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Destroying America

What Cheney is doing right now is trying to create a toxic situation for the American people but a win win situation for himself. By being the mouthpiece of the Bush Administration he could have successfully made it impossible to prosecute him without creating speculation that the administration is just trying to get back at him for speaking out. What is Cheney doing, we all know that he is willing to see the country get attacked again so that he and the Republicans can say “we told you so”. It is clear that his steps during the time he and Bush were in office has made Americans less safe abroad, what he is doing now is making us less-safe at home.

We have had several incidents since Obama has taken office and we know who their leaders and spokes people are: Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, they are out there ramping up the militias, skin heads, “pro-life” , etc—all the radical groups. This is what they have in common, they are fanatics who want to create chaos and overthrow the government. They believe that America is for the white Christian people, and will do anything to see that happens including terrorist actions as we have seen in the past weeks. They are not labeled as terrorists because they are citizens, but they speak freely against the government and incite others into action. They hide behind free speech when one tries to tie their hateful rhetoric with some of these radicals. Talk about an abuse of the constitution.

Does anyone expect me to believe that Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, and Cheney don’t know what they are doing? They don’t know their words have impact and someone who may have been on the fringe after listening to one of them could decide to take action? Aren’t they calling these people to arms with their words, that’s what I hear when I listen to one of them. The Republicans want to call everyone out for whatever they say but have the freedom to speak their own mind no matter what the consequences. During the primary when people were yelling out “terrorist” and “kill him” at Palin rallies she didn’t think her rhetoric had anything to do with it—just some nut. This is their fall back, and we have been falling for it every time they use it. When will the democrats stand up to the republicans? That is what we are waiting for.

We are tired of seeing the democrats taking back their words and apologizing to some republican because they are offended that someone dared to speak their mind. This is why the country is the mess it is now because for eight years the Democrats did not stand up to the Republicans. Not only did they not stand up but they co-signed much of the Bush Administrations agenda, they often touted the white house talking points. The Republicans were able to say they were doing it for the good and safety of the American people, they did not care about those who were offended, they had the reigns of power and they were not afraid to steer.

Panetta didn’t say anything that millions weren’t already thinking. I thought it, and that is what I extrapolate from Cheney’s own words. Ed Shultz said it back in April. I know many probably said it. We know this strategy, we have seen all of this before, and we may have used it ourselves.

Let’s say that the investigation of the Bush Administration leads to criminal charges against Cheney, now Cheney can dispute actions against him citing this feud with the CIA as reason. He could frame the argument that the CIA is only trying to get even. Is this feud with Panetta, Cheney looking ahead. I know it is hard to think that Cheney could be thinking this deep and after the past eight years I don’t put anything past Cheney and Bush.

Whatever the reason for it, I am convinced more than ever that the Right Wing agenda to destroy America is right on track. It is clear that these radicals Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, etc., are not going to stop until they have completely destroyed America so they can create in its place the all White Christian Imperialistic America they envision.

Is He White Enough? Should He wear a Flag Pin? Holding the Media Accountable

By The Pollitikat – Apr 30th, 2008 at 8:01 am EDT on Obama’s blog:

