Sunday, September 6, 2009

I Didn't Vote For Neville Chamberlain.


There's so much that's gallingly hypocritical and cowardly regarding the resignation of Van Jones that one is at a loss to begin explicating the whole sordid affair. But two things stand out clear and are not subject to interpretation:

The white feather in Obama's cap mentioned by David Neiwert comes from a chicken and Glenn Beck and the Borg mothership aka Fox "News" in which he dwells still dictates who gets to stay and who goes in the White House. It's Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, Phil Donahue and Eason Jordan all over again.

In Van's obviously forced resignation (coming as it did during a holiday weekend news cycle, as all high profile resignations tend to be, albeit for differing reasons- witness Palin's resignation announcement on July 3rd in order to actually dominate the 4th of July news cycle to ensure visibility while avowing to eschew it), we saw the same old chicken-feathered politics of a Barack Obama desperately wishing that those feathers aren't accompanied by Republican tar.

Once again, we saw a Barack Obama who took someone to task for saying things when he wasn't around and before his "Green czar" even took a job at the White House. By allowing Jones to resign in the middle of momentous changes in both the environmental movement (started by Cap and Trade) or not even publicly supporting him, Obama threw under the wheels of the omnibus of "progress" another fellow black man simply for speaking the truth. Simply for signing a petition (before accepting the WH job) that stated the obvious (the Bush administration's complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is screamingly obvious) and said nasty things about Republicans that largely went unnoticed until brought up by Republicans.

During the campaign last year, we made much of Hillary Clinton's triangulating and charged her again and again with saying and doing anything to get elected. I still hold true by that but not enough was said (except here in Pottersville) about Obama doing the same thing. While she was obviously wrong in both casting a vote in favor of going to war with Iraq in 2002 and in not apologizing for it long after it became obvious that the war was unjust, illegal and unnecessary, Hillary at least stuck to her guns and refused to apologize for it. If Obama had voted to go to war with Iraq in 2002 (as he surely would've. It would've been political suicide for any future presidential candidate to not to given the zeitgeist of that year), it would be entertaining to say the least how he'd spin that vote today. As it is, we have the luxury of speculating on how he would've considering all the flipflops he'd done during last year's campaign alone on issues ranging from public campaign financing to financing for the Iraq War.

What's infuriating most of all is Obama's insistence on trying to appease a GOP that's bound and determined to despise him no matter how many "reversals" or "adjustments" he makes in his policies, no matter how many times he steps and fetches it and says Yassa, massa! They will hate him and vilify him for even taping a speech that simply tells students to work hard and stay in school.

It'll be up for posterity to decide whether Van Jones was a Socialist, Communist or wild-eyed anarchist. We may never know if he knew about his old organization, Color of Change, going after Glenn Beck and his sponsors. But one fact is clear: As long as there's one Republican in the House, as long as there's one Republican in the Senate and as long as there's one conservative douchebag like Glenn Beck with a microphone and a shortwave radio, Obama will capitulate again and again, will throw any number of bodies under the bus's wheels even when the truth was spoken until there's nothing left of our party, until every Democrat who still adheres to liberal, progressive principles looks hidebound by comparison.

I didn't vote for Neville Chamberlain. I voted for Barack Obama. And I, for one, did not help this man get to the White House so he could be a Step 'n' Fetch It House nigger for the Republican Party.

11 Comments:

At September 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey this is Nate(Baltimore) here and as an A.A I'm highly offended that you're implying that Obama is acting as a Step N Fetch It Nigger oops reality kicking in actually I refuse to leave it...... You are 100% right and fuck a concern troll who says other wise. @ least one hundred dead during the so-called E.I.T(torture program)/Guantanamo fiasco and it's beyond the pale to question that decrepit venal, criminal maladminstration about its behavior pre and post September 11th. To quote a fictional character from the Wire: Clay Davis "Shiiiiittttttt". Thanks again for your strong and righteous voice. Peace.

 
At September 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM, Blogger truth said...

Word.

 
At September 6, 2009 at 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big friggin deal,a porch monkey resigns.

 
At September 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"step n fetch it"

wow

stay classy man.

 
At September 6, 2009 at 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the choices (candidates) given to the hoi poilli have already been approved and vetted by the PTB.....Do we really have a choice at all?

