Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Un-COLA Nuts

     I don't feel sorry for liberals now any more than I did four years ago. It wasn't as if they weren't warned
     They should've known what they were getting during the campaign trail when Obama joined virtually every American politician since Truman by pledging support for Israel at a video conference with AIPAC in which he tried to out-Lieberman Lieberman while paying barely more than lip service to Palestine that, in the balance, has less of a right to exist than Israel that kills people all over the Middle East with impunity because Hamas kills less people all over the Middle East with far less impunity.
     They should've known what they were getting when Obama began blathering on about non-existent clean coal, nonexistent nukes in Iran's arsenal to counter Israel's officially nonexistent nukes and rushed back to Congress to vote to give immunity to telecoms who'd been spying on us to head off over 40 pending lawsuits.
     They should've known what they were getting after Obama signed off on the other half of the corporate welfare state known as TARP while putting no preconditions on those who'd be getting that largesse from the American public (especially the auto industry who could, you know, refit their factories to make greener cars but that would be too logical). The Obama Justice Department has accepted one massive bribe after another in exchange for any real justice or has dropped countless investigations against other criminals.
     They should've known what they were getting when Obama used Steve Rattner to fuck around with GM's pension plan in violation of federal law, when they strong-armed the Spanish courts that ruled to pursue war crimes charges against the Bush junta, when he kept us in Iraq for another three years, ramped up drone strikes killing civilians all over the Middle East and central Asia (with, as usual, impunity), kept us officially in Afghanistan until 2014, unofficially until 2024, authorized the assassination of American citizens and their teenaged children and signed into law the NDAA that makes dissent on a par with domestic terrorism.
     They should've known what they were getting when Obama signed off on the Bush tax cuts because the minority Republicans in the Senate had a problem with them lapsing while they shamelessly took unemployment benefits hostage and vowed to do so again if they didn't get their ruinous tax cuts the next time around. They should've known what they were getting when Obama, at the same exact moment he renewed those tax cuts, froze pay for federal workers for two years, is ignoring the Kyoto Protocol and global warming as studiously as did Bush, has not until recently advanced any agenda for gun control, had to be shamed by his Vice President into supporting gay marriage, is acting (the Lilly Ledbetter bill his first day on the job notwithstanding) as if the erosion of women's rights in Afghanistan and elsewhere doesn't even exist, loaded his economic team with the biggest fuckups from the Clinton administration, named as his jobs czar one of the biggest outsourcers of American jobs, had filled his administration with Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street bank alumni and saddled us with a health care "reform" bill that has an individual mandate without even the slightest semblance of a public option and is enforceable through the US tax code.
     They should've known what they were getting after Obama's and his Interior Secretary's response to the worst oil spill disaster in planetary history and Obama's shameless pimping of the nuclear power industry both just before and after Fukushima. Oh, and even though Obama could've ended it with a stroke of a pen, vulture funds are still very much in force here in the US even after Gordon Brown, former conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain, banned them in the UK. He's undermined the unions that had supported him and sent out his chief flak Bob Gibbs to pimp-slap the real liberals who criticize the administration as if dissent is verboten.
     30 years ago, this man would've fit in perfectly with the Republican Party that had rallied around Reagan and yet still liberals came out by the tens of millions to vote for this DINO while strenuously ignoring the real liberals who were running for office. Not only that, I, myself, have gotten mud slung at me from all quarters by these so-called liberals for publicly and proudly saying I wouldn't vote for Obama and that any vote I'd cast for anyone else would be a wasted one.
     You are not liberals, by my definition of the word, and if you insist on calling yourselves that, then you need to be ashamed of yourselves for letting Joe Overton pervert your definition of the word. The window has been wrenched so far to the right that the slightest degree to the left of Reagan and Nixon is now passing itself off with frightening authority as "liberalism."
     And now here we are, four years later and that piece of shit sitting behind the Resolute Desk will get to sit behind it for another four years with one crucial difference: During these next 48 months, Obama will no longer have to pretend to give a flying fuck about what the American public thinks. Which brings us to this so-called "fiscal cliff" on which I've refrained from commenting on account of the sheer silliness and disingenuousness of it all. But I can't stay silent any more.
     So-called liberals, I give you Barack Obama and his un-Cola nuts.
     Now, the Democrats widening their majority in the Senate and eroding that of Republicans in the House who obviously would've lost their majority in the lower chamber were it not for blatantly illegal gerrymandering hadn't made the slightest impact on Obama because now we're hearing he's for some unfathomable reason caving to the severely weakened Republicans on Social Security and the COLA as well as extending the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000-$400,000 a year.
     Essentially, it boils down to this: Obama is proposing extending for at least another two years the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% while taking money away from seniors who largely make less than $20,000 a year and pay the most for their prescriptions. This is the guy you so-called liberals voted for, your champion of "hope and change." Well, to quote special needs cheerleader Sarah Palin, "How's that hopey-changey thing workin' out fer ya?"
     You had re-elected, or at least voted against a humoreless, uncharismatic game show host, the very worst President in American history, a man who has misrepresented his party far more than any of his nearly four dozen predecessors and have fooled yourselves into believing that voting any other way was tantamount to an act of sedition.
     To summarize: This man murders women and children then lies about the collateral damage by claiming teenaged males were retroactively terrorists. He coddles Wall Street, puts its tycoons such as Jamie Dimon into the Cabinet briefing room and in his administration, throws his own people under the bus if they incur ignorant, right wing faux outrage, shamelessly vacuums up massive amounts of money from Wall Street, gives himself the right to use JSOC to murder American citizens overseas and stands in the way of real progress at every available opportunity despite the fact the people who begin these obstructions, and whose influence is eroding by the day, will always hate him and will never be satisfied no matter how many concessions he makes to these lunatics.
     And now, he's signaled, against all rhyme or reason, his willingness to appease these professional cock-blockers by cutting granny's Social Security, despite the fact federal law forbids it adding one penny to the deficit (maybe someone should take both Boehner and Obama aside when the President isn't politically fellating the House Majority leader and explain to them both between orgasms that Social Security is paid for through weekly payroll taxes, that Obama also cut by 2% a couple of years ago). Oh, and cuts to Medicaid and Medicare are also on the table, despite that they contribute very little to the debt and deficit created single-handedly by his predecessor, the Idiot Son.
     The only thing I have to say after this, the only thing that comes to mind, is the old imprecation we hear all too often and say all too often when wingnuts vote Republican and against their self-interests: "Be careful what you wish for because you may get it."

