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  •  Excellent commentary from al Jazeera English. (1+ / 0-)
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    American Liberalism and the national security state

    This articulates well the feelings of many of us on the left who are outside of America's political class.

    The entire article is worth a read, but this is the part that really nails it.

    For Obama secrecy is vital since his entire presidency has rested on saying one thing and doing another; on liberal rhetoric and imperial actions. At root, his foreign policy still relies on "keeping Americans safe" from the menacing Islamic terrorist threat.

    At the end of the day, as the great historian Richard Hofstradter teaches us in The American Political Tradition there are very few substantive differences between the main political parties. While they "differ, sometimes bitterly, over current issues…they also share a general framework of ideas". This "range of ideas…is limited by the climate of opinion that sustains their culture".

    Creating this "climate of opinion" is the responsibility of brave citizens and legislators.

    It's high time that we ALL raise our voices on this matter.

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