 
At September 7, 2009 at 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for the sake of some perspective on the tactics of the right wing, some history that we all know.
Bill Clinton (who was a moderate accommodationist and not some fire breathing liberal) was relentlessly bashed, smeared, demonized and swift boated by the GOP and the right wing attack hyenas before he became president, during the campaign season and all throughout his presidency. He was accused of everything from rape to murder and anything in between. It worked, they wrecked his presidency, they impeached him and destroyed his ability to be effective. Clinton was too busy fighting off all the attacks that went on 24/7. That was the reward Clinton got for trying to reach out, be bipartisan, he got machetes in the back. The GOP didn't and doesn't give a damn about bipartisanship when a Democrat is in office. They have a scorched earth policy; scorch the Democrats and the earth upon which they stand.
The same is happening to Obama, the GOP is trying to destroy his presidency, to wreck Obama and his administration into total ineffectiveness. Too many Democrats are spineless, gutless wimps who are cooperating in their own destruction. It's the Stockholm Syndrome on steroids, it's the abused wife syndrome.
The Blue Dogs and the Democrats from conservative districts (many of whom have been bought off by corporate America) have been neutered and are just a drag on the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. We need more Dennis Kuciniches and Maxine Waterses. Bernie Sanders (I) is the gold standard. It's a miracle that he's in the senate, he's one of a kind, he's the best but he's just one man in a sh*t storm of corporatism, cowardice and right wingnutism gone wild.
The GOP is in the minority and yet they are setting the agenda, why? They have tons of corporate money behind them, they have all those right wing so called think tanks like AEI, Heritage, Cato and the evil, EVIL US Chamber of Commerce. The GOP has the vast right wing media industrial complex: Fuxed Noise, hate wing radio, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, National Review and the corporate run main stream media is just marginally better.
Obama is all we have and he's only been in office 9 months. The right wing has venomously referred to him as a Nazi, socialist, communist, Marxist, Marxist-Leninist, America hater, unAmerican, nonAmerican, alien, anti-capitalist, etc. Guys like Beck, and he's just one of hundreds of right wing hate mongers across the nation who are stirring up and fomenting such septic hatred for Obama that it's only a matter of time before some right wing nut goes ballistic. The GOP is aiding and abetting these criminals in trashing Obama. He's all we've got folks, otherwise we would have had president McCain, and vice moron Palin.
But on the other hand, I guess we should register our extreme displeasure when Obama goes all corporate and invertebrate on us.
Is there any hope for this country?

 
At September 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Why do you say that, Joe?

 
At September 8, 2009 at 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're being highly unfair to Neville Chamberlain.

Chamberlain wasn't a well meaning liberal who wanted to avoid war. He was a right wing conservative bastard who wanted to push Hitler into a war with the Soviet Union.

His big sin was being a bastard, his willingness to sacrifice the Czechs for his realpolitik, not his naivete.

His big mistake was in not realizing how quickly Hitler would go through the French and how Stalin had decimated his officer corps and how it would weaken the Red Army.

But hey, it worked. The Anglo Americans got rid of Hitler and avoided the slaughter of WWI. In WWI, 500,000 Englishmen died in one battle at the Somme. That was twice what America lost in the whole war. The western powers got off easy. Russia, on the other hand, suffered WWI casualties, 20,000,000 people.

Unlike Chamberlain, Obama really believes he can appease the Republicans.

 
At September 8, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Blogger Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy said...

No one could have anticipated...

(Please see links in the linked item).

He promised to be Neville Chamberlain, and he is. A man of his word, that Obama fellow is.

 
At September 8, 2009 at 10:05 PM, Anonymous irishdave3 said...

Seems Like Jeremiah Wright gets "bragging rights" for 1st under the bus by President Bohica

 
At September 9, 2009 at 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama didn't triangulate, he folded.

Over the last week as people have started to criticize Obama, I see a tendency to throw in a little (or large) jab at Hillary Clinton as well. It is as if they have the MSM disease of "balance". In that they can't say one thing without balancing it with the other.

Maybe Clinton would have wimped out on health care, the economy, and Van Jones, but she didn't get elected so we will never know.
Obama did get elected and he has so far proven to be a pantie waist. It is his failing and his alone.

 

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