated your father and other writers because of the fear of what could be. At least it was better than the other possibilities, was their logic. So, I fear that Frank's plea is really a wonderful song for the people that I graduated with in seminary in the 70's and 80's who are now stuck in a place where they are still fearful to speak out.
Tolerance for Frank Schaeffer's father's writings gave the religious write a pseudo intellectual justification for their intolerance and ignorance. The same justification is happening today with Obama. People point out that at least he thinks, or has good logic, or is smart. It is the same argument that gift wrapped the religious right with Francis Schaeffer. Believe me Frank, in the trenches of the church, tolerance for your father empowered the ignorant. Don't do that today with Obama.
Frank's argument does not take into account the adjacent possibilities (Kauffman) of what could be. What could the religious scene in America look like if I and other's had spoken out and stood for what we really believed? What were the adjacent possibilities that were "left behind" because I, along with dozens that I know of in church positions, kept our mouth shut?
30 years later I feel that I am listening to Frank Schaeffer sit around and talk to me under a tree at seminary in 1979. It really does feel like he transported me back 30 years ago and got me fearful of the alternatives. I, today, wish I had spoken out against Frank's father 30 years ago. Today I can't help but think that Frank is taking the path I took 30 years ago.
I think it is time to stand up for what we believe in and speak out against Barack Obama. Frank's support for Obama is not faithful to what we know, just as my silence 30 years ago was not faithful to what I knew about his father.
Barack Obama has taken a course of action that will not lead to anything other than a continuation of wars around the world, and Wall Street benefiting at the expense of Main Street. To support this in any way only strengthens it. If I live 30 more years I don't want to make the same mistake that I did in 1979.
COMMENT #53 [Permalink]
said on 12/29/2009 @ 1:57 pm PT...
Great post. Thanks for that. Not a perspective one hears much. Very valuable.
COMMENT #54 [Permalink]
said on 12/29/2009 @ 6:56 pm PT...
"a recovering religious advocate."
I think Frank's way past that stage, David, it's not like giving up booze or heroine, when you've clear-lighted like Frank, you are RELIEVED of your prejudice, it s the very darkness that parts to create the enlightenment.
Lee Marvin, speakng about the practicality of life and it's hardest lessons, said in "Paint Your Wagon" "There's nothinn' worse than a reformed whore".
Well, to the wngnuts, thee's nothing worse than a reformed evangelist, because they know all their "secrets."
I trust Frank's perspective more than David's, Frank's been there and done that, David's just watched from the sidelines.
COMMENT #55 [Permalink]
said on 12/29/2009 @ 7:37 pm PT...
re comment#54--"I trust Frank's perspective more than David's, Frank's been there and done that, David's just watched from the sidelines."
This comment really pisses me off. I don't know David Swanson personally so I don't know his lifestyle but I've been reading him for years and to describe what he's been doing, how involved he is, how much information and insight he consistently brings to the table, how clear and invigorating his writing is, as--just watching from the sidelines-- seems completely unseeing to me. But maybe this commenter doesn't know about his writing and work and so may be talking out of his/her hat.
Furthermore, this ending sentence says absolutely nothing about the relative merit of the two differing points of view offered about Obama. As such it's a rather substantless comment.
COMMENT #56 [Permalink]
said on 12/29/2009 @ 10:14 pm PT...
Well, Frank's been right in there with the big corrupt government officials and David's only been in the audience at their committee meetings... I think... so, in that sense, JEP is right. Whether this is grounds for trusting him more seems pretty shaky to me....