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    I'm going to keep trying to solve problems to the best extent that seems possible

    Is that what you call what you're doing?

    Christ, no wonder politicians don't give two shits about public opinion.

    1979, huh? I bet that was a painful year for you, watching the Reagan trainwreck approaching at warp speed, knowing you'd soon have to pretend to reject the policies of the two-faced Jesus freak you'd spent so much time obediently shilling for. Interesting how the Carter years are a perfect historical mirror image of where you neo-liberal pwogs are now.

    Remember how just a little over a year after assuming office, Carter ramped up U.S. military aid to Suharto even as he continued to murder Timorese families?
    By the time your pious Georgia Democrat left office, over 175,000 people had been massacred. The piss-yellah-dawg Dems didn't as much as squeak. Obama is so much like Carter it's downright eerie. Remember When asked if the U.S. owed any debt to Vietnam, a country it "bombed back to the stone-age" at a cost of three million Vietnamese lives? Carter's casual response was, "Well, the destruction was mutual." Priceless. Not a peep from the peanut gallery.

    Remember when Carter visited the Shah in '79, and praised him for his "progressive administration" while at the same time the Shah's military and SAVAK death squads were torturing and murdering thousands of unarmed political opponents? Today, Obama says Karzai is "making progress". And you just suck it up.

    How about when the Sandinistas threw Anastasio Somoza out of Nicaragua? Carter ordered them to retain the Guardia, Somoza's elite squad of American-trained killers. The Sandinistas said no dice. So what does Carter do? He has the CIA fly up the military torturers running the death squads in Argentina (yet another Democrat-endorsed bloobath) to train former Guardia and other mercs in Honduras for terror ops across the border. Remember the Contras? Today Obama has Triple Canopy, Xe, and DynCorp.
    Pwog response? In a word, predictable.

    Jimmy the Geek and El Salvador? You ever been there? I met a few CISPES trust-funders at the airport in San Juan once around '82. They'd been down picking coffee on a farm well outside the conflict zones for a couple weeks. The way they talked you'd think they'd taken out D'Aubuisson and ARENA all by themselves. Real camaradas. One guy was especially proud of his Che t-shirt. That wasn't you, was it? Or did you just hang out at meetings stateside, stooging for the feds? I bet that's it. You've got the right  personality type.

    By Oct. '79, Carter's Commandos were slaughtering upwards of 900 students, workers, and peasants per month. Almost 10,000 in '80. Carter sent millions in aid and riot equipment to the Salvadoran military, flew in US advisors and trained Salvadoran death squads in Panama. The Carter Administration kept it up all through 1980, until the murder of the four Maryknoll nuns in December. This ring any bells, hotshot?
    But hey, ancient history, right? You got Obama now. A NEW kinda Democrat. And he's definitely gonna do ol' Jimmy one better. According to the wire a pregnant hajji gets you an extra hit of smack. And only lame fucks who've never been in a war zone crack jokes about PTSD.  
     
    Remember when Carter asserted that human rights were to be "the soul of our foreign policy?"

    I just bet you loved the guy. That's exactly the kind of breathtaking hypocrisy that elicits moans of admiration from the familiar crew of trembling assimilated conformists, desperate to eradicate the emotional pain that comes with having no honor,
    no principles, and no convictions. It comes as no surprise that you would go to any length to defend the policies of the current president, no matter how abhorrent.

    It's weird. You know what I think of almost every time I interact with someone like you? Around '94 or so I sat in on a lecture at some think tank near Stanford. Some in-tel-leck-tual was criticizing the methods used during the U.S.intervention in Somalia. And he says something like, "See, the trouble we have in regards to foreign affairs is that the elite Western upper-class technocrats who make the decisions hate their own culture. They're self-haters, so they called for an end to imperialism and
    colonialism. And this is tragic, because only societies of great virtue can embark on missions as noble as colonialism and third-world intervention. We should attempt once again to save the savages of the world from their wretched fate. The Europeans did it, reaping great rewards. But then these weak intellectuals who despise their own cultures forced them to stop. So we're stuck with barbarians everywhere".

    That guy, he was singing your song.

    You see, in a very significant way, "Democrats" such as yourself share a unique characteristic with the "teabagger" tribe when it comes to US politics: facts are irrelevant.

    Like Samuel Huntington, preeminent American imperialist "intellectual" and pseudo-historian, you're convinced that the US must firmly preserve its "international primacy" for the well-being of the entire globe, since "American national identity is defined by a set of universal political and economic values," which are "liberty,  democracy, equality, private property, and markets." In accepting this ideology as revealed truth, when it comes to assessing the veracity of official US commitment to human rights, those such as yourself immediately reject evidence of the close correlation between US economic and military aid to developing nations and government use of extrajudicial killings and torture by those same nations, a pattern virtually uninterrupted throughout history.

    And so, once again, the pwogs stood by passively as on Dec.'89 US forces bombed slums in Panama, killing hundreds of civilians. Elliott Abrams remarked that for the first time the US could attack anyone worrying about a Soviet response. The media
    rubber-stamped it as a noble endeavor, and the sheep stood and clapped on cue.

    Human rights? Bah. Now as before, under Obama human rights have purely cosmetic value in American culture; they are public relations tools, nothing more.

    The difference between people like me and people like you is this: I don't believe in
    Lesser-Evilism, or in the infantile notion that everything bad can and should be blamed on Republicans. I don't believe that Dem politicians get a pass when attempting to camouflage their crimes with patriotic bullshit and blatant lying.

    I know a truth that you've yet to learn: If you have to lie about something, that something is wrong.

    What kind of person are you that you can only stomach your party's policies by dressing them up as flattering fantasies? Why is it that you have to lie so often to yourself, about yourself, in order to live with yourself?

    The fact is, the mainstream majority of Democratic voters have proven that they are helpless. It no longer even matters how many elections Democrats win, or how horribly reactionary Republican policies damage the country or the world. There's just no way to do anything differently. Because Obama, after campaigning one way but now governing another, like Dems and Reps always do, admits that everything is all screwed up but informs us that it must remain that way because once, long ago, powerful interests determined it must be so.

    And so here we are. Political leaders and the corporate class of wealthy investors do as they please, and the rabble is told that single payer is impossible because the private sector doesn't want it. Afghanistan is a terrible nightmare, but we're already there so we have to keep killing. Obama embraced Bush policies of indefinite detention
    without charge or trial and then protected Bush admin officials from prosecution for creating secret prisons, extraordinary rendition programs, and an incarceration policy where suspects are "legally" tortured.

    Don't worry, SD. There won't be any revolutions. You and yours will see to that. As for firing squads, please. Your moral and spiritual death pains me enough already.

    The fearful, fainthearted behavior of mainstream Dem voters is an indication of abject cowardice, a dearth of moral principles, and their inevitable permanent political paralysis.

    You stand for nothing. All you will ever be is a spectator, begging for scraps from the corporate table.

    Illegal Alien: Term used by the descendents of foreign colonizers to refer to the descendents of indigenous people

    by mojada on Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 01:36:33 AM PDT

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      but I didn't read past your comment header.  Ain't that special?

      "So if you don't have any teeth, so what? ... Isn't that why they make applesauce?" -- GOP leader Rush Limbaugh

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:22:38 PM PDT

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