I wake up today extremely disappointed in Senator Obama. I am sorry to see that he has allowed to media to pressure him into denouncing his own pastor. When will we learn not to give in to media pressure and to pressure the media? Too bad he was not able to see the trap laid by the republicans and corporate controlled media. By denouncing his pastor he has acquiesced to the media interpretation of Wrights “politician” comment and opened the door to future denouncements. He allowed the pastors words to be taken out of context and pandered to a certain element in American society who has long controlled the social agenda in this country.
This incident harkens back to the Al Gore Elian Gonzales debacle or the John Kerry “the troops died for nothing” statement. Al Gore was pressured to say he thought Elian Gonzales should stay in America pandering to the Cubans in Florida who were not and did not vote for him, and probably would have gotten more votes if he has said the Elian should go home to his father preserving the family unit. John Kerry made a legitimate critique of the war in Iraq and was pressured to reinterpret and then apologize for his words which were in fact true then and continues to be true today. These two incidents to me were minor but had a significant impact on the campaign. Both related to the candidates delectability in the sense that it showed weakness and lack of conviction. I am concerned that this is another one of those moments.
I have listened to the Reverends three televised appearances, and while I can understand why his comments would be considered controversial I don’t think they reflected an irrational or hateful man. They showed that Jeremiah had thought deeply about issues that plague the country and offered solutions to fixing some of them as he has in his community in Chicago. There are many things he said that I agree with, including the possibility of spreading the AIDS virus. Anyone who has studied the history of America knows that in the past America has conducted medical and scientific experiments on certain sections of its population and as with the Tuskegee Experiment is capable of giving our citizens incurable diseases. The Reverend did not say America spread the AIDS virus; merely that she is capable of doing so. America has also been the only country to use a nuclear weapon against another country. How come no one questioned or researched what the Reverend said about selling biological weapons to Iraq. We all know that America is the largest supplier of military and biological weapons.
But I don’t want to dwell on the Reverends words because I know them as harmless as Patrick Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The fact that Obama would denounce a man that he has known for twenty a man that has helped to shape him by brining him to Christ as he said, but wouldn’t call Hillary Clinton a liar even after she was caught lying about Bosnia to her face. Who cannot be blunt with Hillary about the truth of the Clinton administration, he can’t call for the impeachment of George Bush? Is he saying that what Rev. Wright is saying is more damaging to the country than what Hillary and George did by sending our troops to get killed for oil based on a lie? Who died at the hand or word of Jeremiah? Did freedom die at the word of Jeremiah or those who showed their lack of patriotism by voting for the “patriot act”? I believe the veil has been set aflame, is a politician saying what a politician says to get elected? Maybe Obama should start wearing a flag pin.
Baracks comments that this is not an attack on the black church shows Obamas lack of understanding of the civil rights movement, and the role the black church played Martin King was a Reverend. This is where his youth comes in and the fact that he was raised in white America. This is an attack on the black church because these are comments made from the pulpit, is the government going to tell what can and cannot be said from the pulpit, is the media going to dictate that? That is precisely why there is separation of church and state. Look at the work the church does, how anyone can think that hate is being preached at that church. How could Obama let people think that. What about the membership and the people who go to that church. Is that church the same as the FLDS church that is now under investigation? If this could be done to a congregation of this magnitude who can’t it done to? To me the Jeremiah Wright issue only related to Barack in the sense that white media who claim to be surrogates for white America wanted to know “is he white enough”, and I guess the answer is yes he is.
It is clear the media is shaping and molding this election campaign. Chris Mathews, Joe Scarborough, Tucker, the entire cast at CNN and the carnival over at FOXnews have decided that the American People are just stupid enough to be controlled. The even with the truth staring them in the face they continue to mislead the public. I am ready to get rid of my television and just use my computer for entertainment and information. The media lied to us about the 2000 election. Lied to us about weapons of mass destruction, became a tool of the Bush/Cheney Administration. Marketed the war to the people. Refuse to do real journalism and investigation. Remember they all have access to the entire sermon from Rev. Wright but have chosen not to play them when it is clear there is an interest in getting the full picture. The media deliberately decided to continue to just use sound bytes. They refuse to fairly cover all three candidates and even candidates who are no longer in the race when they were in the race. Do we trust the media? Now I sit and listen to reporters praising Obama, but will the issue of Rev Wright go away? I think it has only grown another dimension, there is more to analyze, but it won’t go away. Those who had issue with it will now talk about the twenty years he was in that church, it gives legitimacy to that part of the argument. How could you be around someone for twenty years, work with them, socialize with them and not know them? Or what will they pounce on tomorrow?
The media is now scrutinizing Obamas comments from yesterday and if they decide they are disingenuous this will continue to dominate, and will now be a liability. This issue which could have been muted if Obama just went to church and told America to get over it this is the black church. If he has encouraged people to listen to some of the sermons for themselves and turned this into an indictment the media. I feel the media has bullied this candidate from the start and now they are succeeding in shaping the candidate in their own image. I understand that Obama is saying what he feels he needs to say but based on what? The media decided this was an issue. The media put Jeremiah Wright on television. Are we saying Jeremiah doesn’t have the right to speak bluntly to his specific audience? No one in the room objected to what Jeremiah was saying. I did not hear any booing. If the media decided to amplify Jeremiah, is that Jeremiahs fault? Is that Obamas fault, when will we hold the media accountable? Everyone else is paying the price but the media goes free.
I still believe that Obama should be the next president because if I had to chose between the three politicians I still think he is the most capable to bring about the change needed in the country, but these past days only reinforced that this election is up to us the people. We must stay diligent, because we are the only ones who are going to look out for us. If anyone has any suggestions on what to do about the media Im listening.