4 Comments:

At December 20, 2012 at 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew it when the 'public option' suddenly disappeared in 2009; there could be no change without it. I didn't vote for him the second time but the GOP put up such a loser that Obama couldn't help getting back in. Now we are indeed sunk. I paid five bucks for a pound of 'ground beef' yesterday and that's only the beginning. It's going to require violence and I regret that I'm too old to participate beyond a bit of cheerleading. Washington needs a high pressure hose taken to it. Cobnek

 
At December 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM, Blogger D. said...

You weren't running.

 
At December 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

I knew what he was all the time: a Moderate Republican. Obama even said so himself a couple of weeks ago.

I never voted for him. In fact, I've never voted for any Democratic presidential candidate since Clinton in 1992, which I did just to end Bush, The Elder's 12 years in office as President. (Anyone that thinks Reagan was ever the President is fooling themselves, just as Bush, The Younger was never actually the President, Cheney was).

Little did I know what a sellout Clinton was! More pro-GOP legislation was passed in the first four years of Clinton than the previous 12 years of Bush!

The Left, who had been protesting non-stop since the late 1960s all sat down when Clinton was elected, thinking that he was on our side. Big mistake! Clinton was a Republican pretending to be a Democrat and sold out the Dem Base. The Left has never gotten back the momentum they had in the 1980s.

 
At December 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM, OpenID rutherfordl said...

Well this comes from a different Rutherford. I did vote for Obama both times. The first time, buying the hope and change thing like a girl screaming for the Beatles. If it weren't for the fact I was 47 at the time, I could forgive myself.

The 2012 vote was a vote for Democratic principles and a vote against Romney and the despicable Republican agenda. It was NOT a vote for the man, Obama.

I end this year sad, as 20 kids are in their graves instead of opening presents, and everyone else is quoting their contradicting experts about what we should do to stop the violence.

Hard to be merry. JP, I arrived here from a link you posted at Sensico. I'm glad I did. I'll be subscribing to your stuff henceforth.

 

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