(Iraq War) Double Speak and Holding the Media Accountable

I am very disturbed by the anniversary of the war. I remember sitting in my living room and crying the morning after 911 because of the telephone calls that were coming in the television morning shows about loved ones that were missing and feared dead after the attack at the world trade center. As a resident I was not surprised that we were attacked. Al Qeada had declared jihad on America several years before and someone had already bombed it, so I know they had it in for us. What surprised me was the level of incompetence displayed by the American Government and the Bush Administration. After a full commission and several investigations it is clear that the attacks could have been avoided. With all that said the Iraqi war is a despicable use of this tragedy by the Bush administration. To take this country in an illegal and corrupt war for the sake of fattening the pockets of his compadres is the ultimate disrespect to those who lost their lives.

I am a New Yorker, and I knew there was NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONS before the military invaded Iraq. I knew because I remember previous presidents and the previous Bush administration. I remember The Iran-Iraq war, Iran-Contra, and Reagan saying to congress “I do not recall”. I remember Saving and Loans scandals, and a president being impeached for sex. I heard about Lincoln, Malcolm, Kennedy, Martin, Robert and their assassinations. I remembered this was America.

I saw Saddam giving interviews affirming he had no illegal weapons programs and Inspectors saying they found no weapons or any evidence there was any intention to create any. The reality is Saddam had to be a magician for me to believe there were weapons the way we were scouring and scrambling across that country. The fact remains, that sitting in my living room and just watching what was going on via news I could tell there were no weapons. So why couldn’t the member of congress, why couldn’t Hillary with 35 years of experience and travels to 80 countries. The Iraq war is the worst betrayal in history of the American people. The way the Bush administration has handled the country and the arrogance they continue to show during their reign is a reflection of their disdain and contempt for Americans. The fact that the Bush Regime is going to get away with it is sickening enough; I certainly do not want to see a president elected who supported that decision.

The American people need to understand who we are fighting over there. We are not fighting “insurgents” these are Iraqi citizens who are “resisting” the illegal invasion and occupation by a foreign force. The Bush administration labels the resistance “insurgents” and the media picks up the lingo sells it to the public and we validate it. This is another reason why the media has to be held accountable. Instead of “escalation” we have a “surge”. We have been fighting the Iraqi for five years and they are not giving in. We have gone into their homes and killed fathers and mothers in front of their children. Our soldiers are firing into houses. Imagine if that happened to you, unprovoked. We have to be careful of the language we use when we talk about the war. 911 was a terrible attack, but imagine five years of 911 and that is what the Iraqi people are facing. By referring to the people fighting as insurgents we act as though we are not fighting Iraqis, just as we labeled the victims of Katrina “refugees” as though they were not Americans. By saying insurgents we make it ok to kill them and it has the feel of sterilizing the brutality of killing. Are we to believe that the Iraqi people are going about their daily lives while foreigners come to their country and start a war? Who would stand for that? Wouldn’t it mean that if we went away the insurgent would go away; since our presence is the reason they are there? Maybe, just maybe the Iraqis love their country and that’s why they fight?

These doubles speak started right after the attacks when patriotism was redefined and it meant “flag”. Security was now “war”, and giving up privacy and freedom became the “patriot act”. When the name of a CIA agent who was responsible for securing loose nukes was leaked her position was redefined as “secretary”, and military occupation became “liberation”. The media has been taking their cues from the Bush party and selling the agenda to America, they should be held accountable. We disrespect our soldiers by sending them to an unjustified war, to the Iraqis they are the “insurgents” I mean didn’t we just conduct a “surge”?

I was very upset that one American had to die in this illegal war, I remember debating against it with many friends. Ones who had fell for the argument of fear, and were obviously suffering from the shock of the attacks and whose emotions were being exploited for the Bush/Cheney agenda. I watched as ten died, and then twenty and I said maybe when it gets to 100 people will start to think and this war will end, but it kept on going. Then it went to one hundred and then two, and I thought maybe when it gets to a thousand people will ask questions and this war will end, but it kept on going. I knew then that it had to pass the almost three thousand that died in the 911 attacks. Well that happened in December 2006. We had a new congress and I thought maybe now this war will end the people have spoken, but it still goes on. We need a president that can bring this war and the notion of preemptive war to an end, a president who has studied the art of war not just the battles.

It is sad that 4,000 Americans and countless Iraqi have had to die for no justifiable reason, but because of Obama their deaths will not be in vain. He was against the war from “day one” and he vocalized it. I think he is the best to handle foreign policy because he has shown graciousness and wisdom. His call for Americans to get involved and stay involved shows he is for the people, he is the best to handle domestic issues because he shows he can understand both sides of issues and negotiate a balanced conclusion. He has shown he can unify, strategize, and fight tough, and his campaign is a testament to his superiority. We need this leader.

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